Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Land 'O Lakes dirty secrets

A veterinarian who examined this weak, starving, dehydrated calf (pictured) on the farm of a Land O'Lakes milk supplier found that his skin was scalded from the chronic coating of urine and feces.

As if you didn't need ANOTHER reason to boycott the conventional dairy industry..You probably recognize the name Land O'Lakes. You've seen the company's butter and milk products lined up on grocery-store shelves, and you may even purchase its products for your family. Now, please consider the immense suffering of these cows―who are given little more than a numbered tag punched through their ears―documented during a new undercover investigation of a Land O'Lakes supplier.

On the supplier's Pennsylvania farm, the investigation documented the suffering of cow #506, who gave birth after a nine-month pregnancy and then collapsed on April 11. A day later, she was found struggling outside without food, water, or shelter from freezing temperatures―the flailing of her head had carved a small trench in the ground under her face. She was eventually shot and killed.

Cow #826 would not stand up when urged, prompting the farm's co-owner to electro-shock her to her feet. Her condition continued to decline over the course of 21 days, until she was finally shot and killed. Like many other cows on this farm, she was not given veterinary care or put out of her misery in a timely manner. Instead, she was left to suffer for weeks.

While being milked by a machine, cow #36's gangrenous, infected teat ruptured, and workers were told to "amputate" it by binding it with a tight elastic band. Her condition deteriorated over the course of 11 days, until she finally died.

These are the stories of just a few of the cows whose painful experiences are documented on the farm of this Land O'Lakes supplier. Others suffered when their newborn calves were torn away from them shortly after birth or when their tails were tightly wrapped with elastic bands in order to "dock" them, and they were all forced to live in perpetually wet pens and sheds full of deep excrement, which leads to the spread of disease. Watch our investigation video to learn more.

This blatant disregard for animal welfare is routine in the dairy industry. Cows are kept constantly pregnant in order to make them continue to produce milk, and they are hooked up at least twice a day to machines that extract the milk intended for their own calves. When their exhausted bodies are "spent" and can no longer provide enough milk, they are sent to slaughter, usually for hamburger meat.

Remember that the vast majority of conventionally raised cattle are diseased and suffering from chronic inflammation for most of their lives with a large part of that reason being their forced diet of cannibalism, blood and GM Corn mixed feed, to make them fat (yes, the practice of feeding cattle other dead cattle and animals is STILL going on and no, regulations are generally not enforced or cases even investigated) and filthy living conditions. This systemic condition DOES end up in the final product, so if you're NOT buying organic, grassfed only beef
you are feasting on the stressed, over-hormonal, anti-biotic filled, chronically inflamed diseased flesh of these innocent creatures. This in-turn becomes a part of your body map.

Alternatives exist in choices you can make. As said, ONLY purchase organic, grassfed beef preferably from a small family farm and try Organic Almond Milk for example. Not only will you be getting BETTER nutrition from this nut milk, you also will not be contributing to the saddening, macabre practices on conventional dairy and beef farms.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Blueberries: giving more men a leg up!

A lot of men these days are going to their doctors and asking for the "little blue pill" to help them increase their libido and/or treat erectile dysfunction. At $10 a pop, this could turn out to be an expensive little habit for the more amorous ones amongst us. Well, it turns out nature already has a solution to this dilemma, and just like viagra, it's Blue!! (only not from chemical dyes).
I could get into theories on why men are losing their libido, but I might save that for another post, because I wanna talk fruit.

Blueberries are more than just delicious and so easy to eat, (no peeling, coring, seeding, cutting...etc..) They're also LOADED with insoluble fiber which helps filter and remove excess cholesterol from the blood before it has a chance of lodging itself into the arterial walls making a permanent deposit. Hmmmm, sounds like Blueberries are the original Statin drug as well. Again..I'll save that for another post.

How they work in the case of men's sexual health is pretty dynamic. Blueberries relax the blood vessels, allowing better blood flow to ALL extremities of the body. Insufficient blood flow is a major cause of incomplete erection in men. So, the result of that will be a direct deposit to your stimulus package!

The benefits appear to come from eating raw berries, so downing a blueberry pie before a date...not really a good idea.
Try adding a cup a day to your diet, in addition to the fiber, blueberries are also one of the top anti-oxidants, loaded with Vitamin A, Niacin, and Vitamin C. And of course they're LOW in calories, like all berries are. 1 cup has only 84 calories! Viagra cannot make any of those claims!

