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Monday, November 24, 2014

Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops Review

Now that the colder weather is here, I sometimes reflect back to the winters when I was a kid. Waiting for the school bus, bundled up from head to toe, there was one thing that I relished the whole day through...the package of cherry-flavored cough drops that were stashed in either my backpack or pocket. I absolutely loved the flavor so much, that I couldn't resist crunching them up in a matter of seconds. Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops have been soothing America's throats for over 140 years. My favorite of the 4 flavors ,Honey, Wild Cherry, and Licorice the honey was my favorite.

They are sold in economy size bags and convenient and refillable pucks, which are perfect for toting around in your handbag, car or backpack. I was ready to experience these softish and chewy lozenges for myself and love what I discovered! The Wild Cherry flavor was superb...not too overpowering, but definitely tasty. I also enjoyed the overall shape of the Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops. The honey flavor makes you if your not careful eat it like candy.

It was fun to play with this throat drop in my mouth while I sucked on it to soothe my scratchy throat. The softish, chewy consistence also ensured that I didn't just crunch the lozenge up within seconds of putting it in my mouth, like I do still some days.

Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops are also made from natural ingredients and contain only 5 calories per drop. Here's the complete list of ingredients for the Wild Cherry throat drops: Gum Acacia, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Glycerine, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Colored with Elderberry Concentrate, Sunflower Oil and Caranuba Wax. I love ingesting products which contain ingredients I can actually pronounce! With winter approaching quickly, I highly recommend trying the Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops for yourself. Soothe your cough the yummy and delicious way with Pine Bros.! I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Review : Nordic Naturals Supplements

Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as n-3 fatty acids) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets: One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in some vegetable oils, such as soybean, rapeseed (canola), and flaxseed, and in walnuts. ALA is also found in some green vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens. The other type, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is found in fatty fish. The body partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA. We do not know whether vegetable or fish omega-3 fatty acids are equally beneficial, although both seem to be beneficial. Unfortunately, most Americans do not get enough of either type. For good health, you should aim to get at least one rich source of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet every day. This could be through a serving of fatty fish (such as salmon), a tablespoon of canola or soybean oil in salad dressing or in cooking, or a handful of walnuts or ground flaxseed mixed into your morning oatmeal.

Here’s 61 health benefits of using Omega-3 in your life:

