What's Worse Eating Processed Sugar or Trans Fat

What’s Worse Eating Processed Sugar or Trans Fat (Doctor’s Opinion)

A recent question came in online: Which is worse, trans fats or processed sugar? Now, sometimes questions posed like this, which is worse, just begs the conclusion that they’re both bad for you. But based on research, trans fats are worse than processed sugar. Let’s get into the details to understand why that is.

About trans fat

nutritional label focused on trans fatsTrans fat is an unsaturated fatty acid and a by-product of partially hydrogenated oils. It’s found in many processed foods, including margarine, coffee creamers, fast foods, frozen pizza, snack foods, and baked goods. Trans fat is also found in some peanut butter. It is frequently used by the food industry because it improves the stability of flavor and shelf life of food. It seems that the primary reason trans fats were added to the food system was due to the scrutiny of saturated fat that researchers had in the 1950s and ’60s. Considering the benefits to shelf life, flavor stability, and flexibility of food, manufacturers were gladly making the change from saturated fat to trans fat.

Medical professionals consider trans fat to be one of the most unhealthy compounds found in food today. Trans fat consumption is associated with an increase in bad cholesterol (or LDL), decrease in good cholesterol (HDL), and increased inflammation. These health risks can speed up the development of atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, increase the risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cardiac-related sudden death.

scale measuring cholesterol levelIn 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced its decision to eliminate trans fats from food in the United States by 2018. Even though the FDA has recognized the negative health effects of trans fats and is taking steps to remove it, trans fat is still prevalent in our food. While the American Dietetic Association recommends no more than 1% of your daily caloric intake come from trans fats, unclear nutrition labels mean a lot of trans fats are still sneaking into your diet. Anything labeled as “partially hydrogenated fat” or “zero grams of trans fat”, doesn’t mean that there’s no trans fat in the product. This is because the FDA previously allowed products to be labeled with “zero grams of trans fat” as long as the product had less than 0.5 grams of trans fat in it. Multiple servings of “zero” grams of trans fats foods can result in much more than the recommended amount.

In 2006, an analysis found that a 2% increase in trans fat intake is associated with a 23% in cardiovascular disease risk. Cutting commercial trans fat from 2.1% of daily energy intake to 1.1% could potentially prevent 72,000 cardiovascular deaths per year. A drop to 0.1% of daily average energy intake could potentially prevent 228,000 cardiovascular deaths every year in the US.

natural sources of trans fats such as salmon, avocado, olive oil and nuts on a wooden tableNow, there is a difference between processed trans fats and natural sources of trans fats. There are natural sources of trans fats that are produced by ruminant animals such as cows, sheep, and goats. The milk or dairy that they produce contain trans fats. The studies are quite clear that industrial, synthetic forms of trans fat cause an increase in risk factors of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but the same is not true from the naturally-occurring trans fat from ruminant animals.

About processed sugar

cube of sugar half submerged in waterSome people cannot stop themselves from eating too much processed foods, in effect, eating their way into shorter lifespans caused by chronic conditions. It’s wise to be aware of both the evidence and your personal food habits and triggers for overeating junk food. The bottom line is that no amount of trans fats from industrial, synthetic forms has been deemed safe. On the other hand, you can eat sugar — as long as you do so extremely responsibly.

In the 1750s, our average intake of sugar was six to eight pounds per year. In the 1850s, that figure went up to 25 pounds per year. In the 1950s, it went up to 120 pounds per year. Currently, it sits around 130 pounds per year, which is about 40 teaspoons per day. That’s an enormous amount of sugar! Sugar is used for energy, but it’s the over consumption of processed sugar that is really detrimental to health. Estimates are that 20% of current caloric intake is from reduced empty calories of processed sugar.

three wooden spoons with various forms of processed sugars on themArtificial sweeteners such as aspartame, neotame, saccharine, sucralose, cyclamate, and alitame, have all been studied. The truth is that we do not yet know the full impact of artificial sweeteners. What we do know is that artificial sweeteners can trick the brain into thinking that you’re not eating something as sweet as it is, and so you tend to over-consume food. Researchers for Harvard University found that individuals who drink a lot of diet soda or take in a lot of artificial sweeteners may lose their taste for natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables. That’s where the problem lies — when you tend to overconsume processed sugars and artificial sweeteners with disregard to the natural sugars found in fruits in vegetables.

corn syrup in a beaker with a cob of corn in the backgroundHigh-fructose corn syrup is a blend of both glucose and fructose where both molecules are joined together, but it’s highly processed. The metabolic response by the body in reference to mostly leptin and insulin levels are negative when it comes to high-fructose corn syrup. Currently, it’s been concluded by an expert panel that high-fructose corn syrup and sucrose do not have that much difference influence on body composition and obesity. But make no mistake, high-fructose corn syrup is not blameless when it comes to adult obesity. It does cause obesity when over-consumed and is constantly correlated with increases in obesity and the development of diabetes. Sugar-sweetened beverages are associated with chronic inflammation, which can be related to increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Omega 3-7-9 + Krill by zenith labsProcessed sugar has been related to development of obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, cardiovascular disease, kidney stones, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, anxiety, depression, headaches, migraines, ADHD, PMS symptoms, candidiasis or overgrowth of yeast in the intestines, accelerated aging, and decreased immune function. So controlling your intake of processed sugar is important for health.

The bottom line is that you should eat whole foods and healthy fats. Here at Zenith Labs, we’ve created an extremely high quality, high potent Omega 3-7-9 + Krill Oil. You can use it to help cardiovascular disease and inflammation. Let us know your comments below!


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Is Eating Dark Chocolate Actually Healthy

Is Eating Dark Chocolate Actually Healthy (DOCTOR THOUGHTS!)

Consumption of dark chocolate makes you feel good. One of the reasons is because of a compound contained in dark chocolate called phenylethylamine. It’s sometimes also called the “love drug”, because it arouses in our brains similar feelings to those that occur when one’s in love. If you’ve been told that consumption or ingestion of dark chocolate is one of your vices, it’s time we set the record straight to reveal to you what modern scientific research has shown about the potential benefits of consuming dark chocolate.

