Year: 2014

Brain Food for 2015

December 30, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone!

Blueberries basket

Brain food!

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Why berries to protect our brains? Here is a great reason:

Berries are excellent foods for the brain.  Substances present in blueberries can both reduce oxidative stress and improve communication between brain cells.  

Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries have all been shown to slow or reverse age-related cognitive decline in animal studies, and blueberries have now been tested for their effects on human memory (1). Older adults with mildly impaired memory were given wild blueberry juice as a supplement, and after as little as 12 weeks, measures of learning and memory had improved (2).  The antioxidants in cherries have also been shown to protect brain cells against oxidative stress, implying that eating cherries may help to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like dementia (3, 4).  In people with mild memory complaints, those who drank pomegranate juice daily performed better on memory task compared to placebo and displayed an increase in brain activation measured by functional MRI (5). (Fuhrman, 2014)

Reference:

1. Shukitt-Hale B:  Blueberries and neuronal aging. Gerontology 2012;58:518-523.

2. Krikorian R, Shidler MD, Nash TA, et al:  Blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults. J. Agric Food Chem 2010;58:3996-4000.

3.Kim DO, Heo HJ, Kim YJ, et al:  Sweet and sour cherry phenolics and their protective effects on neuronal cells. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2005;53:9921-9927.

4. Raustadottir T, Davies SS, Stock AA, et al:  Tart cherry juice decreases oxidative stress in healthy older men and women. J Nutr 2009;139:1896-1900.

5. Bokkheimer SY, Renner BA, Ekstrom A, et al:  Pomegranate juice augments memory and FMRI acitivity in middle-aged and older adults with mild memory complaints.  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013;2013:946-298.

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The key to supporting good health: eat a variety of berries throughout the day to bring in the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of these potent berries. Therapeutic Food supplements make this eloquently and powerfully possible. 

Clinical Notes:

Take the following daily for powerful brain protection and cognitive enhancement:

Blueberry Extract:  100% North American Blueberry flavonoid extract. Concentrated to supply the anti-inflammatory power of the blueberry’s broad spectrum of anthocyanins. Take one capsule daily in the morning around breakfast.

Phyto Power:  Wild-crafted Alaskan Blueberry (four species, whole fruit), wild-crafted Alaskan Rosehip (three species, whole fruit) and wild-crafted Alaskan Dandelion (four species, whole plant).  Take two capsules daily around lunch.

No. 7 Systemic Booster:  Contains organic pomegranate (whole fruit and extract), organic tart cherry (whole), organic cranberry (whole fruit and extract), organic pineapple (whole), organic soluble chicory fibers (inulin), 5 Bulgarian probiotic organisms, our famous supernatant, and a variety of supportive nutriceuticals.

Take one teaspoon daily around dinner time.

Blueberry Extract - Phyto Power - No 7 bottles

Part of the reason we suggest these around meal time is that the normal process of digestion creates free radicals itself, and when we have powerful fruit aboard, their damaging effects are minimized.

   

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Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Many organizations are making their final push to raise funds before the year is out and EWG is one we believe is worthy of your attention to contribute to a healthier planet.

A persuasive e-mail written by the world-renowned activist Erin Brokovich says it the best:

EWG isn’t afraid to take on industry and their millions of lobbying dollars. EWG doesn’t shy away from the fight for clean water and toxics reform and giving powerful information directly to consumers.

What EWG does is hard, and it sure isn’t cheap. But we need EWG to be an independent advocate for us, and EWG depends on people just like you for nearly half of its funding.

You can make a year-end donation to EWG here.

 

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Do you realize that every time we eat we create free radicals in our body?

We have known for a long time that free radicals or ROS (reactive oxygen species) are associated with a host of diseases, from diabetes (Mohanty et al., 2000), to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and more (Paiifici & Davies 1991).

If every one of our meals creates these free radicals, what should we eat?

What foods create more free radicals and in turn these diseases, and what foods balance the generation of these ROS and help protect us from these diseases?

