A healthy lifestyle with great – and lasting – looks

In Japan, for example, a daily dose of collagen peptides has long been recognized as a vital contributor to anti-aging effects and great looks. Today, science is increasingly affirming this timeless philosophy.

The lines between wellness and beauty are blurring, as consumers increasingly appreciate the fact that a healthy lifestyle, including the right nutrition, can help us feel better and look better, too. Surveys show that People today understand that beautiful skin on the outside requires a healthy foundation on the inside – and that they are consequently taking a more holistic approach to their health regimes 2.

A powerful anti-aging ingredient fights  – against the visible signs of aging

The star player in the arena of ingestible beauty ingredients  In the arena of ingestible beauty products, collagen has long been recognized as the star player. Research shows that collagen is now the leading functional ingredient of beauty products in all regions of the world.

The bad news for beauty: our collagen production wanes as we grow older

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, constituting 70% of our dry-mass skin content 4. A key component of the skin’s structure, collagen fibers provide the infrastructure for elastin, which maintains skin elasticity, and for hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture. As we age, both the number and the activity of skin cells (fibroblasts) that produce collagen decrease. The collagen matrix that provides skin firmness and structure starts to break down and our skin becomes dehydrated and thinner, with fine lines, wrinkles and deeper furrows start to appear…

The good news: the right nutrition can make skin look younger and more beautiful

Scientific research has proven that nutrition can vitally influence our skin’s elasticity, firmness and moisture-binding capacity by contributing to optimum levels of well-organized collagen fibers. Collagen peptides, in particular, have proven skin beauty benefits, contributing to a healthier, younger-looking skin.

References

1 The Global Nutricosmetics Market: Trends, Drivers & Projections, Global Industry Analysts Inc., 2015.

2 Dryza, Deep Beauty. VANVAS8. Report, 2012.

3 Innova, trends in nutricosmetics, 2016

4 Gniadecka, M. et al., 1998, Water and Protein Structure in Photoaged and Chronically Aged Skin. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 111(6):1129-1132

Science’s answer to skin dehydration, wrinkles and sagging

CPH+ , the bioactive ingredient for rejuvenation and hydration Research has confirmed how collagen peptides help strengthen and rejuvenate the deeper skin layers from within, maintaining the cohesive and dense collagen network that is key to preventing wrinkles and sagging. CPH+  collagen peptides also have a significant effect on skin hydration. Maintaining a well-hydrated skin is crucial for a smooth, healthy-looking skin and prevents the formation of micro relief wrinkles. In this section, we invite you to take a closer look at the science behind skin beauty.

  • Restructuring the skin’s collagen network from within

As our skin ages and responds to external conditions, like sunlight, the collagen in the dermis begins to get damaged and fragmented. This can hinder collagen synthesis and elastin production, leading to a loss of elasticity and a reduction of the skin’s total collagen density. With CPH+ , you can create solutions that will counter these effects.

  • Visible effects after just one month of use

In several clinical studies, visible skin health and beauty effects have been demonstrated after just one month of use 5,6.  
References:

  1. Asserin, J. et al., 2015, The effect of oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin moisture and the dermal collagen network: evidence from an ex vivo model and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 14:291-301. doi: 10.1111/jocd.12174

6 Borumand, M. et al., 2014, Daily consumption of the collagen supplement reduces visible signs of aging. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9:1747-1758

  • Less deep-layer defragmentation, higher collagen density

A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial by COSderma in France 5 involving 106 women, showed that after just four weeks of consumption of fish collagen peptides, collagen fragmentation decreased significantly (by 18%) in the deep layers of the skin.

After 12 weeks of Collagen intake, there was a 31% reduction. The same study showed a 9% increase of the density of collagen in the dermis after four weeks of Collagen intake.

  • Enhancing skin hydration

Environmental pollution, aging and harmful ultraviolet rays can damage collagen fibers, limit hyaluronic acid production and decrease water content in our skin. This dehydration can cause it to look tired and wrinkled. A daily dose of CPH+ can increase not only the skin’s collagen density, but also its moisture levels, while decreasing and plumping wrinkles. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of collagen peptides among 33 women (aged 40-59) by Souken in Japan5 showed that Collagen increased skin hydration by 28% after eight weeks. 91% of this research group reported a higher skin hydration level during the same period.

Immediate results with collagen as an active ingredient A recent skin study, in which a group of individuals took Collagen as an active ingredient in a nutritional supplement , showed a positive anti-aging effect on their skin, with fewer wrinkles and an increase in skin moisture and collagen density 6.

How Collagen  works: the mechanism behind skin beauty

One Collagen , multiple skin benefits

Thanks to the latest research, we understand today better the unique mechanisms behind Collagen Peptides . We know enough today to understand the vital mechanisms behind it. Key findings include the fact that ingesting collagen peptides can improve several skin properties, such as elasticity and smoothness, and significantly increase skin hydration.