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

1. Helps improve blood flow

graphic of red blood cells flowing through a veinThe reasons dark chocolate may be beneficial are because of phenylethylamine but also because of the high amounts of polyphenols and antioxidants contained in dark chocolate. One study showed that patients suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD) which causes difficulties in walking acutely improved their walking autonomy by eating dark chocolate (not milk chocolate). Eating dark chocolate every day helped patients walk pain-free. Apart from the polyphenols and antioxidant effects, it may have also been due to increasing nitric oxide levels, which helps to dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow.

Another study showed that dark chocolate was successful in reducing oxidative stress in athletes, as well as reducing muscle and joint pain.

2. Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes

graphic of a clogged arteryCacao bean, where dark chocolate is ultimately derived, is a rich source of bioactive compounds. One of which is a flavin thrill. Its consumption has been associated with several beneficial effects such as the positive modulation of the homeostasis targeted by platelet aggregation. If you can reduce platelet aggregation, you’re decreasing one of the important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. It has also been shown that the consumption of dark chocolate-covered almonds can help control conditions like lipid profiles, so cholesterol and triglycerides reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease, blood sugar control thereby reducing risk factors for diabetes.

3. Prevents DNA damage

graphic of DNA damageAnother study showed that the polyphenols and flavonoids from cacao and dark chocolate significantly prevents DNA damage and improves the nucleus integrity of the cell.

4. Improves tissue oxygenation

graphic of a red blood cellAnother study showed that a single ingestion of dark chocolate improves erythrocyte deformation. Erythrocytes are red blood cells and red blood cells are responsible for transferring the oxygen that we breathe to every cell in the body. When those erythrocytes or red blood cells are deformed, they have less oxygen donating capacity. The consumption acutely of dark chocolate may considerably improve blood flow throughout the body resulting in better tissue oxygenation.

pieces of dark chocolate on a wooden table with mint leaves aroundWe’ve actually developed a supplement of cacao melody which contains unrefined extracts from cacao or the bean that is ultimately made into chocolate. Being unprocessed means that it contains even higher amounts of the polyphenols and antioxidants that are responsible for chocolate’s beneficial effects. We’ve also included some botanical agents to improve cheerful health, energy levels to promote an overall improvement in your mood and physical health. Check it out and let us know what you think!dr ryan shelton


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3 Reasons You Can't Lose Weight

3 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

Losing weight and maintaining healthy weight may be two of the most difficult health challenges that you face in your entire life. If you feel and believe that you’re making all of the correct dietary choices to lose weight and you’re still struggling losing weight, we’ll share with you three tips on how to change that.

Tip #1: Watch your meal frequency and timing, and always eat breakfast

empty plate with a fork and knife placed to make it look like a clock

You may be on a severely restricted calorie intake diet, yet you’re still struggling to lose weight. Research shows that meal frequency and timing is just as important as the amount of calories that you’re intaking every day. One study showed people who ate small, frequent meals, five meals (or more) a day were able to better maintain weight loss compared to individuals who were eating three or less meals a day with the same amount of calories.

The individuals who were eating small, frequent meals lost more weight and they were able to maintain that weight loss.

top down shot of someone having a healthy breakfast of eggs, veggie on toast, and coffee

In addition, most people miss out on the most important meal of the day — breakfast. Many studies have shown that eating a proper breakfast can actually encourage weight loss. Breakfast should be the largest meal, lunch should be in moderation, and dinner should be the smallest meal of the day. Most individuals do just the opposite — they skip breakfast, maybe eat lunch, and then just pound it on at dinnertime. If you’re guilty of this, it’s time to change up your habits and eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

Tip #2: Exercise

middle aged man exercising at the beach

At some point, you’ve probably been told that you can achieve your weight loss goals through diet alone. That’s simply not true. You have to move! Quite a few studies have shown that screen time is negatively associated with your goals to achieve weight loss and maintain that weight loss. The more you’re on your TV, computer, tablets, and phones, the less that active you are. Start limiting your screen time to the best of your ability.

elderly couple in exercise clothes walking in the park

The best kind of exercise is whatever exercise you will do on a consistent basis. It could be as simple as walking. The most important thing is that you move. The studies are pretty clear that cross-training type of exercises that combine cardiovascular training with weight resistance exercise are probably the best to promote weight loss. If you can engage in cross-training exercise, do it!

Tip #3: Make sure your hormones are in balance

female doctor holding up a sign saying hormones

The third tip is making sure that your endocrine system or your hormones are in balance. So many people have dysregulated hormones and that sets the stage for making it more difficult for you to lose weight. The old adage was that hormones decline because we age and gain weight. What research shows is that we age and gain weight because our hormones become dysregulated and imbalanced and decline over time.

For females primarily, we’re talking about estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid. For males, it’s mostly testosterone and thyroid.

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We also have to consider the dramatic increase of “endocrine disruptors”. These are environmental toxins that dysregulate our hormones. Environmental toxins such as BPA, atroscine, dioxins, phthalates, perchlorates, pesticides, and heavy metals can affect your hormone levels. Getting your environmental toxic exposure under control will better regulate the hormones. If those hormones are not in balance, it will be so much more difficult for you to lose weight.

So there you have it! Three tips to help you on your weight loss journey. We’ve also developed a supplement called Trim 14 that helps to curb appetite and boost metabolism that you can use in conjunction with developing healthy habits. Let us know what has worked well for you in terms of reaching and achieving your weight loss goals, we’d love to hear from you!


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The Truth On What Kombucha Does To Your Body (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

The Truth On What Kombucha Does To Your Body (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

Want a better, clearer understanding of what the probiotic drink, kombucha? We’ll delve into how it can benefit your body and if it’s more fiction and fantasy than “superfood”.

Kombucha and Its Benefits

jar of kombucha with scoby inside next to a glass filled with kombucha

Kombucha (also known as “mushroom tea”) is ultimately a fermented drink made from typically green or black tea; although other herbs are used as well. It’s fermented with bacteria and a fungus.

