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Finnish Researchers Say Eating High Cholesterol Foods Won't Increase Heart Disease Risk



That headline has got to grab you. It's rather shocking to me, too. But research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that eating high cholesterol foods isn't necessarily dangerous to the heart. Let's take a look at this new study to find out what's going on.

A team of Finnish researchers led by Jyrki K Virtanen investigated associations between consumption of eggs and cholesterol and carotid artery thickness and coronary heart disease (CAD).

To accomplish this task they recruited 1032 middle aged men aged 42–60 who participated in the prospective, population-based Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. 

Virtanen et al followed the men for approximately 21 years, collecting information about their dietary habits via questionnaires. During the course of study, 230 men developed coronary artery disease. Interestingly, however, consumption of eggs was not associated with CAD incidents.

The researchers also noted that nearly 1/3 of the men (32.5%) carried the ApoE4 gene. Apolipoprotein E gene (APOE)  is a gene that tells the body to manufacture lipoproteins. Lipoproteins are important for maintaining cellular integrity. Unfortunately, a variant of that gene - ApoE4 - is associated with increased risk for atherosclerosis. In other words, people who carry the ApoE4 gene are at greater risk for heart disease and cognitive impairment than people who carry the normal APOE gene. But Virtanen's team found that eating cholesterol rich foods had no effect on coronary artery disease regardless of whether or not the men carried the ApoE4 !  Nor did they find an association between high cholesterol and carotid artery thickness. No association whatsoever. That's very interesting.

The reason all of this is so interesting is that it goes against what medical science has commonly said about high cholesterol. We already know that cholesterol is a building block for steroid hormones and has many other uses in the human body. But high cholesterol increases the risk for low density lipoproteins (LDL) which is the stuff that clogs up arteries, preventing blood from circulating, which can result in death.

Yet, Virtanen et al did not find any link between eggs, cholesterol and CAD risk. Considering how much cholesterol Westerners consume each day, this might cause a lot of men to conclude that eating high cholesterol foods is all right. Perhaps so, but I would think that we should put this into context.

Although consumption of high cholesterol foods may not be linked to coronary artery disease, the general population tends to eat too much and exercise too little. Put simply, just because one study says that high cholesterol may not put you at greater risk for heart disease, folks shouldn't ignore the fact that poor diet and sedentary lifestyle are very bad for your heart.


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Article References

Virtanen JK, Mursu J, Virtanen HE, Fogelholm M, Salonen JT, Koskinen TT, Voutilainen S, & Tuomainen TP (2016). Associations of egg and cholesterol intakes with carotid intima-media thickness and risk of incident coronary artery disease according to apolipoprotein E phenotype in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. The American journal of clinical nutrition PMID: 26864369

Corder EH, Saunders AM, Strittmatter WJ, Schmechel DE, Gaskell PC, Small GW, Roses AD, Haines JL, & Pericak-Vance MA (1993). Gene dose of apolipoprotein E type 4 allele and the risk of Alzheimer's disease in late onset families. Science (New York, N.Y.), 261 (5123), 921-3 PMID: 8346443

Mahley RW (1988). Apolipoprotein E: cholesterol transport protein with expanding role in cell biology. Science (New York, N.Y.), 240 (4852), 622-30 PMID: 3283935

Farlow MR, He Y, Tekin S, Xu J, Lane R, Charles HC. Impact of APOE in mild cognitive impairment. Neurology. 2004;63(10):1898-901.


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Maytag Dairy Farms Expands Voluntary Recall Of Blue Cheese Products Due To Possible Listeria Health Risk



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Maytag Dairy Farms says that it is expanding its voluntary recall of “Maytag Blue” blue cheese wedges, wheels and crumbles because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

The company says the expanded recall is of 35 lots of 1, 4 and 8 oz. wedges and 2 and 4 lb. wheels; and 43 batches of 8 oz. crumbles and 5 lb. crumbles. This includes the 5 lots and 15 recalled batches which were announced by the company on February 19, 2016 and are noted in the tables below.