How Collagen Peptides works: the mechanism behind skin beauty  

  • Giving the body a clear message

After consuming Collagen , small hydroxyproline-containing peptides appear in the blood stream. Scientists believe these give off a false signal, suggesting to the body that its own collagen is being destroyed. Thus collagen peptides may act as a messenger, triggering the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers by stimulating fibroblast cells 7,8,9.
* Stimulating the expression of elastin and GAGs

Collagen have also been shown to stimulate the expression of elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as hyaluronic acid (HA) 8,9. Studies have shown collagen peptides to improve skin elasticity and dermis echogenicity 10,11. Ex-vivo skin studies using histological techniques have confirmed increased collagen and GAG production in the dermis, following the addition of Collagen to the skin explants’ culture medium 5.

  • Improving the skin’s mechanical strength

Additional studies have shown that collagen peptides can enhance the fibroblast density and the thickness of collagen fibrils in the dermis and may improve the mechanical strength of the skin by increasing the decorin ratio12,13. Morphology of a skin explant sample treated with Collagen . The density of the collagen fibers (green color) is enhanced. The untreated control explant sample with less dense coloration due to less collagen present. Stratum corneum Epidermis Papillary dermis Collagen structure (with Fish Collagen Peptide ) Stratum corneum Epidermis Papillary dermis Collagen structure

Fish Collagen’s high bioavailability and bioactivity means immediate, maximum benefits

CPH+ Collagen peptides are optimized for high bioavailability and bioactivity. This means they quickly reach the parts of the body where they are most needed – and with maximum effect. In fact, 90% of CPH+ collagen peptides are digested and available within the connective tissues just a few hours after digestion. From the blood, the peptides – containing hydroxyproline, a unique amino acid – are transported into the target tissues, where they act as building blocks for the local cells and help boost the production of new collagen fibers14.
References:

7 Postlethwaite, A. E. et al., 1978, Chemotactic attraction of human fibroblasts to type I, II, and III collagens and collagen-derived peptides. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 75(2):871-875

8 Shigemura, Y. et al., 2009, Effect of Prolyl-hydroxyproline (Pro-Hyp), a Food-Derived Collagen Peptide in Human Blood, on Growth of Fibroblasts from Mouse Skin. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 57(2):444- 449

9 Ohara, H. et al., 2010, Effects of Pro-Hyp, a Collagen Hydrolysate Derived Peptide, on Hyaluronic Acid Synthesis Using in Vitro Cultured Synovium Cells and Oral Ingestion of Collagen Hydrolysates in a Guinea Pig Model of Osteoarthritis. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 74(10):2096-2099

10 Campos, Mbg, P. M. et al., 2015, An Oral Supplementation Based on Hydrolyzed Collagen and Vitamins Improves Skin Elasticity and Dermis Echogenicity: A Clinical Placebo-Controlled Study. Clinical Pharmacology & Biopharmaceutics, 04(03)

11 Matsumoto, et al., 2006, Clinical effects of fish type I collagen hydrolysate on skin properties. ITE Letters on Batteries, New Technologies and Medicine, 7(4):386-390

12 Matsuda, N. et al., 2006, Effects of Ingestion of Collagen Peptide on Collagen Fibrils and Glycosaminoglycans in the Dermis. Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, 52(3):211-215

13 Liang, J. et al., 2010, The Protective Effects of Long-Term Oral Administration of Marine Collagen Hydrolysate from Chum Salmon on Collagen Matrix Homeostasis in the Chronological Aged Skin of Sprague-Dawley Male Rats. Journal of Food Science, 75(8)

14 Watanabe-Kamiyama, M. et al., 2010, Absorption and Effectiveness of Orally Administered Low Molecular Weight Collagen Hydrolysate in Rats. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 58(2):835-841 R
CPH+  is the supplement of choice for efficient and trustworthy Beauty From Within solutions.

DIETS DON’T WORK. MCTS DO.

While you may have lost some weight dieting, were you able to keep it off for good? If not, you’re in the majority. This is because diets are fundamentally unsustainable.

To lose excess body weight healthfully and permanently, it takes patience and quality upgrades to your eating and exercise habits.

The good news? Lasting weight loss IS attainable when you:

  • Dedicate yourself to a nutrient-dense diet
  • Increase your activity level
  • Let go of counting calories and focus on creating healthy habits that last

We understand this is a slow progression and tough to stick to, which is why we created our MCT products  to help expedite the process and promote quick weight loss.

FIGHT FAT WITH FAT

The idea that eating healthful fat makes you fat is a myth. Eating refined carbohydrates, sugar, trans fat, and highly processed vegetable oils makes you fat!

