A research-backed review of Bio X4 (is it a scam?)

Bio X4 is a blend of four major ingredients which possess health benefits like weight loss, energy boost and preventing cancer and cardiovascular diseases. 

The four major ingredients of Bio X4 are: Colony Forming Units (CFU) of probiotic bacteria, an enzymatic blend of amylase and bromelain, Epigallocatechin Gallate, and a natural extract of Caralluma Fimbriata.

The supplement also claims to help the body against heart diseases and cancer.

Role of Bio X4 in preventing cancer

The ingredient which possesses anticancer properties in Bio X4 is EGCG.

EGCG is a catechin which is most commonly present in green tea. A scientific research was conducted to study the effect of EGCG in the prevention of different cancers and tumors in an individual.

This study was conducted on 10 polyphenolic compounds out of which one was EGCG. It was revealed from the study that EGCG had the most potent effect on cell cycle distribution and natural cell apoptosis. EGCG worked as an affective antiproliferative agent and potentiated the phenomena of cell apoptosis i.e. natural cell death in the body. [click to continue…]

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Garcinia cambogia full review (is it a scam?)

The garcinia gummi-gutta plant, sometimes also referred to by its previous scientific name of garcinia cambogia, is another in a long line of herbal extracts with purported weight loss effects. 

It’s a tree native to Indonesia whose fruit has been used for a wide range of applications in southeast Asia. 

As is often the case with unknown herbal supplements, garcinia cambogia extract rocketed to fame after being featured on the Dr. Oz Show.

There’s seemingly no end to the torrent of exotic plants, fruits, and vegetables that are claimed to hold the key to fast, safe, and effective weight loss.  Though a cynic might dismiss the constant parade of new weight loss supplements from these plants as a waste of time, it is admittedly the case that many drugs that are now mainstays of medical treatment were once exotic or little-known herbal extracts (like forskolin).

The short answer for garcinia cambogia: there is some evidence that it might help, but studies can’t prove it.

Lab animal research on garcinia cambogia extract

Interest in garcinia cambogia first arose after research in rodents appeared to demonstrate a fat-burning effect.  A 2003 study published by K. Hayamizu and other researchers at Kyushu University in Japan investigated the effect of a garcinia cambogia extract in mice who were fed an obesity-inducing diet (1).  [click to continue…]

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Is cannabidiol (CBD oil) worth the hype?

With the ongoing legal and political battles over marijuana legalization, you’ve heard about a compound called cannabidiol, or CBD. 

It’s a cannabinoid, meaning that it’s one of the dozens of bio-active chemicals found in cannabis.  The most famous cannabinoid, of course, is THC—it’s this cannabinoid which is responsible for the “high” associated with smoking marijuana.  Cannabidiol, on the other hand, does not create a psychoactive high – it’s of interest mostly for medical applications

Cannabidiol is most easily used in a liquid form.  Since it’s not soluble in water, it is dissolved in a vegetable oil (often olive oil) and referred to as CBD oil.  Its intriguing biological properties have attracted attention from scientists and medical researchers studying a number of health problems.

In June of 2015, Nora D. Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse gave a presentation to the United States Senate Drug Caucus (1). 

The caucus had called a hearing to inquire on the potential medical uses for cannabidiol, which remains difficult or illegal to obtain and use (depending on the oil’s source) in many states.  In it, she described the state of the scientific research behind the use of cannabidiol oil for a wide range of health problems. [click to continue…]

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The truth about Meratrim (full review)

Meratrim is a newer weight loss supplement that is a patented blend of two herbal supplements, Garcinia mangostana, also known as “mangosteen,” and Sphaeranthus indicus flower heads.

Manufactured by InterHealth Nutraceuticals Incorporated, maker of other brands such as Super Citrimax, Relora, 7-Keto, Aller-7, and others.

InterHealth Nutraceuticals Inc. claims that Meratrim can lead to an 11 pound weight loss in just eight weeks, and that it is four times more effective than diet and exercise alone.

The maker of Meratrim cites three clinical studies that support Meratrim’s efficacy as a weight loss subject. 

Each of these three studies will be examined in-depth.

The science behind Meratrim

The first study was conducted by Judith S. Stern and other researchers involved in a collaboration between the University of California Davis and Nagarjuna Hospitals in India (1). 

