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Must See! Yacon Syrup Newest Weight Loss Breakthrough

yacon-syrup-breakthrough-signI’d love to believe in every new diet supplement that hits the weight loss market. But let’s be honest here – you can’t really do that since so many of them never live up to the hype that surrounds them. Lately, the diet pill I most highly recommend has been garcinia cambogia. But today I want to share something with you that might rank right up there with it and it’s call Yacon syrup. Actually, you can get find it in syrup form, pills, powder and more. Never heard of it? Don’t worry. I hadn’t either until a few weeks ago. Then the other day I noticed that Dr. Oz had taken notice of it too.

That’s good and bad. Most of what he recommends I can agree with (not always). But once something gets buzzed up on his daytime TV show then it often fuels a marketing frenzy. That means marketers will start pushing it as hard as they can with no real research of their own, just trying to make a quick buck. So be forewarned.

Can Yacon Syrup Actually Help with Weight Loss?

questions-weight-loss-roadIn my research, the answer to that question is an astounding yes. Sometimes when the newest, hottest diet product is revealed, there’s almost no real research behind the claims. Thankfully, that’s not the case here. There has been quite a bit of qualified research already done on it. There was a 120-day study that led many participants to lose an impressive amount of weight – about 30 pounds, as well as losing roughly 2 inhces around the waist. I don’t know about you, but I find that very promising, especially since they weren’t doing anything different other than they started using yacon syrup.

Dr. Oz did his own reseach on this – for over a year. Then that wasn’t even enough. He also brought in a panel of experts and other doctors. They were all in agreement that yacon is definitely promising.

“ The results showed “Daily intake of yacon syrup produced a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index.”

Natural Organic Supplement with Many Health Benefits

Yacon isn’t something that can only be used as a diet aid, either. There are actually several benefits that you can expect from using it. Other than being natural and organic, which translates to safe, you can also lower your bad cholesterol levels (LDL levels) just by using these pills. It can also aid in regulating your digestive system, so it’s also recommended anyone who suffers from chronic constipation.

“Now this is why I’m passionate about it, it’s not just about losing weight, Yes you’ll get that I know that’s why people will try this, but if it can get your blood sugar down that’s a Gold Mine for us when it comes to your health.” -Dr. Oz

What is Yacon – Is It Really All Natural?

natural-organic-pillsOf course it is. If you buy a quality product. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I worry that marketers will start throwing crap products together that are cheaply made with no concern about quality. That means filling it up with artificial ingredients, not making sure it’s effective, not testing it etc. But in a good yacon product then yes, it is absolutely all natural. It comes from the yacon plant found naturally in South America. The Andes Mountains to be exact.

Like apples? Like syrup? You’ll probably even ENJOY the taste of this supplement. It is naturally sweet and has a taste that will almost remind you of apples. In fact, many people like to use it as a natural, EXTREMELY LOW CALORIE sweetener – great in teas. The sryup form of the supplement is derived from the roots of this plant.

How Does It Work?

Yacon syrup and pills have a very important ingredient that’s responsible for the making the magic happen. It’s called Fructooligosaccharide… Good golly, I know! The first time I seen that word I was like “A whaaat?? How do you even say that?” But who cares, really. We’ll refer to it as FOS. Just like we refer to the hydroxycitric acid in garcinia cambogia as HCA. So just remember to look for FOS. FOS is the ingredient responsible for the sweet flavor of yacon, too. But the amazing thing is – it’s sweet, but not treated like sugar in your body.

The Science Behind Yacon’s Magic

You know about probiotics by now, I’m sure. But have you heard of prebiotics? They sound very alike and a lot of people get confused. So here’s a breakdown as easy as I can put it:

prebiotics-imageProbiotic: Suspected to have many health benefits, but not proven.
Prebiotic: Provides an array of health benefits, many of which have been medically proven

Probiotic: Live bacteria found in many products such as yogurt and other dairy products. It has to be protected and kept alive in order to provide any benefit, but can easily lose its effectiveness due to stomach acids, bodily heat and other factors.
Prebiotic: A special form of fiber that remains unchanged when it enters your body.

Probiotic: Being a bacteria, it competes with the many other bacteria in your body for attention.
Prebiotic: Nourishes, grows and benefits the bacteria we all have in our bodies.