The rest of the story: What should we eat to reduce ROS?

We have known for a long time that free radicals (ROS) damage cell membranes, lipids, proteins, DNA, which is in turn associated with a host of other diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, IBD (Paiifici & Davies 1991).

The Metabolic process of turning food into energy creates free radicals. Mohanty et al. (2000) demonstrated the relationship between nutrition and ROS generation. They investigated the effect of glucose challenge on ROS generation by leucoyctes, and concluded that glucose intake stimulates ROS generation.

Our bodies, in the process of metabolizing our most basic molecule for energy— glucose—create an overload of free radicals. It is simply the process of digesting our foods that generates so many free radicals.

Dr. Greger (see Green Facts) argues that during our evolution there was no such thing as sugar water associated with the foods we ate. In nature, as he says, “all sugars and starches come prepackages with antioxidants.” This means that sweet foods such as fruit are balanced with important phytonutrients.

He further states that, “this process of oxidizing carbs for energy is messy and that it generates free radicals. If we chug down straight sugar water the level of oxidation in our blood stream goes up over the next few hours. But if we drink a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice you don’t get that spike in oxidation. Why?”

Because the fresh squeezed OJ has antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Which is it, the C or the flavonoids or both that account for the free radical neutralizing power here?

Dr. Greger’s answer is that there is still a spike in oxidation with the combination of sugar and vitamin C.   It is not the vitamin C in orange juice but the citrus phytonutrients like hesperetin and naringenin that beat back the oxidation.

And here is the central point. We must eat phytonutrient-rich plant foods with every meal to create a balance and bring our bodies out of a pro-oxidative state. We need more fruits and colorful vegetables with each meal.

And, this is where the Therapeutic Food Supplements can come and make a world of different in our health today. Since the Therapeutic Foods Supplements are concentrated phytonutrient-rich plants, it is easy to bring our bodies back into oxidative balance.

Clinic Note:

We need to seek out plant sources with high active phytonutrients in them. And, that is exactly what we have done for you in the creation of our Therapeutic Foods Supplement line.

Here are some of our products that offer rich array of antioxidant phytochemicals:

Blueberry Extract: our new blueberry extract is truly remarkable. It is the market’s only 100% North American blueberry extract. This North American cultivar contains a phenolic profile and content that is amongst the richest of all fruit. It provides high concentrations of a broad spectrum of anthocynins.

Suggested Dosage: one capsule a day.

High ORAC Synbiotic Formula: this diverse synbiotic formula brings together the various qualities of blueberry extract, grape and grape seed extract, raspberry and raspberry seed extract, bilberry extract, cranberry, tart cherry and prune plus the soluble fiber inulin from chicory root and a 25 billion count of the pedigreed probiotic organisms L. acidophilus and B. longum.

Suggested Dosage: one capsule a day

Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic Formula: our new synbiotic formula contains 50% more viable CFU at the two year label claim- 66 billion per 2 tbl and 3 times the overage at the date of manufacture at 176 billion per 2 tbl. It also contains 10.5 grams from oat bran (high in beta glucan fibers), red beetroot and inulin. The red beet root contains betalain a very strong antioxidant.

Suggested Dosage: from one tsp to two tbl daily.

No. 7 Systemic Booster: this rich synbiotic formula contains also a wide selection of fruit rich in polyphenolic for high antioxidant potency. Amongst its probiotics and over nutriceuticals is contain organic cranberry extract and whole fruit, organic pomegranate extract and whole fruit, organic tart cherry and organic pineapple.

Suggested Dosage: one tsp daily.

Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula: our unique formula brings out the best of both cranberry and pomegranate. The former helps to provide powerful support for healthy urinary tract function, the latter aids a healthy inflammatory response and resistance to infection. They both provide strong support in neutralizing free radicals.

Suggested Dosage: one to two capsules daily.