There is strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect in bipolar disorder. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is associated with reduced mania and depression in juvenile bipolar disorder. Clinical studies have reported that oral fish oil supplementation has beneficial effects in rheumatoid arthritis and among some asthmatics. Fish oil improves tubular dysfunction, lipid profiles and oxidative stress in patients with IgA nephropathy. Dietary supplementation with flaxseed oil lowers blood pressure in dyslipidaemic patients. Omega 3 fatty acids improve the cardiovascular risk profile of subjects with metabolic syndrome, including markers of inflammation and auto-immunity. Omega-3 in modest doses reduces cardiac deaths, and in high doses reduces nonfatal cardiovascular events. Dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids reduces the incidence of sudden cardiac death in patients with myocardial infarction. Omega-3 fatty acid reduce the total mortality and sudden death in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Raising blood levels of omega-3 fatty acid levels may be 8 times effective than distributing automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and 2 times more effective than implanting implanting cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in preventing sudden death. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces total mortality and sudden death in patients who have already had a heart attack. Consuming small quantities of fish is associated with a reduction in coronary heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplementation results in a substantial reduction in coronary calcium scores and slowed plaque growth. Omega-3 fatty acids prevent atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation has a therapeutic effect in children with ADHD. A combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as magnesium and zinc consumption provide a beneficial effect on attentional, behavioural, and emotional problems of children and adolescents. Fish oil supplementation has a significant therapeutic effect on children with autism. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to be an effective treatment for children with autism. The consumption of omega-3 fatty acid supplements decreases homocysteine levels in diabetic patients. Omega-3 fatty acids improve macro- and microvascular function in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In patients with stable coronary artery disease, an independent and inverse association exists between n-3 fatty acid levels and inflammatory biomarkers. Omega-3 fatty acids improve endothelial function in peripheral arterial disease. Fish oil has a beneficial effect on blood viscosity in peripheral vascular disease. Fish oil supplementation improves walking distance in peripheral arterial disease. The omega-3 fatty acid docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) reduces the risk of peripheral arterial diseaseassociated with smoking. An 8-month treatment with omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) has a positive effects, such as decreasing inflammation, in patients with cystic fibrosis. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a protective effect against mucus over-production caused by pulmonary bacterial colonization in cystic fibrosis. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces inflammatory biomarkers, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and interleukin-8 concentrations in cystic fibrosis patients. DHA increases resistance to Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. EPA supplementation has therapeutic value in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C patients. EPA and DHA have therapeutic value in the treatment of systemic lupus erythmeatosus. Omega-3 fish oil reduces the severity of symptoms in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Fish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acid intake reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and total mortalityin diabetic women. Higher plasma concentrations of EPA and DPA are associated with a lower risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction among women. Omega-3 fatty acid consumption is inversely associated with incidence of hypertension. Fish oil, but not flaxseed oil, decreases inflammation and prevents pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction. The consumption of fish reduces the risk of ischemic stroke in elderly individuals. A moderate intake of EPA and DHA may postpone cognitive decline in elderly men. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a therapeutic effect on postpartum depression. Omega-3 fatty acids may have therapeutic value in the treatment of dry eye syndrome. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation exhibits therapeutic value in the treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptomatology. Fish consumption reduces the risk of ischemic stroke in men. Omega-3 Fatty acids supplementation prevents and reverses insulin resistance. Omega-3 fatty acids prevent the formation of urinary calcium oxalate stone formation. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for children with bronchial asthma. Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation may contribute to the prevention of early preterm birth in both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies. Fish consumption is associated with a 63% reduction in prostate cancer-specific mortality. Omega 3 fatty acids decrease the severity of autoimmune disorders. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may have a therapeutic role in attenuating pulmonary hypertension. Omega-3 fatty acids resulted in an improvement in weight bearing in dogs with osteoarthritis. Primary open-angle glaucoma patients have reduced blood levels of DHA and EPA. Omega-3 fatty acids alleviate insulin resistance and fatty liver in obese mice. Intake of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids from fish may be associated with a reduced prevalence of allergic rhinitis. Cod liver oil (omega-3 Fatty Acids) reduces the need for NSAIDs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Omega-3 Fatty Acids has significant therapeutic benefits and drug sparing activity in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Diets containing EPA and DHA have an inhibitory effect on breast cancer growth and metastasis. Dietary Omega-3 fatty acids may protect smokers against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Omega-3 fatty acids were shown to be more effective than placebo for depression in both adults and children in small controlled studies and in an open study of bipolar depression. The omega-3 fatty acid EPA is as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating major depressive disorder. A diet low in trans-unsaturated fat and rich in omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Higher intake of omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of pneumonia.

It can be difficult to find a fish oil product that provides 1000 mg of EPA & DHA in a single serving (usually two softgels). Nordic Naturals’ Ultimate Omega provides 1100 mg of EPA & DHA in two softgels (each softgel containing 1000 mg of fish oil). Most standard fish oil products provide only 600 mg of EPA & DHA per 2000 mg of oil. Which means that one would have to consume approximately 4 g (4000 mg) of fat to receive a dose of EPA & DHA comparable to what Nordic Naturals’ product offers with just 2g (2000 mg) of fat. With all that said, some might still be wondering why they should pay the premium price for Ultimate Omega. Because, the truth is, there are other fish oil products out there that can provide at least 1000 mg of EPA & DHA in just two softgels, but at a much lower price. The difference lies in one more place: most fish oil products are in an ethyl ester form, while Ultimate Omega is in a triglycerides form. There have been some debate among experts between which is the superior form. Many proponents of ethyl ester forms felt that the triglycerides form was all hype. However, in 2010, scientific findings have shown that the triglycerides form actually absorbs anywhere from 50-70% better than the ethyl ester form.

Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as n-3 fatty acids) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets: One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in some vegetable oils, such as soybean, rapeseed (canola), and flaxseed, and in walnuts. ALA is also found in some green vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens. The other type, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is found in fatty fish. The body partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA. We do not know whether vegetable or fish omega-3 fatty acids are equally beneficial, although both seem to be beneficial. Unfortunately, most Americans do not get enough of either type. For good health, you should aim to get at least one rich source of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet every day. This could be through a serving of fatty fish (such as salmon), a tablespoon of canola or soybean oil in salad dressing or in cooking, or a handful of walnuts or ground flaxseed mixed into your morning oatmeal.

