Dietary Fat – Is It Bad for You?

There are basic facts you should know about fats.

There are mainly two classes of fats; saturated fat, and unsaturated. The unsaturated ones are the polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats. Some fats are dangerous, while some are not. When fats come combined with proteins in the body, they form a complex called Lipoproteins. We will look at these later in a broader view to see why some are desirable and some are not, but first, let’s look at the major kinds of fats.

Saturated Fat

Fatty acids are made up of several chains of carbon atoms, it is said to be saturated because the carbon atoms have no free bonds to link with other atoms. Normally a carbon atom has 2 free bonds that are ready to attach with other atoms to form a compound. When these free bonds are used up entirely, usually by another carbon atom or a hydrogen atom, the fat becomes saturated. That is because there is no room for any more attachment.

These are the bad type of fat and the one we must avoid in trying to stay healthy. The body has a tough time processing saturated fats, because of the number of bonds it needs to break down in the process. Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels, which increases the chances of a heart attack. For a healthy dieting plan, saturated fats must be reduced significantly from the diet. Examples of sources of saturated fat are all forms of fat in animal flesh (meat), palm oil, and coconut oil etc.

However, it coconut oil is a bit different, while being a saturated fat it’s has medium chain triglicerides which may raise your metabolism and boost your immune system. Eating coconut oil will not increase your cholesterol levels. The saturated fat in coconut oil can actually help you lose weight. Coconut oil is ideal for cooking and baking as it does not oxidize during cooking (unlike most other vegetable oils). Coconut oil has high levels of lauric acid, an essential fatty acid best know as the main component of mothers milk.


Polyunsaturated Fat

Polyunsaturated fat comes in two types: omega 6 and omega 3. It is ‘poly’ because there are more than one unsaturated bonds in the compound. It is Omega-6 because the first unsaturated bond exists at the 6th carbon atom. Same is applicable to omega3. Omega 6 type comes mainly from vegetables, and omega 3 come from oily fish.  This type of fat is actually the healthy type and helps to reduce the level of cholesterol! So a small consumption is important for health. Remember, ‘small’.

Monounsaturated Fat

They have only one carbon atom carrying unsaturated bonds. They are derived mainly from vegetable and are found in olive oil and almond oil. They also have the ability to help reduce cholesterol levels.

Lipoproteins

They are fat-protein complexes and play important role in the development of heart attacks. They are two classes of these lipoproteins.
High Density Lipoproteins- These lipoproteins reduce the chance of a heart disease.
Low Density Lipoproteins- Increases the likelihood of heart diseases. If the level of LDL is higher than that of HDL, the likelihood of a heart disease, stroke diabetes etc. is increased and vice versa.

Your Daily Intake

Fats produces very high levels of energy and the daily intake shouldn’t exceed 30% of your total calories. In other words, for an average daily intake of 2,000 calories, only about 600 should be fat derived. This of course is if you are not trying to lose weight, but if you are; the calories in your daily fat consumption should be lower than 600 calories.

As a rule every 1g of fat equals 9 calories. That works out to about 66.7g of fat per day. But, remember,  for weight loss, it should go lower than that.  You can easily achieve this by cutting down on all fatty foods and eating more of vegetables and fruits, a little of pure carbohydrates. With little or no fat at all, you will soon be getting used to the low fat diet.

There is a way to easily reduce your fat intake – take a fat binding product.


Nutrition Intelligence – The Wrap Up – Get Total Nutrition

Well, it’s very difficult to end this series as there is still so much to say. However, I’ve made a decision to wrap it up here because I need to tell you what product can provide you with all the elements you need every day. It sure can be overwhelming, trying to figure out how to consume all the right nutrition.

How about one product to provide it all? Yep, one product! Simple and easy to consume…

The product is called Nn Total Nutrition – they don’t call it partial nutrition, it’s TOTAL.


It contains:-

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Trace Minerals
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics
  • Cleansing & Detoxification herbs
  • Fibre
  • EFAs (essential fatty acids)
  • Essential Amino Acids
  • Immune Boosters
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Alkaline Promoters
  • Phyto-estrogen
  • Cardiovascular protectors
  • Brain Foods
  • Bone Builders

In all, it has 79 ingredients, as listed below.

What have you eaten
so far today?

Compare it with what you intake with just one packet of Nn Total Nutrition!

