Saturday, March 22, 2014

10 Amazing Benefits Of Guarana For Skin, Hair And Health

Sixth in a series: Ingredients Found in Zeal For Life

Guarana is a climber belonging to the family of Maples and indigenous to Brazil. Known for its coffee-bean sized fruit, this plant comes packed with a deadly 4 to 8% dose of caffeine. A natural source of unleashed energy, it is rich with tannin, xanthanin, theobromine, and theophylline. A very effective dietary supplement, this fruit is available in the form of pills as well as powder. The rich presence of caffeine makes it a sought after ingredient in various sodas, beverages, as well as Guarana energy drinks.
Get to know about the various benefits Guarana has in store for you right here…

Benefits of Guarana

1. Natural Source of Energy:

The caffeine content in Guarana is more than the amount present in coffee beans [4 to 8% as against 1 to 2.5% in coffee beans]. This makes it a wonderful energy booster. A natural stimulant, it prevents fatigue. It also prevents dip in energy levels triggered due to muscle stress.

2. Aids In Weight Loss:

The role of caffeine in promoting weight loss is an established one. Along with this, the fruit is also known to possess appetite-suppressing properties. A tea prepared using Guarana had been used since time immemorial to suppress hunger, paving way for weight loss. Studies also indicate that this fruit prompts nervous system to induce lipolysis, where the fats released into blood is used in the form of energy while exercising. The better the rate of liploysis the more effective weight loss will be.

3. Natural Remedy for Stress:

Also known as the magical fruit, it is known to have calming properties. A cup of tea with this fruit could actually help to ease the stress levels and improve your mood. Caffeine is known to have positive effects on mood, and this increases alertness and feelings of well-being.

4. Better Mental Health:

Along with facilitating better learning capacities, Guarana is also known to aid in improving intellectual performance. You can use it along with Ginseng for an enhanced mental power. This fruit has the potential to improve the blood circulation, thus promoting better mental health. The better the blood circulation levels are, the more relief you will get from your migraine and headaches. (MORE)

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

9 Health Benefits of Green Tea Extract

Fifth in a series: Ingredients Found in Zeal For Life

The Far East has been aware for centuries of the many health benefits associated with green tea extract. These benefits have now been backed by research, as it has been found that green tea extract is rich in polyphenols such as bioflavonoid and antioxidants such as EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate). These fight free radicals present in the body. The antioxidant EGCG found in green tea is more effective in fighting free radicals than vitamins C and E. Here's a look at some of the many health benefits of green tea extract:

1. Assists Weight Loss

The ECGC contained in green tea extract limits the negative effects of a fatty diet and smoking. Consumption of green tea extract enhances the process of thermogenesis and increases the rate of metabolism of fat, without increasing the heart rate. Hence, consuming green tea extract can help you lose weight without jitteriness or feelings of anxiety. When you drink the beverage, it makes you feel full and discourages you from eating. The extract also helps your body burn more calories. All these factors make green tea an essential supplement in your weight loss program.

2. Prevents Tooth Decay

Green tea extract has the ability to destroy plaque-causing bacteria and helps prevent tooth decay.

3. Lowers Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

Green tea extract helps to lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol that's responsible for clotting of blood. The extract helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. It promotes the production of HDL (good) cholesterol that removes the plaque in the arteries and keeps them elastic. This lowers your risks of suffering from heart disease. Persons suffering from hypertension also benefit by consuming green tea extract, because it lowers blood pressure. (MORE)


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Study: Turmeric More Effective Than Prozac At Treating Depression

Fourth in a series: Ingredients Found in Zeal For Life

It’s common knowledge in the natural health world that pharmaceuticals often (if not always) do more harm than good. It’s also clear that foods, herbs, and other natural sources can offer similar benefits without those nasty side effects. Once again, our beliefs have been affirmed by science: A recent study published in Phytotherapy Research says that not only is turmeric effective at treating depression, it may even be more effective than some of the most common anti-depressant drugs currently on the market.
While previous studies have indicated the effectiveness of turmeric (curcumin) in treating serious depression, this study was the first randomized controlled clinical trial of its kind.
Researchers with the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India compared the effects of turmeric and Prozac (fluoxetine), both used together and individually, in 60 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD).

According to, the researchers used the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale to measure their results:
“We observed that curcumin was well tolerated by all the patients. The proportion of responders as measured by the HAM-D17 scale was higher in the combination group (77.8%) than in the fluoxetine [Prozac] (64.7%) and the curcumin (62.5%) groups; however, these data were not statistically significant (P = 0.58). Interestingly, the mean change in HAM-D17 score at the end of six weeks was comparable in all three groups (P = 0.77). This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders.”
 While reading the researchers conclusions indicates one treatment (turmeric) is equally effective as Prozac, it doesn’t account for the negative effects of Prozac, which boost turmeric’s value considerably. Prozac is known to cause “suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders,” frightening side effects that are clearly absent in turmeric use.

n addition to fighting depression, the bright yellow root commonly used in Indian cooking known as turmeric has been found to have numerous health benefits. In addition to this enlightening research on its efficacy in depression treatment, we know it also has value in the treatment of inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and even cancer. If that isn’t enough, it’s also been shown effective in aiding in weight loss and cutting heart disease risk. Plus, it tastes amazing.
Anti-depressant medications are some of the biggest of Big Pharma’s many big money-makers. Equipped with knowledge like the findings of this most recent study, consumers have the potential to undermine their goal of drugging America and the world.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Many Health Benefits Of Moringa Oleifera

Third in a series of ingredients found in Zeal For Life

Moringa oleifera, also called the drumstick tree, is a tree that grows in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India. It is also cultivated throughout Central and South America and Africa due to the ease with which it grows in tropical and sub-tropical environments.