The body is an adaptive organism regulating hormone secretion and enzyme production in response to the food we eat.

So, when you ingest more MCTs, your body becomes more efficient at mobilizing fat stores as energy.

As a result, even in the presence of some carbohydrates, the body will begin breaking down its own fat to power ordinary, everyday functions. (Which means quick weight loss!)

Here are some compelling studies that showthat show how incorporating MCT oil can help you lose the weight and keep it off:

  • MCTs given over a 6-day period was shown to boost metabolism by 50%
  • Metabolism may remain elevated for at least 24 hours after eating a meal that includes MCTs
  • During a high-calorie diet consisting of either 40% fat as MCTs or 40% fat as LCTs, the MCT group burned almost 2x the number of calories in the LCT group
  • About 1-2 TBSP of MCT oil per day resulted in a lower endpoint body weight than did the same amount of olive oil during a 16-week weight-loss program. Also, those in the MCT oil group trended towards greater fat loss and less abdominal fat mass than those in the olive oil group
  • After eating a meal containing MCTs, normal-weight individuals increased their energy expenditure by as much as 48%, while overweight participants increased theirs by as much as 65%

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

TAKE YOUR WORKOUTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

If you’re an athlete who wants to go the distance with your workouts, MCTs can help get you there.

Studies suggest continual MCT consumption by recreational athletes results in reduced lactate production, a lower rate of perceived exertion, and maintenance of extended high-intensity exercise.

When you take MCTs on a regular basis, it provides sustained energy that reduces fatigue, improves endurance, and allows you to accomplish more during your workouts.

Best of all, it helps you last longer during competition.

FAT IS THE TRUE ATHLETE’S FUEL

When MCTs reach liver cells, metabolism is stimulated and energy is produced to fuel the body. This process provides immediate supplemental energy. That energy increases oxidative capacity, while also decreasing fat deposition during extended periods of physical activity.

When metabolism increases, cells function more efficiently:

  • Injuries heal faster
  • Old and diseased cells turnover faster
  • New cells are generated at an expedited rate

MCTs enables you to recover more efficiently from workouts—taking away your excuse for not working out the next day!

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THE KETOGENIC DIET MADE EASY.

If you’re a body builder, you may have followed a ketogenic diet in order to lean out and look ripped right before an upcoming show.

When you eat a diet with few carbs, lots of fat, and adequate protein, your body responds to the lower levels of blood sugar by switching to an alternative power source. It converts fatty acids to ketones, which become your main energy source.

Translation: Instead of burning carbs, your body burns FAT.

Feel the burn. Not the pain. 

According to recent studies , a ketogenic diet is an optimal method for shedding body fat and exposing toned muscles. Here are some specific benefits of a ketogenic diet:

  • If adequate amounts of protein are consumed while in a state of ketosis, your body will spare protein and preserve muscle.
  • Many beneficial hormones (GH, testosterone, and IGF-I) are released, which leads to more fat breakdown and lean muscle growth.
  • You may experience decreased appetite and fewer carb cravings, making dieting easier to accomplish.

Here’s the problem: Preparing meals and adhering to the strict guidelines of a ketogenic diet can be extremely difficult for many as it involves a very rigid ratios of carbs, proteins, and fat.

Fortunately, simply combining Sharrets MCT oil with a reduced carbohydrate diet can generate therapeutic blood ketone levels and deliver all the benefits of following a ketogenic diet—without the struggle.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Several books, papers, and studies support the claims that MCT can aid in weight loss, increase physical endurance, help maintain brain health, and provide a line of defense against disease.

As new MCT research is released, it will be added to this list.

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CPH+ FOR BEAUTY FROM THE INSIDE OUT

A healthy lifestyle with great – and lasting – looks

In Japan, for example, a daily dose of collagen peptides has long been recognized as a vital contributor to anti-aging effects and great looks. Today, science is increasingly affirming this timeless philosophy.

The lines between wellness and beauty are blurring, as consumers increasingly appreciate the fact that a healthy lifestyle, including the right nutrition, can help us feel better and look better, too. Surveys show that People today understand that beautiful skin on the outside requires a healthy foundation on the inside – and that they are consequently taking a more holistic approach to their health regimes 2.

A powerful anti-aging ingredient fights

against the visible signs of aging

The star player in the arena of ingestible beauty ingredients

In the arena of ingestible beauty products, collagen has long been recognized as the star player. Research shows that collagen is now the leading functional ingredient of beauty products in all regions of the world.