Products Lot #s
Wedges or wheels (all sizes) 150479, 150480, 150481, 150482, 150483, 150484, 150485, 150486, 150488, 150489, 150492, 150493, 150495, 150498, 150499, 150500, 150501, 150506, 150508, 150509, 150514, 150515, 150516, 150517, 150518, 150532, 150533, 150534, 150535, 150538, 150539, 150648, 150649, 150650, 150651
Product Batch #s
Crumbles (both sizes) 950804, 960020, 950805, 960037, 950806, 960040, 950807, 960041, 950808, 960049, 950809, 960054, 950813, 960069, 950818, 960070, 950825, 960071, 960072, 950830, 960073, 950848, 950826, 950849, 960053, 950851, 960067, 950853, 960068, 950855, 950856, 950858, 950859, 960001, 960002, 960004, 960025, 960034, 960036, 960051, 960055, 960065, 960066

Maytag Dairy Farms says the lot number or batch number appears on the side or the bottom of the product.

The affected product listed above was sold nationwide through wholesalers, retail stores, distributors, restaurants and direct mail order between November 24, 2015 and February 11, 2016. 

The company says there have been no reported illnesses in connection with this issue.

Maytag Dairy Farms says the problem was discovered after routine testing by the State of Iowa revealed the potential for L. monocytogenes contamination.

Maytag Dairy Farms has voluntarily suspended production and distribution as it works with the Food and Drug Administration and the State of Iowa to determine the cause of the problem.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, frail persons and young children. It can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages among pregnant women.

Healthy people who become infected with the bacteria may experience the following symptoms:

  • nausea
  • stiffness
  • severe headache
  • high fever
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain

"We apologize for any temporary inconvenience or concern that our voluntary recall is causing our customers and the families who have enjoyed our products for generations. To learn more and for updates, please visit ." Maytag Dairy Farms posted on the FDA website.

The company urges consumers who bought the recalled dairy products to throw them away immediately. The company says customers can call Maytag Dairy Farms at 800-247-2458 FREE or 641-791-2010 Monday – Friday 9AM-5PM CST to arrange for a refund and return of the product.


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Company Announcement posted on FDA website


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Sally Sherman Foods Firm Recalls Chicken Salad Products Because Of Possible Listeria Contamination



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Sally Sherman Foods, an establishment in Mount Vernon, New York is recalling approximately 3,004 pounds of various chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Spa Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt,” with a packaging date of Feb. 2, 9, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-026, N-096, N-114, N-184.
  • 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Chicken Salad All White Meat,” with a packaging date of Feb. 2, 4, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-026, N-044, N-114, N184.
  • 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Deluxe Chicken Salad All White Meat,” with a packaging date of Feb. 4, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-044, N-114, N184.
  • 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Farmcrest Chicken Salad,” with a packaging date of Feb. 2, 4, 9, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-184, N-114, N-026, N-044, N-096.
  • 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad,” with a packaging date of Feb. 4, 9, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of, N-044, N-096 N-114, and N-184.

The USDA says the products were produced on various dates between Feb. 2-18, 2016 and bear establishment number “P-4400” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

The recalled items were shipped to distributors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and Maryland.

People who consume these products risk serious or life-threatening illness.

Listeria monocytogenes can serious health problems in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and young children. The bacteria can also cause premature delivery, infection of the newborn, miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Health adults who become infected with listeria may experience the following symptoms:

  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • fever
  • stiff neck
  • confusion
  • loss of balance
  • diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms
  • convulsions

"Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food." government officials said.

According to the USDA, the problem was discovered as a result of in-plant sampling of the products which confirmed positive for L. monocytogenes.

Neither the FSIS nor the company have received reports of illness due to consumption of these recalled products.

The FSIS urges people who bought the recalled chicken salad products to not eat them, they recommend that consumers throw the recalled products away or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Thomas Recine, President of Sally Sherman Foods, at (914)-664-6262.


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Lipari Foods Issues Voluntary Recall Of Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Bean Products Due to Undeclared Almonds



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Lipari Foods, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of dark chocolate covered coffee beans packaged by their sister company JLM because of an undeclared allergen of tree nuts (almonds). 

People whom are allergic or sensitive to almonds risk a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat this product. The recalled product is safe to be eaten by people whom are not allergic or sensitive to almonds.

The company says the products were distributed to retail stores throughout Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee,West Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin.