Probiotics have been getting all the attention lately, but personally, I would take prebiotics over probiotics anyday. And yacon is a prebiotic. It specifically helps nourish and grow flora. What is flora?

Flora: Microscopic organisms that in turn nourishes the “skinny bacteria” in your body. Those that determine how easily you absorb nutrients, as well as fight off potentially dangerous organisms in your body. They take the FOS and create short chain fatty acids.

The Fatty Acids: Increases the sensitivity that tissue has to insulin and helps prevent cholesterol synthesis in the liver.

Following me so far? Now, to see why it’s important… It all comes down to this, which is right from Dr. Oz himself:

“Researchers show that first way it works is to speed up your metabolism, by promoting the skinny bacteria. Yacon syrup very interestingly lowers the hunger hormone ‘ghrelin’ which brings you down towards fullness, and keeps you down by also controlling insulin.  -Dr. Oz”

What’s the Best Way to Use Yacon?

That’s kind of a personal choice, really. You can find it in the form of syrup, pills, dried chips or the root itself. Any of them will provide health benefits, assuming you bought a quality, natural product. They’re all going to contain the FOS that’s vital to it working like it’s supposed to. But if you ask me, pills are the way to go. Some people like to use the syrup as a sweetener, which I do from time to time. But I just find that it’s much easier to pop the pill with my morning juice (made from fresh fruit, of course).

Where Can You Buy It?

shop-smart-onlineAs I’ve said (Yes, I’m going to continue to pound this into your head) – you’ll probably start seeing yacon everywhere. That means hundreds, if not thousands of places to choose from. So for now, I’ll just stick to some points of what to look for and what to watch out for when buying yacon pills or syrup, including the tips that Dr. Oz gives:

  • Look for and understand any money back guarantee or refund policy
  • Check for artificial filler ingredients
  • Always read the label before buying. If you can’t, don’t buy it
  • Don’t buy products claiming to be an alternative to prescription medication
  • Stay away from products with misspellings on the packaging
  • Stay away from products with foreign language on the packaging
  • Stay away from products promising the moon i.e. losing 25 pounds in 5 days
  • Research and stay away from products potentially identified by the FDA as tainted

Is It Right for You?

As I’ve said, there’s more to yacon pills than merely weight loss. Because of the many health benefits that it provides, there are actually a lot of people who could benefit from using. If you answer yes to any of the following questions then I recommend you look into yacon further:

  • Do you need more fiber?
  • Do you want or need to lose weight?
  • Do you suffer from IBS or chronic constipation?
  • Do you need to lower your blood sugar?
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Liquid Raspberry Ketone Burn Will Burn A Hole in Your Pocketbook

raspberry-burn-moneyWith the major influx of raspberry ketone products on the market since Dr. Oz called the product the “No. 1 miracle in a bottle to burn your fat”, it’s almost a full-time job to keep up with all the new products being introduced. Liquid Raspberry Ketone Burn is just one of the (very) many. Besides being a mouthful to say (let alone remember), Liquid Raspberry Ketone Burn has very few things going for it as far as we’re concerned.

A lot of people will like the liquid form. Taking capsules can become tiresome for so many. Two droppersful of a pleasant-tasting liquid held under the tongue for 30 seconds will be much preferred by some.

Hiding the Truth? Where’s the Ingredients?!

Liquid Raspberry Ketone Burn is very forthcoming in telling you that they have mixed their raspberry ketones with both African Mango extract and Green Tea. However, nowhere on the website can you see a copy of the actual label or ingredients list. There is seemingly no way to know from the website how many milligrams of the actual raspberry ketones are in each recommended dosage. They are evidently relying on the beautiful, brightly colored pictures and testimonials of (their words, not ours) “good looking and happy people” to sell you their product.

cluelessTechnical Issues?

Many people may find it annoying that the testimony of their main expert, Dr. Oz, won’t load correctly, and they’re left wondering what in the world happened, and is anyone ever going to notice and fix it?

They’re either clueless or don’t care. If a company can’t be bothered with making sure their site works, what makes you think that they’ll put anymore effort into making a quality product or making sure customers are happy? I mean, the site should be their portal to information for a consumer. If they can’t handle that, then I sure wouldn’t trust them with my money. Would you?