The bad news for beauty: our collagen production wanes as we grow older

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, constituting 70% of our dry-mass skin content 4. A key component of the skin’s structure, collagen fibers provide the infrastructure for elastin, which maintains skin elasticity, and for hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture. As we age, both the number and the activity of skin cells (fibroblasts) that produce collagen decrease. The collagen matrix that provides skin firmness and structure starts to break down and our skin becomes dehydrated and thinner, with fine lines, wrinkles and deeper furrows start to appear…

The good news: the right nutrition can make skin look younger and more beautiful

Scientific research has proven that nutrition can vitally influence our skin’s elasticity, firmness and moisture-binding capacity by contributing to optimum levels of well-organized collagen fibers. Collagen peptides, in particular, have proven skin beauty benefits, contributing to a healthier, younger-looking skin.

References

1 The Global Nutricosmetics Market: Trends, Drivers & Projections, Global Industry Analysts Inc., 2015.

2 Dryza, Deep Beauty. VANVAS8. Report, 2012.

3 Innova, trends in nutricosmetics, 2016

4 Gniadecka, M. et al., 1998, Water and Protein Structure in Photoaged and Chronically Aged Skin. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 111(6):1129-1132

Science’s answer to skin dehydration, wrinkles and sagging

CPH+ , the bioactive ingredient for rejuvenation and hydration Research has confirmed how collagen peptides help strengthen and rejuvenate the deeper skin layers from within, maintaining the cohesive and dense collagen network that is key to preventing wrinkles and sagging. CPH+  collagen peptides also have a significant effect on skin hydration. Maintaining a well-hydrated skin is crucial for a smooth, healthy-looking skin and prevents the formation of micro relief wrinkles. In this section, we invite you to take a closer look at the science behind skin beauty.

  • Restructuring the skin’s collagen network from within

As our skin ages and responds to external conditions, like sunlight, the collagen in the dermis begins to get damaged and fragmented. This can hinder collagen synthesis and elastin production, leading to a loss of elasticity and a reduction of the skin’s total collagen density. With CPH+ , you can create solutions that will counter these effects.

  • Visible effects after just one month of use

In several clinical studies, visible skin health and beauty effects have been demonstrated after just one month of use 5,6.  

References:

  1. Asserin, J. et al., 2015, The effect of oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin moisture and the dermal collagen network: evidence from an ex vivo model and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 14:291-301. doi: 10.1111/jocd.12174

6 Borumand, M. et al., 2014, Daily consumption of the collagen supplement reduces visible signs of aging. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9:1747-1758

  • Less deep-layer defragmentation, higher collagen density

A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial by COSderma in France 5 involving 106 women, showed that after just four weeks of consumption of fish collagen peptides, collagen fragmentation decreased significantly (by 18%) in the deep layers of the skin. After 12 weeks of Collagen intake, there was a 31% reduction. The same study showed a 9% increase of the density of collagen in the dermis after four weeks of Collagen intake.

  • Enhancing skin hydration

Environmental pollution, aging and harmful ultraviolet rays can damage collagen fibers, limit hyaluronic acid production and decrease water content in our skin. This dehydration can cause it to look tired and wrinkled. A daily dose of CPH+ can increase not only the skin’s collagen density, but also its moisture levels, while decreasing and plumping wrinkles. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of collagen peptides among 33 women (aged 40-59) by Souken in Japan5 showed that Collagen increased skin hydration by 28% after eight weeks. 91% of this research group reported a higher skin hydration level during the same period.

Immediate results with collagen as an active ingredient A recent skin study, in which a group of individuals took Collagen as an active ingredient in a nutritional supplement , showed a positive anti-aging effect on their skin, with fewer wrinkles and an increase in skin moisture and collagen density 6.

How Collagen  works: the mechanism behind skin beauty

One Collagen , multiple skin benefits

Thanks to the latest research, we understand today better the unique mechanisms behind Collagen Peptides . We know enough today to understand the vital mechanisms behind it. Key findings include the fact that ingesting collagen peptides can improve several skin properties, such as elasticity and smoothness, and significantly increase skin hydration.

How Collagen Peptides works: the mechanism behind skin beauty  

  • Giving the body a clear message

After consuming Collagen , small hydroxyproline-containing peptides appear in the blood stream. Scientists believe these give off a false signal, suggesting to the body that its own collagen is being destroyed. Thus collagen peptides may act as a messenger, triggering the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers by stimulating fibroblast cells 7,8,9.

  • Stimulating the expression of elastin and GAGs

Collagen have also been shown to stimulate the expression of elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as hyaluronic acid (HA) 8,9. Studies have shown collagen peptides to improve skin elasticity and dermis echogenicity 10,11. Ex-vivo skin studies using histological techniques have confirmed increased collagen and GAG production in the dermis, following the addition of Collagen to the skin explants’ culture medium 5.