So feel free to stock the fridge and freezer with these little blue gems all year long, throw them in your smoothies, in organic yogurt, granola, cereal, fruit salads, or however you like to eat them.

Who knew? Nature has an answer for everything, and combining nutrition and sexual well-being, all in one tiny little package...

Now go be blue and prosper.



Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed

Excellent article by Dr. Mercola. Click the title above for a direct link!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Best (ALMOST Raw) Chocolate smoothie ever! Rawr!

So, I was craving something SWEET tonight, but of course knowing me it had to be somewhat healthy too right! Keeping on that track, it of course had to be chocolate as well (duh). So what'd i do? I headed to the vita-mixer and...Made the best chocolate smoothie EVER! I know, i say everything is the best ever, but you know what, it's cuz it is! =)

Here's the Low-down:

my Almost Raw Chocolate Smoothie-

1 c. organic hemp milk ( i like the vanilla one, flavored naturally of course) substitute almond milk, or water if u desire.
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. organic coconut flakes
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
1Tbsp. raw cacao nibs (optional, i like the extra chocolate chips in it)
agave syrup (eyeball it to suit your pallet)
1 scoop Jay Robb vanilla 100% whey powder (stevia sweetened naturally)

Add it all and Mix it up for,... oh 30 seconds. Add 4-5 ice cubes and mix again!

Then sip cacao bliss.........nirvana.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

What's in your medicine war chest? The FIVE BEST??

(NaturalNews) This is a special report the FDA doesn't want you to read. In fact, this is the story that the corporate "leaders" of the natural health products industry don't want you to read, either. Why? Because they've all been hijacked by Big Pharma interests, and they no longer represent real natural medicine like the kind revealed in this story.
Knowledge is a dangerous thing. It gives people options. It allows people to be independent from the government and independent from the medical system. It gives people control over their own lives, and in a police state society that seeks to dominate the health decisions of every citizen (http://www.naturalnews.com/026305.html), giving people control over their own lives simply cannot be tolerated.
And what's so dangerous about this article? It dares to advocate specific anti-viral products as protection against the H1N1 swine flu.


Warning...Now's the time.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Resistance is NOT Futile! Resist, Resist, Resist!


June 17, 2009

Global Research 13 June: It looks like governments around the world will either force these vaccinations on the public or launch a massive propaganda campaign to trick you into submitting to a jab. If they attempt to force these untested and essentially experimental vaccinations on you, cite the Nuremberg Code, which states: “The voluntary consent of the human subject is essential.” No experimental vaccine should be “conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur, except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as a subjects.



An amazing(ly) easy, Gourmet Veggie Burger!

I thought I'd try a new approach on the sometimes *yawn* boring veggie burger. I usually dislike most veg burgers i try, and usually avoid them. BUT, the ONLY one i think is FANTASTIC is AMY's Veggie Quarter Pounders. These babies taste amazing and have a whopping 21 grams of protein which is about the same as a chicken breast. So give 'em a go and try this recipe to mix it up a bit! Enjoy!

EASY Gourmet Veggie Burger-

1 Amy's Veggie Quarter Pounder
1 Ezekiel sprouted grain hamburger roll
1 handful of baby spinach
1 handful of arugula
3 shiitake mushrooms
sliced avocado 3-4 pieces
1 slice of organic white cheddar (optional)

In a small sauté pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and heat over medium-low flame. Add shiitake, arugula and spinach. Cover and Sauté until greens are wilted and mushrooms are tender. Remember to stir them while cooking! Remove and place on a plate.
Add a little more oil to the pan and place in the veggie burger. Cover and brown on both side and heat till warm, DON'T overcook it, it's not meat! Add the cheese on at this point if you want it. Remove from heat.

Toast the bun in your toaster or toaster oven, and place burger on, sauteed veggies and sliced avocado on top.

then... EAT IT! =)


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Frightening Facts about Vitamin B-12

Are you sure you are getting enough of this vitamin which aids in cell formation & longevity, promotes normal nerve growth, boosts immunity, and supports your mood, memory, and energy.

Dr. Mercola explains:

Boost Your IQ by Choosing Your Exercise Wisely!