There are two potential benefits of kombucha. Firstly, just the aspect of it being brewed and fermented from green and black tea means you have the benefits of the polyphenols of green and black tea. These have been associated with weight loss, blood sugar control, and cholesterol control. It helps to reduce risks for certain types of cancer, and also promotes immune heath.

The catechins and epicatechins in green and black tea are helpful for the liver detoxification processes, and of course we know it’s high in antioxidants.

kombucha in jars with a plate of scoby next to it

Secondly, the fermentation process of kombucha means that it’s high in probiotics, organic acids, and glucosamine. It helps with digestive health, immune health, and helps with mood and brain health. The organic acids found in kombucha can help the liver to detoxify, and glucosamine can help with joint and skin health. In addition to all the benefits of probiotics, they are also antibacterial to enteropathogenic bacteria.

One study has shown that it may be helpful for fighting against E. coli, shigella, salmonella, and the yeast, candida. Obviously, don’t rely on drinking on kombucha if you have an active, aggressive infection of E. coli, shigella, salmonella, or candida, but it can mitigate and help reduce infection against those enteropathic bacteria.

person lifting a scoby out of a jar of kombucha

Another study also showed that kombucha fermented and derived from oak leaves decreases oxidative stress by improving the parameters of highly pro-inflammatory cytokines, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor alpha. If we can decrease those pro-inflammatory cytokines, we’re doing the body a great benefit.

Now, this is the caveat with kombucha. Some people just simply love it so much that they drink too much — and that can be dangerous. It is recommended to limit your intake of kombucha to about 12 ounces per day, and the reason is that it is high in organic acids. In people predisposed with pre-existing conditions to lactic acidosis or liver toxicity, you can cause problems if you drink too much.

homemade fermented raw kombucha tea with lemons and ginger presented around it on a wooden table

If you are home-brewing the kombucha, you need to take extra care. Unless you’re creating a kombucha with the scoby from and within really highly, strictly sterile environments, you can start to grow certain types of fungus and bacteria that are not beneficial and are in fact, harmful for your body. For this reason, it is recommended to buy commercial kombucha because they the products are carefully tested to make sure that the probiotics contained in the kombucha are helpful rather than harmful ones.

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Now, if you’ve tried kombucha and you’re not a fan, or you’re intimidated by even trying kombucha, you can get the same benefits by drink a cup or two of green or black tea every day to get the beneficial aspects of polyphenols. We’ve actually created a really high potent probiotic supplement called Probiotic T-50. It contains 50 billion organisms, with eight different strains of probiotics. Give it a try and let us know what you think!


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Full Day Of Eating For Reversing Type 2

Full Day Of Eating For Reversing Type 2 Diabetes (Doctor Recommended!)

If you have diabetes, you know how important lifestyle nutritional dietary choices are for controlling your blood sugar levels. If you struggle with what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, read on! We’ll reveal a 24-hour meal plan for individuals with diabetes.

24-hour diabetic meal plan

clipboard with prescription pad and red letters spelling out diabetes meal planEven though the term “high protein diet” varies in definition from one study to the next, evidence supports the idea that eating 0.8 grams per kilogram body weight results in less hunger, reduced appetite, increased energy levels, and preservation or increased blood sugar levels. A recent meta-analysis study of 74 randomized controlled trials showed that eating higher protein diets significantly reduced cardiometabolic risk factors and risk factors for diabetes, body weight, BMI, weight circumference, blood pressure, triglycerides, fasting insulin. Both vegetarian and animal proteins should offer the same benefits. One study showed no significant difference between protein from animal sources and protein from vegetarian sources.

woman chopping fresh vegetables in the kitchenWhat cannot be ignored, however, is the way in which the protein food sources are prepared. The cost of high-heat cooking in a randomized controlled study showed that high-heat cooking had negative effects on diabetes. This applies to methods of cooking including boiling, poaching, stewing, steaming, rather than frying, baking, or grilling. The premise of the study was that harsher cooking methods increased the formation of advanced glycation end-products (or AGEs) that exacerbate insulin resistance. The study showed that consuming high heat cooking foods showed more signs of inflammation and more signs of glycolysis and poor glucose control.

man with a pricked finger using a blood glucose meterIn fact, the order in which we eat our meals can also influence insulin sensitivity, even though most people don’t consider this in their dietary routines. A study showed that both blood sugar and insulin levels were lower after meals that started with protein and veggies before carbohydrates, compared to eating carbohydrates first. So even the order in which you eat foods is important.

Finally, vinegar shots or apple cider vinegar before meals has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.

Breakfast: poached eggs with spinach, cottage cheese and avocado, flaxseed slider, green tea

poached eggs sliced open on top of a bed of spinachWhen it comes to breakfast, we want high protein and lots of colors. The adage goes, “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”. We want a lot of calories for breakfast so it sustains your energy and blood sugar levels throughout the day.

A great breakfast recipe is poached eggs over a bed of spinach. Eggs are rich in protein and the yolk of eggs are high in carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. Poached eggs are great because we can avoid high-temperature cooking that can cause problems for diabetic patients. Plus, poaching an egg does not break the yolk, therefore, the cholesterol within the yolk does not become oxidized so it’s much safer for your overall health.

How do you best poach an egg? Take a medium size saucepan and fill it up halfway with water. Put it on medium heat. Put about a tablespoon of white vinegar to help congeal the egg whites. Crack two eggs into a small bowl while the water is heating up. Take a wooden spoon and start swirling the water. Then, take the small bowl and pour the eggs into the swirling water. When done, use a slotted spoon to take out the eggs and place on a bed of cooked spinach and/or lettuce.

To add more colors to this plate (remember, the more colourful, the better), you can also add bit of bell peppers, green onions, shredded cheese, and even some salsa for an extra kick!

cottage cheese and avocado on a brown earthenware plateAs a side to your high-protein breakfast, have some cottage cheese with sliced avocados. You’ll get healthy fatty acids from the avocado, and more proteins from the cottage cheese. You can add some berries, raspberries, blueberries, nuts, almond or pumpkin seeds, for some powerful antioxidants.

Have a cup of green tea to get some antioxidants. You can also make a flaxseed slider as a source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. All you need is about a tablespoon of flaxseed in a shot glass, fill it half-full with water, and let it soak overnight so the flaxseed soaks up the water. In the morning, down it like a shot!