Here’s 61 health benefits of using Omega-3 in your life:

There is strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect in bipolar disorder. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is associated with reduced mania and depression in juvenile bipolar disorder. Clinical studies have reported that oral fish oil supplementation has beneficial effects in rheumatoid arthritis and among some asthmatics. Fish oil improves tubular dysfunction, lipid profiles and oxidative stress in patients with IgA nephropathy. Dietary supplementation with flaxseed oil lowers blood pressure in dyslipidaemic patients. Omega 3 fatty acids improve the cardiovascular risk profile of subjects with metabolic syndrome, including markers of inflammation and auto-immunity. Omega-3 in modest doses reduces cardiac deaths, and in high doses reduces nonfatal cardiovascular events. Dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids reduces the incidence of sudden cardiac death in patients with myocardial infarction. Omega-3 fatty acid reduce the total mortality and sudden death in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Raising blood levels of omega-3 fatty acid levels may be 8 times effective than distributing automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and 2 times more effective than implanting implanting cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in preventing sudden death. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces total mortality and sudden death in patients who have already had a heart attack. Consuming small quantities of fish is associated with a reduction in coronary heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplementation results in a substantial reduction in coronary calcium scores and slowed plaque growth. Omega-3 fatty acids prevent atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation has a therapeutic effect in children with ADHD. A combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as magnesium and zinc consumption provide a beneficial effect on attentional, behavioural, and emotional problems of children and adolescents. Fish oil supplementation has a significant therapeutic effect on children with autism. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to be an effective treatment for children with autism. The consumption of omega-3 fatty acid supplements decreases homocysteine levels in diabetic patients. Omega-3 fatty acids improve macro- and microvascular function in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In patients with stable coronary artery disease, an independent and inverse association exists between n-3 fatty acid levels and inflammatory biomarkers. Omega-3 fatty acids improve endothelial function in peripheral arterial disease. Fish oil has a beneficial effect on blood viscosity in peripheral vascular disease. Fish oil supplementation improves walking distance in peripheral arterial disease. The omega-3 fatty acid docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) reduces the risk of peripheral arterial diseaseassociated with smoking. An 8-month treatment with omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) has a positive effects, such as decreasing inflammation, in patients with cystic fibrosis. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a protective effect against mucus over-production caused by pulmonary bacterial colonization in cystic fibrosis. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces inflammatory biomarkers, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and interleukin-8 concentrations in cystic fibrosis patients. DHA increases resistance to Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. EPA supplementation has therapeutic value in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C patients. EPA and DHA have therapeutic value in the treatment of systemic lupus erythmeatosus. Omega-3 fish oil reduces the severity of symptoms in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Fish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acid intake reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and total mortalityin diabetic women. Higher plasma concentrations of EPA and DPA are associated with a lower risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction among women. Omega-3 fatty acid consumption is inversely associated with incidence of hypertension. Fish oil, but not flaxseed oil, decreases inflammation and prevents pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction. The consumption of fish reduces the risk of ischemic stroke in elderly individuals. A moderate intake of EPA and DHA may postpone cognitive decline in elderly men. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a therapeutic effect on postpartum depression. Omega-3 fatty acids may have therapeutic value in the treatment of dry eye syndrome. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation exhibits therapeutic value in the treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptomatology. Fish consumption reduces the risk of ischemic stroke in men. Omega-3 Fatty acids supplementation prevents and reverses insulin resistance. Omega-3 fatty acids prevent the formation of urinary calcium oxalate stone formation. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for children with bronchial asthma. Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation may contribute to the prevention of early preterm birth in both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies. Fish consumption is associated with a 63% reduction in prostate cancer-specific mortality. Omega 3 fatty acids decrease the severity of autoimmune disorders. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may have a therapeutic role in attenuating pulmonary hypertension. Omega-3 fatty acids resulted in an improvement in weight bearing in dogs with osteoarthritis. Primary open-angle glaucoma patients have reduced blood levels of DHA and EPA. Omega-3 fatty acids alleviate insulin resistance and fatty liver in obese mice. Intake of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids from fish may be associated with a reduced prevalence of allergic rhinitis. Cod liver oil (omega-3 Fatty Acids) reduces the need for NSAIDs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Omega-3 Fatty Acids has significant therapeutic benefits and drug sparing activity in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Diets containing EPA and DHA have an inhibitory effect on breast cancer growth and metastasis. Dietary Omega-3 fatty acids may protect smokers against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Omega-3 fatty acids were shown to be more effective than placebo for depression in both adults and children in small controlled studies and in an open study of bipolar depression. The omega-3 fatty acid EPA is as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating major depressive disorder. A diet low in trans-unsaturated fat and rich in omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Higher intake of omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of pneumonia.