Each packet of Nn Total Nutrition contains more than 70 naturally-derived ingredients as listed below:

Acerola Berry Juice Powder 30.4mg
Alfalfa Juice Powder 70.4mg
Alpha-Lipoic Acid 2.4mg
Apple Fiber (pectin/cellulose) 200mg
Astragalus Membranaceus 10.4mg
Barley Juice Powder 70.4mg
Beta Sitosterol 10.4mg
Bilberry (std. ext. 25%) 2.4mg
Biotin 60mcg
Boron (as citrate & gluconate) 0.4mg
Brown Rice Bran (source of tocotrienols) 70.4mg
Burdock Root Powder 5.6mg
Calcium (carbonate, citrate, malate) 100mg
Carob 70.4mg
Chlorella (cracked cell-wall) 60mg
Chromium Picolinate 52 mcg
Copper (as gluconate) 0.8mg
CoQ10 200mcg
Dairy Free Probiotics:
Bifidobacterium Bifidus
Lactobacillus Acidophilus
Lactobacillus Bulgaricus
Lactospore (B.coagulans)
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Dandelion Root Powder 7.2mg
Earthrise Spirulina 280mg
Echinacea Angustifolia (std. ext.) 5.6mg
Flax Seed Meal (source of Lignans) 70.4mg
Fo Ti Powder (Ho Shou Wu) 7.2mg
Folic Acid 80mcg
FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) 52mg
Ginger Root Powder 5.6mg
Ginkgo Biloba (std. ext. 24% 6%) 2.4mg
Grape Seed (std. ext. 90%) 2.4mg
Hawthorn Berry (std. ext. 4:1) 7.2mg
Horsetail (std. ext. source of silica) 2.4mg
Iodine (as kelp) 30.4mcg
Iron (organically bound) 1.6mg
Japanese Green Tea (source of catechins) 2.4mg
Jerusalem Artichoke Powder 150.4mg
Licorice Root Powder 20mg
Magnesium (as citrate) 52mg
Maitake Mushroom 2.4mg
Manganese (chelated) 0.8mg
Milk Thistle (std. Ext. 80%) 7.2mg
Molybdenum (as molybdate) 16mcg
Natural Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) 40 IU
Niacin 4.0mg
Norwegian Sea Kelp 2.4mg
Oat Bran Concentrate (source of beta-glucans) 20mg
Octacosanol 160mcg
Pau D’arco Powder 7.2mg
Phosphorus 10.4mg
Plant Based Digestive Enzymes
(Protease, Amylase, Lipase, Cellulase,
Lactase, Bromelain, Papain)
16mg
Potassium (as citrate) 75.2mg
Pycnogenol® (Pine Bark ext.) 2.4mg
Red Beet Juice Powder 26.4mg
Red Dulse Powder 7.2mg
Reishi Mushroom 5.6mg
Royal Jelly (6%10H2DA) 10.4mg
Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine) 16mcg
Shiitake Mushroom 2.4mg
Siberian Ginseng Root 16mg
Silica 5.6mg
Slippery Elm Bark 5.6mg
Soy Lecithin
(oil free/95% phosphatides)
280mg
Soy Protein Concentrate 9.6g
Spinach Powder 20mg
Vanadium 10.4mcg
Vitamin A (beta carotene) 1000 IU
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 1.6mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 0.8mg
Vitamin B3 (as niacinamide) 0.8mg
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) 4.0mg
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 2.4mg
Vitamin C (buffered) 52mg
Vitamin D 80 IU
Wheat Grass Juice Powder 70.4mg
Wild Imported Rose Hips 26.4mg
Zinc (organically bound) 3.2mg

In a base of: Tomato Powder, Tangerine Bioflavonoids, Cherry Juice Powder, Broccoli Powder, Kale Powder, Carrot Powder, Levulose, Natural Vanilla

Natural Goodness
The processing methods used for Total Nutrition ensure that fragile nutrients like enzymes, vitamins and phyto-nutrients stay intact and active. All-natural, it is free of animal products, artificial preservatives, colourings, flavourings, chemical additives, stabilisers, fillers, binders, and contains no added salt. It is suitable for vegetarians and those who react adversely to yeast, milk, wheat, corn or egg.

Nn Total Nutrition is manufactured under the license of Tishcon Corp, New York, USA, a 100% in-house manufacturer of vitamins and health products established in 1977 and reknowned for its expertise in Chewable Multi-vitamin, Timed Release and Bio-enhanced formulations.
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Nutrition Intelligence – What’s Essential, What’s Fatty & Acid? – EFA – Part 10

What the heck are EFAs? I thought fats were bad, and acids were downright dangerous! Well, they’re called essential because they are vital to the healthy function of every cell. Chances are that you have been unknowingly eliminating these from your diet.

If you are like most people you’ve probably spent the last decade cutting down on fat. Sure, studies linked a high-fat diet to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer. However, in our attempts to eat the right foods we have reduced our consumption of the good fats, namely EFAs which are cruicial to good health.


