What’s the Skinny on CLA?

What’s the Skinny on CLA?

What’s the Skinny on CLA?

Is CLA a weight loss miracle pill?  Theories and postulations abound–fortunately, there’s some research too. 

One theory says that it modulates fat metabolism, which helps your body use food for energy.  Another thought is that it causes fat and weight loss because it boosts the body’s metabolism by increasing your energy expenditure and fat burning.  

The debate continues–but one thing for certain is that not all fats are created equal.  Some are simply used for energy while others have powerful health benefits…

CLA (conjugated linolenic acid) is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in dairy products and meat.  

CLA may help people lose fat, retain muscle mass, maintain weight loss, and even help to control type 2 diabetes.  

Old information on weight-loss diets traditionally suggests avoiding foods with too much fat, but we need to remember there are good and bad types of fat. Moderate amounts of good healthy fat are important both for weight loss and general health. 

And researchers consider CLA a healthful fat.

The primary sources of CLA are the meat and milk of ruminants; animals like cows, sheep, and goats. The amount of CLA in those foods depends on what the animals eat.  Grass-fed cows will generally have a CLA content that is 300-500% higher than grain-fed cows for example.

A 2015 review paper states that CLA plays a major role in breaking down fats in the body. Several studies show that CLA promotes slight weight loss when researchers compare it with placebo groups. 

A study conducted by Scandanavian Clinical Research Group in 2004 was the first time they had looked at the effects of CLA on body composition.  According to lead researcher Jean-Michel Gaullier, Ph.D., the results were quite promising because one group of overweight women lost a whopping 9% body fat over a year without any other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

CLA was shown to prevent heart disease and several types of cancer in several small studies involving animals, according to Gaullier, and also appeared to enhance the immune system.  

In his study, Gaullier worked with 180 overweight men and women with a Body Mass Index (BMI) ranging from 25-30.  A BMI over 25 has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and the group was composed of 149 women and 31 men.  

Over the course of a year, they all maintained a similar level of caloric intake and exercise, though all of the volunteers for the study reduced their calorie intake a little, possibly due to being more aware of their diet or possibly because the supplements reduced their appetites.  The subjects were divided into 3 groups randomly, with one group getting just an olive oil placebo and the other two groups getting either a CLA syrup or a CLA pill.

After a year the placebo group maintained their same weight while the two CLA groups lost an average of 4 pounds.  The CLA syrup group had a 9% loss of body fat and the CLA pill group had a 7% loss, while the placebo group had no loss of body fat.

Phenomenal Force© GetLean CLA provides an additional 2 grams daily to your natural food sources.  Research is ongoing and if you have questions or concerns about any supplements it is always recommended that you consult with your medical professionals.

GlycoZyme For The WIN! Digestion On POINT

GlycoZyme For The WIN! Digestion On POINT

GlycoZyme For The WIN! Digestion On POINT

Whenever you sit down for a lovely meal it’s wonderful to be able to enjoy the whole experience–the beautiful plate, the smell of the tasty dish, eating this delightful meal, and of course, the conversation you enjoy with your family. 

Your body however goes into work mode–it’s time to digest!  

There’s a lot that goes into the digestive process to break down your food into substances it can then convert and use for fuel and ultimately, eliminate.  

The digestive process begins as soon as that food passes your lips into your mouth. Chewing starts breaking down food physically, combined with your saliva that contains digestive enzymes to help break it down chemically.

What Are Enzymes?

Enzymes are the catalysts that break down the food’s molecules like proteins, carbs, and fats into smaller molecules that can be absorbed.  The process is similar to detergents that advertise their enzymes that break down dirt and stains to get your clothes clean.  

They act like a hammer, smashing things into smaller pieces that are easier to manage.

There Are Three Main Enzymes

  1. Amylases – break down carbohydrates into simple sugars
  2. Lipases – break down fats into fatty acids plus a glycerol molecule
  3. Proteases – break down protein into amino acids and small peptides

To The Stomach!

After the initial decomposition of your food by chewing, the stomach receives the food. At this point, it is broken down further so that it can be passed to the small intestine. This is where more enzymes break it down into the molecules that can be absorbed into the bloodstream where they provide energy for growth and repair.

Next Up, The Small Intestine!

In addition to the 3 main digestive enzymes, the small intestine also produces enzymes known as lactase, maltase, sucrase, which further break down the food to be absorbed through the walls of the intestines.  

Poor Digestion Equals Not Enough Enzymes

Sometimes food cannot be digested properly because the body cannot make enough enzymes, which can lead to digestive disorders like lactose intolerance, upset stomach, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, and/or skin breakouts.  