  • Improving the skin’s mechanical strength

Additional studies have shown that collagen peptides can enhance the fibroblast density and the thickness of collagen fibrils in the dermis and may improve the mechanical strength of the skin by increasing the decorin ratio12,13. Morphology of a skin explant sample treated with Collagen . The density of the collagen fibers (green color) is enhanced. The untreated control explant sample with less dense coloration due to less collagen present. Stratum corneum Epidermis Papillary dermis Collagen structure (with Fish Collagen Peptide ) Stratum corneum Epidermis Papillary dermis Collagen structure

Fish Collagen’s high bioavailability and bioactivity means immediate, maximum benefits

CPH+ Collagen peptides are optimized for high bioavailability and bioactivity. This means they quickly reach the parts of the body where they are most needed – and with maximum effect. In fact, 90% of CPH+ collagen peptides are digested and available within the connective tissues just a few hours after digestion. From the blood, the peptides – containing hydroxyproline, a unique amino acid – are transported into the target tissues, where they act as building blocks for the local cells and help boost the production of new collagen fibers14.

References:

7 Postlethwaite, A. E. et al., 1978, Chemotactic attraction of human fibroblasts to type I, II, and III collagens and collagen-derived peptides. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 75(2):871-875

8 Shigemura, Y. et al., 2009, Effect of Prolyl-hydroxyproline (Pro-Hyp), a Food-Derived Collagen Peptide in Human Blood, on Growth of Fibroblasts from Mouse Skin. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 57(2):444- 449

9 Ohara, H. et al., 2010, Effects of Pro-Hyp, a Collagen Hydrolysate Derived Peptide, on Hyaluronic Acid Synthesis Using in Vitro Cultured Synovium Cells and Oral Ingestion of Collagen Hydrolysates in a Guinea Pig Model of Osteoarthritis. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 74(10):2096-2099

10 Campos, Mbg, P. M. et al., 2015, An Oral Supplementation Based on Hydrolyzed Collagen and Vitamins Improves Skin Elasticity and Dermis Echogenicity: A Clinical Placebo-Controlled Study. Clinical Pharmacology & Biopharmaceutics, 04(03)

11 Matsumoto, et al., 2006, Clinical effects of fish type I collagen hydrolysate on skin properties. ITE Letters on Batteries, New Technologies and Medicine, 7(4):386-390

12 Matsuda, N. et al., 2006, Effects of Ingestion of Collagen Peptide on Collagen Fibrils and Glycosaminoglycans in the Dermis. Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, 52(3):211-215

13 Liang, J. et al., 2010, The Protective Effects of Long-Term Oral Administration of Marine Collagen Hydrolysate from Chum Salmon on Collagen Matrix Homeostasis in the Chronological Aged Skin of Sprague-Dawley Male Rats. Journal of Food Science, 75(8)

14 Watanabe-Kamiyama, M. et al., 2010, Absorption and Effectiveness of Orally Administered Low Molecular Weight Collagen Hydrolysate in Rats. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 58(2):835-841 R

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10 Amazing Benefits of Noni Juice: Drink Up!

Noni juice is derived from the fruit of a tropical evergreen plant called Noni (popularly known as Indian mulberry). It is a shrub native to Southern and South-East Asia and the Pacific islands, and is even mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts texts. ” The fruit of the Noni” has been used medicinally to boost the immune system and detoxify the body for thousands of years. . It is rich in powerful antioxidants such as Vitamin C , Vitamin A , Vitamin B3 (niacin) and iron .

Baltimore-based Pediatrician Dr. Mona Harrison, MD says, “I have a variety of patients who have benefited from Noni juice, and it would seem to many people that something magical is happening because it affects so many bodily systems”.

Australian model Miranda Kerr has been drinking Tahitian Noni juice for 14 years now and it’s the one thing she can’t live without, especially when she has a long day ahead of her. “It’s not only great for your skin , but also for your general well-being”.

Here are 10 health benefits of Noni juice, and why it’s good for you –

10 Noni Juice Benefits

1. Treats Arthritis: “The main complaint from patients who suffer from arthritis is pain. Various studies suggest that Noni juice helps alleviate pain and reduce joint destruction implicated in arthritis due to its analgesic properties”. If you lead a healthy lifestyle and drink Noni juice daily, you can reduce arthritis pain to the minimum.

2. Lowers Risk of Gout: Gout is a kind of arthritis that is caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. “Studies have shown that Noni juice can reduce uric acid concentration in the blood, thereby lowering the risk of gout.”

3. Boosts Energy: “For thousands of years, Noni juice has been used to combat general body weakness, boost energy  levels and improve the overall physical performance of the body”.

4. Moisturises Skin: Many Dermatologist says, “Noni juice is a powerhouse of antioxidants and works as a great moisturiser if applied on the skin”. It naturally replenishes and repairs your skin.