Price Too Way Steep

money-goneThe final straw for us was the price. All that can be yours for just $69.95 for a MERE 15 day supply, and that’s $30 off the original price. If you’re brave enough to buy 8 bottles, you can cut that cost down to about $50 per bottle. However, should you find yourself dissatisfied with the product, a refund will ONLY be given for unopened bottles, and there will be a 25% restocking fee as well.

Let’s think about that for a moment… You decide to trust them with your business and you buy a single bottle. You start taking it and realize it just isn’t working. Guess what? You’re just out of luck and out that $70 since refunds are only made on unopened bottles. That makes no sense. You should never have to  jump through hoops like that. This is a prime example why you need to choose your products carefully.


While liquid raspberry ketone drops are one of our most recommended weight loss supplements, we have to say no on this one. They completely overcharge, they won’t show you the actual ingredients and amounts of each one by giving you the option to view the label. They say they offer 100% money back guarantee, but they don’t. It should read “100% money back guarantee IF you BUY MULTIPLE bottles and want to return ONLY UNOPENED ones”. Then you get the pleasure of paying restocking fees, like it’s your fault their magical blend didn’t work.

How to Find a Good Raspberry Ketones Supplier?

Research, research, research. You can’t simply visit a site and decide that because it’s beautiful and appears like a truly legit company with awesome products that you can trust them. Like we pointed out above, I’m sure there are plenty of ticked off customers who tried to return their unused bottles – only to find out that they don’t “qualify”, because the bottle was open. Always read the fine print and verify claims that they make. Of course, you may not have time to drill down on each brand. No worries – we’re always watching the industry and keeping consumers up to date.  Right now, we can solidly recommend these raspberry ketone drops. 

Dr. Oz recommends drops & these are best because:

  • They’re absorbed super-fast, giving you results quicker
  • You aren’t paying for a blend of fake, filler ingredients (yes, some companies do this!)
  • Has been proven many times to be effective
  • Is truly, completely 100% natural
  • Offers an honest money back guarantee
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Green Coffee Premium at a Ridiculous Price

Is green coffee premium brand a scam?Holy smokes! There just doesn’t seem to be an end in sight since we’ve recently just started having a look-see at some particular green coffee supplement sellers that seem to be doing well. This is the latest one: Green Coffee Premium. Don’t get me wrong. The site is beautiful. The bottle and label are amazing. I can see why so many people would fall for it and hit the order button before even looking much further. So ya gotta give props to their designer I suppose.

Why Won’t They Show Us The Label?

But if people would slow down for a second, they would be able to see that this by far not one of the best deals on green coffee extract. First of all, let’s look at the label. As Dr. Oz recommends, always read the label. It’s the only sure way you’ll be able to tell if it provides good value or not. There needs to a bare minimum of 45% chlorogenic acid and preferably you want Svetol or GCA. But wait… Oh that’s right, this is another company that doesn’t think you should be able to see the label before buying.

>>   According to Dr. Oz – If you can’t read the label, Don’t BUY IT!   <<


Too Darn Expensive

The second thing is something that’s becoming way too common… the price. People are paying $48 for a bottle of GCA coffee supplements that are merely 400 mg capsule? That’s really too bad, as that isn’t very much when you’re paying almost $50 a pop. You can get a stronger, more effective extract for cheaper. Why would you want to spend more if you aren’t getting a better quality product or at least getting more of a product? That’s right… you wouldn’t. Naturally.

Tricky Return Policies

Again, this is another company that makes you think they have a complete money back guarantee. “Complete Satisfaction Guaranteed!” “100% Money Back Guarantee!”. But go ahead. Read the fine print on the conditions. Nope, they have no section or link prominently placed to help you find the fine print on returns. You have to dig through their Terms and Conditions page in order to find it. There are plenty of loopholes so they don’t have to refund your purchase:

  • Product must be unopened (so if you use it and you aren’t happy with it, you don’t get your money back)
  • But hey, if you trusted them enough to order one of their multi-packs or got a “buy three, get three free” offer (or similar)… you’re still out of luck. The complete combo pack must be returned in full, at your expense, and unopened if you stand a chance of getting a complete refund.

