Dear Friends

How do we reduce the risk of heart disease? With a plant based diet. See Green Facts below to learn what the World Health Organization (WHO) and Kaiser Permantente say about plant based diets.

BioImmersion agrees whole-heartedly! Because of our busy lives and toxic environment, our bodies need extra help: a wide variety of the powerful concentrated plant-based whole foods and extracts that go into our Therapeutic Food Supplement range. Each product is individually designed through ongoing research to deeply nourish and combat the growing threats of modern life (Therapeutic Foods).

A Therapeutic Food recipe for supporting the reduction of Heart Disease:

Food Science

Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic contains probiotic (33 billion cfu/tbl of certified stains of pedigreed L acidophilus, B. longum, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, S. thermophilus) and prebiotic (patented oat bran with high levels of beta glucan soluble fiber, whole red beet root and inulin derived from chicory fiber).

The prebiotic inulin and the probiotic Bifidobacteria, along with the Lactobacillus strains selected support the reduction of endotoxemia, a leading cause of metabolic disorders  such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease (Cani 2007, 2007a, 2008, 2009).

Whitehead et al. (2014) performed a meta-analysis on 28 randomized controlled trials on the effectiveness of oat bran beta glucans to lower LDL cholesterol.  Oat beta glucan reduced LDL and total cholesterol by 0.25 mmol/L and 0.30 mmol/L respectively at doses of 3g/d.

Saini (2010) found that the fiber inulin inhibits hepatic lipogenesis (creation of cholesterol), inducing a significant hypotriglyceridemic effect.

DiRienzo (2014) reviewed 26 clinical studies and two meta-analyses and found amongst others that L. acidophilus plus inulin significantly decrease LDL cholesterol.  Their conclusion was that probiotic intake as a therapeutic lifestyle change can have a positive effect on reduced CHD risk factors.

Phyto Power contains three species of wildcrafted Rosehips (the whole fruit and seeds), four species of wildcrafted dandelions (aerial parts 90% w/w, roots 10% w/w and flower), and four species of wildcrafted blueberry (fruit >95% w/w and leave and stems < 5% w/w).
Alaska wild berries range from 3 to 5 times higher in ORAC value than cultivated berries from the lower 48 states. For instance, cultivated blueberries have an ORAC scale of 30. Alaska wild dwarf blueberries measure 85 (Dinstel, 2013).
Phyto Power’s broad array of phytonutrients (catechins, organic acids, vitamins, flavonoids, carotenoids, anthocyanins, polyphenols) provide support as antioxidants, in cardiovascular protection, for anti-atherosclerosis, to improvement of endothelial function and for anti-inflammation; as well as supporting, anti-apoptosis, anti-aging, anti carcinogen, anti-microbial and neurological protection (Han, 2007). Pure anthocyanins are up to seven times more effective as antioxidants inhibiting lipid peroxidation than alpha tocopherol (Lila, 2004).

Bibliography

  • Cani et al. (2009). Changes in gut microbiota control inflammation in obese mice through a mechanism involving GLP-2 driven improvement of gut permeability. Gut; 58(8): 1091-1103.
  • Cani et al. (2008). Changes in gut microbiotia control metabolic endotoxemia-induced inflammation in high-fat induced obesity and diabetes in mice, Diabetes; 57: 1470-81.
  • Cani et al. (2007). Metabolic endotoxemia initiates obesity and insulin resistance. Diabetes; 56:1761-72.
  • Cani et al. (2007a). Selective increases of Bifidobacteria in gut microflora improve high-fat-diet-induced diabetes in mice through a mechanism associated with endotoxaemia. Diabetologia; 50: 2374-83.
  • DiRienzo DB. (2014). Effect of probiotics on biomarkers of cardiovascular disease: implications for heart-healthy diets. Nutr Rev; 72(1): 18-29.
  • Dinstel RR, Cascio J, Koukel S. (2013). The antioxidant level of Alaska’s wild berries: high, higher and highest. Int J Circumpolar Health;72 doi:10.3402/ijch.v7210.21188.
  • Lilla MA. (2004). Plant Pigments and their Manipulation: Annual Plant Reviews; Vol. 14: Chapter 8, Blackwell Publishing.
  • Han et al. (2007). Meta-analysis: Dietary Polyphenols and their Biological Significance. Int J Mo Sci; 8(9): 950-988.
  • Saini et al. (2010). Potential of probiotics in controlling cardiovascular diseases. J Cariovasc Dis Res; 1(4): 213-214.
  • Tuso et al. (2013). Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets. The Permanente Journal; 17(2); 61-66.
  • Weggemans et al. (2001). Dietary cholesterol from eggs increases the ratio of total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in humans: a meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr; 73: 885-91.
  • Whitehead et al. (2014). Cholesterol-lowering effects of oat beta glucan: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr; 100(6): 1413-1421.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners.  There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health. Please use our products under the advisement of your doctor.

Green Facts:

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Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and Kaiser Permantente, the largest managed healthcare organization in the United States, recommend changing our diet to one that is a plant-based diet in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) put out their Global Status Report On Noncommunicable Diseases stating,Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death globally, killing more people each year that all other causes combined … NCDs are caused by four behavioral risk factors: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and the harmful use of alcohol … Of the 57 million global deaths in 2008, 36 million, were due to NCDs, principally cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases …Adequate consumption of fruit and vegetables reduces the risk for cardiovascular diseases … High consumption of saturated fats and trans-fatty acids is linked to heart disease.Heart disease is still the number one killer (CDC April 2016).

Kaiser Permantente has published a remarkable nutritional update for their 15,000 physicians who care for their 10 million members.  Kaiser is now telling doctors that healthy eating may best be achieved with a plant-based diet, defined as a regiment that “encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy and eggs as well as all refined and processed junk food (Tuso, 2013).”