The affected product can be identified by the following information:


Product Lipari Product # Lot # Weight Best By Date UPC
Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans (Angeli Foods, Harding's Markets, Goosberries Fresh Food Market, Martha's Vineyard, Hollywood Market, Daniels Foods, Snook's Butcher Shoppe, Martin's, Holiday Market, The Purple Onion, Remke Market) 510526 22201512 12oz Tubs 12/21/16 094776131761
Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans (Generic) 477308 22201512 12oz Tubs 12/21/16 094776131761

The recalled products were distributed under the following brand names:

  • Angeli Foods
  • Harding's Markets
  • Goosberries Fresh Food Market
  • Martha's Vineyard
  • Hollywood Market
  • Daniels Foods
  • Snook's Butcher Shoppe
  • Martin's
  • Holiday Market
  • The Purple Onion
  • Remke Market

The company says the product was also distributed as generic product without branding.

Lipari Foods says there have been no reports of illnesses connected with this product.

The company posted a statement on the FDA website saying:"This was brought to our attention by our sister company, JLM who discovered that dark chocolate almonds were unintentionally mixed in with the dark chocolate covered coffee beans during packaging of private label products. As a precaution, Lipari Foods private label and non-branded products are being recalled as they have the potential to be contaminated. We are working closely with the FDA to ensure that all affected product has been pulled from commerce."

Lipari Foods urges people who bought the recalled items to not eat them. They ask that consumers return the product to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions should call Customer Service at 800-729-3354 FREE, 8:15 am - 4:30 pm, EST, Monday through Friday.


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Do You Know What Is a Good Serving Size? Correcting Portion Distortion.


Lynda Enright

The million dollar question: What is the solution to the obesity epidemic?

If there were just one answer it would be a simpler problem to address. But unfortunately, there are many components to a lifestyle that promotes overweight and obesity. Most certainly serving size is one of the factors to consider.

How portions have grown

The standard sizes we are served today have grown dramatically. The average portion size today is 4 times that of foods in the 1950's. Consider a cola used to come in an 8 oz. bottle and today 24 oz. or greater is the norm. What do you expect when you bake or purchase a muffin? A couple inches in diameter or one that barely fits in the palm of your hand?

Portion size of virtually all foods we consume have grown and simply put: bigger size = more calories. Even a slight increase in size may add 100-150 calories to your meal. Consider 100 calories extra per meal, 3 meals per day, 365 days per year. If we use the estimate that 3,500 calories = 1 lb. of fat, in one year that extra 100 calories per meal equates to over 30 lbs. of weight gain.

Why are American's waistlines growing? Reducing portion size will help!

Making change easier

There is certainly psychology around how we feel when served a meal. I have heard many people praise the large portions served at a restaurant for the great value received. And on the flip side, complaints about the tiny portions served at a more upscale restaurant.

There are simple things you can do to reduce the size of the portions you consume without feeling any pain from doing so. Try some of these strategies to make a dent in the size of your intake.

1. Eat off smaller plates and bowls.
2. Drink out of tall, skinny glasses rather than short fat glasses.
3. Serve out of smaller bowls.
4. Buy smaller packages at the store.
5. Serve food in the kitchen rather than "family-style" at the table.
6. Package half your restaurant meal to take home before beginning to eat or split a meal with a friend.

What is the right portion for you?

Knowing how much food you should consume to maintain or lose weight is the first step to getting on the right track. Take a look at what one serving equals to see how well you are doing.

One serving equals:

â ¬ Fruit: cup chopped, 1 small piece
â ¬ Vegetable: cup cooked, 1 cup raw or leafy
â ¬ Meat/Protein: 1 oz. lean meat, 1 egg, cup cooked dried beans
â ¬ Grain: 1 slice bread, cup pasta, 1/3 cup rice, - cup cereal
â ¬ Dairy: 1 cup, 6 oz. yogurt, 2 oz. low-fat cheese
â ¬ Fat: 1 tsp. oil, 1 TB peanut butter, oz. nuts

What does one serving look like?

â ¬ cup = golf ball
â ¬ cup = tennis ball
â ¬ 1 cup = small fist
â ¬ 1 oz. = one handful or matchbox
â ¬ 4 oz. fish fillet = eyeglass case
â ¬ 3 oz. portion of cooked meat = deck of playing cards
â ¬ 1 teaspoon = quarter or tip of thumb, 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
â ¬ 8 fl. oz. = 1 cup

How much do you need?