While moringa remains relatively unknown in the West, it has developed a reputation in its native lands for its unusually high nutritional value. Indeed, health researchers have started to give it nicknames such as "The Miracle Tree" and "The Elixir of Long Life" due to its miraculous healing abilities. Let's take a closer look at the health benefits of moringa and see whether these names are justified.

Moringa's health benefits

Antioxidant activity - According to analysis, the powdered leaves of the moringa tree (which is the way most people consume moringa) contains 46 types of antioxidants. One serving, in fact, contains 22 percent of our recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants on Earth, and a whopping 272 percent of our RDI of vitamin A. Antioxidants help to neutralize the devastating impact of free radicals, thereby guarding us from cancer and degenerative diseases such as macular degeneration and cystic fibrosis.

Rich in amino acids - The leaves of the moringa tree contain 18 amino acids, eight of which are essential amino acids, making them a "complete" protein - a rarity in the plant world. Indeed, moringa's protein content rivals that of meat, making it an excellent source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. Protein is, of course, needed to build muscle, cartilage, bones, skin and blood and is also needed to produce enzymes and hormones.

Calcium and magnesium - One serving of moringa leaves provides us with approximately 125 percent of our RDI of calcium and 61 percent of our RDI of magnesium. These two trace minerals work in synergy; while calcium is needed to build strong bones and teeth, we also need magnesium to help us absorb it. Since moringa contains generous quantities of both, it is especially good at guarding us from osteoporosis and other bone conditions.

Extensive nutrient concentrations - Moringa leaves contain 90 different types of nutrients, including four times more calcium than milk, four times more potassium than bananas, four times more vitamin A than carrots, 50 times more vitamin B3 than peanuts, 36 times more magnesium than eggs, and 25 times more iron than spinach. It also includes high amounts of additional nutrients such as dietary fiber, iodine, lutein, zinc, selenium, zeatin and beta-carotene.

Produces a healthy oil - Although moringa is mostly celebrated for its leaves, its seeds also have a worthwhile purpose: the pods contain almost 40 percent of an edible, non-drying oil called "ben oil," which is comparable to olive oil in nutritional and antioxidant value. Ben oil is odorless, sweet-tasting, clear and - most importantly - lasts indefinitely. In fact, moringa leaf powder is also immune from spoiling, making both the tree's oil and leaves excellent survival foods.

Nourishes the skin - Due to their trace mineral content, dried and powdered moringa leaves are great for nourishing the skin. Indeed, more and more cosmetic companies are starting to include moringa extracts in their products for this reason. Moringa creams and lotions can be applied topically on the desired areas, thus allowing the nutrients to soak into, and rejuvenate, the skin.

Regularly consuming moringa leaves has also been linked to lower blood pressure, improved digestion and mood, immune-boosting effects and, thanks to their high fiber levels and low fat and calorie levels, weight loss.

Source: Natural News

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Primary Nurrient In Zeal For Life is Z-Rice

Second in a series of ingredients found in Zeal For Life

Zeal for Life Stabilized rice bran is the new natural health super food! Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice bran contains an amazing number of advanced nutrients and antioxidants which help you maintain your overall health. The nutritional value of zeal for life stabilized rice bran is phenomenally superior to other brans and works with your body naturally for optimal heart healthy benefits.
Studies have shown the presence of over 100 antioxidants & Co-factors in rice bran. Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice bran contains just about all the essential vitamins and minerals you would ever need for natural health maintenance, weight management and instant energy.
Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice bran doesn't stop there – it contains an astounding quantity of other healthy nutrients such as phytosterols, polysaccharides, beta-sitosterol, natural fiber, Vitamin E complex, plus a large complement of B vitamins. Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran also boasts an array of essential vitamins and minerals, gamma oryzanol, plus it is packed full of Omega 3 & Omega 6.

So What Could Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran do for Me?

Well, let's start with Zeal for Life stabilized rice bran's super antioxidants. These are the vital nutrients which fight off free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals cause premature aging and many of the degenerative diseases of old age. Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice bran contains over 100 of these antioxidants & Co-factors to help keep you young, maintain your health and supply your body with its daily nutritional needs.
Now, let's look at all the vitamins, particularly the B vitamins, and the Vitamin E complex which is only found in zeal for life stabilized rice bran, barley and palm oil. The broad-spectrum efficiency of this product is a result of the complex forms of advanced nutrients and antioxidants it contains.
Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice bran is continually being tested and so far it has displayed great promise in the use against a myriad of modern diseases, including arthritis, joint health, peripheral neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and diabetes*. Zeal for Life stabilized rice bran's naturally filling fiber content can also aid as a healthy weight loss supplement in the fight against obesity.
From the most recent Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran Studies, rice bran certainly has earned the accolade of a true natural health super food! Zeal for Life Stabilized rice bran is the single most nutrient rich food source there is.

Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran OR Vitamins?

Taken separately, vitamin supplements are not as immediately available in the body as the vital nutrients & antioxidants are in Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran. This is primarily due to the difference between how vitamins are digested and how zeal for life stabilized rice bran works in your body naturally.
Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran powder is more readily distributed and digested along with its almost immediate availability of nutrients to your body compared to a vitamin pill/capsule.
This is called Bioavailability and refers to the availability of a nutrient(s) to the body. Nutrients that are bioavailable are readily absorbed into your system, digested and distributed to the various parts of the body where they are required to support good health.
Which means that Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran can be more efficient, with less waste, in its distribution of vital nutrients and antioxidants than vitamins.

Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran Health Benefits:

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Zero Cholesterol
Zero Trans Fat
Superior Health Maintenance
Low-glycemic Food Ingredient
Great Weight Loss Management
Helps Maintain Energy Levels
Support Immune Defenses
Maintain Healthy Cholesterol
Supports Heart Health
Helps Burn Fat

Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran In Your Diet:

Vital Nutrients
Full Amino Acid Profile
Quality Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Potent Antioxidants including:
Alpha-lipoic Acid
Ferulic Acid
IP6 (Inositol hexaphosphate)

Terrific source of Vitamin E Complex
Natural source of B-complex vitamins
Soluble & Insoluble Fiber
Minerals & Trace Minerals
Beneficial amounts of Magnesium, Manganese & Potassium
Hypoallergenic Protein

Where Has Stabilized Rice Bran Been all my Life?

Thrown away, is the sad answer to that, or used for things other than supplying nutiritional supplements and nourishing people. Stabilized rice bran is one of, if not the, biggest squandered food resource in the world. Rice bran is the brown part of the rice kernel, the part which is discarded to make the white rice that most of us consume. All around the world rice bran has been used for burning as fuel and/or dug back into the soil.

I Eat Rice – Don't I get my Rice Bran that Way?
Sorry, but no. Eating brown rice might give you more fiber. The bad news is that most of the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals plus the potent antioxidants found in rice bran are denatured during processing. Rice bran

products are whole foods in themselves. This is basically concentrated brown rice, without all the white carbohydrate eaten with a rice-based meal.

What Does Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran Mean?

The problem with rice is that the brown part (the bran) contains oil which is very prone to rancidity, occurring within a few hours. The stabilization process denatures the lipase in the rice bran. Some of these processes are proprietary and patented due to the huge potential of zeal for life stabilized rice bran as a product. There is an enzyme found in rice bran that causes the fat to spoil, and the stabilization deactivates this. This process gives stabilized rice bran a shelf life of at least 1 year guaranteed. This enables it to be made into powdered drinks and other derivative stabilized rice bran products that can be shipped around the world and used as nutritional health and dietary supplements.

Try Zeal for Life Stabilized Rice Bran – The New Super Food today at Zeal for Life Wellness Formula and you will enjoy this complete nutrient rich food source that helps you enhance and maintain your overall health, along with providing instant energy for your whole day.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Grape Seed Extract Outperforms Chemo in Killing Advanced Cancer Cells

First in a series of articles featuring Nutrients in Zeal For Life...

Patients with colorectal cancer may benefit from the cancer-growth-inhibiting power of grape seed extract. Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center report that the more aggressive the cancer cells are, the more effective the grape extract works at targeting and stopping the growth. Grape seed extract is amazing in that it attacks the cancer cells but leaves the healthy cells untouched. This is a departure from conventional cancer treatments that destroy all of the cells in an attempt to stop the spread of cancer. 

Actually, the power of grape seed extract seems quite remarkable in this research, which was published in the journal Cancer Letters. Molly Derry, a doctoral candidate in the lab of Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, and investigator at the CU Cancer Center and her team saw that while doses of chemotherapy only increase with more severe cancer cases, such as a stage IV instead of stage II, the amount of grape seed extract required actually decreased. 

Derry explained: 

“It required less than half the concentration of GSE to suppress cell growth and kill 50 percent of stage IV cells than it did to achieve similar results in the stage II cells.”

“We’ve known for quite a while that the bioactive compounds in grape seed extract selectively target many types of cancer cells. This study shows that many of the same mutations that allow colorectal cancer cells to metastasize and survive traditional therapies make them especially sensitive to treatment with GSE.”

Amazing Grapes 

One of many berry types, grapes were introduced to America over 300 years ago. There are over 8,000 grape varieties with the main types being American and European. With only 100 calories per cup, grapes are a great source of vitamins K and C and are loaded with antioxidants. (MORE)

Source: Underground Health

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014