Monday, 23 March 2015

Grape seed



Grapes are native to Asia near the Caspian Sea, but were brought to North America and Europe around the 1600s. This plant's climbing vine has large, jagged leaves, and its stem bark tends to peel. The grapes may be green, red, or purple.
Among other beneficial effects, the active compounds in grape seed {Grape Seed Oil, Grape Seed Extract, muskat) are believed to have antioxidant properties. In fact, a recent study of healthy volunteers found that supplementation with grape seed extract substantially increased levels of antioxidants in the blood. Antioxidants are substances that destroy free radicals {damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA (genetic material), and even cause cell death}.
Today, Naturopathic health care professionals use standardized extracts of grape seed to treat a range of health problems related to free radical damage, including blood sugar regulation problems, heart disease, and cancer. Studies in laboratories, animals, and people lend some support to these uses.
Flavonoids found in red wine have been reported to protect the heart. They may inhibit the oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol. (LDL oxidation which can lead to hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis). Studies have demonstrated a relationship between flavonoid intake (from foods) and reduced risk of death from coronary heart disease.
The Mediterranean diet is comprised of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, and moderate, daily wine consumption. In a long-term study of 423 patients who suffered a heart attack, those who followed a Mediterranean diet had a 50 - 70% lower risk of recurrent heart disease compared with controls who received no special dietary counseling. Some researchers believe that some of the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet are due to flavonoids found in red wine. (Another well-known theory along these lines is called "The French Paradox." The belief is that drinking wine protects those living in France from developing heart disease at as high a rate as those living in the United States, despite the rich fatty foods they eat.)
Others speculate that the healthful effects of moderate wine consumption are due to its alcohol content and not its flavonoid content. If the flavonoids are contributing to heart protection, then grape seed extracts offer an important alternative to alcohol, particularly given the down sides of drinking alcohol (see below). A third concept is being proposed by a group of researchers who believe that the beneficial effects of wine may be triggered by a complex interaction of alcohol and flavonoids. As the controversy of which ingredient in wine is the most important continues, both grape seed extracts and red wine continue to be promoted for heart health. In addition, several test tube and animal studies confirm that antioxidants from grapes offer cardioprotection in their own right.
It is also important to note that the use of alcohol is not advocated by the American Heart Association and other organizations because of the potential for addiction and the other serious repercussions, such as motor vehicle accidents and the development of hypertension, liver disease, breast cancer, and weight gain. If you do drink red wine, you should have no more than 2 glasses (20 g ethanol) per day.


Proported Uses

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Burns
  • Cancer prevention
  • Constipation
  • GI disorders
  • High cholesterol
  • Wound healing

Mechanism of Action

Vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid, and compounds called procyanidins {also known as condensed tannins, pycnogenols, and oligomeric proanthocyanidins or OPCs} are highly concentrated in grape seeds. These healthful compounds can also be found in lower concentrations in the skin of the grape. Procyanidins are also found in grape juice and wine, but in lower concentrations.
Procyanidins, subunits of proanthocyanidins, from V. vinifera seeds have been shown to have antioxidant activity and to alter capillary permeability in animal models. GPSE has protective effects on doxorubin-induced cardiotoxicity. Cardioprotective effects theoretically come from its ability to modulate anti-apoptotic genes and modify molecular targets such as DNA damage and repair, lipid peroxidation and intracellular calcium homeostasis.
Procyanidins also inhibit xanthine oxidase activity and non-competitively inhibit the proteolytic enzymes collagenase and elastase and the glycosidases hyaluronidase and beta-glucuronidase. Polyphenolic substances from grape seeds have been shown to inhibit the growth of Streptococcus mutans and glucan formation from sucrose, which may aid in the prevention of dental caries. Seed tannins may stimulate cell renewal by interfering with mucosal proteins. Resveratrol is another of grape's healthful compounds which are related to procyanidins and found mainly in the skins.
Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet light, radiation, smoke, certain prescription and non-prescription drugs, and air pollution) can also increase the number of these damaging particles. Free radicals are believed to contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants found in grape seeds can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Resveratrol has gained much popularity as an antioxidant supplement

Adverse Reactions

Reported: None.