This is going to be high protein, high antioxidant to help support your blood sugar levels.

Lunch: Green salad and coconut bean soup

close up of a healthy hearty cobb salad with eggs, cheese, greens, tomatoes, onions, and chickenIf you have diabetes, try this salad and soup for lunch. It’s high in protein and packed full of anti-inflammatory agents. This green salad is a version of the Cobb salad or Chef’s salad. It contains a mixture of spinach, mixed greens, butter bibb lettuce, hard-boiled egg, turkey bacon, sliced avocados, sliced or diced tomatoes, chicken, cheese (blue cheese is traditional in a Cobb salad but you can use any shredded or sliced cheese you wish), topped off with cranberries, green onions, and roasted beets.

It is recommended to slow cook the chicken with olive oil and lots of herbs and spices over the stove. It typically takes about half an hour, but those slow cooking methods or sure worth it versus high-temperature cooking methods. For the roasted beets, slice them and put them on a baking sheet. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary over the top, and stick it in the oven. For the dressing, use 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar, one tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 2/3 cup of olive oil, salt, pepper, and infuse with herbs.

bowl of black bean soupA great soup for a diabetic is a coconut bean soup because beans really help to control blood sugar levels. You get the benefits of the MCT that’s contained in coconut and all of the benefits of coconut milk.

You’ll need one can of rinsed and drained black beans, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of coconut milk, one cup of vegetable broth, two chopped green onions, a tablespoon each of ginger, cumin, turmeric, two cloves of garlic chopped, salt, pepper, and fresh chopped parsley for the topping.

Combine the black beans, tomatoes, coconut milk, vegetable broth, green onions, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and garlic in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until it achieves the consistency that you’re like (usually half an hour should do it). Season with salt and pepper, and top with parsley. It’s simple and delicious!

Dinner: Basil pesto salmon with broccoli and whipped cauliflower

salmon steak topped with fresh basil pesto on an oven traySalmon is a great option for dinner. You can get a wild salmon fillet and marinate it for a bit with honey, herbs, and spices for a delicious meal. Choose wild salmon typically from the Pacific Northwest or Alaska because it contains significantly less heavy metals and pesticides and other toxins that are found in farm-raised salmon. You can also top the salmon with basil pesto and receive the antioxidant effects of basil along with the essential fatty acids in the salmon.

mashed cauliflower on a dark blue plate topped with parsleyFor some greens on the dinner table, make some steamed broccoli. It’s super easy, all you have to do is steam broccoli for about 10-15 minutes and then put herbs and spices on top.

As a great alternative to mashed potatoes, make yourself some whipped cauliflower. Place the cauliflower in a steamer for about 10-15 minutes just to break it down a little, then saute in olive oil for about five minutes or so before adding some herbs and spices to it. Then, put it in a blender and whip into a smooth consistency.

Snacks: Hummus with vegetables/apples, avocado, hard-boiled egg

hummus in a dip bowl with carrot and celery sticks neatly arranged on the plate below itIf you have diabetes you know how important it is to keep your blood sugar levels stable and level throughout the day. In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, incorporating at least a few healthy high protein snacks is very important. What are the options?

  • Hummus with vegetables or apples
  • An avocado
  • A hard-boiled egg
  • Celery or apple with almond butter or peanut butter
  • Nuts and seeds. A great snack high in fatty acids that are good for diabetes.
  • Yogurt with fresh berries
  • Tuna salad. Drain the tuna, put it in a bowl, add some olive oil, chopped celery, some relish, and some herbs and spices.
  • Popcorn
  • Edamame. Boil for five minutes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

So that wraps up the 24-hour meal plan for diabetes that helps to level blood sugars, control blood sugars, and potentially reverse the effects of high blood sugars and diabetes.

Blood Sugar Premier by zenith labsNow, obviously these are just a few recipes, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You should explore with high protein meals and meal colors. It’s recommended to include nine meal colors every single day and have a high protein diet of at least 0.8 milligrams per kilogram body weight of protein. If you have recipes and dietary regimens and plans, post them in the comments so that others can learn from you.

We’ve actually created a supplement called Blood Sugar Premiere which helps to control blood sugar levels. Check it out and let us know what you think!


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The Ultimate Morning Routine For Energy and Longevity

The Ultimate Morning Routine For Energy and Longevity (Doctor Recommended!)

We all have to wake up in the morning and begin our days. Why not use morning time as a sacred time where you can set yourself you for success, intentional positivity, health, wellness, and longevity? If you’re looking for the best way to get from point A to point B, point A being sound asleep and point B being thriving, being positive, empowered, and confident, use these steps every single day to help you achieve those goals. The importance is making this a routine and being consistent with it.

Step 1: Deep breathing exercises

guy outdoors with eyes closed, smiling, and taking a deep breath The first thing you should be doing in the morning is deep breathing exercises. You may ask yourself, “Why am I engaging in quiet breathing right after I just slept quietly and breathed quietly for six, seven, eight, nine hours?” The reason behind this is intention and exercising the muscles of breath, the big diaphragm underneath the ribs, the intercostal muscles which pull the ribs apart and the scalene. Just sitting down for five minutes each and every morning exercising those breathing muscles can strengthen them, so unconsciously, when you’re not thinking about it, you’re taking deeper breaths throughout the day.

woman doing breathing exercises outdoors in a parkAlso, this is an important time to set your intention for the day. Many people do it through positive self-affirmations or mantras. You can do this quietly in your head or you can say it out loud. For some individuals, writing down affirmations give them a visual feedback so that they are encouraged throughout the day. You can set your intentions by starting your sentence with “I will achieve…”, or use the positive affirmations below.

How to do it

woman doing alternate nostril breathing exercisesTake the first five minutes of your breathing exercise to really focus on pushing your belly out, expanding the ribs, pulling the ribcage up, feeling the air go in and out of your nose. In the last five minutes of breathing exercises, set your daily intentions, and go through the mantras.