It can be difficult to find a fish oil product that provides 1000 mg of EPA & DHA in a single serving (usually two softgels). Nordic Naturals’ Ultimate Omega provides 1100 mg of EPA & DHA in two softgels (each softgel containing 1000 mg of fish oil). Most standard fish oil products provide only 600 mg of EPA & DHA per 2000 mg of oil. Which means that one would have to consume approximately 4 g (4000 mg) of fat to receive a dose of EPA & DHA comparable to what Nordic Naturals’ product offers with just 2g (2000 mg) of fat. With all that said, some might still be wondering why they should pay the premium price for Ultimate Omega. Because, the truth is, there are other fish oil products out there that can provide at least 1000 mg of EPA & DHA in just two softgels, but at a much lower price. The difference lies in one more place: most fish oil products are in an ethyl ester form, while Ultimate Omega is in a triglycerides form. There have been some debate among experts between which is the superior form. Many proponents of ethyl ester forms felt that the triglycerides form was all hype. However, in 2010, scientific findings have shown that the triglycerides form actually absorbs anywhere from 50-70% better than the ethyl ester form.

Ultimate Omega can be taken with FULL confidence that it is the purest fish oil on the market, far exceeding the standards of the I.F.O.S. It provides a convenient way to receive effective dosages of EPA & DHA in a single serving. The omega 3 is provided in a form that has higher absorption than 99% of all other fish oil products. Nordic Naturals is one of the most trusted companies in the world for fish oil products, and Ultimate Omega is a good testament to why that is.

In the case of Nordic Naturals they pass all the tests in my book. They will tell you exactly where they source the fish for the product (off the coast of Peru). They will tell you which agency standards they attempt to meet or exceed (CRN, GOED, IFOS, WHO, Prop 65 and EP). They will also provide, on request, a certificate of analysis from a third party not only for a recent batch but they will also send it for the batch that they used to produce the bottle you have in your hand (if you send them the lot number). his is the kind of responsiveness you should expect from a company with nothing to hide. Be wary of companies that will only tell you about their certifications but will NOT send you the actual certificates of analysis. Nordic Naturals is a model for other supplement manufacturers to follow. The full path from raw material to finished product should be reasonably transparent to end-consumers.

Ultimate Omega can be taken with FULL confidence that it is the purest fish oil on the market, far exceeding the standards of the I.F.O.S. It provides a convenient way to receive effective dosages of EPA & DHA in a single serving. The omega 3 is provided in a form that has higher absorption than 99% of all other fish oil products. Nordic Naturals is one of the most trusted companies in the world for fish oil products, and Ultimate Omega is a good testament to why that is.

. They will tell you exactly where they source the fish for the product (off the coast of Peru). They will tell you which agency standards they attempt to meet or exceed (CRN, GOED, IFOS, WHO, Prop 65 and EP). They will also provide, on request, a certificate of analysis from a third party not only for a recent batch but they will also send it for the batch that they used to produce the bottle you have in your hand (if you send them the lot number). his is the kind of responsiveness you should expect from a company with nothing to hide. Be wary of companies that will only tell you about their certifications but will NOT send you the actual certificates of analysis. Nordic Naturals is a model for other supplement manufacturers to follow. The full path from raw material to finished product should be reasonably transparent to end-consumers. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Cellulite and Body Firming Cream Review

Cellulite is an ugly thing, but we all have it- even supermodels! Yes, they do. It doesn’t seem to matter what diets you try or how you work out or how much you work out, you always seem to find that cellulite glaring at you in the mirror.

. I really had high hopes for this cream and figured good or bad, it couldn’t do any harm. I really like that this product is made in the USA. That’s one thing that’s a huge selling point for me. I prefer USA made products to China, etc. made products. I also like that this cream can supposedly firm, tone, and potentially eliminate cellulite. I find this a tall order to fill, but we shall see.

After actually using the product for over a week, I can see some slight improvement, but I’m sure it will take more time and use to see more of a difference. My legs seem to be a little a bit more toned, and I think I notice a little reduction in the appearance of the cellulite on my legs. I hope this is real and not in my imagination! I really do want to use this product more to see what longer use will do for me. It goes on nice and smoothly, it absorbs quickly, and has a pleasant scent. I enjoyed using this cream. Overall, I think this product has potential. I just need to use it more often and see what the overall effect is and how long is stays after using. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!. Great tv from Best Buy