Interactions

Cytochrome P450: Grape seed extract has been shown to inhibit cytochrome P450 isoenzymes, therefore may affect serum concentrations of certain medications metabolized by the same enzyme. Warfarin (Coumadin): due to its tocopherol content, GSE may theoretically enhance the activity of warfarin

Clinical Summary

Obtained as a by-product of wine production, grape seeds are ground to produce grape seed oil. Anecdotally, grape seed oil and grape seed extract (GSE) have been used as a laxative, antacid, cholagogic agent, in treating burns, ulcers, and as a hand cleanser. Studies of grape seed proanthocyanidin extract (GSPE) in mice have shown effectiveness in minimizing doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity as well as other drug-induced nephrotoxicity, pulmonary toxicity.
In vitro studies have shown GSPE to have synergistic anti-cancer effects with doxorubicin. GSPE also inhibits atherosclerosis. Small human trials have shown possible efficacy in decreasing LDL and increasing total serum antioxidant activity. Additionally, topical application of GSPE has been shown to accelerate wound contraction and closure. But orally administered GSPE was not effective for breast induration following radiotherapy in patients with breast cancer.
No side effects have been reported for GSPE consumption, however, because of its interference with cytochrome P450, it may affect the metabolism of certain drugs.

References

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  3. Ray SD, Patel D, Wong V, Bagchi D. In vivo protection of dna damage associated apoptotic and necrotic cell deaths during acetaminophen-induced nephrotoxicity, amiodarone-induced lung toxicity and doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity by a novel IH636 grape seed proanthocyanidin extract. Res Commun. Mol. Pathol. Pharmacol. 2000;107:137-66.
  4. Yu H, Wang SE, Zhao C, Xu G. [Study of anti-atherosclerosic effect of grape seed extract and its mechanism]. Wei Sheng Yan. Jiu. 2002;31:263-5.
  5. Bagchi D, Sen CK, Ray SD, Das DK, Bagchi M, Preuss HG et al. Molecular mechanisms of cardioprotection by a novel grape seed proanthocyanidin extract. Mutat. Res 2003;523-524:87-97.
  6. Preuss HG, Wallerstedt D, Talpur N, Tutuncuoglu SO, Echard B, Myers A et al. Effects of niacin-bound chromium and grape seed proanthocyanidin extract on the lipid profile of hypercholesterolemic subjects: a pilot study. J Med 2000;31:227-46.
  7. Nuttall SL, Kendall MJ, Bombardelli E, Morazzoni P. An evaluation of the antioxidant activity of a standardized grape seed extract, Leucoselect. J Clin Pharm. Ther. 1998;23:385-9.
  8. Khanna S, Venojarvi M, Roy S, Sharma N, Trikha P, Bagchi D et al. Dermal wound healing properties of redox-active grape seed proanthocyanidins. Free Radic. Biol Med 2002;33:1089-96.
  9. Bentivegna SS,.Whitney KM. Subchronic 3-month oral toxicity study of grape seed and grape skin extracts. Food Chem. Toxicol. 2002;40:1731-43.
  10. Yamakoshi J, Saito M, Kataoka S, Kikuchi M. Safety evaluation of proanthocyanidin-rich extract from grape seeds. Food Chem. Toxicol. 2002;40:599-607.
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  13. Sharma G, Tyagi AK, Singh RP, Chan DC, Agarwal R. Synergistic anti-cancer effects of grape seed extract and conventional cytotoxic agent doxorubicin against human breast carcinoma cells. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2004;85:1-12.
  14. Brooker S, Martin S, Pearson A, et al. Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised phase II trial of IH636 grape seed proanthocyanidin extract (GSPE) in patients with radiation-induced breast induration. Radiother Oncol. 2006;79(1):45-51.
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  • Stem Cells from Grapes


Stem Cell from Gamay grapes Teinturier Freaux. Originally from Burgundy, France. High antioxidant and a free radical exclusion that serves as a protective agent against UV. 
Skin is kept moist and become more supple and soft because this wine stimulates new cells to grow continuously as well as improving of skin cells damaged.

  • Acai Berry

Acai Berry is considered the "Beauty Berry from the Amazon." 


Acai Berry contains a variety of nutrients. Among the flavonoids and anthocyanins which help generate more antioxidants than regular berries. Antioxidant rate is 5 times higher than gingko and 3 three times higher than red wine. Acai Berry also contains Amino Acids, Omega, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin E, fatty acids and some other natural minerals. 

Other Benefits of Acai Berry: 

> Helps reduce body weight by increasing metabolism as well as remove toxins from the body 

> Help your body get the quality of a good rest and give enough energy during the day 

> Strengthen memory and concentration as well as blood circulation 

> Lowers cholesterol and strengthens the function of the heart.