Positive affirmations you can use:

  • Today, I will choose happiness. I am enough.
  • Today I will positively impact someone else’s day.
  • I am fulfilled, and I am fearless.
  • May I be happy and healthy, creative, and may I have a sense of ease.
  • Today, I will breathe deeply and go slowly. It is enough to do my best.
  • Breathe in joy and strength. Breathe out wisdom and peace.
  • I choose to believe in abundance and that I am powerful.
  • Life is short, let’s do this.

Step 2: Drink lemon water or apple cider vinegar

apple cider vinegar with mother in a glass bowl with fresh red apples around itThe next thing is to have a glass of either lemon water or apple cider vinegar water. First of all, it’s very hydrating, and the lemon or apple cider vinegar can give some extra positive benefits. Having a big tall glass of water will help hydrate your system and get you going for the day.

Step 3: Move

woman sat on a yoga mat doing stretching exercises to touch her toesThe next thing to do is exercise, or rather, movement. Calling it “movement” instead of exercise removes the idea that you have to go to the gym and pound out weights or engage in cross-training, and that you have to work up a sweat. That’s not the point of morning movement. The point of morning movement is just to get blood flow going to the muscles, spine, joints, and up to the brain. You can do your exercise/morning movement outdoors surrounded by the elements. It really invigorates the system much more than staying indoors.

But if you must stay indoors, you can do something as simple as bouncing on the balls of your feet for three or five minutes, and then doing some stretches to get muscles relaxed and blood flow to the muscles. It can be that simple.

Step 4: Take probiotics and a glass of green tea

healthy foods like fruits and nuts on a white surface Green tea continues to hydrate you and it has powerful antioxidants, polyphenols like catechins and epicatechins as well as detoxifying the system. It has a little bit of caffeine so it perks up the brain a bit. Then, the probiotic just sets up the digestion for the day. At Zenith Labs, we’ve created a really high dose probiotic called T-50 which you should check out.

Step 5: Breakfast

breakfast table with a bowl of cereal topped with kiwi and bananas, fresh orange juice, hard-boiled egg, fresh kiwi and apples, and a cup of coffeeMany people do something terrible with breakfast — they skip it and ignore it. That is a poor decision because science has shown that skipping breakfast can increase your risk factors for both the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and it should be your largest meal of the day. Many people, if they’re not skipping breakfast, they’re eating a quick breakfast on the go that’s empty in calories and empty in the important macro and micronutrients that really need to get you going throughout the day and to keep you healthy and well.

Make sure that your breakfast is colourful, and have at least five different colors on your plate. Make sure it’s high in fiber and protein. This is an opportunity where you can use some of those culinary herbs and spices to not only make breakfast more delicious, but include antioxidants that help decrease inflammation and promotes health. Lastly, you should eat slowly and enjoy what you’re eating.

Step 6: Walking

elderly couple taking a walk in the woodsIf you have time after breakfast, just take a brief 5-10 minute walk. You could just walk your dog, or walk with your spouse or a friend. The walking actually improves the digestive process and, again, gets your system going for the day.

Step 7: Shower

close up of a guy's hand under a shower with water pouring downNext is a shower. Most people take a piping hot shower in the morning. This is what I recommend. Before showering in the morning, do some skin brushing to remove dry skin cells. It can be done with a loofah all over the body and is detoxifying. Then, do a contrast shower. You can start with a hot or warm shower, but end it with about 30 seconds cold. It’s been done for hundreds and hundreds of years, and is very invigorating to the body and to the brain. If that’s intimidating for you, you can start with maybe just five seconds, turn that nob to cold, and gradually build yourself up to 10, 15, eventually 30 seconds.

Step 8: Drink a glass of water

woman holding a glass of waterBefore you walk out the door, have another glass of water to hydrate the system. Morning is a great time to hydrate. You should remove all technology during this whole morning routine. No phone, no text, no computer, no TV, no technology of any kind.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes

1. Poached Eggs with Spinach, Yogurt and Berries, Flaxseed Slider

Ingredients for Poached Eggs with Spinach

  • two slices of toasts topped with salad greens, avocado, and poached eggs1-2 eggs
  • Spinach
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 fresh tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • Shredded cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil with about a tablespoon of white vinegar. Use a wooden spoon and spiral it so you’ve got a whirlpool in the middle.
  2. Crack your egg in a little bowl. Pour it in that whirlpool so the white of the egg stays intact.
  3. Turn off the heat, put on the lid, and depending on how hard you like your yolks, leave it to cook for about four to five minutes.
  4. While that egg is poaching, make a bed of spinach on your plate. Cut up some tomatoes and avocado and add it to your plate.
  5. Once your egg is ready, put it on top the bed of spinach.
  6. You can sprinkle it with shredded cheese of your choice.

That’s your main breakfast. As a side, have a cup of cottage cheese or plain yogurt with fresh berries, nuts, and/or seeds. Alternatively, make yourself a chia or flaxseed slider. Here’s how:

Instructions to make a chia or flaxseed slider

  1. woman about to dig into a yogurt with fresh berriesTake about a teaspoon of either chia or flaxseeds and put it in a shot glass.
  2. Fill it up with water and soak it overnight.
  3. The next morning, it becomes kind of a slick soak of chia or flaxseeds. Take it down the hatch!

It may sound a bit gross, but you’re getting a tremendous amount of essential fatty acids and minerals.

2. Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Ingredients

  • guy holding a breakfast tray with a plate of healthy pumpkin protein pancakesTwo large eggs
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup of canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup OR blended berries
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup of soaked rolled oaks
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • A slice of ginger
  • Tiny pinch of cloves
  • 10-20 pecan halves chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. Take the eggs and beat them in a bowl.
  2. Slowly stir in the yogurt, pumpkin, and a tablespoon of either the maple syrup or the berry smash, and the vanilla extract.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Coat a large, non-stick skillet with cooking spray and put over medium heat.
  6. Drop 1/3 cup of the batter in the pan for each pancake. Cook until the underside is brown and bubbles form on the top, about three minutes or so.
  7. Flip and cook about three minutes more.
  8. Top with the pecan halves and the remaining half of the maple syrup or the berry smash and the pumpkin seeds.

kefir milkThis is a colorful, protein-packed breakfast that will start your day off right! You can have the same side of cottage cheese or yogurt and berries with your main. Alternatively, try a smoothie to help boost the caloric intake of your breakfast as well as providing more colors, fiber, protein, herbs, and spices. You can use either kefir or coconut milk for the liquid, and throw in frozen berries, spinach or kale, and thicken with peanut butter or almond butter. You can also add a powder like cacao or greened powder for extra antioxidants, or a collagen powder that helps skin health and tightens fine lines and wrinkles. Simple!