5. Fights Aging: Want skin like Miranda Kerr? Noni juice is packed with Vitamin C and selenium which help fight free radicals, preserve skin elasticity and reverse the adverse effects of ageing.

6. Treats Scalp Irritation: Dermatologist says, “While there is not much medical literature on Noni juice, we can say it has several benefits from conventional wisdom since it is derived from the noni fruit. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can thus help treat scalp irritation.”

7. Prevents Cancer: “Noni juice contains a whole slew of cancer fighting nutrients,” says Dr. Bhatnagar. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Noni has shown immune-stimulating and tumor-fighting properties. The National Cancer Institute is funding preliminary research on Noni for breast cancer prevention and treatment.”

8. Boosts Immunity: ” Strengthened immune system is yet another benefit of noni juice,” Scopoletin present in noni juice possesses anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and anti-histamine properties that boost the immune defense mechanism of the body.

9. Reduces Stress: According to Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards, “Noni juice helps manage stress and reduces the impact of stress on cognitive function.”

10. Treats Fever: Studies suggest that Noni juice has antiviral properties and helps get rid of cough , fever and body ache.

It is important to “take a shot of noni juice on a daily basis to reap the benefits. It is best consumed in small quantities,” suggests many Nutritionist .

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Resveratrol: The Anti-Aging Powerhouse That’s Good for the Heart, Brain & Waistline

How do the French eat more fat, sugar and rich foods, plus drink more wine, but still have less heart health issues? The answer to this puzzling question, commonly known as the “french paradox,” is believed to be due to a higher intake of a specific phytonutrient called resveratrol, found naturally in “superfoods” like red wine . Like other antioxidants and phytonutrients , such as lycopene found in tomatoes or lutein found in carrots, resveratrol is a powerful compound that regenerates the body all the way at the cellular level.

Research published over the past several decades in many medical journals, including the European Journal of Food Pharmacology and American Journal of Hypertension, found that resveratrol (in this case from red wine) decreases the risk of heart disease  among other common health concerns. Although he might not have known exactly how wine was able to promote better health, even Plato promoted the health perks of drinking it in moderation. He’s been quoted as saying, “Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was ever granted by the gods to man.”

In case you’re wondering, you don’t have to be a wine drinker to benefit from resveratrol. Other sources include deeply- olored berries and real dark chocolate / cocoa . Along with helping to keep arteries clear from plaque buildup and protecting an aging heart, this phytonutrient has many other health benefits too — including reducing inflammation, potentially helping to prevent obesity and protecting cognitive health among the elderly.

What Is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a polyphenic bioflavonoid antioxidant that’s produced by certain plants and found in foods and drinks that are known to halt the effects of aging. Resveratrol is classified as a phytoestrogen because of its ability to interact with estrogen receptors in a positive way. Plants that produce resveratrol and other types of antioxidants actually do so partly as a protective mechanism and response to stressors within their environments, including radiation, the presence of insects or other predators, injury, and fungal infections. Today, resveratrol is believed to be one of the most potent polyphenols and strongest protectors against symptoms associated with aging and free radical damage .

Studies show that the most naturally abundant sources of resveratrol (not to mention many other protective phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals) are plants, including the skin of red grapes, red wine, raw cocoa, and dark berries, such as lingonberries, blueberries, mulberries and bilberries. Red wine is probably the best known source, mostly due to its high levels thanks to the fermentation process that turns grape juice to alcohol. During production of red wine, grape seeds and skins ferment in the grape’s juices, which have positive effects on levels and availability of resveratrol.

The benefits of resveratrol were first discovered when researchers found that yeast and other microbes, insects and animals fed resveratrol experienced an increased life span as a result. Various studies continued to confirm its amazing anti-aging benefits, demonstrated in studies conducted on fruit flies, fish, mice and nematode worms, all of which lived longer compared to control groups that were not treated with this phytonutrient.


5 Resveratrol Benefits

1. Has Anti-Aging and Anti-Cancer Effects

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals produced during everyday bodily functions, such as eating and exercise. Free radical damage is accelerated due to poor lifestyle habits like smoking, eating an unhealthy diet, and in response to environmental pollution and toxicity. If left unchecked, free radicals can damage cells and are thought to be a cause of life-threatening diseases and earlier death. Consuming plant foods high in antioxidants and phytonutrients has been shown to offer antioxidative, anticarcinogenic and antitumor benefits that protect adults from many age-related diseases.

According to research published by the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Seville in Spain, “One of the most striking biological activities of resveratrol soundly investigated during the late years has been its cancer-chemopreventive potential. In fact, recently it has been demonstrated that it blocks the multistep process of carcinogenesis at various stages: tumor initiation, promotion, and progression.”

It’s believed the mechanisms for its cancer protecting activities involves downregulation of the inflammatory response through inhibition of synthesis and release of pro-inflammatory mediators, among other activities.