Cruciferous Sprout Complex: A pure mixture of seven nutrient-rich varieties of cruciferous spouts, intelligently crafted to stimulate the liver’s production of Phase 2 Enzymes that make up the pathway for Phase 2 liver detoxification, critical for keeping our blood clean and free from free radicals.

Suggested Dosage: two capsules daily.

Chlorella Organic: the world’s richest source of chlorophyll, derived from its green pigment. Also is a rich source of carotenoids. Chlorophyl facilitates the cleans of the blood and neutralize free radicals. Chlorella is also the world’s richest source for a complete collection of amino acids. It is truly a super food.

Suggested Dosage: two to four capsules daily.

Phyto Power: a wildcrafted wonder, Phyto Power brings together the whole fruit and seeds of three species of Alaska rosehip, four species of dandelions (roots, leaves and flowers) and four species of blueberry. An extremely powerful and pure broad spectrum flavonoid profile offering our a strong antioxidant profile.

Suggested Dosage: one to two capsules daily.

The key strategy to balance out the oxidative stress of digestion is to add a dose the Therapeutic Foods Supplements with every meal. For example:

Before your breakfast take a tablespoon of the Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic in a tall glass of water with one Blueberry Extract.

For lunch with your meal take two capsule of the Phyto Power and 2 tablet of the Chlorella.

And, for with dinner add 2 Cruciferous Sprouts and 1 High ORAC.

Be creative. It is simple, easy, and yet powerful. Help your body to balance free radicals generated during the digestive process of your meals.

Green Facts:

Michael Greger M.D. is an amazing resource for bringing healthy eating back into a center place in medicine. Check out his website and this video: NutritionFacts.org and The Minimum Recommended Daily Allowance of Antioxidants.

 

 

Food Harvest

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What is one of the most profound actions you can do for the health of your own body, the health of your patients, your community, and ultimately the health of our world? What is the most basic, fundamental aspect of life, beyond breathing, that if we medically get it right, will set off a chain reaction resulting in health throughout the planet? This one element is the missing ingredient in the practice of medicine today.

Let us face it. Life is one big food chain. The elements of the earth, the sun and water feed plants, plants feed animals, animals feed animals (and humans), and when plants and animals die they become foods for the decomposer s- worms, insects, bacteria, fungus, who create our rich soil for plant seeds to sprout in and once again become food for the earth. Round and round we go.

We are intimately involved in the food chain, and as omnivores we can consume both plants and animals. It is manifestly obvious to all of us involved in integrative health that healthy foods are central and fundamental to achieving a healthy body. We know that the foods we eat can be the deal breaker as to whether we achieve the health we want for our bodies. Food as medicine is really a non-negotiable concept.

Creating a worldwide food system—eco-farmed in rich soils without herbicide and pesticides, properly harvested and transported—enhances the nutrient density in foods. We must have nutrients dense foods to bring about the health we desire.

In 2004, Dohrea and I set about to create BioImmersion Inc. and the Therapeutic Food Supplement line. Several things were very clear to us. In our world today the level of assault on our bodies from pollution, pathogens, stress, and bad dietary practices is so high that we need powerful medicinal foods. Our bodies after all know exactly what and how to utilize food for therapeutic purposes.

Our Therapeutic Foods is a supplement line that is build with eco-farmed foods that are whole and potent. We also utilized ecologically smart technology to extract complete concentrations of classes of phyto-nutrients from foods. The results are foods that behave medicinally in the body. And as we have known for 2500 years, food is able to repair, heal, protect, and prevent dis-ease (Hippocrates, 400 BC).

What is missing in your practice? We would say that it is a therapeutic food line that is potent, whole, and concentrated. Create a powerful base for your health routines and protocols with Therapeutic Foods.
Clinical Notes

Have you read our medical director’s essay on the Fructo Borate Complex?  Dr. George Kessler is an osteopath in New York City and not only one of the best integrative doctors in the city, but in the country as well. See his bio here. George was one of the first practitioners to immediately recognize our Fructo Borates uniqueness and potential as a therapeutic food supplement. And, he has written textbooks on the subject. This product has certain proven its value for Dr. Kessler with his patients, for almost a decade now. Fructo Borate is a very special product and is multifaceted in its uses. In case you missed it before I am linking you here to Dr. Kessler’s essay on Fructo Borate. Enjoy.

