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Try this Healthy “Life Extension” Smoothie

July 3, 2017 | 5:37pm

I created the “Life Extension Smoothie” to provide some of nature’s most protective, healing and perfect nutrients to protect against those factors that cause aging and disease.

There are numerous health benefits to combining ground organic flax-seed, omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids and blueberries in a delicious protein smoothie. These benefits are described below following the recipe.

Life Extension Smoothie

LIFE EXTENSION SMOOTHIE RECIPE

8 oz. (227g) fresh or frozen blueberries
2 Tbsp. (30g) ground flax seed powder
1 Tbsp. (15ml) Barlean’s Omega Twin* (organic flax & borage oils)
*May substitute another brand or just flax oil.
1 scoop MRM Natural Whey Protein Powder* (low carb and no sugar or artificial sweeteners)
*May substitute with any nutritious low/no sugar whey protein powder. A vanilla protein powder will add to it’s delicious taste.
16 oz. (474ml) water
1 tsp. (5g) cinnamon powder
4 ice cubes (adjust to preferred thickness)

Blending Instructions:

Add the ice, blueberries and flax seed powder first, then add the oil and cool water. Blend on low for about 10 seconds, then on high for a minute or more. Drink the first glass, then re-blend the remaining mixture for 20-30 seconds, and consume while still mixed and cold.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Flax Seed Powder – Flax is a blue flowering plant that has attracted the attention of medical researchers around the world. Not only is it a source of two different kinds of dietary fiber (soluble & insoluble, each with different health benefits), it is also a source of powerful, health-promoting Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax seed is the single highest source of “LIGNANS” which protect our body against cellular damage and unhealthy cellular changes. Flax seed has been studied for the following conditions: heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, oral cancer, menopause, PMS, kidney disease, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids, weight loss and mineral absorption.

Flax Seed Oil – Flax oil contains Omega 3 essential fatty acids, or EFA’s. These are the “anti-fat” fats that make foods like flax seed, and certain cold water fish like salmon, herring and mackerel so healthy. The EFAs are the good fats that fight the bad fats we get in our diet from junk food and processed foods which are almost impossible to avoid. The highest quantities of Omega-3 fatty acid, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is present in flax-seed. ALA is the parent from which EFA and DHA (the healthy fish oils) are derived. ALA converts to compounds called prostaglandins. These compounds can be either inflammatory and anti-inflammatory. ALA converts to anti-inflammatory types of prostaglandins and since most degenerative disease all have inflammatory components, ALA is a welcome ally. In fact, studies have shown that ALA prevented platelets (red blood cells) from clumping together which can be a factor in heart attack. It has been known to increase the elasticity of heart arteries, and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. A study also showed that women who have breast cancer had very low levels of ALA in their breast tissue compared to women with healthy tissue.

Borage Oil – Borage is a plant whose flowers and leaves, as well as the oil from its seeds, are used as medicine. Borage seed oil contains a high content of the essential fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is part of the inflammatory mediation process and therefore the oil might be expected to have an impact on a variety of diseases and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and atopic eczema. Combined with fish oil, borage seed oil has shown improvement in bone density in a study of elderly osteoporotic women. A study also concluded that GLA may hold promise for treatment of diabetic neuropathy.

Every cell in our body is enclosed by a cell membrane which plays a role in determining many cell functions, including what healthy or unhealthy things get in or out of our cells. Almost 25% of the cell membrane is composed of what should be healthy “phospholipids” (good fats). Unfortunately, because you get so very little of the good fats from sources like flax oil and borage oil, and so many of the bad fasts from the typical western diet, the body uses what it has (the bad fats, disease-causing trans and saturated fats) and incorporates the bad fats into these very critical cell membranes. The very nature, integrity and function of the cell membrane worsens, and a critical mechanism that we rely on to stay healthy and stay alive is seriously changed and compromised.

THE GOOD NEWS IS… by switching to a combination of flax-seed oil and borage oil (such as Barlean’s Omega Twin, or various brands of the individual oils combined), the body will begin to incorporate the “good fats” back into your cell membranes and re-establish cell membrane integrity and give you back the powerful protection that healthy cell membranes provide to our bodies. Matter of fact, the very process of AGING is associated with organic and biological changes in things like cell membranes. These EFA’s, by protecting cell membrane integrity, are combating some of the cumulative negative effects of aging and poor dietary habits.