Studies have shown that some forms of exercise may actually help you think better, while others have little or no impact on your brain matter.



And for other tips and ways to Exuhcise, check out the video below!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Staying Healthy for ANYTHING.

Staying Healthy

Certainly, keeping yourself healthy and protected from all types of flu strains is a priority, now more than ever. Here are some suggestions:

Good hydration with alkaline water
If you don’t have access to an alkaline water machine, be sure to eat large amounts of alkalinizing, fresh vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, carrots, sprouts, avocados and berries. Here is a site with a great list: http://athma-pure.com/alkaline.aspx

Get at least 8.5 hours per night, every night. Sleep is often overlooked at the key to health. This is simple to do and best of all, it is free.

Vitamin D
Much has been written on the importance of adequate vitamin D for resisting viral infections. Have your blood tested for 25-OH-vitamin D. Your doctor can order it or you can order it yourself through sites such as www.directlabs.com and www.labsafe.com. Your vitamin D level should be at least 50 ng/ml. It is safe for adults to take up to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. With summer coming, you can get your dose of D naturally from sunshine.

Vitamin C
Humans don’t store vitamin C and under stress, much more is required. Vitamin C is important for fighting viral infections. Take in at least 2000 mg/day for overall immune health.

Vitamin A
This vitamin is one of the best supporters you can have in your cabinet. Mycel A drops given in juice are easy to take for children and adults of all ages. By taking 5,000 IU/day for 5 days is safe for everyone and will give your immune system a protective boost against all types of viral infections.

While these suggestions are not meant to be all encompassing, they are simple solutions for you and your family.

Critical Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction?

I suspect you have likely been alarmed by the media's coverage of the swine flu scare. It has a noticeable subplot - preparing you for draconian measures to combat a future pandemic as well as forcing you to accept the idea of mandatory vaccinations.

On April 27 Time magazine published an article which discusses how dozens died and hundreds were injured from vaccines as a result of the 1976 swine flu fiasco, when the Ford administration attempted to use the infection of soldiers at Fort Dix as a pretext for a mass vaccination of the entire country.

Despite acknowledging that the 1976 farce was an example of “how not to handle a flu outbreak,” the article still introduces the notion that officials “may soon have to consider whether to institute draconian measures to combat the disease.”.....

More - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/04/29/Swine-Flu.aspx

FLU and YOU!


Friday, April 24, 2009

My Green Smoothie Recipie

I've gotten a lot of requests to post exactly whats in my green super-food smoothie i drink almost daily. While I can tend to vary up my ingredients slightly from day to day, this is essentially what it contains. Remember this smoothie is chock a block of vitamins, minerals, aminos, trace elements, polyphenols, pro-biotics, phyto-nutrients, super foods, sea vegetables, and of course greens! All of which provides you with healing and immune support, cell membrane and nerve support, Antioxidants, circulatory support, digestion, skeletal support, and i could go on....WHO KNEW an entire days worth of vegetables and fruits, in 5 mins, and in one glass. Easy.
And WHO knows, you might see a new vid soon of the recipe and me in the kitchen. ;-)


1 cup almond milk
1 large bag of organic spinach
2 - 3 cups of greens of your choice (kale, mustard, collard are my fave)
1 scoop of GREEN VIBRANCE (You can pick this up at any good nutrition store)
1 TBSP. flax oil
1 TSP. local raw bee pollen granules
1 TSP. stevia extract (more or less to suit taste and desired sweetness, experiment!)
1/2 cup frozen mango or papaya OR both mixed!! Woooo!
1/2 cup frozen organic berries (blueberries, raspberries and cherries are my choice)
1 medium banana
1 TBSP organic hemp protien
1 TBSP organic rice protien (Optional if you desire to add a little more protein)
additional purified (and alkaline if possible) water to add if needed.

In a large blender, add almond milk and flax oil. Blend in spinach and other greens till they're basically nothing (Greens shrink down!). Add in bee pollen, stevia, and fruit and blend, add in the Green Vibrance and protiens for a final whirl...and...

Pour, Drink and Prosper!!



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Most Important Health Book of the 21st Century.