Green Facts

Ecosystems collapsing, habitats vanishing, species going into extinction at a rate we have not seen for millions of year. In fact, according to geological records not since 65 million years ago before the 5th Mass Extinction occurred and the time of the dinosaurs dramatically came to an end. Many biologists believe we are rapidly moving toward the 6th Mass Extinction, possibly in as soon as 100 years. We believe we still can reverse this process and turn the world into a direction of light, life and abundance. But it will take us all literally to “get into the streets?”

There are so many wonderful organizations moving us in that direction and one of the great ones is the Bioneers. Check out this inspiring 6 minute keynote speech by 14 year old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez presented at the Bioneer’s Youth Leadership Conference.

Blueberry Extract is Back!!

December 1, 2014

Blueberry Extract Food SupplementOur blueberry extract is back and it is better than ever.

Our brain is central to who we are, the core of our very being, and with the frightening specter of the ever rising rate of Alzheimer’s Disease and age-related cognitive dysfunction in America, we at BioImmersion are focusing on creating products supported by research that tackles this issue head on.

The health promotion properties of Blueberry Extract’s phytochemicals are many. Research has demonstrated for years that Blueberry Extract is a powerful supportive super food when it comes to the protection from neuro-degenerative diseases, cancers, and diabetes, to even functioning as a prebiotic—supporting the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.

The phenolic content/profile of the North American blueberries used in the production of our new blueberry extract is truly remarkable and the fact that our extract perfectly corresponds to the profile of the fresh blueberries is a testament to the richness and purity of the extract. This is the market’s only 100% North American blueberry extract.

We utilize leading technology[1] to assess polyphenolic levels of our North American blueberry cultivar. Our analyses demonstrate a phenolic profile and content that is among the richest of all fruit.

Two major researchers into the world of plant’s phytonutrients and into Blueberry and Blueberry Extract in particular are Dr. James Joseph and Dr. Mary Ann Lila.

The research of Dr. James Joseph was highly influential on blueberry extract as a protective and corrective food in regards to cognitive decline. As the past Director of Research at Tufts University’s USDA Anti-Aging Center, he was prolific in his research using blueberry extract to prevent and reversing senility in old age, and even in reversing Alzheimer’s syndrome specifically. (Joseph 2008; 2010).

Shukitt-Hale B, Joseph JA et al, Blueberry polyphenols attenuate kainic acid-induced decrements in cognition and alter inflammatory gene expression in rat hippocampus. Nutr Neurosci. 2008 Aug;11(4):172-82.

Krikorian R, Kalt W, Joseph J, et al, Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults. J. Agric. Food Chem., 2010, 58(7), pp3996-3000.

Click on the Blueberry Extract Monograph within the BioImmersion website library for a description of Joseph’s exciting research, taken in part from his wonderful book, The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan for Optimum Health.   His book is very helpful for educating and motivating yourself and your patients into healthier and colorful eating patterns.

Dr. Mary Ann Lila is the director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University. She has been a major researcher on blueberries for decades. Dr. Lila and her team have been focusing not only on blueberries ability to alleviate cognitive decline, in particular of late its ability to alleviate the neuro-degeneration of Parkinson’s disease, but also its anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. She states, “Now we have the sophisticated instrumentation where we are starting to zero in what these chemicals [polyphenols] are and we can start to pin point and utilize them for human health.”  Dr. Lila is an important food researcher to get to know.

Clinical Notes:

Robert Anderson MD, the eminent author and past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine , began purchasing our Blueberry Extract around 5 years ago. Noticing his consistent ordering pattern, I called Dr. Anderson, curious as to his experience of the blueberry. He graciously informed me that both his grandmother on his mother’s side and his mother died of Alzheimer’s and he wanted to do everything in his power to keep his mind sharp. He takes one capsule a day.

