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NEW RESEARCH ~

Spinach Extract Decreases Cravings, Aids Weight Loss ~

Spinach extract containing green leaf membranes can decrease ‘hedonic’ hunger and increase weight loss.

Recent research from Sweden’s Lund University, demonstrated that an extract in Spinach green leaf membranes (thylakoids) were able to reduce ‘hedonic' hunger by up to 95% and increase weight loss. Hedonic hunger simply means that we eat for pleasure (especially sweets) and not to satisfy our basic biological, energy needs - cravings for unhealthy foods such as sweets or fast food, which is a common cause of obesity and unhealthy eating habits. The study included thirty-eight overweight women (ages 40-65) over three months and randomly assigned them into two groups: Half received daily Spinach thylakoids and the other half, the control group, received a placebo. The results of the study, which were published in the journal, Appetite, demonstrated that women receiving the Spinach extract lost an average of slightly over eleven pounds (5 kg) over three months, compared to an average loss of slightly over seven and a half pounds (3.5 kg) in the placebo group - an average loss of 43% more body weight in the Spinach group than the placebo. Total LDL cholesterol levels also decreased significantly in the Spinach group, compared with placebo. Important additional data indicated that the thylakoid supplement was also associated with increased release of the satiety hormone GLP-1, and a decreased urge for sweets and chocolate (a measure of hedonic hunger). The scientists proposed that the thylakoids slow down the digestion process, thereby giving the intestinal hormones time to be released and communicate to the brain that the body is satisfied. Lund’s Professor of Medicine and Physiological Chemistry, Erlanson-Albertsson, explained: “It is about making use of the time it takes to digest our food. There is nothing wrong with our digestive system, but it doesn’t work well with the modern ‘pre-chewed’ food. The thylakoids extend the digestion, producing a feeling of satiety and reducing hedonic hunger. This means that we are able to stick to the diet we are meant for without snacks and unnecessary foods like sweets, crisps and such.” The study indicates that taking thylakoids before breakfast reduces cravings and keeps you feeling more satisfied all day. They reinforce the body's production of satiety hormones and suppress hedonic hunger, which leads to better appetite control, healthier eating habits and increased weight loss.

Sources: Science Daily and NutraIngredients

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Spinach Extract

Decreases Cravings,

Aids Weight Loss ~


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HEALTH TIPS ~

ENJOY THE OUTDOORS.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE ~

Summer may officially be over with the cold months officially beginning, but there’s still time to enjoy the great outdoors before huddling indoors in a comforter. Now more than ever, you need to enjoy the outdoors. Autumn is a perfect time of year to be outdoors - not too hot - not too cold - and the combination of brilliant leaves and autumn spice in the air make it intoxicating. Most people feel rejuvenated when surrounded by nature, and it’s not imagination. Not only is the vitamin D in sunlight linked to reduced depression symptoms, but spending time in nature promotes relaxation and helps us feel removed from the stress of daily life. It’s also considered very beneficial for ageing problems (dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.), as well helping us to improve our physical and mental health, skin health, body fitness and sleeping patterns. Take the kids with you (turn off the electronics), and play (treasure hunts, hikes, picnics, pumpkin picking, camping, Frisbee, cookouts, star-gazing). It’s all out there waiting, so Grab Those Sneakers and Get To It!

WANT BEAUTIFUL SKIN? DRINK WATER!

Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin in shape. It keeps your skin moist - and that makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Water also helps your skin cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins. And it helps with blood flow, keeping your skin glowing. The common advice is to drink eight glasses of water a day, but you may not need exactly that many. The water in fruits, veggies, juices and milk counts toward your total.

The Mind Can Be A Terrible Thing To Waste!

Well...our brains may literally be wasting away with consumption of processed foods and sedentary habits. Whether you’re worried about a family history of dementia or just want to banish brain fog, try a few hints to help you stay sharp: Balance Your Diet with whole foods that benefit the brain and also nourish the body: Green vegetables, olive oil, fatty fish (salmon with Omega-3 Fatty Acids) can help keep the mind sharp. Exercise (with doctor’s okay): Just 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise several times a week could cut your risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by fifty percent (exercise helps increase healthy blood flow to the brain). Build Your Brain by reading and with games: Crosswords, Scrabble, Sudoku - any puzzle that taps your language or math skills even a few minutes a day can leave you sharp and stimulated and boost your brain power and help prevent memory loss! Don’t Smoke at all and Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol (both habits can hurt memory). Keep Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Under Control; they affect brain health. Socialize: Be involved with family and friends; they help ease stress, and being connected helps protect the brain. Don’t Forget Your Vitamins: Antioxidant A, C and E may help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and B-vitamins can help improve memory.


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