Health Benefits of Resveratrol: The “Magic Ingredient” in Red Wine?

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Given the relatively small number of human studies done on resveratrol, the amount of media hype about the health benefits of this substance is staggering.

What is it?  Resveratrol is the polyphenol that has become most commonly associated with the benefits of drinking red wine.  It is found in red and purple grapes (although the actual amount is relatively small), as well as in berries such as cranberries and blueberries, and even in things such as peanuts and the roots of the invasive plant Japanese knotweed.red-wine-glass-200-300

Resveratrol has become the darling of the “pop a pill to improve your health” advocates and has captured a growing share of the health supplement market.  Its supposed benefits range from preventing cancer and reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes to slowing the aging process.  However, what most people do not know is that the majority of scientific studies performed on resveratrol…

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The Benefits of Fiber

Healthy FoodsI know for most of my avid readers, fiber is something that you all are familiar with and know a little something about it. I want to inform those who don’t know what fiber is and how it can benefit those that consume it.

What is fiber?
Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that can’t be digested and is necessary for the health of your digestive system. Fiber can be found in all plants, including fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. Current dietary guidelines recommend that adults consume between 26-35 grams of fiber daily. However, the average US fiber intake is only 4.5-11 grams a day.

What are the different types of fiber?
There are two principal types of fiber – soluble and insoluble:

Fiber / Fibra

Fiber / Fibra (Photo credit: . SantiMB .)

• Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber partially breaks down and dissolves in water to form a soft gel. Soluble fiber has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels by absorbing and excreting certain substances known to lead to high cholesterol. There is also some evidence that soluble fiber may lessen heart disease risks by reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. Studies find that people on high-fiber diets have lower total cholesterol levels and may be less likely to form harmful blood clots than those who consume less soluble fiber.

Soluble fiber can be found in oats, legumes, brown rice, barley, fruits (especially apples), some green vegetables (such as broccoli) and potatoes.

• Insoluble Fiber

Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and is mainly responsible for adding bulk to stools, making it easier and faster to pass through your digestive system. Insoluble fiber is like a sponge, swelling up and absorbing many times its weight in water.

Insoluble fiber can be found in wheat bran and whole grains, as well as the skins of many fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts and dried beans.

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The Benefits of Fiber
Fiber is an essential component of a healthy diet. It keeps your digestive system healthy and functioning smoothly.

• Heart Health

Soluble fiber can help regulate blood sugar levels (by slowing the rate which sugar is absorbed by the body), and by lowering serum cholesterol, protecting against heart disease. As well, soluble fiber can possibly reduce excess blood fats and lower cholesterol.

• Weight Loss

Many people who are overweight have been shown to lose significant amounts of excess body fat simply by increasing the amount of dietary fiber, especially soluble fiber, in their daily diet.
Fibrous foods are often bulky and, therefore, filling. They also tend to be low in fat. Soluble fiber forms a gel that both slows down the time it takes to empty the stomach and the time for food to go through the digestive system. This extends the time a person feels full, while also delaying the absorption of sugars from the intestines – helping to maintain lower blood sugar levels and preventing a rapid rise in blood insulin levels, which has been linked with obesity and an increased risk of diabetes.

The extra chewing time often required of high fiber foods also helps contribute to feeling satisfied, and as a result, a person on a high fiber diet is likely to eat less food and so consume fewer calories.

• Cancer Protection

It has long been believed that increasing fiber intake will also help prevent certain cancers, such as colon cancer. There is a current debate going on in the scientific communities after a series of tests failed to show a concrete link between increased fiber consumption and a lower risk of developing cancer.

However, many argue that the antioxidants and flavanoids found in many high-fiber foods were key contributors to fiber’s cancer-preventing properties (the later studies were done using alternative fiber sources that lacked these cancer-fighting components). What is undisputable though is that a healthy, regular digestive system is necessary in the prevention of colon cancer, and getting enough fiber in your diet is essential for a healthy digestive system.

The 5 Craziest, Most Effective Ways to Trick Muscle Fast

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Matt Clark, creator of “The Muscle Formula” (check it out at HERE). Matt has helped over 30,000 people improve their health, build muscle, and burn fat through incredibly effective programs unlike anything else. Through helping so many people, he’s discovered some really powerful TRUTHS about building muscle quickly, safely, and naturally. Here’s what he told me:

Building rock-hard, lean muscle is not complicated. That is why I have boiled down 5 surprising, yet easy-to-follow principles for you to make building muscle a piece of cake!