Blueberries – All fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of some powerfully protective and health promoting compounds called phytochemicals. One class of phytochemicals called “flavonoids” have an impressive range of heath benefits. Blueberries seem to have the most impressive combination of phytochemicals, especially flavonoids, compared to other fruits and vegetables. A 2017 double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has shown that blueberries can improve some aspects of cognition in older adults. Studies also suggest that blueberries can inhibit the growth of liver cancer, and can help preserve cognitive function in post-menopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Blueberries also have amazing anti-oxidant powers that can protect you and your loved ones from most of the illnesses and diseases we all worry about.

We all know that we need oxygen to stay alive. But one of the byproducts resulting from the burning of oxygen is the production of potentially dangerous and unstable molecules called “FREE RADICALS.”  These free radicals are missing an electron and want to get that missing electron from somewhere in our bodies. They do this by attacking a healthy cell. This attack can cause the cell to die or to mutate… and neither option is a good choice!  Fortunately, both our bodies and certain foods can provide us with antioxidants that can neutralize these dangerous free radicals before they attack our cells. Because there are many different types of free radicals the real trick is to know which of the many antioxidants can neutralize as many of the different types of free radicals as possible. This is where the simple blueberry shines. The United States National Institutes of Health found that blueberries, which contain antioxidants, may act to protect the body against damage from oxidative stress, one of several biological processes implicated in aging and in the development of a number of neuro-degenerative diseases. Compared to 40 other fruits and vegetables measured for their anti-oxidant activity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has ranked blueberries, by far and away the best.

Cinnamon – Proven health benefits of cinnamon are: high source of antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties, protects heart heath, fights diabetes, helps defend against cognitive decline and protects brain function, may help lower cancer risk, fights infections and viruses, while protecting dental health and freshening breath naturally.

Whey Protein – Whey protein is considered a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content. People commonly use it as supplementation, alongside resistance exercise, to help improve muscle protein synthesis and promote the growth of lean tissue mass. Whey protein enhances immune function, may lower blood pressure, treat type-2 diabetes, reduce inflammation, may be beneficial for inflammatory bowel disease, and enhance the body’s antioxidant defenses as well.

The “Life Extension Smoothie” makes it easy for people to incorporate these incredibly healthy ingredients and nutritional treasures into their diet effortlessly. Enjoy!

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences
HealthAdvisor@MigreLief.com

These Nutritional Ingredients May Improve Memory and Reduce Stress at the Same Time

July 3, 2017 | 5:09pm

Stress is something that affects everyone, whether you are a parent, grandparent, busy professionals or college student… we all experience stress in one form or another. Different types of stress range from being protective to concern about our physical, financial, psychological and emotional wellbeing. It is difficult to live a stress free life.

Our stressors may all be different, but the results of stress are the same, our brain signals our adrenal glands to release the hormone cortisol as well as adrenaline. This reaction has a purpose and is necessary at times to energize us so that we can for example protect ourselves, (fight or flight) or stay up late to meet an important deadline.

Stress however, becomes a problem when it is ongoing, and the level of our stress hormone cortisol remains high with no clear signal to return to normal. Elevated levels of cortisol can have dangerous and unhealthy consequences.

Chronically elevated cortisol levels can lead to:

• Increased healing times
• Increased susceptibility to infection
• Increased risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease
• Increased risk of certain types of cancers
• Decreased thyroid function
• Accumulation of visceral/abdominal fat
• Depression
• Digestive problems
• Sleep issues
• Compromised immune function
• Increased belly fat, obesity with increased risk of diabetes
• Impair Brain Function
• Impair brain functions like memory and possibly increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease

Regarding brain function and memory, our memory declines significantly as we get older but by reducing stress we can slow or even reverse memory decline. There are many things we can do to reduce the symptoms of stress.

1 – Breathe deeply. When we get stressed we tend to shorten our breaths and deprive our body of oxygen which can lead to a lot of problems. Breathe in through your nose and fill up your belly with air, not so much your chest, then slowly exhale through your mouth. Doing this 10 or 15 times, can really help you feel calm.

2 – Get moving. It’s been shown that as little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise coupled with deep breathing may produce quick benefits when you are stressed.

3 – Sleep well. Sleep is very restorative and healing. It helps the body to reset and regenerate its systems. I suggest for those who are having trouble sleeping, to take these three dietary supplements – 1 hour before bedtime:
1,000 mg. of L-tryptophan (an amino acid)
1 mg. melatonin, (you don’t need more than 1 mg.)
400 mg. valerian extract.

4 – Take dietary supplements known to reduce stress, maintain healthy cortisol levels and enhance memory at the same time.Ingredients to help with stress and memory
These ingredients or supplements, have human studies done at very reputable research locations that support their safe and effective benefits. These are not based on animal studies and they’re certainly not based on hyperbolized advertising, so they can get some comfort out of knowing that these were really looked at by independent scientists who are not involved with the ingredients other than to find out if they worked and were safe.