Now that you have a picture of what one serving looks like, how do you know how many servings you should have each day? Every person is different. Calorie needs depend on body weight, muscle mass, and activity level. Food choices will affect each person differently. You can get a general idea by using the information below:


Fruits: 1-1.5 cups
Vegetables: 1.5-2.5 cups
Grains: 4-5 oz.
Meat & Protein: 5-6 oz.
Dairy: 2-3 cups
Fats & Oils: 5 tsp.
Other Calories: 150-200 calories

Teen Girls & Women

Fruits: 2 cups
Vegetables: 2.5-3 cups
Grains: 5-6 oz.
Meat & Protein: 6-7 oz.
Dairy: 3 cups
Fats & Oils: 6 tsp.
Other Calories: 250-300 calories

Teen Boys & Men

Fruits: 2-2.5 cups
Vegetables: 3-3.5 cups
Grains: 7-9 oz.
Meat & Protein: 7-8 oz.
Dairy: 3 cups
Fats & Oils: 8 tsp.
Other Calories: 400-425 calories

Lynda Enright, MS, RD, CLT is certified as a Wellness Coach and LEAP Therapist who partners with women who want to look and feel amazing by helping them lose weight and reduce inflammation which can cause fatigue, bloating, acid reflux, congestion, brain fog or achy joints. For FREE tips on how to lose weight and keep it off, visit

Tips to Enhance Your Metabolism


Kya Grace

Metabolism, an assortment of chemical reactions taking place in the body's cell structures, is an essential process that converts the food consumed into energy required to perform various activities. This can include moving, thinking and growing as well as responding to the surrounding environment. There are specific types of proteins within the body that control the chemical reactions associated with metabolism. Every chemical reaction is coordinated with several functions in the body, and the body further regulates all the metabolic reactions to maintain healthy cell mechanism. And, there are different ways in which you can enhance and sustain an ideal metabolic rate in your body for a healthier life.

Essential Tips to Improve the Body's Metabolic Rate:

§ Drinking a lot of water is the first and most significant factor that contributes to enhancing metabolism in your body. Your daily water intake should be at least 8 - 10 glasses, which can be increased gradually. Along with flushing out toxins and fat from the body, drinking more water naturally increases your metabolic rate.

§ Consuming more protein and fiber promotes the metabolic activity in the body, in addition to providing other health benefits. Adding more protein to your diet will help you build on your muscular strength as well. Similarly, fiber-based foods, considered as very beneficial for the digestive system, are harder for your body to process. This will result in marginally increasing the rate of metabolism as your body will take time to burn these calories.

§ You can also consider enrolling into any of the fitness boot camp programs initiated by expert personal trainers. These are intense and tough workout sessions that include specific activities like aggressive physical training, which elevate the metabolic rate in the body.

§ Further, your daily calorie intake should include 10 percent of sugar and carbohydrates. Consuming foods with rich complex carbohydrate content is a good technique to increase the metabolic rate.

§ Do not starve by missing out on your meals, specifically if you are attempting to lose weight, as it certainly slows down metabolism. Eating small meals at regular intervals, preferably every two hours contributes to maintaining a steady metabolic activity in the body.

§ Cut down on consuming foods with high fat content. The calorie count of fats should be equal to 25 percent of the total calories consumed in a day, of which less than 10 percent must come from foods containing saturated fats.

§ Another best method to increase metabolism is by following a regular exercise regime. One of the easiest ways is to incorporate a daily walking routine of 30 to 40 minutes, which helps in burning out extra calories and improving the body's metabolic rate.

§ Also avoid dependence on artificial medication or herbal products to increase your energy levels or metabolism. Instead, enrich your diet with healthy and nutritious foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, salads and bread.

Exercising right and eating right not only boost up your energy levels, but also make you much healthier. Always remember that your weight depends on the rate of metabolism occurring in your body. People with high metabolic rate weigh less when compared to obese persons, whose metabolic rate is comparatively lower.

Kya Grace is a Sydney boot camp expert. If you would like to sign up for a Coogee Boot Camp or a $1 two-week Boot Camp Sydney trial, visit Boot Camps in Sydney.