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What Is The Best Diet To Prevent Heart Disease

What Is The Best Diet To Prevent Heart Disease (DOCTOR THOUGHTS!)

You have so much power to reduce your risk factors and prevent the progression, if not reverse the risk factors for the number one killer in the United States — heart disease. We’ll be reviewing researched nutritional strategies to help you achieve those goals. Small choices that you can make can really change the trajectory of your risk factors, and how you live a happier, healthier life.

Statistics about Heart Disease

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Let’s review some statistics — scary statistics. It’s estimated that 17,900,000 people die every year from cardiovascular disease, and that accounts for nearly a third of all deaths. Unfortunately, over 75% of these deaths from cardiovascular disease occur in low or middle income households. 1,100,000,000 people in the world have high blood pressure and hypertension, and only less than one in five have it under control. In the US alone, approximately 85,000,000 people suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease causing about 2200 deaths a day, averaging one death every 40 seconds. Almost one out of every three deaths results from cardiovascular disease.

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Not to mention the economical price. Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular disease and stroke are estimated to be at $320,000,000,000 a year, and this figure is only increasing. One study showed that 98% of seven to 12 year olds showed at least one major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and 54% showed three or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Another study on people enrolled or enlisted in the army showed that between the ages of 18 and 23, they were already showing signs of atherosclerosis.

So this is a disease that starts in your youth, but you have the power to really change your risk factors and prevent the development of cardiovascular disease.

Common Risk Factors of Heart Disease

Let’s look at some common risk factors and how to address them nutritionally.

1. High cholesterol

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We all know high cholesterol is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Studies show that eating breakfast can improve cholesterol, as well as eating smaller, more frequent meals. Eggs do not seem to be a problem, actually up to 28 eggs per week showed no increase in the body’s production of cholesterol. You should be eating foods that are high in omega and seven fatty acids, nuts and seeds, garlic, high-fiber foods, beans and legumes, and rice bran oil. It’s important to avoid foods that are high in sucrose and fructose, and limiting your alcohol intake.

It’s no wonder vegetarians and vegans have a lower risk factor of cardiovascular disease with a diet high in fruits and vegetables.

2. Homocysteine and C-reactive protein

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These are both independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease or heart disease. Homocysteine can be improved by eating fruits and vegetables, avoiding coffee, and eating foods that are high in essential fatty acids.

A Mediterranean-type diet has been shown to reduce C reactive protein. In addition, high fiber intake, limiting alcohol, limiting food allergies and barbecue or charred foods, all helps reduce C-reactive protein.

3. Platelet aggregation

graphic of blood platelets in a vein

Platelet aggregation is also an independent risk factor for heart disease. Avoid foods in high sucrose and eat a low fat, whole foods diet, limiting sodium or salt intake.

Once again, the Mediterranean-type of diet could help here. Tomatoes, and the allium family (garlic, onions, leeks), a glass or two of red wine, dark chocolate, grape juice, green tea, essential fatty acids, and culinary herbs like ginger, rosemary, thyme, and oregano, have been shown to help with platelet aggregation.

4. Lipoprotein A

graphic of Lipoprotein A

Another risk factor for heart disease, we can improve Lipoprotein A levels by avoiding trans-fats, unfiltered coffee, incorporating red wine and grapes, eating a diet that’s rich in vitamin C foods and essential fatty acids.

5. Fibrinogen

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Fibrinogen is also an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Eating a diet high in fiber, and reducing intake of senior saturated or trans-fatty and refined carbohydrates is important. Your diet should include more of the allium family of vegetables, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, vitamins C, E, and B, and enzymes like Nattokinase or Bromelain foods that are high in zinc.

6. High blood pressure

person measuring using a blood pressure machine

High blood pressure is an absolute contributing factor to cardiovascular disease. You need to avoid heavy metals like lead and cadmium, which have been shown to have a relationship with the development of hypertension. To help this, reduce sodium intake, processed foods that are typically high in salt, and avoid sucrose and fructose. Stick to a diet high in fruits and vegetables.

Are you seeing a pattern here yet?

The Best Diet to Prevent Heart Disease

top down view of a woman's hands holding up a bowl of salad with other plates of vegetables defocused on the table below

It is recommended to follow a vegetarian diet, and have nine servings of five colors every single day. Include water-soluble fibers such as pectin and oats and rice bran, vegetable proteins, beans and legumes. These foods happen to also be rich in sources of magnesium and potassium, which helps to prevent heart disease. The allium family, garlic, leeks, onions and culinary herbs and spices, can be used to flavor your food but also use them to live a longer life.

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Avoid sucrose and fructose, refined carbohydrates, fast foods, fried foods, chard foods, highly-processed foods that are high in sodium and salt, a diet that’s rich in essential fatty acids. Cold water, fish, nuts and seeds, avocado, olives and grass-fed free range meats such as beef or chicken or eggs. Obviously, avoid smoking. The intake of coffee in moderation seems to be protective as long as that coffee is filtered, so unfiltered coffee actually increases cholesterol and triglycerides which contributes to heart disease. Alcohol really needs to be taken in moderation. If you drink nothing, your risk factors go down. If you drink too much, your risk factors go way up. But if you drink in moderation, say between one and three glasses of particularly red wine rich in flavonoids, you may actually reduce your risk factors for heart disease.

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We have created other videos on high blood pressure, so do go check those out. We’ve created a couple of supplements, one for blood pressure called BP Zone, and one that’s rich in omega 3-7-9 fatty acids, it’s called Omega 3-7-9 + Krill. Give them a try and supplement with these nutritional strategies so you can prevent the progression of heart disease.


