The Sweet Flavor In Cinnamon That Burns Up Fat Like Crazy

 

By Heather Callaghan | Natural Blaze

A compound found in cinnamon can burn up fat – scientists think cinnamon may be the secret to losing weight after they studied how the spice interacts with fat cells. Hot cider with cinnamon sticks? Yes, please!

IBT reports

The organic compound that gives cinnamon its flavor, cinnamaldehyde, makes fat cells burn calories to create heat, a process known as thermogenesis. Harnessing the cinnamon ingredient’s power to turn fat into energy could be important in fighting obesity.

A study in the journal Metabolism noted that cinnamaldehyde has previously been shown to have an anti-obesity effect in mice, including in preventing hyperglycemia, which is a high blood sugar level. This research looked deeper into the exact mechanism behind this protective quality in cinnamon.

The team treated mouse and human fat cells with cinnamaldehyde. They found that the compound made the cells from both species express genes and enzymes that were connected to metabolic activity.

Our ancestors didn’t have access to high fat or energy-dense foods all the time so fat storage was a survival trait that could be called upon when times were lean, and especially for when temperatures were frigid. Researchers say that today’s “fat storage has become overkill,” however.

Related Article: Proven Health Benefits of Cinnamon

The the study says [emphasis added] that this new research demonstrates a…

…a mechanistic explanation for the anti-obesity effects of [cinnamaldehyde] observed previously and further supporting its potential metabolic benefits on humans.

Given the wide usage of cinnamon in the food industry, the notion that this popular food additive, instead of a drug, may activate thermogenesis, could ultimately lead to therapeutic strategies against obesity that are much better adhered to by participants.

Jun Wu said in the university statement:

Cinnamon has been part of our diets for thousands of years, and people generally enjoy it. So if it can help protect against obesity, too, it may offer an approach to metabolic health that is easier for patients to adhere to.

Recipe!

Directions: 

In a medium-large mug, pour hot water over tea bags, leaving room for cream. Stir in sweetener, optional add-ins and creamer, and steep 3-5 minutes. Enjoy.

Spice Up Your Life!

When it comes to fat-burning foods – spices top the list! While cinnamon can burn fat in two ways (the other is by affecting insulin), ginger has also been found to positively affect obesity and is studied for that reason alone. Turmeric fights inflammation which may have an effect on weight since inflammation is followed by swelling. Ginger and turmeric are both great for inflammation and keeping blood sugar down (so be mindful when using!).

Related Article: Make Sure to Get the RIGHT Kind of Cinnamon That Improves Memory, Learning, and Reverses Parkinson’s

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How You Can Treat Asthma With Natural Remedies

 

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By Josh Axe | Dr.Axe.com

Asthma is a respiratory illness that causes bronchial muscle spasms, swelling of lung lining, and increased mucus production leading to the inability to breathe.

Generally, it is triggered by exposure to an environmental irritant, stress, or exercise. Some causes include pollution, obesity, infections, allergies, exercise, stress, or hormonal imbalances.

Top Foods For Asthma

Raw fruits and vegetables. These foods will provide important vitamins and minerals in the diet and do not produce mucus.  Citrus fruits are especially beneficial because they contain the phytonutrient quercetin.

Wild-caught fish. Fish contains anti-inflammatory omega-3s which can reduce the severity of asthma attacks.

Garlic and onions. Garlic and onions contain allicin, an antioxidant that may help improve asthma symptoms.

Water. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily to thin mucus and keep you hydrated.

Flaxseed. Flax is high in omega-3s and anti-inflammatory which can reduce the severity of asthma attacks.

Foods That Trigger Asthma

Conventional dairy. Pasteurized dairy is mucus producing and can plug the airways in the lungs.

Sugar. Sugar is pro-inflammatory and mucus producing, so try to avoid any form of concentrated sugar when possible.

Processed foods. Processed foods are generally high in sugar, salt, and low in nutrients. They may also contain toxins that can trigger an asthma attack.

Additives and preservatives. Certain food additives such as food colorings or dyes as well as  preservatives have been linked to an increase in asthma attacks.

Frozen foods. Because of the temperature shock to the digestive system, frozen food such as ice-cream and frozen desserts can constrict blood vessels, leading to an asthma attack.