Dosage: Take one capsule daily.

Green Facts:

Here’s a list of our our blueberry extract’s 28 phenolic compounds:

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[1] HPLC-PDA-HR-MS: Thermo Accella UPLC along with leading edge analytical technology for measuring the total ORAC which quantifies Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity in terms of five ROS categories- superoxide (O2*), hydroxyl radical (OH*), peroxyl radical (RO2*), nitric oxide (*NO) and peroxynitrate (OHOO-).

 

 

Is Organic Food Really Better?

In a most recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (2014), titled “Higher Antioxidant and Lower Cadmium Concentrations and Lower Incidence of Pesticide Residues in Organically Grown Crops: a Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analyses,” authors Baranski, Srednicka-Tober, Volakakis et al. carried out meta-analyses based on 343 peer-reviewed publications that indicate statistically significant and meaningful differences in composition between organic and non-organic crops.

Baranski et al. found that concentrations of a range of antioxidants, such as polyphenolics, were substantially higher in organic crops as quantified in their phenolic acids, flavanones, stilbenes, flavones, flavonols and anthocyanins being an estimated 19%, 69%, 28%, 26%, 50% and 51% higher respectively.

Baranski, Srednicka-Tober, Volakakis et al. (2014) Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. British Journal of Nutrition: 112. 794-811 (read the whole article)

Clinical Notes:

Our Therapeutic Food Supplements are wild crafted or organic.  In our analysis of Phyto Power which contains three species of wild-crafted rosehips, 4 species of wild-crafted blueberries, and 4 species of wild-crafted dandelions, the polyphenolic phyto chemicals were dramatically more densely packed into the plants than in conventionally farmed rosehip, blueberry and dandelion.

The following charts – an excerpt from our 2012 article that you can read in full here – show the difference in phytonutrient between of the Phyto Power wild-crafted rosehip and conventionally grown dog rosehip from Europe:

 

Rosehip Nutrient ComparisonWhen it comes to rosehip, the European Dog Rose (Rosa canina L.) has been considered to be the most potent and is used as the standard by which others are measured. 

As you can see to the right here in the bar graph nutrient comparison of the wild crafted Alaska Rosehip to the Dog Rose, the Alaskan produce is much more potent (with the darker red being the Alaskan and the lighter red the Dog Rose).

When we look at the catechins specifically the difference is 2 to 1 in favor of the Alaskan Rosehip, with the Alaskan Rosehip containing in mg/g:

  • Rosehip 1 572.05 catechin
  • 67.50 epicatechin
  • 0.93 gallocatechin
  • 0.45 epicatechin gallate
  • 0.25 catechin gallate

While the Dog Rose contains in mg/g:

  • 35.70 catechin
  • 33.70 epicatechin
  • 0.86 gallocatechin
  • 0.15 epicatechin gallate
  • 0.02 catechin gallate.

The total in mg/g is 141.20 for the Alaska Rose and 70.20 for the Dog Rose.  The rosehip has everyone of the catechins except EGCG which you find in tea.

Regarding the Organic Acids comparison in mg/g:

Alaska Rosehip

  • rosehip 2 248.30 Ellagic acid
  • 7.85 Gallic acid
  • 1.54 p-Coumaric acid
  • 0.97 Protocatachuic acid
  • 0.38 Caffeic acid
  • 0.30 Chlorogenic acid
  • 0.22 Salicylic acid
  • 0.06 Ferulic acid

Dog Rosehip

  • 5.25 Ellagic acid
  • 0.14 Gallic acid
  • 0.16 p-Coumaric acid
  • 0.18 Protocatachuic acid
  • 0.00 Caffeic acid
  • 0.05 Chlorogenic acid
  • 0.14 Salicylic acid
  • 0.09 Ferulic acid

The total difference in mg/g between the Alaskan and the Dog is 59.62 to 6.01.