EfAs are the main structural parts of every cell membrane in the body and is necessary for both healthy cell function and for the regulators that control your body’s well-being. They are needed to regulate the proper fluidity and flexibility of cell walls, which keeps beneficial substances within our cells and harmful substances out. There are 2 major series of EFAs – Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Your body uses EFAs to produce prostaglandin that is so vital to sustain life. Prostaglandin works like a localized tissue hormone-like system and works hand-in-hand with hormones to carry out regulatory activities. Prostaglandin imbalances can lead to the loss of your body’s ability to protect itself. For instance, certain prostaglandins control the secretion of a protective stomach coating, preventing your digestive acids from acting on the walls of your stomach.

EFAs and prostaglandins are crucial to proper functioning of the immune system. Anything hampering this regulatory system results in a weakened immune system, setting the stage for immune related disorders.


Do You Consider Yourself To Be Healthy – Part 3

Along with eliminating those bad habits referred to in Part 2 of this series, we must change what we are doing and eating.

Unfortunately, it’s simply not enough to stop the bad stuff, we have to intake lots of the good stuff. We have a lot to overcome, to have average health, let alone optimal health.

Basically, in order for our bodies to function at it’s optimal level, we need a whole spectrum of nutrients. These nutrients can be grouped as below:-

  1. Vitamin, minerals, trace minerals
  2. Antioxidants
  3. Essential fatty acids (EFA)
  4. Essential amino acids
  5. Immune boosters
  6. Digestive enzymes
  7. Probiotics and prebiotics
  8. Fiber
  9. Cleansing and detoxification herbs
  10. Alkaline promoters
  11. Phtyoestrogen
  12. Cardiovascular protectors
  13. Brainfoods
  14. Bone Builders

Boy, that’s a whole heap of stuff we need! Do have any idea how to achieve the result you need?

The problem we have is that a so-called balanced diet only considers proportions of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Most people don’t even know about, say, alkaline promoters. Did your doctor ever discuss brainfood or antioxidants with you? I’ll bet that didn’t happen. Umm, something to think about.

The answer is supplementation. Natural supplements should not be considered alternative or complimentary therapies or medicines. They are natural foods, not drugs.


What Makes Our Rice Bran Different?

Rice bran contains a lipase enzyme that causes rancidity within hours after harvesting so traditionally it has been removed and discarded or used as animal feed.

Rice Bran is an amazing storehouse of health-enhancing nutrients and antioxidants, but until recently its nutritional power was not fully available because it became oxidized right after milling (making it rancid and unfit for human consumption) or it was treated with high heat or chemicals (which kills the nutrients). Now, with NutraCea®s patented, proprietary technology, rice bran can be stabilized without high heat or chemicals, and we can finally enjoy the true power of rice bran.

NutraCea ® from USA Arizona-based is the only manufacturer in the world that has successfully

  • Stabilized rice bran by inactivating the lipase enzymes within seconds after harvesting
  • Performed the whole stabilisation process without using chemicals or high heat treatments that degrade the nutritional profile.

What is in Stabilized Rice Bran?

If it is stabilized WITHOUT high heat or chemicals, rice bran contains:

Protein — stabilized rice bran contains easily digested, hypoallergenic essential amino acids that are necessary for building human protein. These include Tryptophan, Histidine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Isoleucine, Lysine, Valine, and Leucine.

Complex Carbohydrates — unlike simple carbohydrates which can add to blood sugar and fat storage problems, healthy complex carbohydrates like those found in stabilized rice bran have a “low glycemic index” which means that they don’t cause spikes in your blood sugar. In fact, stabilized rice bran has been found to help normalise blood sugar.

Fibre — stabilized rice bran contains soluble and insoluble fibres necessary for optimum digestive health, blood sugar regulation, lowered cholesterol, and the prevention of diabetes and heart disease.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) — Omegas 3, 6 & 9 help to strengthen cellular membranes (so the bad stays out and the good stays inside cells). They also help with energy production (eliminating fatigue); transporting oxygen to the cells; removing waste from the cells; regulating hormones; reducing inflammation, pain and stiffness; reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol & increasing HDL “good” cholesterol, on top of improving your complexion, mood, memory & concentration!

Enzymes — including Glutathione Peroxidase, Methionine Reductase, Polyphenol Oxidase, energy enhancing, immune boosting CoQ10, Aspartate Amino Transferase Isozyme AAT-1 & AAT-2, Catalase, and Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), which is an exceptionally powerful antioxidant.

Tocotrienols & Tocopherols (Complete Vitamin E family) — Tocols as a complete group are much more powerful than regular vitamin E. They are great for your cardiovascular system, your immune system, and your complexion! Stablized rice bran contains a-Tocopherol, b-Tocopherol, g-Tocopherol, d-Tocopherol, a-Tocotrienol, ß-Tocotrienol, g-Tocotrienol, d-Tocotrienol, Desmethyl-tocotrienol, and Didesmethyl tocotrienol.

