Dear Doctor

Over the next week or two we will focus on Heart Disease, still the No. 1 killer in the developed world. (WHO, 2016).

No.1 Cause of Death

The No. 1 killer in the industrial world is Heart Disease.  How can Therapeutic Food help to prevent HD?

In industrialized countries isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) increases steeply with age. Many Americans over the age of 60 have ISH, which is increasingly recognized as a cardiovascular risk. Several studies have shown the strong association between ISH and stroke, kidney failure, cardiovascular morbidity and mortality (Gasowski et al, 2002; Vaccarino et al, 2001).
Reversing or stabilizing the increased arterial stiffness associated with age and disease by targeting any or all of its causes provides of a number of promising new approaches to treatment of systolic hypertension and its sequel, the main causes of mortality and morbidity (Greenwald SE, 2007).

Therapeutic Food supplements magnify the protective benefits of key phytonutrients that support the reduction of ISH.

Therapeutic Food protocol to support protection from ISH:

  • Phyto Power, wild crafted– 2 capsules BID.
  • Be Regular– 2 heaping tbl taken as a meal replacement three times weekly.
  • No. 7 Systemic Booster– 1 tsp at breakfast
  • Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic– 1 heaping tbl BID before 2 largest meals.
  • Chromium, Bio-organic with Beet– 1 capsule BID.

Food Science:  In this email we’ll focus on the Phyto Power

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Research has shown that the catechin family of flavonoids provide protective phytonutrients particularily from catechin, epicatechins and epigallocatechin gallate.

Endothelial dysfunction, a prognostically relevant key event in atherosclerosis, is characterized by a decreased bioactivity of nitric oxide (NO) and impaired flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD).  Schroeter et al., (2006) showed in healthy male adults that the ingestion of flavanol-rich cocoa was associated with acute elevations in levels of circulating NO species, an enhanced FMD response of conduit arteries, and an augmented microcirculation.

Nagao et al., (2007) observed, in a protocol sample of 240 subjects, that green tea extract high in catechins reduces body fat and cardiovascular risks including a decrease in systolic blood pressure. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol was also decreased to a greater extent in the catechin group.

Lorenz et al., (2007) investigated the effect of milk in preventing the beneficial effects of tea relative to vascular protection, and found that casein in milk binds to catechins inhibiting their beneficial functioning as antioxidants.  Their conclusion was that milk counteracts the favourable health effects of tea on vascular function.

The wilds of Alaska provide an amazing environment for powerful plants and berries— fertile volcanic ash soil, and a harsh environment that challenges plants to put out high levels of phenols (e.g. flavonoids) to protect themselves.

Notice the different between an Alaskan rosehip and the typical Europe rosehip (dog-rose) in terms of their phytonutrient load.

Flavonoids

  • Quercetin- 10.50 (Alaskan rosehip) verses 1.05 (European rosehip) in mg/g.
  • Hyperoside- 3.03 verses 4.30
  • Kaempferol- 1.62 verses 0.00
  • Isoquercitin- 0.78 verses 3.51
  • Naringenin- 0.26 verses 0.15
  • Rutin- 0.16 verses 0.67
  • Nothofagrin- 0.26 verses 0.07
  • Luteolin- 0.02 verses 0.01
  • Biochanin A- 0.02 verses 0.00

Catechins

  • Catechin- 72.5 verses 35.70
  • Epicatechin- 67.50 verses 33.70
  • gallocatechin- 0.93 verses 0.86
  • epicatechin gallate- 0.45 verses 0.15
  • catechin gallate- 0.25 verses 0.02.

Organic Acids

  • Ellagic acid- 48.30 verses 5.25
  • Gallic acid- 7.85 verses 0.14
  • p- Coumaric acid- 1.54 verses 0.16
  • Protocatachuic acid- 0.97 verses 0.18
  • Caffeic acid- 0.38 verses 0.00
  • Chlorogenic acid- 0.30 verses 0.05.
  • Salicylic acid- 0.22 verses 0.14
  • Fefulic acid- 0.06 verses 0.09

Vitamins

  • Vitamin C- 25.00 verses 10.00
  • Vitamin B3- 1.09 verses 0.19
  • Vitamin B2- 0.08 verses 0.11
  • Vitamin B1- 0.03 verses 0.01
  • Vitamin B6- 0.01 verses 0.00.

Carotenoids

  • Lycopene- 4.89 verses 2.98
  • b-Carotene- 1.15 verses1.53
  • Lutein- 0.21 verses 0.00
  • Zeaxanthin- 0.17 verses 0.19.

Phyto Power’s Alakan Rosehip provides high amount of catechins.  Two capsules gives one the equivalent of two squares of dark chocolate in catechins without the sugar.

References:

  • Dower et al. (2015). Effects of the pure flavonoids epicatechin and quercetin on vascular function and cardiometabolic health: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Am J Clin Nutr; 101(5): 914-21.
  • Engler at al. (2004). Flavonoid-rich dark chocolate improves endothelial function and increases plasma epicatechin concentrations in healthy adults. J Am Coll Nutr; 23:197-204.
  • Greenwald SE. (2007). Ageing of the conduit arteries. J Pathol; 211(2): 157-172.
  • Lorenz et al. 2007. Addition of milk prevents vascular protective effects of tea. European Heart Journal; 28(2): 2219-2223.
  • Nagao et al. (2007). A green tea extract high in catechins reduces body fat and cardiovascular risks in humans. Obesity; 15: 1473-1483.
  • Schroeter et al. (2006). Epicatechin mediates beneficial effects of flavanol-rich cocoa on vascular function in humans. PNAS; 103:1024-1029.
  • Tuso et al. (2013) Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets.
  • WHO (World Health Organization) Cancer Statistics, Sept. (2016).

To your health,

Seann

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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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).”

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