“The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs & Forbidden Treatments is a document of immeasurable proportions. Following years of exhaustive research into a range of alternative treatments from Nutrition to Chinese Medicine to Herbal Medicine to high-tech breakthroughs, The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs is an assemblage of a veritable wealth of possibilities for virtually every major affliction known to humanity. This vast array of data is compiled into a document that is extremely user friendly. The information—that each and every person will easily be able to access—will be invaluable to all those people who are frustrated with the ineptitude and lack of flexibility of Western Medicine. Here, every person will be able to find effective, alternative treatment choices for the common maladies that afflict them, as well as the latest research information pertaining to these subjects.

***** 5 stars. ALL the way!

Knowledge IS Power!
To your Health!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dragon-Berry Summer InFusion!

I can't think of anything better than infusing one of my favorite fruits with strawberries and rum!
But indeed, The folks at Bacardi did just that with the launch of their new, naturally flavored rum called DragonBerry. Can you say hello to summer! So, what is it? It's a strawberry rum infused with the fresh, crisp flavor of the Dragon Fruit. (Which if you haven't tried yet, Trader Joe's has some in the dried fruit section, it's great!) Dragon Fruit grows in the arid and desert regions of the Americas being native to Mexico and Central and South America. But it can also be found in Southeastern Asia as well as in Okinawa, Hawaiʻi, Israel, northern Australia and southern China. The flesh, which is eaten raw, is mildly sweet and low in calories (yay!). I've only had the dried variety so far, so I'm anxious to get my hands on a fresh one soon! That'd surely make a nice garnish for the Dragon Bacardi and Pomegranete and Blueberry cocktail I have already made a recipe for! =)
So the health facts, (which I KNOW you're anxiously waiting for me to disclose......right you just wanna get drunk. haha) Well, you'll be happy to hear that Dragon Fruit are a good source of Vitamin C, rich in fiber and minerals, notably phosphorus and calcium, rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (good fats!), contain significant quantities of phytoalbumin antioxidants, which prevent the formation of cancer-causing free radicals, and It supposedly increases excretion of heavy metal toxins and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Eaten regularly, it is credited with alleviating chronic respiratory tract ailments.
Ok, I know you're thinking... This is a blog about a new alcohol. Yes, it is, BUT very rarely do i get to write about a new alcoholic beverage with an Anti-oxidant Superfruit bursting in it! I got a little excited, (understandably so). ANYHOW- Give it a go and see what you think. Remember that MODERATION is key, so please drink responsibly. (I don't want to have to call A&E to schedule an Intervention for your A**!! hehe.), and of course, enjoy the summer!!
It'll be out this May in a store near you. - JJM

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


I LOVE this hearty stew served with brown rice. It really captures the essence of the Medditeranean to me. I'm checking flights to Barcelona as we speak! Enjoy! xox.

Hearty Fish Stew-

1/2 c. olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp. basil
1/2 tsp. red pepper
1/2 c. dry white wine
1 can Italian tomatoes
2 tbsp. tomato paste
8 oz. clam broth or juice
1 pkg. frozen cod fillets
1 pkg. frozen haddock
1 lb. frozen or fresh shrimp, shelled or deveined
4 tbsp. ditali or other sm. pasta
2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
Heat oil in a heavy kettle or Dutch oven; saute garlic, basil, and red pepper until tender. Add wine; simmer about 5 minutes or until liquid is somewhat reduced. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, clam broth, and salt. Simmer, uncovered, 20 to 30 minutes to thicken sauce. Leave fish in blocks; cut into large pieces. Add fish and shrimp to sauce. Cover; simmer 10 minutes or until fish is just done (it will look opaque).
Remove fish to serving dish; keep warm. Add pasta to sauce. Cover; simmer 10 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Pour over fish in serving dish. Garnish with chopped parsley and grated lemon. Stew maybe ladled over Italian bread or served over rice.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I LOVE This Guy!

New Kombucha Flavors!

If you know me, you'll know my love for Kombucha! You know the Chinese tea, plant, or a mushroom that's not really any of these. In actuality, It's a delicious beverage made of living cultures of beneficial microorganisms AND G.T.'s has just come out with some Amazing, brand new flavors!!

I have tried a few of them now, and I must say they have easily become my favorites. The subtle lavender notes in Botanic No.3 along with the elderberry juice make it particularly pleasing to the pallet and The Super Fruit Powers of the YumBerry and Goji Berry make the new Synergy flavor (aptly called SuperFruits) one to keep chilled in the fridge regularly.