  • Blueberry


Blueberries are loaded with nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Among the characteristics of Blueberries: 

>Able to reduce the fat, and stabilize insulin levels in the body. It can also help to prevent cancer as well as health oskular and eliminate free radicals 
Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, which helps build the immune system is high It also contains iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Magnesium, Calcium, Selenium, Zinc and Phosphorus 
Blueberries help maintain healthy vision and the retina of your eyes 
Blueberry able to mengurangkanberat body and prevent heart disease 
Blueberries contain flavonoids that can strengthen memory and cognitive functions, such as maintaining understanding, decision-making and the ability to analyze 
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Apa itu Sel Stem, dan mengapa ianya penting?
Sel Stem mempunyai potensi yang luar biasa untuk berkembang menjadi pelbagai jenis sel yang berbeza dalam tubuh pada awal kehidupan dan pertumbuhannya. Sel Stem boleh di anggap sebagai sistem pembaikan dalaman, membahagi tanpa batas untuk mengisi sel-sel yang rosak selama seseorang itu masih hidup. Ketika sebuah Sel Stem berbahagi, setiap sel baru mempunyai potensi untuk menjadi stem cell atau menjadi sel jenis lain dengan fungsi yang lebih khusus, seperti sel otot, sel darah merah, sel otak, sel jantung dan lain-lain.
Bagaimanakah pertambahan jumlah sel stem yang beredar di dalam badan boleh mendorong kepada kesihatan yang optimum?

Sel stem yang beredar boleh sampai kepada pelbagai organ dan menjadi sel kepada organ tersebut, membantu organ tersebut untuk mendapatkan semula dan mengekalkan kesihatan yang optimum. Kajian baru-baru ini telah mencadangkan bahawa jumlah sel stem yang beredar di dalam badan adalah kunci utama; semakin banyak jumlah sel stem yang beredar, semakin bagus keupayaan diri untuk memulihkan dirinya sendiri.

Mengapa sel stem penting untuk kesihatan?

Apabila kita tercedera atau sakit, sel-sel dalam badan kita turut tercedera malah mungkin mati. Pada masa ini, sel-sel stem akan diaktifkan. Sel-sel stem berfungsi untuk memperbaiki tisu badan yang rosak dan menggantikan sel-sel yang mati. Dengan berbuat demikian, sel-sel stem menyihatkan badan kita dan mencegah penuaan awal. Sel-sel stem boleh diibaratkan sebagai pasukan perubatan mikro dalam badan kita demi mencapai fungsi-fungsi terapi semula jadi, anti penuaan dan kecantikan.



Bagaimanakah pertambahan jumlah sel stem yang beredar di dalam badan boleh mendorong kepada kesihatan yang optimum?

Sel stem yang beredar boleh sampai kepada pelbagai organ dan menjadi sel kepada organ tersebut, membantu organ tersebut untuk mendapatkan semula dan mengekalkan kesihatan yang optimum. Kajian baru-baru ini telah mencadangkan bahawa jumlah sel stem yang beredar di dalam badan adalah kunci utama; semakin banyak jumlah sel stem yang beredar, semakin bagus keupayaan diri untuk memulihkan dirinya sendiri.

Berapa kerapkah tisu diperbaharui?

Sel-sel tubuh sentiasa ditukar ganti, bermaksud sel-sel akan mati dan digantikan dengan sel-sel yang baru bagi menjana pembaharuan tisu. Sebagai contoh: Pembaharuan sepenuhnya tisu-tisu anda berlaku mengikut tempoh masa yang tertentu: 

Lapisan usus – setiap 5 hari
Sel darah merah – setiap 90 hari
Sel darah merah - setiap 90 hari
Hati – setiap 3 tahun
Paru-paru – setiap 4-5 tahun
Jantung – setiap 20-25 tahun

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1) Membantu mengurangkan kedutan pada kulit terutama kulit muka.
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4) Membantu bertindak sebagai anti penuaan dan antioksidan untuk menjaga kesihatan dan jantung.
5) Mengurangkan risiko kanser.
6) Membantu menigkatkan daya penyerapan kolagen oleh badan.
7) Membantu merangsang badan bagi menghasilkan lebih banyak kolagen tersendiri.
Membantu menjadikan kulit gebu, halus, licin, anjal dan menjaga kelembapan kulit agar kulit sentiasa segar dan bermaya.
9) Melindungi kulit daripada terkena cahaya UV berlebihan yang boleh merosakkan sel-sel kulit.

Kandungannya anda dah tahu, kebaikan pengambilannya pun anda dah tahu…jom sekarang ini kita tengok pula siapa yang perlu mencuba serta menggunakannya.