Top 5 Asthma Natural Remedies

#1 Quercetin (500 mg 2x daily)
Natural antihistamine and anti-allergenic like those found in citrus fruits, has been shown to reduce the severity of exercise-induced asthma.

#2 NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) (200-500mg 2-3x daily)
Helps decrease the severity and frequency of asthma attacks by increasing glutathione and thinning bronchial mucus.

#3 Fish Oil Omega-3 fats (2000 mg daily)
The omega-3 fats in fish oil reduce inflammation and may reduce frequency of asthma attacks.

#4 Vitamin B6 (100-200 mg daily)
People with asthma tend to have low levels of vitamin B6, therefore it is important to supplement.

#5 Magnesium (250 mg 2x daily)
Helps relax smooth muscle tissue and can improve lung function, can help relieve an acute asthma attack.  Excess magnesium can cause diarrhea, so adjust dosage accordingly.

Essential Oils For Asthma

Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils can open up your airways improving bronchial restriction. Diffuse these oils in the air and breathe them in deeply or dilute them with coconut oil and rub onto chest and neck. (Check with your healthcare provider before using eucalyptus oil around children 2 or older.)

Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared!

PLEASE SHARE this with all your friends! We mustn’t keep quiet about the evils about Monsanto!

Share this shocking new report with everyone you know….

A FDA-registered food safety laboratory tested iconic American food for residues of the weed killer glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and found ALARMING amounts.

Just to give you an idea of how outrageous these amounts are, independent research shows that probable harm to human health begins at really low levels of exposure – at only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate. Many foods were found to have over 1,000 times this amount! Well above what regulators throughout the world consider “safe”.

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{See the test results and full report by Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project}. 

Here is why we all should be concerned about eating glyphosate:

  • Independent research links glyphosate to cancer and it has been deemed a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s team of international cancer experts. The childhood cancer rate is steadily rising and experts say that they don’t know why. Why are they not taking a closer look at these facts?
  • Research also indicates that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor, which disrupts hormones and leads to reproductive problems, early onset puberty, obesity, diabetes, and some cancers. When it comes to endocrine disruptors, very small exposures are the most damaging, so “the dose makes the poison” mantra does not apply!
  • Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum antibiotic killing the good bacteria in your gut. Poor gut health is linked to inflammation and a whole host of diseases. As GMOs laced with glyphosate are commonly fed to farm animals, this could very well be contributing to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • It binds with vital nutrients in the soil (like iron, calcium, manganese, zinc) and prevents plants for taking them up. Glyphosate is thereby making food less nutritious!

Why is this weed killer in these foods? Even non-GMO and organic food! 

This chemical has gone so mainstream that glyphosate has infiltrated every facet of our environment – our water, air, soil.

  • Many GMOs were invented to be resistant to glyphosate – and since GMOs have been introduced the use of glyphosate has gone through the roof! It is now the world’s most widely used herbicide.
  • Glyphosate is not just used on GMOs. Conventional (non-organic farmers) use Roundup as a drying agent on crops, such as oats and wheat. It can’t be simply washed off, as it is taken up into the plant itself.
  • As the active ingredient in popular “Roundup” herbicide, millions of people are using this stuff around their homes, and it’s widely used at parks and other public spaces.

So, that is why it’s not just GMO-filled junk food that is laced with glyphosate. It’s contaminating organic and non-GMO foods, and it’s even in our honey! The FDA quietly found it in almost every single sample of honey that they tested (from mass produced to organic mountain honey). The media has been essentially silent and barely anyone heard this news!

Even if you don’t personally eat the specific brands that were tested (I don’t), how many people are eating Cheerios and Ritz Crackers every day? A lot!

How many of your friends and family have their cabinets filled with these foods? These people need to know this information.

There are still thousands of other brands and whole foods that have not been tested for glyphosate residues, so we can’t be so sure that our own organic, non-GMO, and unprocessed food is safe. Americans are effectively being forced to eat this poison until something is done to stop the rampant use of this chemical. Yes, I said poison.

Monsanto doesn’t want the public to know these findings for obvious reasons. They have our regulatory agencies in their back pocket to make sure they can continue to make a hefty profit while poisoning the masses.