2. Protects Cardiovascular Health

Because of its anti-inflammatory activity, resveratrol has been shown to offer protection against artherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries that cuts off blood flow), high LDL “bad cholesterol,” formation of blood clots and myocardial infraction. Consuming more has also been shown to help improve circulation and have beneficial effects on glucose and lipid metabolism in some with higher risk for metaboloic syndrome .

Itadori tea, one significant source of resveratrol, has long been used in Asian countries, including Japan and China, as a traditional herbal remedy for preventing heart disease and strokes.

3. Helps Protect the Brain and Cognitive/Mental Health

Resveratrol is particularly unique as its antioxidants can cross the blood-brain barrier to protect the brain and the nervous system, unlike other antioxidants. Recent studies done by researchers at the Nutrition Research Center at Northunbria University in the U.K. showed that resveratrol noticeably increased blood flow to the brain, suggesting a considerable benefit to healthy brain function and neuroprotective effects.

This means consuming more can increase protection against cognitive/mental problems, including Alzheimer’s, dementia and others. Other study findings, such as results published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, demonstrated that even a single infusion of resveratrol could elicit neuroprotective effects on cerebral (brain) neuronal loss and damage.  This resulted from increased free radical scavenging and cerebral blood elevation due to resveratrol’s effects.

4. May Help Prevent Obesity 

Findings from animal studies have found that resveratrol exerts beneficial effects on rodents fed a high-calorie diet, helping prevent fat storage and regulating insulin levels.  Others research has shown that resveratrol may help reduce body weight and adiposity in obese animals, which some experts believe is due to activating the SIRT1 gene that’s believed to protect the body against the effects of obesity .

It’s not totally clear how this translates to humans consuming foods or drinks like wine and berries, but studies have found links between adults eating balanced diets that include moderate amounts of wine and healthier body weights.

5. Benefits Those with Diabetes or Prediabetes

Animal studies involving diabetic rats have demonstrated that resveratrol may be able to reduce hyperglycemia and may also possibility be of use in preventing and/or treating both obesity and diabetes. Resveratrol may be helpful for those with diabetes and prediabetes by reducing complications (like nerve damage and damage to the heart) and helping manage insulin levels. It’s known that this phytoestrogen positively affects insulin secretion and blood insulin concentrations, according to animal studies.


What Is Resveratrol Used For?

As you can tell from all the benefits described above, resveratrol and sources that provide it, including red wine, are more than just powerful heart-protectors. They’re also strong brain-boosters, among many other things. People use resveratrol for all sorts of anti-aging benefits, considering research suggests that it can help:

  • Provide powerful antioxidant support
  • Boost the body’s ability to fight oxidative stress (or free radical damage)
  • Support cellular and tissue health
  • Protect against cancer
  • Promote better circulation, very important for protecting a healthy heart
  • Protect against diabetes 
  • Protect memory, cognitive health and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease
  • Preventing premature signs or symptoms associated with aging, including inflammation that leads to arterial damage and joint deterioration
  • Supporting a healthy digestive system and improving elimination of waste or toxic compounds
  • Improve energy and endurance
  • Some research has even found that it helps protect against the effects of radiation, which we’re all exposed to in at least small amounts whether we realize it or not

Should You Take Resveratrol Supplements?

Because the FDA does not regulate supplements, many health authorities are not convinced that taking resveratrol supplements or extract will have much payoff. As with all herbs and extracts, you can’t be sure exactly what you’re getting and how effective the product may be.

Dosage recommendations vary depending on your current health and symptoms, but most resveratrol supplements are typically taken in about 250 to 500 milligrams/day dosages. It’s important to point out that this is generally lower than the amounts that have been shown to be beneficial in studies, but it’s not clear if taking very high doses is safe. Some adults choose to consume up to two grams daily (2,000 milligrams). According to the New York Academy of Sciences, studies have found resveratrol to be safe and reasonably well-tolerated at doses of up to five grams per day, but this shouldn’t be taken without speaking with your doctor.

It’s possible, however, to experience mild to moderate side effects at higher doses, so experts recommend starting with less until further studies demonstrate any added benefit of taking more. Resveratrol supplements may potentially interact with blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin) and NSAID pain relivers  (like aspirin or Advil), so be sure not to mix these.