Amatlah disyorkan kepada mereka yang mempunyai masalah seperti berikut:
•Gout
•Kencing manis
•Darah tinggi
•Lemak darah
•Anemia
•Kulit sensitif
•Sistem penghadaman lemah
•Demam selsema
•Mudah letih dan badan lemah
•Tekanan
•Kolestrol tinggi




Bagaimana cara penyediaan Double Stemcell ini?

14 sachets X 1200mg (1 Kotak)
Pengambilan: 1 sachet setiap hari
Dengan teknologi nano, ia amat mudah dan cepat untuk diserap. Hanya letakkan di bawah lidah sahaja sudah memadai tanpa perlu dicampurkan dengan air terlebih dahulu.



Sekali lagi saya ringkaskan Ramuan Utama Double StemCell ini:

1) Sel Stem Epal Phytocelltec™
Meransang Sel Stem, mengaktifkan Sel Stem badan, kuasa pemulihan dan kuasa pemutaran.
2) Sel Stem Anggur Phytocelltec™
Meransang Sel Stem, mengaktifkan Sel Stem badan dan melindungi Sel Stem dari sinaran UV.

3) Acai Berry
Ia bukan sahaja antioksidan, ianya juga padat dengan asid lemak omega, asid amino, mineral semulajadi serta Vitamin A, B1 dan E.

4) Beri Biru ( Blueberry)
Penggunaan untuk anti penuaan, kencing manis, keletihan mata, menentang kanser serviks/payu dara, perlindungan sistem jantung, peningkatan selera makan, peningkatan daya ingatan, menyokong saluran darah, mengelak daripada jangkitan saluran air kencing dan juga pengurangan kolestrol dalam badan.

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Acai berry

The acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry {amazonian palm berry, cabbage palm, palm berry} has been around for thousands of years and not until the 1990's was it introduced to the western world. The acai berry was found to possess tremendous health properties. The acai berry was first used by the tribes of the Amazon jungle as a cure for various ailments. It is estimated that the indigenous tribes people routinely use up to 2,000 of the 3,000 known rainforest fruits for medicinal purposes.
The Amazon borders eight different countries and has the world's largest river basin. Not only does the Amazon supply one fifth of the worlds freshwater, it has the highest diversity of birds and freshwater fish. The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world where one third of all animal and plant species live.
The acai berry is just one of these fruits that has been discovered in this vast region. The Shuar tribes are one of these Amazonian tribes that have for centuries, through tradition, kept the use of plants (acai berry) for medicinal purposes.
Shuar medicine men or women are called uwishin (oo-wee- sheen') a healer that works with medicinal plants, somebody who knows all the secrets of the rainforests. Uwishin, have a great deal of knowledge of medicinal plants and their cures, they learn from others, and through experiments from the plants themselves. One plant removes snakes venom from the body. It is the work of the uwishin to research and find solutions to illness.
The acai berry was discovered to have natural antioxidant properties, as well as being a natural cholesterol controller. When eaten it helps reduce the bad cholesterol in our blood and increases the good cholesterol. The tribes of the Amazon knew of these properties and found out that it helped build the immune system, fight infection, protect the heart, and control prostate enlargement (nature's viagra). It was a great energy food for the tribes-people.
The acai berry, was traditionally pulped to make wine that was rich in minerals. The acai berry was also discovered to fight schistosomosis, which is transmitted by snails. Schistosomosis affecting more than 10 million Brazilians. The acai berry is also used to produce an antibiotic that helps to fight against 'Staphylococcus aureus,' a common infection contracted mainly in hospitals. A berry so useful but only known to the traditional tribes men and woman of the Amazon, a lost secret.
The acai berry comes from a palm that has a long thin trunk up to 25m high with a group of branches at the top from which hangs ribbon-like leaves. Acai berries hang from these branches in clusters that look like groups of bluebottles. Traditionally the acai berries would be picked by hand and the tribe's men would shimmy up the tree and cut the branches from the top of the palm tree rich in acai berries. Now that the acai berry has been discovered as a highly sort after crop by the population of Brazil it is mass produced, as it only has a 24 hour life span in which the properties of the berry are still active. The acai berries must be loaded into baskets and onto boats soon after picking. To get it to the markets in Belem's they would have to transport the acai berries over night.
Each acai palm tree produces round about 20 kg of fruit per year and the wine produced by this fruit has become the most important product in terms of finance after wood forest products. Belem in Brazil now employs over 30,000 people on a daily basis to keep up with its enormous demand..
Acai juice is marketed as a dietary supplement for lowering cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, allergies, and for cancer. In vitro studies have shown that acai has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and apoptotic effects. However, Acai (pronounced AH-sci-EE) has not been proven to be effective for cancer in humans.