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The Truth About Drinking Celery Juice Daily

The Truth About Drinking Celery Juice Daily (Doctor’s Opinion)

So many people want to talk about the potential benefits of drinking pure celery juice every day that it’s become an internet phenomenon in the past few years. But is it for real, or is it all hyped up?

The history of celery

chopped celery stalks in a small wooden bowl next to a large bunch of celeryCelery is also known by its scientific name, “apium graveolens”. It’s in the APACA family of vegetables and plants, many of which have beneficial effects. Historically, celery has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, gout, hysteria, nervousness, headache, weight loss, and exhaustion. Celery is also used as a sedative, diuretic, urinary antiseptic, digestive aid, anti-flatulence, and as an aphrodisiac in some cultures. It helps regulate bowel movements, stimulate the production of hormones from glands, purify the blood, keep high blood pressure under control, and relieves PMS symptoms. For hundreds of years, it has been part of a delicious trifecta that is the base of so much French cuisine — celery, onions, and carrots.

The science on celery

view of the bottom of celery stalksThe most important compound of celery is called apigenin. It’s a natural flavonoid widely distributed in plants such as celery in the APACA family. Research has shown that higher intakes of apigenin can reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Dietary or therapeutic apigenin has value as a good cellular regulator in cancer, especially cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

 

 

celery stalks tied together with stringIn one study with mice, celery leaf extract or celery stalk extract (i.e. celery juice) reduced blood pressure, cholesterol, tri-glycerides, and improved risk factors in mice for cardiovascular disease. Another study was done on mice on a chemotherapeutic agent called doxorubicin, one of the most potent and toxic chemotherapeutic drugs commonly used in the treatment of cancer. Researchers gave all the mice doxorubicin and only gave a sub-group of mice celery juice. Incorporating celery juice with doxorubicin seemed to protect the sub-group against damage from the potent drug, likely due to increasing a powerful antioxidant called glutathione and other antioxidant effects. Some celebrities and medical mediums have called it a miracle juice.

Benefits of celery juice

a glass of green celery juice with a couple of stalks in the glass and celery leaves by the sideCelery juice helps stimulate bile production from the liver and the gallbladder so it potentially can help break down fat and help with weight loss. It has anti-inflammatory effects and is high in vitamin K so it’s good for bone health and heart health. It’s a diuretic and high in nitrates so it can help dilate blood vessels and help with high blood pressure. Celery juice also helps increase blood flow to muscles so this would benefit you if you’re an individual who works out a lot with resistant exercise. Celery seed is also purported to be an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal agent specifically for the urinary tract.

Celery also appears to be good for skin health. The components caffeic acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, leutenin, saponins, camprals, coumarins, and phytosterols, help to fight free radicals and help the skin to look more youthful.

Tips for making celery juice

glass of orange juice with two straws in it and celery stalks on the sideYou can make celery juice with a juicer, that’s pretty easy. You can also make it through a blender. It is recommended that you chop the celery up first so those celery strands don’t bind up the blender. After that, add a little bit of water to the blender, blend it up and then you’ll have to pour it into a muslin bag or a hemp bag and squeeze out the juice. If you want to boost your drink with more benefits, you can make a powerful juice cocktail by adding a few other ingredients such as beet, carrots, apples, and ginger.

It is recommended that you sip the juice and drink slowly. Start with only three to four ounces and work your way up. If you chug celery juice or start with quantities that are too high, it can be too much of a detox and act as a laxative. You may experience loose bowels initially anyway,  but this should only last a day or two.

Precautions for drinking celery juice

tall glass of celery juice with a bunch of celery next to it on a white surfaceCelery juice is generally safe for most people but there are some precautions to take when drinking pure celery juice.

  • It may actually prolong the activity of certain medications, like acetaminophen or Tylenol, and certain anti-depressant medications like Effexor.
  • It may also have anti-platelet activities due to some compounds in celery so if you have bleeding disorders, proceed with caution.
  • It is a diuretic so it can have anti-hypertensive effects and lower your blood pressure. If you’re on Lithium or high blood pressure medications you need to be cautious.
  • It does have bile stimulating activities so if you have no gallbladder, proceed with caution.
  • It is curiously one of the vegetables that have the highest known allergic responses. So, if you know that you’re allergic to celery please do not drink pure celery juice.bottle of pure greens superfoods supplement by zenith labs
  • If you’re prone to diarrhea, if you have IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, it may worsen those symptoms.

At Zenith Labs, we actually have a supplement called Pure Greens. It contains several foods from the APACA family. It consists of 57 superfoods that you can add to your smoothie. It tastes great and it is powerful in its anti-oxidant effects. Check it out and let us know what you think!


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What Happens To Your Body If You Take Apple Cider Vinegar

What Happens To Your Body If You Take Apple Cider Vinegar Daily For 30 Days?

If you think that apple cider vinegar is a new health fad, it’s not. The consumption of small amounts of vinegar has actually been in practice for hundreds of years. Perhaps you’ve been told by a self-proclaimed health guru that apple cider vinegar is a magical panacea to cure all health ailments, that is simply not true. But there are some specific health conditions for which apple cider vinegar may be beneficial. We’ll review some additional myths and we’ll review some tips and how to optimize the effects of taking apple cider vinegar.

 

 

What can apple cider vinegar help you with?

1. Metabolic syndrome

overweight woman with a tape measure around her neck grabbing her love handles

Metabolic syndrome is a serious consequence of obesity. It’s characterized by increased cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, dyslipidemia or negative changes in triglycerides and cholesterol, and glucose intolerance. There have been some studies in rats that show that consumption of apple cider vinegar may reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

Another study showed that intake of a high-fat diet alters the oxidant-antioxidant balance in the body, and apple cider vinegar can be beneficial for the obesity-induced oxidative stress as a result of consuming a high-fat diet. And so, if you’re struggling with metabolic syndrome or obesity, there is research that shows that consuming apple cider vinegar may be beneficial.