How Resveratrol Works

Resveratrol works by modifying inflammation in the body, in addition to having other positive effects on hormone production, blood circulation and fat storage. Studies demonstrate that it specifically seems to work in some of the following ways:

  • It limits the body’s ability to produce sphingosine kinase and phospholipase D, two molecules known to trigger inflammation . Studies have demonstrated resveratrol’s ability to suppresses the expression and activity of cyclooxygenase enzymes tied to inflammatory responses that damage tissue throughout the body. Although the body naturally produces inflammation as a means of healing and protecting itself, such as to counter bacteria and viruses as part of the immune system, a state of chronic or constant inflammation is not a healthy state to be in. It ages the body and increases risk for almost every disease.
  • Resveratrol has been found to lower insulin levels, which is key to staying young, at a healthy weight and fighting diseases like diabetes. In trials, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals found that those with diabetes who took resveratrol had lower glucose and insulin levels, making it a powerful aid to a healthy lifestyle. It also has positive effects on brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that’s involved in the pathogenesis of obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Researchers have observed that BDNF levels are lower in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus and other insulin-related problems.
  • It facilitates mitochondrial respiration and gluconeogenesis. In other words, it helps the “powerhouse” part of cells (the mitochondria) that supplies cells with energy to work optimally.
  • Resveratrol keeps circulation flowing smoothly, preventing arterial damage and offering protection in the brain from memory loss and conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease . It may also prevent other disorders, such as stroke, ischemia and Hutinton’s disease , in addition to mental health problems like depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism.
  • It’s been shown to have positive effects on vascular endothelial growth factor — in other words repairing damaged blood vessels.
  • Because it controls release of pro-inflammatory molecules, resveratrol thus has benefits for preventing autoimmune diseases . It also seems to positively alter gut microbiota and influences stem cell proliferation and differentiation.
  • Finally, as a potent antioxidant, resveratrol is constantly fighting damage from free radicals that can increase cancer risk. It deeply penetrates the nucleus and mitochondria of each cell, helping repair harmful effects due to free radical damage that can alter DNA. It also modulates apoptosis (destruction of harmful cells) and therefore seems to have anti-cancer properties. Studies have found evidence of resveratrol triggering apoptosis of activated T cells and suppressing growth of tumors, in addition to acting against cancer.

Best Sources of Resveratrol

Now you know the benefits of resveratrol in your diet, you may be wondering what the best source of this compound is. Below are the best foods and beverages to add to your diet (albeit in moderation) in order to consume more resveratrol:

  • Red grapes and red wine. In case you’re wondering, white wine has some too but much lower amounts since the grapes’ skins are removed earlier in the wine-making process.
  • Certain types of traditional teas, including Itadori tea, common in Asian countries
  • Raw cocoa (dark chocolate)
  • Lingonberries
  • Blue berries
  • Mulberries
  • Bilberries
  • Cranberries
  • Pistachios

Different plants supply various forms of resveratrol. For example grapes, peanuts and Itadori tea contain mainly trans-resveratrol glucosides. Red wine is primarily a source of the aglycones cis- and trans-resveratrol. Studies show that both Itadori tea and red wine supply relatively high concentrations of resveratrol compared to most other foods.

Itadori tea is a good option for people who avoid drinking alcohol or for children.


Precautions/Side Effects Associated with Resveratrol

Although we have mentioned that red wine and cocoa are two of the best sources of resveratrol, unfortunately a diet of dark chocolate and red wine may be decadent but ultimately very unhealthy if you overdo it. The best way to obtain the benefits of resveratrol is through balance and moderation. We recommend consuming wine in small amounts, about one glass per day or less; according to most research, up to two glasses daily for men and one per day for women hasn’t been shown to cause any health concerns. If you do choose to take resveratrol supplements, still aim to consume antioxidants naturally from a healthy diet, including a variety of fresh plant foods.

While a large body of evidence has already suggested that resveratrol has many benefits, many experts feel that before we can promote drinking more wine or taking supplements to all adults, additional research is still needed. Overall there’s support for its positive attributes, but data is still needed to confirm its effectiveness for prevention of actual diseases in humans. It’s still not completely known how different people react to resveratrol and if some benefit more than others. For example, people with existing cases of diabetes or metabolic defects may need to take higher doses than mostly healthy adults to get the same effects. Talk to your doctor if you plan on taking supplements and are already on other medications.

Overall, most of the benefits of resveratrol have been shown in animal studies and at high dosages. Harvard School of Public Health points out, “The dose of resveratrol administered in experiments is always much higher than you’d normally consume in a daily diet. You would need to drink a hundred to a thousand glasses of red wine to equal the doses that improve health in mice.”

That being said, resveratrol is not a cure-all and means to living a longer, disease-free life. It may be one piece of the puzzle, but the bottom line is that it probably shouldn’t motivate you to drink more wine than you already are.


Final Thoughts on Resveratrol

  • Resveratrol is a type of polyphenol antioxidant that research suggests has many anti-aging effects.
  • Consuming resveratrol from red wine, berries, dark chocolate and other foods is believed to offer protection against cellular and tissue damage. This may help lower your risk for things like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. You may also take Resveratrol supplements .
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