Proported Uses

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diarrhea
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Allergies

Mechanism of Action

Acai fruit has been shown to have antioxidant effects in vitro by scavenging reactive oxygen species. Some studies have demonstrated the potential effects of acai in inflammatory diseases, such as autoimmune disorders and allergies. Acai was shown to inhibit nitric oxide production and cyclooxygenases (COX) 1 and 2. Acai also induced apoptosis in HL-60 leukemia cells through caspase 3 activation, but its effects in humans are unknown.

Adverse Reactions

Reported: Fishy after taste, loose stools and nausea after large doses.

Interactions

Acai may interfere with the actions of certain chemotherapy drugs due to its antioxidant effects. Glucosamine should be used with caution in patients with renal impairment or those taking nephrotoxic medication.

Clinical Summary

Acai is the fruit of a palm tree native to South America. It is consumed as food and used in traditional medicine. The pulp and skin of acai fruit are rich in anthocyanins (ACNs), proanthocyanidins (PACs), and other fatty acids. It is marketed as a dietary supplement for lowering cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, allergies, and for cancer. In vitro studies have shown that acai has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and apoptotic effects. However, Acai has not been proven to be effective for cancer in humans. Due to its antioxidant effects, acai may interfere with the actions of certain chemotherapy drugs.

The discovery is brought to market

In early 2005, Dr. Ralph Carson PhD led a team of researchers who formulated and released a unique blend of fruit juices under the brand name of MonaVieTM. It merged the freeze-dried Acai Berry powder with 18 other fruits chosen from a broad color spectrum and containing catalogued, complementary phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory components. The product is sold directly to the customer through independent distributors using the network marketing business model.
The Acai berry contains the protein profile similar to that of an egg {which can be adversely affected by temperature} and a phytochemical content greater than red grapes.
The functional version of the juice formula {MonaVie Active} contains glucosamine {crystalline glucosamine sulfate} and Celadrin® for added anti-inflammatory support, joint flexibility, countering heart disease and improving the immune response.
There are now several knock off competitors juice products featuring the acai berry, but none contain Celadrin® nor glucosamine therefore their ability to be effective as a functional health beverage is greatly diminished. These two additives already have a proven track record of effectiveness in the health and wellness arena.
  • Celadrin®: Is a proprietary blend of necessary essential fatty acids that lubricate your body’s cells and revitalize the membranes that cushion the bones and joints. The essential fatty acids have also been shown to be useful in countering heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as assisting in the regulation of your immune response. Studies show that Celadrin® has been used safely and effectively as a topical cream to help improve joint function and relieve joint/muscle pain and discomforts resulting from arthritis.
  • Glucosamine: Is a supplement for regenerating cartilage, reducing pain, and improving function in people who struggle with joint pain. Glucosamine has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties and is reported to regenerate the cartilage that is lost through the normal wear and tear of the body.
    Glucosamine comes from shells of lobsters, crabs, and shrimp. The non-synthetic preparations of Glucosamine are derived from the shell and not the flesh of shellfish. Some sources recommend cautious use or avoidance of glucosamine in patients who may be at risk with shellfish allergies.

Product Warnings

Monavie's proprietary juice blend includes Chinese Wolfberry (or Himalayan Goji). Included in the chemical composition found to be native to the wolfberry; it contains .44ppm Arsenic, 8ppm Mercury; which can accumulate in the body. This may pose some concern for long term consumption of this product. (As indicated in Dr. James Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases)
Monavie recommends that children under the age of 12 and pregnant or lactating women should not consume Monavie (Original) Gel or juice. The FDA has determined that glucosamine is a drug and Monavie no longer adds this ingredient to its juice blend.
Monavie now sells glucosamine separately and markets it as Monavie Active Gel. Judging by the marketing material found on Monavie's website, the most significant benefits that the product offers can be attributed to the added ingredients (Celadrin® and glucosamine) in Monavie Active (Gel). Both Celadrin® and glucosamine can be purchased independently at most health food stores and online retail stores.
Studies show that the acai berries antioxidant properties degrade rapidly over a few days from the time it's picked, leading researchers to conclude that the acai berry may not show enough promise to move forward with human studies until the active molecule can be stabalized. More research is required.

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