Some of the foods that can assist in digestion include natural foods like honey, bananas, and avocados.  Several tropical fruits are also quite helpful, like pineapple, papaya, and mango.  Another type of food that helps the digestion are fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and miso.  Ginger is another option and is available in different forms.

But the biggest needle mover to help with poor digestion is taking a digestive enzyme supplement. 

Poor Digestion Also Equals Poor Nutrient Absorption

The main purpose of eating and consequently digestion is to provide your body with the energy and nutrients it needs to function properly and to heal.  

If your digestive system is not operating properly you are not getting the nutrients you need and other adverse effects include premature aging and poor blood sugar or insulin resistance.  

My Favorite Digestive Enzyme Supplement

To help you get your digestive tract in balance and working optimally, GlycoZyme© is a combination of various enzymes that will supplement your natural enzyme production by providing you with a proprietary combination of the following enzymes:

  • Amylase – help break down carbs so that they are easily absorbed by the body
  • Protease – can improve digestion, decrease inflammation, ease arthritis pain, and possibly reduce symptoms related to IBS.
  • Lipase –  used for indigestion, heartburn, allergy to gluten in wheat products (celiac disease), Crohn’s disease, and cystic fibrosis.
  • Lactase – helps to digest lactose (dairy sugars)

Additional enzymes from:

  • Bitter Melon – for diabetes*, stomach, and intestinal problems
  • Licorice Root Extract – to speed the repair of the stomach lining, soothe gastrointestinal problems
  • Cinnamon – lower blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risk
  • Gymnema Sylvestis – improves cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reduces heart disease risk, reduces sugar cravings and may influence fat absorption and lipid levels
  • Banaba – for diabetes and weight loss.

A recent study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology compared the effectiveness of bitter melon with a current diabetes drug. The study concluded that bitter melon did reduce fructosamine levels with type 2 diabetes participants. Do check with your doctor before using any supplement. 

In combination with a healthy diet, GlycoZyme© is formulated to supplement your digestion to make sure you are getting all the enzymes and nutrients you can use for a digestive system that operates optimally, so you can feed, grow, and repair your body.


Grab Some Beauty In A Bottle

Grab Some Beauty In A Bottle

Grab some beauty in a bottle. Beauty Support (if you don’t already know) is one of my favorite, all-time great supplements, and is clinically proven to advance your body’s own ability to create collagen! 

This is crucial–without the collagen you’re toast and you look like it too! Your skin is dry, thin, and definitely not plump and dewy like younger skin. 

These are the amazing benefits this fab supplement offers:

  • Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles*
  • Thickens and Strengthens Hair
  • Strengthens Nails
  • Supports Healthy Bone Mineral Density
  • Supports Bone Flexibility
  • Promotes Connective Tissue Formation for Healthy Joints

Basically, BeautySupport™ is the stuff your dreams are made from.

We’re ALL Collagen Deficient

Using a patented process, BeautySupport helps to naturally nourish the body’s beauty proteins: collagen, elastin, and keratin–that’s huge!

Because most of us are collagen deficient–to the tune of 97% of the population!

And collagen is the body’s main structural protein that makes up 70% of skin and gives it strength and elasticity.  It also forms 30% of bone to give it the flexibility needed to withstand impact–there’s more collagen than calcium in your bones.

Collagen fibers in the bone are the binding sites for calcium and other bone materials and are also the major component of fascia, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.

As We Get Older…

Collagen production begins decreasing by age 18 and by age 40 the decline equates to women losing 7% of skin thickness every 10 years!  AND it only gets worse after menopause! 

Remember this: adequate collagen correlates with healthy skin, bones, strong hair, and nails, and Beauty Support sustains that collagen.

Bring on the Biotin

One of the most crucial components of Beauty Support is BIOTIN. 

Biotin is a B vitamin (remember, B’s always work best with other B’s so take your B-Complex at the same time!)

Biotin is vitamin B7, also known as vitamin H. It importantly helps the body metabolize proteins and process glucose–helpful for everyone especially diabetics. New clinical research suggests that biotin may help control blood sugar levels and reduce symptoms of diabetic neuropathy as well–very encouraging. 

Many factors can lead to hair loss and for a woman, it is devastating. 

The fact is hair loss is a symptom of biotin deficiency, so Beauty Support may help benefit people with hair loss or thinning hair. 

If you want to see some amazing pictures, google hair loss+biotin+before and after and click on the image link. It’s an incredible nutrient. 

Come On Over To Choline

The Institute of Medicine only discovered choline in 1998. 

