grape seed extract

  1. RevitalizeQ Plus harnesses the anti-aging power of resveratrol

    Feel young again with the "other" CoQ10

    I think of coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) as the Rodney Dangerfield of nutrients. It gets no respect. In fact, despite being one of the most recognizable nutrients, CoQ10 gets the prize for also being one of the most neglected.

    Much to my surprise, I find that very few people I run into have even bothered to add this important supplement to their routine. And this is true despite the fact that most of them can rattle off at least a few of its potential benefits.

    Even worse, I find that the majority of those who are taking CoQ10 aren't getting the right kind. So while they think they're doing everything they can to help protect their heart and fight aging, they could actually be missing out on some of the most powerful benefits the enzyme has to offer.

    Now don't get me wrong. If you're already taking any form of CoQ10 you should give yourself a pat on the back. You're automatically light-years ahead of most people I meet. After all, supplementing a nutrient that fights free radicals...and helps convert carbs and fat into the vital energy your body needs... is always going to be a good choice.

    And when you add in the potential healthy cholesterol, healthy blood pressure, and energy-boosting benefits that the enzyme brings with it, it's clear that CoQ10 is a winner. But, I bet you didn't know that the form of CoQ10 you're taking can make all the difference in the world.

    The CoQ10 you don't know

    The CoQ10 that most people get from their local health food store or online is called "ubiquinone." And ubiquinone is great! In fact, this form of CoQ10 is the raw material your body needs to power up your heart and brain. It supports your cells from the inside.

    But your body can't fully use ubiquinone in its "raw" form. Instead, it has to first convert it into the bioavailable ubiquinol version of CoQ10. This is the form that travels around your body and is able to cross into your cells when your body needs it.

    So, in other words, to assure that your body can get all of the revitalizing benefits that CoQ10 has to offer, you need both forms of the enzyme...ubiquinone and ubiquinol...working together.

    Feel younger and revitalized

    Don't worry if you've never heard of this other form of CoQ10 before. Most people haven't. But that's why my friend and colleague Dr. Mark Stengler...from our affiliate company Dr. Mark Stengler's Health Products... is leading the charge to get the word out about the importance of taking both forms of the enzyme. And now he's made it super-easy to do just that.

    Dr. Stengler has created a unique blend of ubiquinone and bioavailable ubiquinol called RevitalizeQ Plus. This is the same powerful combination that he's been offering his own patients for years.

    But Dr. Stengler didn't stop there; he's also included the superstar "red wine" antioxidant resveratrol. This powerful longevity-triggering substance has been found to promote heart health, brain function, and circulation...making it the perfect partner for CoQ10. Then he rounded out his unique formula with the potent age-fighting antioxidant power of grape seed extract.

    To learn more about RevitalizeQ Plus...and to find out how this exceptional formula could be the key to making you feel "young again"...click here.

  2. Will drinking white wine help shrink your pant size?

    By now, most of us have heard about the cardiovascular benefits of drinking red wine. But white wines—like Chardonnay—have always taken a backseat to their healthier counterparts. Until now, that is.

    Actually, drinking a glass of Chardonnay isn’t going to do much for your overall health. But eating the seeds from the Chardonnay grape just might.

    Let me explain…

    Chardonnay grape seeds contain powerful polyphenols. These substances basically patrol your body, zapping any free radicals they find. Free radicals are harmful molecules that can cause disease, especially cancer, in the body. (In January 15, 2009’s Guide to Good Health, we discussed how grape seed extract can zap 76 percent of leukemia cells literally overnight. To read that article, simply visit this link: http://www.northstarnutritionals.com/article_list.php?docs_id=91.)

    Naturally boost your metabolism

    Turns out the polyphenols in Chardonnay grape seeds may also help the body regulate its metabolism, even prevent obesity.

    In recent lab testing, scientists at the University of Montpellier wanted to see if grape seed extract could prevent weight gain in hamsters. Test subjects were divided into three groups:

    1. Subjects fed a normal diet
    2. Subjects fed a high-fat diet
    3. Subjects fed a high-fat diet but supplemented with the grape seed extract

    Not surprisingly, after 12 weeks the test subjects fed a normal diet maintained a healthy weight. Subjects on the high-fat diet gained abdominal fat. These hamsters also experienced spikes in blood sugar, triglycerides, insulin and insulin resistance.

    And what about the grape seed group? Could they keep off the fat?

    The grape seed group did keep off the fat! Despite receiving a high-fat diet, they did not increase their abdominal fat.

    So, how did they eat more fat without gaining, you ask?

    It appears that Chardonnay grape seeds somehow “turned off” the body’s “switch” to retain fat. In fact, the high-fat/grape seed hamsters had 61 percent more adiponectin in their blood than their high-fat alone counterparts. Adiponectin is inversely related to body fat. The more adiponectin your body produces, the less fat you collect.

    Plus, the news just kept getting better for the grape seed group. They experienced improvements in several key markers of good health.

    Insulinemia (abnormally high insulin in the blood) decreased by 16.5 percent in the high-fat/grape seed group. Leptinemia (a marker for diabetes) decreased by 45 percent. The researchers also noted lowered glycemia and insulin resistance values among the high-fat/grape seed group.

    Lastly, the high-fat/grape seed group experienced significant drops in two measures of oxidative stress. (Oxidative stress contributes directly to the formation of free radicals in the body.)

    But as an antioxidant, the grape seed extract seems to counteract oxidative stress in the test subjects. Production of NAD(P)H dropped by 30 percent and superoxide anion dropped by a whopping 74 percent.

    This is good news, as unchecked oxidative stress has been linked to everything from premature aging to cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

    Stay the course

    Now—I’m not saying that this study gives you carte blanche to eat a high fat-diet. From my point of view, it’s just another tool to put into your toolbox if you’re concerned about maintaining a healthy weight.

    And remember—so far it’s only been shown to work on hamsters. Scientists have a long way to go before proving this stuff works on you and me. But if you want to give it a try (under the care of a naturopath, of course), I would recommend taking 200 mg per day. It’s pretty easy (and cheap) to find.

    If you want to shrink your pant size, give some grape seed extract a try. Not only is it a great antioxidant, it just may help you lose a pound or two.

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