1. Measuring = Success:

Do you wonder why so many guys are in the gym all the time but never look any different? (Maybe this is you..). How about why athletes are able to make so much progress in a short period of time? It’s not the coaches, it’s the tracking. To rapidly build muscle, you need to track the weights you use and the reps you do. Then, FORCE your body to increase each and every workout.

2. Use the 10% Rule:

Now that you know the importance of tracking your weights & reps, you need to follow the 10% Rule. Each and every workout try to increase the weight or number of reps from your previous time doing each exercise. You’ll eventually be lifting so much weight that you won’t be able to sustain a 10% increase, but that’s fine. When you hit that mark, try for 5%. Get started on this now and watch you muscles EXPLODE!

3. Food, then Protein Shake:

Too many “skinny” guys tell me that they just “can’t gain weight”. Part of the problem is that they flat out don’t eat enough and aren’t following the eating tricks so many bodybuilders, fitness models, and guys like me have figured out over the years. One great trick to pack in extra calories is to eat your protein shake AFTER your meal because it’s far easier to down a shake after eating a big meal than it is to eat the same size of a meal after you’re already full from a shake. Try drinking a protein shake after breakfast and dinner each day and watch your muscles grow.

4. Know Your Calorie Balance:

Most people have no idea what they’re eating vs. burning. This is why I recommend that you use a calorie-tracking tool like FitDay.com (can use their free version) for 7 days every 6 months. This will give you incredible insight and a good “feel” of your calorie balance so you know how many calories you need to eat based on your lifestyle and exercise schedule.

5. Compound Exercises FIRST:

Every single day I see guys at the gym pumping away doing dumbbell curls. Yet, they have no BASE of muscle. If you focus on big compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, and bench press, you’ll see ALL of your muscles grow and you’ll look more athletic. Then you can start fine-tuning with exercises like curls at the END of your workouts. Why do you think professional athletes are so HUGE? (Hint: It’s not from doing “curls for the girls”…)

I highly recommend you watch Matt’s presentation on building muscle in which he reveals one crazy trick to building muscle FAST that you’ve never heard of before and doesn’t require any supplements or workout gadgets. Check it out here now:

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P.S. Matt just told me that this video is generating too much controversy and he’s getting a lot of heat from big name supplement companies. Make sure you check it out right now while it’s still available…
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Zinc Magnesium Benefits Beyond Strength

Zinc

Zinc (Photo credit: AJC1)

Zinc and magnesium combinations offer many more tangible health benefits than the marked increases in muscular strength and size so familiar to explosive strength athletes. From a heightened immune system to liver protection, zinc is a wonder mineral. Magnesium is essential to muscle and heart function, and is now regarded as playing a critical role in preventing a number of illnesses.

Bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts were quick to borrow the zinc and magnesium mineral mixtures to reach their own goals. The combination uses the aspartate forms of the 2 major ingredients and adds a little vitamin B-6 to increase their absorption. The supplement is available in a number of brand names.

Its initial popularity two years ago was due to a study that detailed the effects of the supplement on college football players in an 8-week training period. All athletes in the study were experienced lifters.

The results were spectacular. The athletes taking the mineral combination posted an average 11.6% increase in leg strength, compared to 4.6% in the placebo group. The group taking zinc and magnesium also had a 30% increase in free and total testosterone levels, compared to 10% decreases in the placebo group.

While these gains alone are enough to prompt many athletes to take the mix, other values of the two minerals for the general population — whether or not they train with weights are enormous.

Zinc
Zinc is essential to numerous chemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis and cellular energy. Its immune system values begin with zinc’s ability to regulate the production of T cells. Zinc also helps provides critical protection to the liver, assists in deterring enlargement of the prostate gland, and is essential in maintaining reproductive organ health.

Zinc’s most popular application has been zinc lozenges, which have been shown to reduce the length and severity of common cold symptoms by 45-50%. Lozenges without an acid base (like orange, lemon, or others with flavorings that have citric acid or vitamin C) are markedly more effective. Take your vitamin C four hours later or earlier than your zinc. The suggested Daily Value for zinc is 15 milligrams, and these mineral combinations usually contain twice that. If you take that amount continually you’ll need additional supplemental copper.

Magnesium
Magnesium is essential for normal heart function, transporting neurochemicals essential in muscle function and mood regulation, and in the critical balance of sodium and potassium within our cells. Despite its vital contributions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 74% of people take in less than the recommended Daily Value of 400 milligrams (for men). The zinc and magnesium formulations usually contain 450 milligrams.

Remember to take zinc-magnesium formulations on an empty stomach just before going to bed. The test results were based on following those protocols.