The complete list of the new flavors are:

Botanic No.3 (lavender, elderberry)
Botanic No.9 (bilberry, honeysuckle, red clover)
Botanic No.7 (hibiscus, orange peel, ginger and chamomile)

Superfruits (goji, yumberry, camu camu)

So head to Whole Foods or your local nutrition shop and Try 'Em!! You'll LOVE 'em!! I said so! ;-)

Thx G.T.!!


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Blueberries: Colorful Protection For a Healthier Heart, Sharper Brain, and Cancer Defense.

While an apple a day has long been recommended to help keep the doctor away, new research suggests that if you’re looking to simultaneously ward off the oncologist, the neurologist, and the cardiologist, you would do well to consider increasing your intake of powerful disease-fighting blueberries.

Once touted by Native Americans for its mythical ability to boost stamina, the tiny but mighty blueberry is quickly becoming the stuff of modern-day legend as emerging research suggests that it can do everything from combating cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease to safeguarding against age-related declines in mental acuity and motor function.



Thursday, January 29, 2009

4 Reasons You Need Vitamin E.

Vitamin E is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant that is vital to optimum health.


1. Helps protect cell membranes from damage by free radicals and prevents the oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol

2. Is necessary for structural and functional maintenance of skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle

3. Assists in the formation of new red blood cells and helps to maintain stores of vitamins A and K, iron, and selenium

4.May play a protective role against heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease

Vitamin E is found in nature as a complex of eight separate compounds (four tocopherols and four tocotrienols), all with important functions in the body. I recommend avoiding synthetic versions, and using products that contain the full complex.

- JJM.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Smart Boozin'!

I get asked by a lot of people about alcohol and it's affect on the body in terms of health and fitness. I have a saying, Everything in Moderation (including moderation, hehe). The same is applicable with alcohol. I know far too many of you, personally, that have had one too many hangovers and no, they're never pretty! (Nor does the night before ever seem as fun when the head is a throbbin'!) The hangover is actually caused by a toxin released by the candida (yeast) spores reacting in your gut (incubator). As you most know, alcohol is basically sugar, and it breaks down as such in the body. Sugar is fuel, or energy for yeast to feed on and grow, and thus causing all sorts of heath malaises in the body. Out of control yeast growth is rampant, and it's even compounded if you take anti-biotics and medications that wipe out your healthy flora and fauna in your gut.

Soooo. That aside. Can you still have a drink with some random person you picked up in the dark, back alley of a bar?... sure! But next time, go easy on the amount and do what I like to call "Smart Drinking" and go easy on the sugar!

My recommendation is:

1. NO FRUIT JUICE, the things it does to insulin and the sugar in it is crazy! Plus, most bar juice isnt juice..its sugar water concentrate with like maybe 5% juice added.. its poison and is perfect food for yeast to feed on!!

2. Don't Mix alcohols - Long Islands really AREN'T that good!! (and you'll be thanking me in the morning)

3. Stick to Soda!! By far the lowest sugar drink you could do is a high quailty vodka with plain soda water (not tonic). Throw in a lime or lemon wedge for some added flavor and your'e good to go. There's also some premium brands infused with blueberries and pomegranates so get yourself some anti-oxidants with that cocktail!

4. Go easy. Don't over do it. Have fun. And don't ever drive Drunk.



Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sesame Reduces Inflammation, Boosts Antioxidants.

Sesame Reduces Inflammation, Boosts Antioxidants

Sesamin, one of the lignans found in sesame seeds, has been reported to possess antioxidant effects and to scavenge reactive oxygen species.17 It apparently acts as an anti-inflammatory as well, reducing inflammation by increasing levels of dihomo-gamma linolenic acid, a precursor of anti-inflammatory prostaglandin E1. Sesame also decreases production of pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E2 and leukotriene B4 by inhibiting delta-5 desaturase enzyme activity.18 Studies in rats demonstrate that sesamin can lower serum lipids,19 while other animal studies suggest that sesamin may prevent hypertension.20

The tocopherols, the family of nutrients that includes vitamin E, are believed to play an important role in preventing some major diseases associated with aging, including heart disease and cancer. In humans, consumption of a moderate amount of sesame seeds has been found to significantly increase blood levels of gamma tocopherol,21 which appears to be an especially beneficial member of the vitamin E family. Animal studies likewise have demonstrated that intake of sesame seeds and sesame lignans, particularly sesamin, increases blood levels of gamma tocopherol.22 Sesame and its lignans appear to offer numerous benefits, including promoting healthy vitamin E levels, reducing inflammation, and promoting healthy blood lipids and blood pressure.