(This is WHY I always say look at the latest research–there’s always something new!)

Choline is neither a vitamin or a mineral, but it works well with biotin and affects cell membranes, liver function, heart health, brain health and ta da…your skin, hair, nails, and all your muscles, tendons and even your bones.

Choline is all about making sure you have firm skin. It maintains the proper level of B vitamins (all of them including the biotin) that helps in the production of energy to your cells as well as collagen and elastin to your skin. 

Collagen and elastin are essential for firm and smooth skin. Choline also has an antioxidant that preserves the skin’s elasticity and prevents free radical damage to your skin cells. Free radical damage is like leaving your bike out in the rain all the time. After a while, it will rust up and won’t pedal well. 

Grab Some Beauty In A Bottle

This is why we have Beauty Support. This is why I swear by it and this is why I think you should too! It’s fantastic stuff and it’s waiting for you in the shop!

CoQ10 for the Win!

CoQ10 for the Win!

Coenzyme Q, generally known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, is essentially an enzyme that is found everywhere in animals and most bacteria.  

This enzyme occurs naturally in humans and is stored in the mitochondria of your cells. It acts as an antioxidant, protecting us at a cellular level and plays a critical role in metabolism.

People that are generally healthy produce CoQ10 naturally although as we age the ability to produce CoQ10 declines. 

CoQ10 Benefits

However, there is evidence that taking supplemental CoQ10 can help reduce blood pressure slightly and help with other heart conditions.

Preliminary studies have also shown that CoQ10 may slow (not stop) the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, but additional research is needed. 

There is other preliminary evidence suggesting that CoQ10 may help to prevent or treat the adverse effects, such as muscle pains and liver problems, due to statin-type cholesterol drugs

Even with all these benefits, those who are taking blood-thinning medications need to speak to their doctors before taking CoQ10.

CoQ10 Deficiences

As mentioned before, CoQ10 production declines as you age, but there are other causes of deficiencies, such as: 

  • Side effects of statin treatments
  • Mitochondrial diseases
  • Nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B6 deficiency
  • Increased demands by tissues as a result of disease
  • Genetic defects in CoQ10 synthesis or utilization

The most important role of CoQ10 in the body is to protect cells from oxidative damage. But it also helps generate energy in your cells by aiding the mitochondria.  

Mighty Mitochondria

Found in every cell in the body, CoQ10 is found in the highest concentrations in the organs that require the most energy, like the heart, kidneys, lungs, and liver.  

Did you know that the largest organ in your body is your skin?  CoQ10 really helps with those cells too, helping to offset the normal damage from too much sun exposure, reducing the depth of wrinkles, and generally reducing the damage from internal and external environmental aggressors as well as the natural thinning of the skin as we age.  

People with low levels of CoQ10 seem to be a common factor in those who have skin cancer as well.

Since CoQ10 lives mainly in the mitochondria of the cells, it has been shown to improve mitochondrial function and help decrease the inflammation that may occur during migraines.

Low CoQ10 Levels

There is a study showing that supplementing with CoQ10 was three times more likely than a placebo to reduce the number of migraines in 42 people and CoQ10 deficiency has been observed in people suffering from migraines.

Another larger study showed that 1,550 people with low CoQ10 levels experienced fewer and less severe headaches after treatment with CoQ10. CoQ10 not only helps treat migraines but may also prevent them.

Since your lungs are more involved with oxygen more than any other organ in the body, they are also most susceptible to oxidative damage.  People with asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) show a lower level of CoQ10 and by supplementing with CoQ10, inflammation is reduced and the need for steroid medications is also lessened; but this is something to be discussed with your doctor.

Poor mitochondrial function has also been linked to insulin resistance (and type 2 diabetes) and CoQ10 has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels.  Supplementing with CoQ10 might also help increase CoQ10 concentrations in the blood by up to three times in people with diabetes who typically show low levels of this compound. 

CoQ10 Rich Foods

In a regular diet, CoQ10 is commonly found in:

  • Some muscle meats like pork, beef, and chicken
  • Fatty fish like trout, herring, sardines, and mackerel
  • Organ meats like liver, kidney, and heart
  • Oils like soybean and canola (not recommended)
  • Vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower
  • Fruits like oranges and strawberries
  • Legumes like lentils, peanuts, and soybeans
  • Nuts and seeds like pistachios and sesame seeds

CoQ10 is an essential nutrient for the body to maintain healthy cellular energy and serves as an antioxidant.  It can also reduce the oxidative damage that leads to muscle fatigue, skin damage, and brain, heart, and lung diseases.  Since CoQ10 production decreases with age, adults of every age could benefit from more of it.  