So yes, their site is pleasing to the eyes. But their product is not going to be pleasing to your wallet and you aren’t even allowed to view the actual ingredient label? Beware.

Choosing Your Extract

Be careful and do your own due diligence before buying any kind of health supplement. After all of the research we’ve done, this is by far the best green coffee extract that you can buy right now. It’s got everything you should look for in a green coffee bean extract without the high price tag. It’s more effective AND cheaper than Green Coffee Premium, plus they offer a true money back guarantee with not strings attached. 

svetol green coffee

As recommended by Dr Oz, it:

  • contains Svetol
  • completely natural with no filler ingredients
  • Has 50% Chlorogenic Acids
  • Is proven to be effective
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Green coffee, Raspberry Ketone, and African Mango and the Superfruit diet

Currently, there are more than a few supplements that can help people lose weight. But choosing the right supplement can be very difficult, just because there are so many different ones available. However, there are a few supplements that are known as the superfruit diet supplement. The following are the best all natural supplements on the market, ones that are talked about by some of the most noted talk show hosts in the world, people like Oprah, and Dr. Oz.
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Light and Delicious Dishes that Don't Wreck Your Diet

orange-mull-soupReady for some yummy light dishes to try this summer? has given us a few amazing soups and delicious desserts that won’t throw you off track on your diet….

Orange Mulligatawny Soup

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 broiler fryer chicken, whole or cut in serving pieces
  • 1 cup chopped celery and leaves
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 apples, pared, cored and diced
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and diced 11/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/3 cup uncooked regular rice

In large kettle, combine orange juice, water, chicken, celery, carrots, onion, 1 apple, I tomato, and salt. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove chicken, remove meat from bones, cut into bite-size pieces. Return to broth. Add remaining apple, tomato, curry powder and rice. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Makes about 6 servings.

Corn Chowder

  • 1 pound turkey wings (or chicken wings, if preferred)
  • 1 strip bacon, chopped 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 11/2 quarts water
  • can (17 ounces) whole kernel golden sweet corn 2/3 cup half and half 11/2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Wash and cut wings into 1 to 11/2 inch pieces crosswise. Stir bacon in Dutch oven
over high heat. When fat from bacon starts to melt, add onion. Cook, stirring constantly, until glossy. Add turkey, salt and pepper. Stir two minutes over high heat.

Add carrots, celery and water. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer covered 2 hours.
Add undrained canned. corn; cook 30 minutes. Mix half and half with flour in small bowl. Add 1/2 cup hot chowder, mix well.

Continue adding chowder in small amounts and mixing until flour completely dissolves and no lumps remain. Stir into chowder.

Simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley. Makes about 21/2 quarts.

Mandarin Orange Salad

  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange flavor gelatin
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon flavor gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pint pineapple sherbet
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
  • Combine gelatin and water. Place in refrigerator. When slightly set, fold in sherbet and orange segments. Chill until set.
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  • Spiced Peach Salad
  • 1 Jar spiced peaches
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon flavor gelatin
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese chopped nuts

Drain syrup from peaches and bring to boiling point. Add and dissolve gelatin. Mash peaches; add to gelatin. Mix cheese and nuts; form into small balls; add to gelatin. Chill.Mrs. Harold

Apricot Salad

  • 1 package (6 ounces) apricot flavor gelatin
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple 1 can (8 ounces) apricots
  • 1 small carton sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup pecans
  • 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger

Drain fruit; add enough water to juice to make 2 cups. Dissolve gelatin in 2 cups boiling juice. Let cool. Mash apricots, add pineapple and sour cream. Add to cooled gelatin. Add pecans, lemon juice and ginger. Mix and chill.

Lemon Fluff

  • 1 large can evaporated milk
  • 1 package (4 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 13/4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 21/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs Cherries for decoration (optional)

Chill unopened can of milk until icy cold, about 4 hours. Dissolve gelatin in hot water. Chill until partially set. Whip until light and fluffy. Add lemon juice and sugar. Whip chilled milk, fold into gelatin mixture. Line bottom of 9×13 pan with crumbs. Pour gelatin mixture over crumbs. Top with remaining crumbs. Chill until firm. Cut into squares, center each with cherry. Serves 12.