I love cooking with sesame oil! It provides amazing flavors and all the benefits you just read about! =)


Friday, January 23, 2009

4 Mushrooms for Health

Mushrooms are a big favorite of mine because they're delicious and often have medicinal properties. If you're not allergic and don't find them hard to digest, try these:

1.Cordyceps: A Chinese mushroom used traditionally as a tonic and restorative. You can add whole, dried cordyceps to soups and stews, or drink tea made from powdered cordyceps.

2.Maitake: This delicious mushroom provides anti-cancer, anti-viral and immune-enhancing properties, and may also reduce blood pressure and help regulate blood sugar. Find it dried or fresh in Japanese markets, gourmet stores or upscale supermarkets.

3.Reishi: Too woody and bitter to eat, reishi mushrooms are available in tea bags, capsules and liquid extracts. Animal studies have shown that reishi improves immune function and inhibits the growth of some malignant tumors. It also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

4.Shiitake: The shiitake has been found to have immune modulating, anti-viral and cholesterol-reducing properties. Certain extracts of shiitake mushrooms are used in Japan as adjunctive therapy to strengthen the immunity of cancer patients during chemotherapy and radiation. Find it - fresh or dried - in grocery stores and Asian markets.



Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Warm your Soul.


This is a clean, basic approach to soup that showcases the vegetable. You can make this with nearly anything – including peas and basil, zucchini, carrots and ginger. In this case, broccoli is made a bit more dynamic with a handful of peppery arugula. When you’re detoxing and drinking lots of juices and smoothies, it’s a nice change to have something warm. This recipe makes enough soup for at least two portions, but it’s easier to make it once and eat it twice.

TIME: 15 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow onion, roughly diced
1 head broccoli, cut into small florets (about 2/3 pound)
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon each coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup arugula (watercress would be good, too)
1/2 lemon
Heat the olive oil in a medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for just a minute or until fragrant. Add the broccoli and cook for four minutes or until bright green. Add the water, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, lower the heat and cover. Cook for eight minutes or until the broccoli is just tender. Pour the soup into a blender and puree with the arugula until quite smooth. Be very careful when blending hot liquids; start slowly and work in batches if necessary (you don’t want the steam to blow the lid off). Serve the soup with a bit of fresh lemon.

recipe courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow's www.goop.com

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Grape seed extact provokes leukemia cell suicide!

I Must say, when I read about this, I knew my personal campaign for taking Resveratrol on a daily basis was validated!!

The January 1, 2009, issue of the American Association for Cancer Research journal Clinical Cancer Research published an article describing the discovery of Xianglin Shi, PhD and colleagues at the University of Kentucky of programmed cell death (apoptosis) in leukemia cells exposed to grape seed extract.

Grape seed extract has shown anticancer activity in studies using stomach, breast, colon, lung, skin and prostate cancer cell lines. "This is a natural compound that appears to have relatively important properties," noted Dr Shi, who is a professor at the University of Kentucky Graduate Center for Toxicology.

For the current research, the team administered varying concentrations of a commercially available grape seed extract to leukemia cell cultures. They found that higher doses of the extract resulted in 76 percent of the leukemia cells undergoing apoptosis within 24 hours following exposure, while healthy cells remained unharmed. Dr Shi's team determined that grape seed extract activates a protein known as JNK, which regulates apoptosis, leading to upregulation of Cip/p21, which controls the cell cycle. The scientists were able to confirm this mechanism through the use of a JNK inhibitor as well as by silencing the JNK gene, both of which rendered grape seed extract ineffective against the cancerous cells.

Very Good News Indeed! I do recommend drinking red wine for the resveratrol properties, but for a more potent and fuller effect, I have to say that a resveratrol supplement, such as the one offered by Life Extension, would be a more prudent approach. Seeing as one capsule is about equivalent to 100 glasses of wine, you can get the benefits and THEN some without being intoxicated at work all day. Really it's a win-win. =)