2. Reduce risk of diabetes and helps weight control

person holding up a blood sugar monitor with fresh vegetables and a bowl of salad in the background

There are other studies on healthy humans that show that the consumption of vinegar, particularly on an empty stomach, may delay gastric or stomach emptying and lowers post-meal blood glucose and insulin levels. Not only does that lower your risk factors for diabetes, but the delayed gastric-emptying also helps you to feel full longer. So, you’re less likely to consume higher amounts of calories which can help you keep your weight under control.

3. Detox

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Apple cider vinegar works to detoxify your liver for better overall health and bodily function. Also, it helps to build a healthy lymphatic system that nurtures proper circulation of your lymph, and lymph is truly your body’s way of getting rid of garbage.

4. Lowers blood sugar levels

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Drinking unfiltered apple cider vinegar can help to lower blood sugar levels by as much as 4%. By its very nature, apple cider vinegar can regulate healthy blood sugar levels in the body, which is great for individuals with type-two diabetes. Apple cider vinegar can decrease triglycerides so you reduce your risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

5. Promotes bone health

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Did you know that 25% of females are diagnosed with osteoporosis every year? Apple cider vinegar can help to prevent your bones from becoming more brittle. It achieves this because it is an acid, and it is required to help breakdown minerals in the foods that you eat such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. If you’re better able to extract those minerals, you’re going to set yourself up for better bone health.

Tips for taking apple cider vinegar

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  1. Dilute it. Use one to two tablespoons per cup or pint of water. If you take it straight up, it’s too acidic and it can cause problems.
  2. Make sure to swish or spit with water after consumption. As apple cider vinegar is acidic, it can erode your dental health over time. So, make sure you either swish or spit with water after you consume it or drink it through a straw.
  3. Take on an empty stomach in the morning.
  4. Add it to foods. If you’re just simply not a fan of the taste of apple cider vinegar in water, it makes a tremendously delicious salad dressing. If you add it to olive oil in roughly equal amounts, you get the power of the acid in apple cider vinegar plus the benefits of the monosaturated fats in olive oil.

Busting myths on apple cider vinegar

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  • It does not alkalize the body. Your body has to maintain a very narrow pH in the blood and in every cell in the body. So, even though it’s an acid, it doesn’t necessarily alkalize the body.
  • It’s not a cure for any ailment, certainly not a cure for cancer, but there have been some studies that show that it may reduce your risk factors for both colon cancer and esophageal cancer.
  • It’s not safe for everyone. If you’re on medications, make sure you speak to your physician to make sure that you’re clear to consume apple cider vinegar. It can worsen certain health conditions such as bad acid reflux or stomach ulcers.

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What Happens To Your Body If You Drink Green Tea Daily For 30 Days

What Happens To Your Body If You Drink Green Tea Daily For 30 Days

Green tea has been consumed as a beverage and used as medicine for thousands of years. Orally, green tea is used to improve cognitive performance and mental alertness. It’s also used to treat stomach disorders, vomiting, diarrhea and headaches. It’s used for depression, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, all sorts of colitis, weight loss, osteoporosis, and several different types of cancer. It’s an antiviral for human papilloma virus and warts, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, both high and low blood pressure, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, dental cavities, kidney stones, and skin damage.

It is rather amazing how something so simple and basic can be easily implemented as part of your daily routine to create positive benefits for your health and wellbeing.

What Does Green Tea Contain?

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The applicable parts of green tea are found in the leaf bud, leaf, and stem. Green tea is different than black tea or oolong because it’s not fermented (black tea is fully fermented and oolong is partially fermented). Green tea is produced by steaming fresh tea leaves at high temperatures. This process inactivates certain oxidizing enzymes, freeing the polyphenols and the flavonoids. Flavonoids include EGCG, EGC, ECG and EC (also referred to as catechins).

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EGCG makes up about 50-60% of green tea catechins. The flavonoids in green tea include kaempferol, quercetin and others. Green tea also contains vital estrogens including beta-sitostero, lignum precursors, as well as xanthines. Green tea also contains about 2 to 4% caffeine or 80 to 100 milligrams per cup. Another constituent of green tea is an important amino acid called L-Phenylalanine.

What Can Green Tea Help With?

Let’s talk about some of the specific conditions that green tea has been studied for.

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1. Arthritis. The catechins in green tea might help reduce inflammation and protect against cartilage damage.

2. Cancer. Studies have shown that the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory catechins and polyphenols can be protective against the development of certain types of cancers. It’s not a treatment, but it helps to reduce risk factors.

3. Anticoagulant. There’s some evidence that green tea is suppressive for thromboxane and the development of a platelet aggregation. This is helpful for reducing risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

4. Anti-inflammation. The catechins in green tea might have some pretty substantial anti-inflammatory activity, in fact, green tea is used as a laboratory standard for Cox-1 Inhibition, which is anti-inflammatory.

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5. Improve good cholesterol. Green tea helps to reduce low density lipoproteins and low density cholesterol, and may improve and increase good cholesterol HDL.

6. Protection against oxidative damage. In human research, green tea and it’s catechins have been shown to protect against the oxidative damage, especially those caused by exercise and smoking. We know that the polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins are antiviral. They have the potential to inhibit the human papilloma virus and the virus that causes warts.

7. Reduces blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that drinking green tea reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure. Some clinical research also suggests that taking green tea extract reduces blood pressure in patients with or without high blood pressure.

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8. Improves cognitive health. Green tea contains 2 to 4% caffeine or roughly 80 to 100 milligrams per cup. Possible mechanisms for helping with memory lapses and cognitive decline and cognitive health include adenosine receptor blockade and phosphodiesterase inhibition.

9. Anti-aging. Some evidence suggests that oral and topical application of products containing green tea may improve skin elasticity, hydration, and skin roughness.

10. Immune health. It helps to stimulate the immune system. There’s some evidence from clinical research that taking green tea formulations reduces the risk of developing cold or flu like symptoms.

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11. Weight loss. Green tea is commonly used for weight loss. Evidence from clinical trials are mixed, although some studies do show that weight loss, with specific products, can occur from taking green tea.

At Zenith Labs, we’ve actually created a supplement called Pure Greens, which contains high amounts of green tea plus dozens of other superfood extracts that make it a powerful antioxidant. Try it out and let us know how you feel!


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If you liked this video/article and found it useful, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

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