Let’s compare the difference in Flavonoids, again in mg/g:

Alaska Rosehip

  • Rosehip 3 210.50 Quercetin
  • 3.03 Hyperoside
  • 1.62 Kaempferol
  • 0.78 Isoquercitin
  • 0.56 Phloridzin
  • 0.42 Isohamnetin
  • 0.26 Naringenin
  • 0.16 Rutin
  • 0.06 Nothofagin
  • 0.02 Luteolin
  • 0.02 Biochanin A

Dog Rosehip

  • 1.05 Quercitin
  • 4.30 Hyperoside
  • 0.00 Kaempferol
  • 3.51 Isoquercitin
  • 1.49 Phloridzin
  • 0.00 Isorhamnetin
  • 0.15 Naringenin
  • 0.67 Rutin
  • 0.07 Nothofagin
  • 0.01 Luteolin
  • 0.00 Biochanin A

In summary there is 17.40 mg/g of the Alaska to 11.27 mg/g of the Dog.

Now let’s compare their quantitative differences in mg/g of the Vitamin content:

Alaska

  • rosehip 4 225.00 Vitamin C
  • 1.09 Vitamin B3
  • 0.08 Vitamin B2
  • 0.03 Vitamin B1
  • 0.01 Vitamin B6

Dog RoseHip

  • 10.00 Vitamin C
  • 0.19 Vitamin B3
  • 0.11 Vitamin B2
  • 0.01 Vitamins B1
  • 0.00 Vitaminl B6

The total are 26.21 mg/g of the Alaskan Rosehip to 10.31 mg/g of the Dog Rose.

Regarding the Carotenoids (Lycopene, b-Carotene, Lutein and Zeaxanthin) in mg/g:

Alaska Rosehip

  • rosehip 5 34.89 Lycopene
  • 1.15 b-Carotene
  • 0.21 Lutein
  • 0.17 Zeaxanthin

Dog Rose

  • 2.98 Lycopene
  • 1.53 b-Carotene
  • 0.00 lutein
  • 0.19 Zeaxanthin

The total 6.42 Alaskan to 4.70 Dog.

You can see in the above picture the refractance dried rosehip flakes that we mill into a powder for encapsulation.  In the coming weeks we will look at the important active ingredients within the Alaskan blueberry and the dandelion.  But, as you can see with our rosehip, this produce is quite simply loaded with actives.

Now in regards to the second question, is there enough quantity in a capsule to make a therapeutic difference, the answer is absolutely.  Just consuming two capsule a day would be the equivalent of eating 6 whole rosehips (pericarp and all), a small handful of blueberries and a salad made up entirely of dandelion.

Keeping our focus on the rosehip, the pericarp (the petal base) and the seeds are very bitter and astringent, but they are literally packed with catechins, and consuming a small amount can go a long ways therapeutically. According to Norman Hollenberg, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, epicatechin can reduce the risk of four of the major health problems:  stroke, heart failure, cancer and diabetes.  He believes that epicatechin should be considered essential to the diet and thus classified as a vitamin (Science Daily March 12, 2007; Int. J. Med. Sci. 2007, 4:53-58).

So as you can see there is so much to consider therapeutically here.  In regards to the rosehip, not are there catachins, but there’s the caratenoids, there’s ellagic acid, there’s Vitamin C , and so much more.  We love our Phyto Power, consider taking one to two capsules daily.

 

Why the differences?

When plants are grown organically or grown in the wilds of nature they don’t have the protection of herbicides and pesticides.  Therefore they create lots of polyphenolic phytochemicals which function as antioxidants, transcription molecules, antimicrobials to protect themselves from harmful pests and pathogens.  When we eat these nutrient rich plants we can utilize and receive the benefits of these powerful molecules to protect our own body’s cells and functioning, and support our own immune systems.

When dosing with PhytoPower take two capsules daily.  That is like eating six wild rosehips with seeds and all, a small handful of anthocyanin rich blueberries and a small cup of dandelion salad with their roots, leave and seeds.

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