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Interval Training for Quick Results

Is your exercise routine getting boring or just not providing the same kind of results as it once did? If so, you might wanna look into interval training.It doesn’t matter what you like to do… running, zamba, swimming, spin classes, etc. All you have to do to incorporate interval training is to push it extremely hard for a few minutes, then slow it down or rest for a few minutes (or maybe seconds).

What’s this do? You’re stressing the heck out of your cardiovascular system, that’s what! Why would you want to do that? Your muscles build up something called lactic acid. This acid improves your stamina, energy and strength. So while you’re on the down swing and easy mode (or rest) your body is actually preparing for the next push.

Professional athletes or at least life-long athletes have been using interval training for years. They know it’s the key to getting quick results and constantly improving your athletic ability. But for the general population, it’s still relatively new. Let’s look at why you should incorporate interval training into your routine…

It’s been shown that if you use interval training to its fullest, you can greatly improve your athletic ability. Your body learns to maximize the use of oxygen to gain energy when you need it – much better than if you always maintained the same level of difficulty in an exercise session. As your body learns to process oxygen better, you get stronger. You get faster. You up your game dramatically.

Are You Ready for Interval Training?

Of course, if you’re a beginner who has just started to exercise routinely then you may need to wait a bit before you try to push yourself too hard in interval training. You need to have a solid base level of physical fitness or you’re very likely going to risk injuries. If you don’t have any health conditions, shoot for 30-40 minutes of exercise several times per week at least. When you’ve been doing that and are comfortable with it, aim to get to a heart rate of 220 minus your age. i.e. if you’re 20, then aim for 200. That’s how you can figure your max heart rate.

Start Interval Training

Ok, you’ve been exercising regularly and you’ve established a healthy, strong fitness base. It’s time to up the ante. But don’t do interval training everyday. Your body needs 24/48 hours to fully recover from such intense exercise. Also keep in mind that with interval training, you’ll burn quite a bit more carbs than before. That means you should feed some extra carbs back into your body to refuel and recover. Don’t go crazy, but get a few hundred grams definitely.

Don’t Crash and Burn

When you start doing intervals you want to make sure that you’ll be able to finish. If you’re running, do a strong fast run during the high-intensity portions, but don’t flat out sprint if that means you won’t be able to finish. By being able to finish, we mean two things: You want to be able to finish the last few seconds high-intensity portions with the same speed and strength as the fist few seconds. You also want the last high-intensity portion to be as strong as the first one of the day. Remember it doesn’t have to be an ‘all or nothing’ type of thing. Some research has shown just as good results with medium-intensity portions as high-intensity. Just make sure you’re getting in those short burst of oomph!



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Boost Low White Blood Cell Count and Immune Function Naturally

Low white blood cell counts are indicative of a suppressed immune system and can have many causes. Emotional state and stress, an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, and nutritional intake can all cause lower immune system response and low white blood cell counts. Low immunity can also be caused by a number of health conditions, by surgical or medical treatments and by the natural aging process. Whatever the cause, low immunity and low white blood cell counts prevent the body from being able to have an optimum response to infections and illness. Here are some things which can help prevent low immunity and keep white blood cell counts high:

- Avoid sugar and keep sweet stuff to a minimum. Sugar prevents white blood cells from being their strongest
- Eliminate unhealthy fats. Polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, and sunflower oil are deterrents to a healthy immune system.
- If you are overweight, lose a few pounds. Being overweight is very detrimental to your immune system and studies have shown that overweight people are less able to fight off infection.
- Drink plenty of water to boost the immune system as well as flush out toxins
- Exercise is a proven immune system booster. Exercise is best in moderation, however, since too much exercise may wear the body down and create immune system problems.
- Avoid stress and try to relax. Stress is rightly called the silent killer and too much stress invariably leads to a lowered immune system.

Many food items help boost immune function and white blood cell counts. For example:

Carrots and other red, yellow, orange, and dark-green leafy vegetables contain beta carotene which helps protect the immune system, especially the thymus gland. Beta carotene and other carotenes also strengthen white blood cell production, and foods rich in beta-carotene help the body better fight off infection.