While there are now several manufacturers of glyphosate herbicides, Monsanto completely dominates the market and this is a best seller. They are raking in BILLIONS every year and certainly don’t want that to stop. They are clearly, without a doubt, using their prosperity to influence our government regulators. Why else would those entrusted to protect the public from harmful chemicals turn a blind eye to this?

Our public agencies are allowing corporations to poison Americans for profit.

In 2013, the EPA massively increased the industry standard of what is considered a “safe” level of glyphosate on our food, in order to make enormous amounts seem A-OK. Instead of properly regulating, they effectively raised the “safe” level so that no one can blame the industry for poisoning us with unlawful amounts of chemicals. This is corruption at its finest. The EPA has a long and sordid history of doing whatever Monsanto wants and you have to ask yourself why this continues to happen and how we can make it stop.

The EPA continues to pander to Monsanto, as they keep postponing and dragging their feet to evaluate glyphosate’s link to cancer in humans. The industry is fighting tooth and nail to make sure that the EPA “evaluation” will be in their favor and is trying to control who will be on the panel. Why won’t the EPA do their job to make sure that the world’s most widely used herbicide isn’t causing us all to get cancer? Don’t you think this should be a top priority? It’s time for the EPA to put the public health above the corrupt desires of corporations.

When it comes to the FDA, they are not protecting the American public from glyphosate either. After announcing in February that they would FINALLY begin testing foods for glyphosate residues, they just decided to suspend their testing this week. Could it be that Monsanto didn’t like the results they started getting – especially since the FDA found glyphosate in foods that should be especially safe like BABY FOOD? Monsanto will do whatever it takes to keep that story out of the public eye.

Doesn’t the public deserve to know this information? It should be shouted from the rooftops!

It is shameful that the American media has thus far failed to cover this breaking news, but WE HAVE THE POWER to make this information go viral. If you really want to stop the corruption perpetuated by Monsanto and the large chemical companies – this is how we shut them down!

CALL TO ACTION: Share this post with everyone you know. Tweet, share, and email this information to major media outlets and ask them to cover this story. 

Remember the best way to avoid glyphosate is by choosing certified organic foods because it is prohibited on organic crops. Although contamination is a real threat, the levels on organic foods are minimal compared to what’s been found on conventional foods. It’s been shown that people who eat organic foods have less glyphosate and other synthetic pesticides in their system.

The people of this country must be informed and this should be our top priority. Go, Food Babe Army, Go!

From: Heath Nut News

New French Study Reveals Active Compound Used in Food, Tooth Paste and Pharma Products Causes Cancer

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Food additives are substances added to food to preserve flavor or enhance its taste and appearance. Over the years, many health observers have expressed grave concerns about some of these food additives because the chemical compounds from which the additives are obtained have proved dangerous to human health.

There are many studies and commentaries pointing to the fact that food additives are harmful to human health. Although regulatory bodies around the world have largely ignored these concerns, some researchers are still providing glaring evidence. This time, the evidence is overwhelming and cannot be ignored.

Titanium dioxide

A new study by France’s National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) has revealed that an active chemical compound — Titanium dioxide (E171) — used in food and pharmaceutical products, causes cancer. Titanium dioxide is the naturally occurring oxide of titanium, with a chemical formula of TiO 2.

The study was accepted into the journal Nature,  and has sparked a huge concern among health experts in France. The additive E171, or titanium dioxide, is used for whitening of products and is found in sweets, chocolate products, cookies, chewing gum, and food supplements, as well as in pharmaceutical products and toothpaste.

Authors of the study wrote that the results of their study showed for the first time that E171 crosses the intestinal barrier in animals and reaches other parts of the body. The study was sponsored and financed by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) as part of the Nanogut project.

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According to the details of the study, the researchers exposed rats to regular oral doses of titanium dioxide through drinking water for 100 days. The researchers said they later found particles of the chemical compound in their livers.

The researchers also found that chronic oral exposure to the additive spontaneously induced preneoplastic lesions in the colon, a non-malignant stage of carcinogenesis, in 40% of exposed rats.

“While the findings show that the additive plays a role in initiating and promoting the early stages of colorectal carcinogenesis, they cannot be extrapolated to humans or more advanced stages of the disease. These results indicate that E171 both initiates and promotes the early stages of colorectal carcinogenesis in animals. They provide new data for evaluating the risks of the E171 additive in humans,” the authors wrote in the study.