Some 60 tests subjects who were classified as obese or morbidly obese were split into two subject groups.  Studies in the first group served as a control; they received a placebo pill to take twice daily.  The second group was issued Meratrim capsules containing 400 mg of the supplement blend, which they were instructed to take twice every day. [click to continue…]

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Everything you need to know about Nugenix

Nugenix is one of the most popular testosterone supplements.

Being young was great.  Staying lean and muscular was easy – you had a great libido, and you approach everything in life with a breezy energy. 

A big part of this is your testosterone levels.  Testosterone, the “male hormone,” plays an integral role in your biology and psychology. 

As you get older, your testosterone levels start to go down. 

According to research by Peter T. Ellison and other researchers at Harvard, Yale, and a number of other top schools, the age-related decline in testosterone is associated with lower muscle mass, a low libido, erectile dysfunction, and depression, among other health problems (1).  Given this, it would be fantastic if you could take a supplement that would naturally boost your testosterone to where it was when you were in your twenties.

This is what Nugenix Testosterone Booster promises to do.  It’s a supplement with a blend of ingredients that it claims will boost your testosterone.  Broadly, the ingredients can be broken down into two categories: vitamins & minerals, and proprietary herbal extracts. 

Zinc

The first ingredient listed on Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster’s supplement facts label is zinc.  A study published in 1996 by a team of researchers at Wayne State University in Michigan demonstrated that zinc intake and deficiency are strongly related to testosterone levels in adults (2).  Older men with slight zinc deficiency in their diets saw their testosterone levels nearly double once they started taking a zinc supplement.

However, the actual amount of zinc in Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster is relatively small—only five milligrams per serving, according to the label.  This amounts to less than seven percent of your recommended daily intake—on par with the amount of zinc in one patty of ground beef—so it’s unlikely that the zinc content of Nugenix can have a significant impact on your testosterone levels by itself. [click to continue…]

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The full truth about ADHD and nutrition

adhd-nutritionScientific proof that the behavioral disorder known as ADHD is caused by diet doesn’t exist, but research indicates a nutritional approach to improving symptoms can be very effective in some cases.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been the focus of many studies, and the role of dietary adjustments, as well as supplements, is still being explored.

Both children and adults can be affected by ADHD, and it is believed that genetics influence the risk for developing the disorder. (1, 2)

Malnutrition in early life has also been implicated, and exposure to toxic substances in the environment is under investigation as a contributing factor. (3, 4)

Reduced levels of noradrenaline and dopamine in parts of the brain responsible for self-regulation may be the origin point of problems associated with ADHD, leading to behavioral issues like these: (5, 6, 7, 8)

  • Difficulty in completing tasks
  • Impaired ability to perceive time
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Trouble staying focused

These challenges often lead to problems in classrooms, as well as the ability to perform work or participate in satisfying relationships. [click to continue…]

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New study reveals the 12 most addictive foods

addicting-foodsUp to one-fifth of Americans may suffer from eating behaviors that could be classified as a food addiction; among those who are obese or overweight, the percentage can be much higher. (1)

Food addiction is a relatively new term and has not yet gained full recognition as a clinical disorder, but studies are ongoing to determine the nature of the syndrome, as well as how the number of people are affected.

Much like the manner in which drug addicts cannot control their use of drugs, food addicts are unable to control their consumption of certain foods, leading to overeating, weight gain, and various health issues, including obesity. (2, 3)

The tool currently accepted as the standard for assessing food addiction was developed at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

The assessment protocol of the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) has been used in more than 25 studies by researchers working on establishing a baseline for understanding and treating the disorder. (4)

Surveys indicate the most common foods that trigger addictive-like behavior are processed foods that are high in sugar, fat, or both.

We’ll take a look here at the results from a study done with more than 500 participants at the University of Michigan, which pinpoints the 12 foods most likely to trigger addictive behavior. (5) [click to continue…]

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Everything you need to know about candida yeast

garlic1Yeast infections are usually caused by Candida albicans yeast, which are microscopic fungi that can grow on the skin, in or around the mouth, and in the gut. (1, 2)

While these organisms are harmless under normal circumstances, when the body’s immune system is weakened, yeast infections can occur.

Speaking with your doctor should be first on the list of action to take if you think you may have a yeast infection; there are also dietary choices that can make a difference in preventing or discouraging overgrowth of Candida yeast.

These five tips could help if you have problems with Candida yeast.

  1. Coconut Oil

Plants develop defenses against fungi and yeast to stay healthy, and the lauric acid found in coconut oil is a perfect example.

This saturated fatty acid has been the subject of extensive study because of its anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. [click to continue…]

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