Ashwagandha extract (600 mg) – Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb, and is a main stay of a lot of Ayurvedic pharmaceutical research. It exists as a natural extract here in the United States as a dietary supplement, and taking 600 mg a day really helps people to reduce cortisol levels and just feel calm and focused.

Vinpocentine (15 mg) – From a brain function level, as we can all imagine, the arteries in our brain have to stay supple and dilated appropriately so that we can get enough blood, which thereby allows enough oxygen, which is critical to its function. The ingredient, Vinpocetine has been shown in clinical studies, not only to help maintain excellent cerebral perfusion, which is blood flow, and oxygen usage, but it also has been shown to be of significant benefit in day-to-day memory performance.

Huperzine –A (200 mcg) – Huperzine-A is an herb which in small doses helps the nerves in our brains to work efficiently because it protects the neurotransmitters that allow one nerve to communicate with another nerve. This is very important, because if they are destroyed it is like cutting down the bridge that allows the end of one nerve to communicate with the beginning of another nerve.  The human studies on Huperzine-A are very impressive and they show that it helps people to recall facts, figures and names, and now there’s significant human research showing that it helps Alzheimer’s patients improve their results on mental testing. A secondary benefit is that it seems in some preliminary human research to possibly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (250 mg)

• Helps protect mental clarity and memory
• Helps make neurotransmitters (chemicals that affect our mind and mood)
• Helps fight against age related memory loss and some forms of dementia

Well known for its immune protecting abilities, recent studies link high vitamin C intake with improved mental function and reduced memory loss. A deficiency of vitamin C reduces production of neurotransmitters associated with anxiety.

Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (25 mg) (the metabolically active form of vitamin B-6) also known as PLP
• Supports healthy homocysteine levels (HCY). Elevated HCY levels are associated with brain shrinkage, cognitive decline and performance
• Important for nervous system functions
• Is needed in the synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine
• Helps offset the effects of sugar (glycation) which is harmful and aging to all cells and organs in the body including the brain and nerves
• According to some studies, supplementation with B-6 might lessen age-related cognitive decline (e.g., perception, attention, reaction time, and memory)
Symptoms of B-6 deficiency include: Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, nervousness, irritability, and depression.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) (30 mg)

• Regulates stress-related hormones to ensure a healthy state of mind
• Builds immune system
• Stamina builder helping to fight fatigue

Vitamin B-5 produces numerous enzymes and helps maintain precise communication between the central nervous system and the brain. Pantothenic Acid helps to manage stress and psychological strain. A low-level of B5 can lead to difficulty coping with stress, inability to relax and problems sleeping.
There’s something called CDP choline, and then there’s something called GPC choline which also have shown to be of benefit in helping people’s memory just be sharper. It makes sense because acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that allows an impulse, or one of the neurotransmitters, that allows an impulse from the ending of one nerve to jump to space, which is called a synapse, to the next one. So if that acetylcholine is not there in sufficient amounts or being degraded, which was the benefit of the huperzine, it could affect memory. So those are other things that listeners can check into as well.

Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi) (320 mg)
• Maintains health brain chemistry
• Stimulates vital neurotransmitters that process information
• Reduces symptoms of anxiety
• Improves concentration

Brahmi is a well-known herb in India and is frequently used in Ayurvedic herbal preparations to improve memory and intelligence. Clinical studies suggest that bacopa may improve learning rate, ability to process data/information, retention of learned facts and memory.

Click Here for a dietary supplement that contains all of these ingredients in one caplet.

To sum up, you do not want stress to rob your memory, your health, your quality of life and your future and elevated levels of cortisol can do just that. Studies show that the ingredients I just mentioned can reduce cortisol by as much as 30% in as little as 1 to 2 weeks and increase your ability to recall facts, names and numbers in 4 to 12 weeks. Not only does this combination reduce stress while super charging your brain, they are very protective against the ravaging effects of stress on both our brain and body. I highly recommend them for adults and teens who live with daily ongoing stress, which is pretty much all of us.

About Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Curt Hendrix is a chemist with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition. He is also certified both as a clinical nutritionist, and a clinical nutrition specialist. For the past 25 years Curt Hendrix has been studying the chemistry of why diseases and health conditions occur, progress, reverse or never occur at all. He has coupled this research with a vast knowledge of naturally occurring compounds that demonstrate therapeutic benefits for preventing or treating many diseases and conditions, as well as some that may protect health well into old age.

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