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The IRNA said exposure to titanium dioxide is a concern, especially in children who tend to eat a lot of sweets. The body also said there should be closer scrutiny of the compound to avoid a devastating effect on the health of humans.

Meanwhile, the French government is taking the study very serious. The study was forwarded to the ministers of health, agriculture, and economy for review. After the review, the ministers recommended that ANSES investigate on the compound further.  ANSES has also announced that it would complete the investigation by the end of March 2017.

But as the French government is serious about discovering the full effects of E171 on humans; in the United States, the story is different. The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that E171 should be consumed at levels of no more than one percent of the product’s weight. What is more appalling is information on E171 was last reviewed by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1966.

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This new French study has led to calls by some concerned observers that the United States Food and Drug Administration review its records on the chemical compound. As of writing, the Food and Drug Administration has not responded to the calls or issued a statement.

This attitude by the government agency is nothing new. The United States commonly allows for government agencies to lax their rules in favor of corporations’ profiteering at the expense of the public interest. The agencies work in disguise for the corporations, not the public.


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Think Fast Food Is Bad for You? You’re Right – and the Packaging Is Even Worse! (Study Shows)

 

By April McCarthy | Prevent Disease

Grease-proof packaging has helped make pizzas, burgers, and tacos on-the-go a less messy proposition. However, a new study in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters has found that some fast-food packaging from across the U.S. contains a variety of fluorinated compounds — a few of which have been linked to potential health effects.

Mitigating the problem of pharmaceuticals in drinking water has been an ongoing health issue for decades. But levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals are now officially linked with cancer and other health problems — polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) — exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking-water supplies. Part of those toxic levels comes from waste.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, some studies in humans have suggested that long-chain, per- and PFASs, are associated with developmental problems in children, decreased fertility and an increased cancer risk. In 2000, the U.S. started phasing out some long-chain PFASs, which had commonly been used in a wide range of products to make them stain-resistant or waterproof, for example.

But other countries still produce them, and some manufacturers have replaced them with shorter-chain PFASs or variations of long-chain PFASs. The potential health effects of these smaller compounds are unclear, although preliminary studies have raised concerns. Previous research has shown that substances in food packaging can migrate into food and, when discarded in landfills, could contribute to elevated levels of PFASs in the environment. How much depends on type of PFAS, temperature and other factors.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in early 2016 that it would withdraw its approval for three chemicals used to make grease, stain, and water repelling food packaging and consider banning seven food additives used in both “artificial” and “natural” flavors.

To find out how widely used PFASs are in fast-food packaging, Laurel Schaider of the Silent Spring Institute and her colleagues tested more than 400 paper wrappers, paperboard containers and cups from fast-food restaurants across the U.S. They detected fluorine — an indication of fluorinated compounds — in nearly half of the food contact papers overall and 20 percent of the paperboard containers. Wrappers for Tex-Mex food, desserts and breads were the most likely to contain fluorine.

PFOA is a processing aid for manufacturing fluoropolymers, which are used in the electronics, textiles and automotive industries, to name a few, for their heat, water, oil and stain resistant properties.

A more detailed analysis of a subset of 20 samples found that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a long-chain PFAS currently being phased out in the U.S., was among the packaging compounds. Determining what the findings mean for consumers is difficult, however. The PFASs occurred at a wide range of concentrations, suggesting that some of them were not specifically added to the packaging but came from older, recycled materials or other undetermined sources. The researchers say this could lead to the persistence of some of the compounds, even if phased out, for many years to come.

Drinking tap water contaminated with PFOA is also a serious health risk. The highest measured levels of PFOA in human blood in the US, other than factory exposures, are in people who have consumed PFOA contaminated tap water in West Virginia and Ohio. These people had PFOA levels in their blood 100 times higher than the levels found in the water, and far higher than the average person in the US.

“These compounds are potent immunotoxicants in children and recent work suggests drinking-water safety levels should be much lower than the provisional guidelines established by EPA,” said Elsie Sunderland, senior author of the study and associate professor at both the Harvard Chan School and SEAS.

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