Yogurt can be very beneficial for the immune system. It helps the body produce antibodies and strengthens white blood cells.

A cup of kale will give you your daily requirement of vitamin A. This is an antioxidant that helps your body fight cancer cells and is essential in the formation of white blood cells. Vitamin A also increases the ability of antibodies to respond to invaders.

People who eat more garlic have more natural killer white blood cells.

Other helpful foods include chicken, kale, almonds, guava, crab, dark grapes and navy beans.

Supplements can play a big role in boosting immune function and white blood cell counts. Some examples:

- Oleander extract in herbal supplement form. One herbal oleander based supplement was 100% effective in a clinical trial of raising white blood cell counts in HIV/AIDS patients with extremely compromised immune systems.

- Astragalus root helps stimulate white blood cells and protects against invading organisms. It also enhances production of the important natural compound interferon to fight against viruses.

- Zinc is necessary for white blood cell function and it acts as a catalyst in the immune system’s killer response to foreign bodies.

- Vitamin C is an immune enhancer that helps white blood cells perform at their peak and quickens the immune system response.

- The trace mineral selenium is vital to the development and movement of white blood cells.

- Both Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) and Asian ginseng provide support for the immune system.

- Echinacea helps stimulate the immune system in a variety of ways, including increased white blood cell production.

- Green Tea also stimulates production of white blood cells.

Some other potent immune boosters are pau d arco, suma, medicinal mushrooms, beta glucans and aloe vera.

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About the author

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hostsThe Best Years in Lifewebsite for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including “Cancer’s Natural Enemy” and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group “S.A N.E.Vax. Inc” which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers.
Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone “Ask Tony Isaacs – featuring Luella May” forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group “Oleander Soup” and he serves as a consultant to the “Utopia Silver Supplement Company”.

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Boosting Brain Function with Berries

You know how much we love keeping up with superfruits and news about natural health supplements, so it should come as no surprise that we’ve found another great news bit about berries. More than 16,000 women (70-years-old and up) took part in a study that seemed to show a great connection between berries and memory improvement. In fact, those who ate the most berries on a weekly basis kept a better memory for more than years longer than the others.

A researcher by the name of Elizabeth Devore, who currently works at the Channing Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said that she doesn’t see any reason why men would have any difference in these kinds of results. And while this study was sponsored by the California Strawberry Commission, it was published by the Annals of Neurology without hesitation. Devore highlighted the fact that the writing, results and data analysis were all done independently and that the strawberry commission played no role in these aspects of the study.

This could be great news since there are an alarming number of Alzheimer patients and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of that slowing down.

Devore recommends that everyone try to include more berries in their diet. In the study, participants were tested every couple of years (1995-2001). Those who consumed a minimum of either half a cup of blueberries each week or two and half cups of strawberries saw amazing benefits over those who ate less than that.

How do Berries Help?

The energy generators for your brain cells are called mitochrondria. They’re also thought to be responsible for producing some toxic substances that often result in Alzheimer’s disease, though. You have probably heard them referred to as free radicals. Antioxidants are known to interact with these substances and prevent them from causing damage. Berries are an amazing source of flavonoids that act as antioxidants, which could be the main reason why there’s such a connection between berries and brain function improvement.

The only thing to take a bit of caution about is that the participants diet were not controlled, but was simply reported by the participants own recollections. You can read more about this study on this CNN Health blog or you can read more about  natural health supplements and the superfruit diet.

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8 Simple Natural Beauty Tips

If you want to enhance your natural beauty, it really isn’t as difficult as you may think. There are all kinds of things you can do each day and small changes that you can make that will naturally bring out your natural beauty. Whether you realize it or not, there are things you do each and every day that affect your appearance. Here are just eight simple things you can do each day that will help you look your best…

No Hands on Your Face

Many people have a tendency to touch their face often. This is a habit that should be broken if you don’t want to encourage the formation of pimples and other skin problems. Your hands touch all kinds of things that you don’t normally even think twice about and if you’re touching your face, you’re bringing all that dirt, bacteria and more right into contact with your facial skin. You can also irritate the skin if you’re messing with your face too much. So minimize hand to face skin contact and when you must do it, make sure that you wash your hands first.