What is OLED TV? The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here: Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination. LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV · Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing. · 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy. · Super thin design (consider how to show visually) · Find content faster with webOS The Look The physical design of this set is a thing to behold. I’ve seen it at stores and at CES in NY but it was always displayed next to a wall or another TV. I put it on a table that (for the moment anyway) is in the middle of the room. Everyone who has visited is amazed at both the curved design and how very thin the screen is. I love the screen as it is such a space saver. The back is very clean and has the “classic” pattern to it. The very narrow bezel means that it takes only 4 inches more horizontal space than the 46” LCD it replaced. The set can’t be wall mounted and the clear “ribbon” stand can’t be removed. The Sound The sound is beautiful The Picture What can I say? This is the best picture of any TV I’ve ever owned. Black is the absence of light and that provides infinite contrast. The set is pre-calibrated at the factory. The THX mode is perfect in every respect – I would suggest though buying in store as bigger things are touchy in shipping. This would work great as a gaming or family movie night tv.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide giveaway

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The holiday season is all about giving, although the recieving part is pretty fun too! These wonderful sponsors below want you to have the opportunity to win a holiday gift! Whether you decide to give it away or keep it for yourself is totally up to you, but you can't win if you don't enter!

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NutriBullet System or BabyBullet System ($79-$110 value) Every Man Jack $50 Gift Card Plasma Car ($64 value) Ninja Turtles 3D Light FX ($42 value) PersJewel PinchMe Dough ($20 value) $25 Amazon Gift Card (Sponsored by the bloggers!)

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Matcha Tea

Matcha is a type of green tea that comes in powdered form. Matcha tea is prepared by whisking matcha powder with hot water, which forms a frothy liquid. Matcha powder is also sometimes used as an ingredient in foods and non-tea beverages (such as smoothies). Long used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, matcha has recently gained popularity among tea drinkers in Western countries. Matcha vs. Green Tea Unlike most green teas, matcha contains the entire leaf of the Camellia sinensis (the species of plant used to make green tea, black tea, oolong tea, and white tea). In cultivating matcha, the plant is shade-grown for several weeks prior to harvest. After harvesting the plants, processors grind the leaves into a fine powder. Uses for Matcha Some proponents claim that matcha contains more antioxidants than other forms of green tea. In addition, matcha is purported to promote weight loss, lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, support detox efforts, enhance mood, reduce stress, increase energy, keep blood sugar in check, and stimulate the immune system. The Science Behind Matcha's Health Benefits Although there is a great deal of scientific evidence for the health benefits of green tea, very few studies have specifically focused on matcha. The available research on matcha includes a preliminary study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2009. In tests on rats with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that treating the animals with matcha led to decreased levels of cholesterol, blood sugar, and harmful blood fats. What's more, matcha appeared to protect the rats from liver and kidney damage. According to the study's authors, matcha may contain higher amounts of epigallocatechin 3-O-gallate (a potent antioxidant) than other forms of green tea. While research on the specific health benefits of matcha is currently lacking, some studies suggest that regular consumption of green tea may offer a wide range of health benefits. For instance, green tea appears to prevent age-related cognitive impairment, reduce risk of stroke and diabetes, keep blood pressure in check, and strengthen bones. Additionally, there's some evidence that green tea may help prevent several forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and colorectal cancer.I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

AMINOHD 1000 Branch Chain Amino Acids

What is it exactly? From the website . . . "Use BCAAs to help build muscle mass. BCAAs are best taken any time the body has high protein requirements and low whole food intake. Ideal intake times are: PreWorkout, IntraWorkout, Post-Workout, Between Meals, During Intermittent Fasting, and Before Bed. You won't wake up after 1-day looking like a juiced up NFL linebacker. But it just might give you the extra edge to keep and create that lean muscle tissue we're all after." . One bottle of this size is priced at $29.95 per bottle. As per the suggested use, adults should take two (2) AminoHD 1000 capsules between meals, 45 minutes before a workout, and immediately after a workout. It is also recommended to take some before bed. Diet Standards AminoHD 1000 BCAA's Packaging & Presentation When the box arrived from Diet Standards, I wasn't sure what to expect upon opening. I got this from Amazon and got very fast shipping. Fortunately, the side label included some information that is imperative for use, and why one should take them. Instead of taking the competitor's product which can contain the following: Gelatin Microcrystalline Cellulose Magnesium Stearate Soybean Oil Glycerin Silica (Sand!) Soy Lecithin Brown Rice Powder Titanium Dioxide Color Stearic Acid Maltodextrin Silicon Dioxide Talc Copovidone Sucralose Citric Acid Polydextrose Pyridoxine HCL Croscarmellose Sodium Hydroxypropyle Methylcellulose Dicalcium Phosphate Pharmaceutical Glaze (Look this one up if you are brave!) Diet Standards ONLY formulates its product with 2 things: Branch Chain Amino Acids and Vegetable Capsules. That's it. No need for all that other garbage! The pills are not bad sized compared to other products so easy to take if you have issues swallowing. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.