Consuming more foods with high CoQ10 content and taking CoQ10 may benefit your health. Check out our Wise Woman’s supplements today!

Ever feel like you ate a brick?

Ever feel like you ate a brick?

Hey there–

Ever eat a steak and feel like it’s just sitting on the bottom of your stomach, not digesting at all?

You’re not alone!

This is because as we age, we lose our once robust ability to digest our foods—basically, we need help.

Not only do we feel like we ate a brick, but we might also suffer from digestive distress in other forms like heartburn, flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and that awful feeling that you can’t digest what you just ate.

A recent article in PubMed declared the safety and efficacy of supplemental digestive enzymes, saying they prove promise for those who suffer from malabsorption and other digestive maladies.

Not being able to digest your food well is highly stressful for your digestive system and your immune system.

When you don’t digest as you should, you not only don’t feel well, but you aren’t getting the nutrition from the food you’re eating.

You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” right?

That’s not entirely true—you are what your body absorbs.

In other words–if you can’t digest it, you’re not getting the crucial nutrients you need!

Good digestion isn’t just better; it’s critical for optimal health and weight loss.

Our DigestZymes 2.0 are gentle, effective, and make ALL the difference in how you feel! Check them out, they’ve changed my life!

Cal-Mag – A Dynamic Duo!

Cal-Mag – A Dynamic Duo!

There have been countless TV commercials over the years talking about calcium and how it is important for strong bones and teeth.  Calcium is the primary mineral in your bones, which hold more than 99% of the calcium stored in the human body.  Since the body is constantly regenerating bone tissue it is important to consume an adequate amount of calcium daily.

That said, there’s WAY more to it than that…you also need magnesium in the right proportion.

Magnesium is a perfect partner for calcium because it is needed for the conversion of vitamin D into its active form that aids in the absorption of calcium.

For years it was believed that a good combination of calcium and magnesium would be in a 3:1 ratio.  That belief has been traced back to a French scientist named Jean Durlach, who stipulated that a 3:1 ratio was a not-to-be-exceeded level when your total intake of calcium is considered.  While he meant that to be a maximum number, his statement was apparently interpreted by many to be the recommended level.  

The more recent findings strongly suggest that a 1:1 ratio is optimal.  

The medical director of the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association is Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, and she supports the new findings of a 1:1 ratio.  If you take too much calcium without adequate magnesium to help the body absorb it, the excess calcium won’t be utilized correctly and may become toxic.  As a result, that toxicity may cause some forms of arthritis, prostate cancer, kidney stones, osteoporosis and calcification of the arteries, leading to heart attacks and cardiovascular disease, yikes!

Focusing primarily on magnesium, there are specific functions it performs in the human body.  First and foremost is bone health.  Magnesium is believed to improve bone health both directly and indirectly because it helps to regulate calcium and vitamin D levels, which are vital nutrients for bone health.  Magnesium is also linked to higher bone density, improved bone crystal formation, and a lower risk of osteoporosis after menopause.

Cardiovascular health is also improved with proper magnesium levels in the body, and deficiencies have been linked to higher risks of congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and clinical outcomes are generally worse.

Research indicates that an increase in magnesium intake can lower a person’s risk of stroke and to a small extent it may help lower blood pressure, reducing hypertension.

Diabetics also benefit because of the important role magnesium plays in glucose control and insulin metabolism.  A 2015 review in the World Journal of Diabetes indicates that most people with diabetes have low magnesium levels and that shortage may worsen insulin resistance.  It is unclear whether insulin resistance causes low magnesium levels, however, a systematic review in 2017 suggests that taking magnesium supplements can improve insulin sensitivity in people with low magnesium levels.

Migraine headaches may also result in part from low magnesium in the body.  Migraine sufferers generally improve with magnesium therapy with daily doses of 400-500 mg per day as a prevention method.

Depression and anxiety are also potentially helped by increasing your levels of magnesium, partly due to activity in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is a set of three glands that control a person’s reaction to stress.  Scientists are at the earliest stages of this research and the evidence is only now being compiled.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms may also be reduced with magnesium, with research suggesting that magnesium supplements could help to reduce bloating, breast tenderness, and mood swings.

It is important to remember that magnesium is just one factor in healthy bones because calcium and vitamin D are also critical nutrients and they work together to improve absorption and metabolism.

The other necessary component is collagen–which we already covered in another blog post. 🙂 

For more information about the specifics about Cal-Mag and to get more information on the research, check out our Wise Women’s supplements.

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