Alcohol in Skin Care

When you’re buying skin care products, make sure that you skip the ones that have lots of alcohol in them. If you use products that contain a lot of alcohol then you will most likely end up drying out your skin and that will make your skin appear duller than it should. So read the labels when you’re shopping and choose products that contain little or no alcohol in them.

Dress Accordingly

It might seem pretty obvious, but the clothes you choose to wear have a big effect on the way you look. Choose your colors carefully. Choose colors that compliment your skin color and tone. Use fits that flatter the features of your body that you’re proud of. But stay comfy! Make sure whatever you choose to wear is not too restricting or otherwise comfortable. There’s nothing beautiful about someone who is restricted, fumbling around or clearly uncomfortable.

Skip a Shampoo

Believe it or not, skipping a shampoo can have some beautiful benefits. Of course, we don’t mean going all week without shampooing – simply skip a wash here and there. If you’re washing your hair day-in and day-out, you’re putting strain on your scalp. Too much shampooing usually will lead to dry scalp, dry-looking hair and even dandruff. Not beautiful.

Toss Old Makeup

You shouldn’t have any makeup in your bathroom that’s older than a year. At some point each year, you should go through your makeup – throw out the old stuff and buy new ones.


Make it a point to exfoliate a few times each week to remove the old, dead skin cells. If you let those skin cells pile up then it can irritate your skin, cause pimples and even dry out your skin. So get yourself a gentle exfoliating product and keep some on hand.

No More Flaky Mascara

If your mascara is flaky then there’s a good chance that it’s old and needs replaced. After each use, make sure that the container is sealed properly to make sure it doesn’t start drying out. It’s never beautiful to have flaky mascara spotting up your skin.

Cool Eyes

To bring out your natural beauty, make sure that you are keeping your eyes cool. This is especially important when the weather is hot. Besides making you look more beautiful, it’s relaxing and can help eliminate any dark under eye circles. Dip some cotton pads into cucumber juice and let them rest on your eyes for several minutes each day.

Thats it for taking care of your face. For your waistline, consider taking garcinia cambogia extract

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Acai Berry, Diabetes, Weight Loss and Skin Care

Acai berry advertisements seem to be everywhere these days. Not just advertisements, but featured news stories, studies and health shows have all been talking about it, so we’re sure you have seen your fair share of them right? Acai berry seems to be in everything… you can find acai berry pills, purees, juices, powders and it’s even common to see acai added into popular food and health products. Some red wines are even adding in acai.

If you’re still a little mind-boggled about how one little fruit could be so miraculous, you aren’t alone. What is it that makes acai berry so darn special? Here we’ll talk about how and why acai berry has become such a sensation in the diet world and hopefully make it a little easier to understand why they’re so good for you.

The short answer to why acai berry is so popular is because it’s loaded with tons of vitamins your body needs, but sometimes doesn’t get. It detoxes your body, provides a plethora of antioxidants and helps you naturally lose weight. Why are antioxidants so important? They help improve your blood circulation. Acai berry is even good for helping you improve your cholesterol levels.

Diabetes and Acai

Diabetes is a scary disease that seems to be running rampant in America. It’s not much of a surprise, considering the obesity levels though. One of three people will suffer from diabetes. Adding acai to your diet has been shown to reduce your chances of developing diabetes.  Even if you already have diabetes, you can add acai to your diet and an enzyme found within this fruit helps prevent the damaging effects diabetes can have on your body. Being a low glycemic food and having anti-inflammatory properties make it a perfect addition to any diabetic’s diet.

Not only that, but acai seems to curb appetite for those that take it, which is another reason why some diabetics have seen results with it. Any diabetic knows that you have to control your appetite and be mindful of what you eat if you don’t to throw your blood sugar levels out of whack.

Radiant Skin with Acai?

Acai berry is also loaded with vitamin E. Vitamin E is essential for healthy, younger looking skin. So by adding acai to your diet, you’re essentially giving yourself more radiant skin. See, it’s more than just weight loss that acai can be used for.

As you can see, acai has many benefits. As researchers get more aggressive in their search for natural cures and discoveries, there’s no telling what we may be able to find in the near future. There’s bound to be other natural plants out there that can help us lead healthier lives and live longer. Right now, acai is certainly one of the best discoveries in recent times.


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