Phytosterols and Sterolins (phytosterols glucosides) — these are natural phytonutrients with healthful properties that range from helping to fight free radicals, prevent cancer, reduce blood sugar and blood lipid levels, lower cholesterol and ease menopausal symptoms. Stabilized rice bran contains ß-Sitosterol, Campesterol, Stigmasterol,?5-Avinasterol, ?7-Stigmastenol, Sterol glucoside, Acylsterol glucoside, Oligoglycosylsterol, Gramisterol,Monoglycosylsterol, Dimethylsterol, Cellotetraosylsitosterol, Branosterol, Isofucosterol, Obtusifoliol, Sitostenol,Methylsterol, 28-Homosteasteronicacids, ß-Amyrin, 28-Homotyphasterol, Citrostadienol, and 6-Deoxycastasterone,

Calcium — which helps build strong bones, teeth and muscles; promotes healthy nervous system; has a calming effect on the nervous system; helps with proper functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system; and plays a role in maintaining normal blood pressure, regulating blood clotting, preventing cancers of the digestive tract and decreasing mood swings, food cravings, and the pain, tenderness and bloating associated with premenstrual syndrome.

Magnesium — which is an essential element for proper functioning of the nervous, muscular and cardiovascular systems. It also helps with nerve and muscle functioning, helps relieve cramps and PMS, aids in bone formation, regulates heartbeat and helps to normalise blood pressure.

Potassium — which helps to regulate fluid balance, heart rhythms and blood pressure and helps with mental function by sending oxygen to the brain. It is required for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system.

Gamma Oryzanol Complex — this amazing anti-mutagenic group includes Campesterol Trans-ferulate, Cycloartenol Trans-ferulate, Cycloartenol Cis-ferulate, Cycloeucalenol Trans-ferulate, Cycloeucalenol Cis-ferulate, Stigmasterol Trans-ferulate, 24-Methylenecycloartanol Trans-ferulate, 24-Methylenecycloartanol Cis-ferulate, ß-Sitosterol Trans-ferulate, ß-Sitosterol Cis-ferulate, ß-Sitostenol Trans-ferulate,21 ß-Sitostenol Cis-ferulate, Stigmasterol Cis-ferulate, Stigmastenol Cis-ferulate, Campesterol Cis-ferulate, Cycloartanol Trans-ferulate, Cycloartanol Cis-ferulate, Stigmastenol Trans-ferulate, 24-Methylcholesterol Trans-ferulate, and 24-Methylcholesterol Cis-ferulate. These help boost immune response, reduce inflammation, increase energy, metabolise glucose, regulate blood sugar, and more!

Polyphenols — including Ferulic acid, a-Lipoic acid, Methyl ferulate, ?-Coumaric acid, ?-Sinapic acid, Isovitexin, Proanthocyanidins. These have been shown to assist the immune system and to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Metal Chelators — including Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium and Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP6). Getting heavy metals helps to ensure that antioxidants don’t “turn to the dark side” and become pro-oxidised free radicals.

Carotenoids — very effective free radical scavengers including Lutein, a-Carotene, ß-Carotene, Lycopene, Zeaxanthine, and Crytocyanthine.

B-Vitamins & Vitamin-like substances — including Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Betaine, Dimethyl glycine, Inositol, Biotin, Choline, Folic acid, and Phytates. These can help prevent cancer and prohibit cholesterol buildup, support adrenal function, calm and maintain the nervous system, and assist in key metabolic processes.

Polysaccharides — including Cycloartenol-ferulic acid glycoside, Diferulic acid complex, Diferulic acid-calcium complex, Hemicelluloses, Arabinogalactan, Arabinoxylan, Xyloglucan, Proteoglycan, Glycoprotein, Arabinofuranoside. These are known to help immune function lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and increase coronary artery capacity.

Phospholipids — including Phosphatidylserine, PhosphatidylCholine, Phosphatidylethanolamine, Lysophophatidylcholine, Lysophosphatidylethanolamine. Phospholipids help support the growth and renewal of cellular membranes, forming an important barrier to filter toxins out. They also act as cellular antioxidants when free radical “bullets” try to penetrate the cell. Phospholipids are also thought to prevent depletion of the neurotransmitter choline, improving mental focus, brain function, and both mental and physical stamina.

Nn Stabilized Rice Bran & ORAC

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) measures the antioxidant levels of a substance. A high ORAC score means the substance is high in antioxidants.

Nn Stabilized Rice Bran’s ORAC value surpasses that of other antioxidant-rich fruits, including blueberries and pomegranates.
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