Fresh Creative Foods Recalls H-E-B Tartar Sauce Due To Undeclared Allergen



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Fresh Creative Foods is recalling 8oz containers of H-E-B Tartar Sauce because the product contains undeclared fish (anchovy) allergen. The company says some of the plastic tubs have the correctly labeled Cocktail Sauce lid with a container labeled as Tartar Sauce when the actual contents are in fact Cocktail Sauce. 

Fresh Creative Foods says the recalled product was distributed in H-E-B stores in Texas, and would have been purchased from an H-E-B Seafood Department in a clear 8 oz. container and lid with a "use by" date of 04/19/2016 on the bottom and a UPC of 41220 33244 on the side. 

People whom are allergic to anchovies risk serious or life-threatening injury if they eat this product.

The company says the problem was discovered during routine restocking. They say there haven't been any reports of consumer complaints or adverse reactions associated with eating the recalled product.

The company urges consumers to return the recalled product returned to any H-E-B store for a full refund. Customers with concerns or questions can contact H-E-B Customer Relations at 210-938-8357 or 1-800-432-3113 FREE Monday through Friday between the hours of 8AM and 5PM CT.


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Nutri Testo May Boost Your Strength And Vitality ADVERTISEMENT

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If we are blessed by God to live a long life, we are very likely to encounter some of its downsides - decreased energy and vitality. Much of this is caused by gradually declining levels of testosterone, a hormone which promotes strength, muscle growth, fat loss, alertness and sexual drive.

But the aging body doesn't necessarily have to undergo such hormonal changes. Scientific research points to a natural supplement that may help the body lower cortisol levels and stimulate testosterone production, promote healthy sleep and thereby restore the strength and energy that many folks gradually lose over the course of their lives. That groundbreaking research is the focus of this article.


Cortisol - What Is It?

Cortisol, commonly known as the "stress hormone", is produced by the adrenal gland; it functions primarily to:

  • metabolize fat
  • metabolize protein
  • metabolize carbohydrates
  • increase blood sugar
  • suppress the immune system
  • decrease bone formation

Although there are times when the body needs cortisol e.g. in response to stressful situations such as imminent danger, the everyday stresses of modern life cause many people to produce excess cortisol. Over the course of many years this can lead to problems such as obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus type 2 and metabolic syndrome. Stress can also lead to difficulty concentrating, getting a good night's sleep and poor mood. Later, I'll discuss how cortisol levels may be lowered safely.


Testosterone - What Is It?

Testosterone is a steroid hormone secreted by the male testes, female ovaries and adrenal glands of both sexes. Testosterone acts primarily as a sex hormone in human males; it is secreted at puberty and continues throughout adult life. The hormone functions to:

  • increase muscle tone
  • increase bone mass
  • distribute fat
  • deepen the voice
  • increases growth of body hair
  • promote mental alertness
  • develop the testes
  • develop the prostate

In human females testosterone is secreted by the ovaries and acts to:

  • increase muscle tone
  • increase bone mass
  • distribute fat
  • promote mental alertness

Testosterone is so essential to the normal functioning of the human body that decreased levels of the hormone can have adverse effects on quality of life.  Therefore, I'm going to devote the next section to discussing some of the problems associated with low testosterone.

Decreased Testosterone - What Happens To The Human Body?

Testosterone acts to promote strength, alertness and sex drive; thus declining levels of the hormone will lead to lower sex drive, loss of muscle mass and weight gain.

Studies show a relationship between low testosterone and dementia1,2,3. The evidence points to a link between low free testosterone and increased risk of Alzheimer's Disease in elderly men1,2,3.

Science also points to low testosterone as the culprit in decreased sex drive, weight gain and depression in elderly adults4,5.

As you can see, low testosterone is unhealthy. How the body reaches such a state is what I'm going to talk about in the next section.


Why Does Testosterone Decrease As We Get Older?

Testosterone levels gradually decrease with age5. This happens because free testosterone binds to a molecule called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). This rather large protein molecule is secreted by the liver where it circulates in the bloodstream. When SHBG comes into contact with testosterone and estrogen (a female sex steroid hormone), it binds to the steroids thereby rendering them unavailable for use.

Because SHBG is a naturally occurring biomolecule, it would stand to reason that circulating levels would be affected by other biochemicals.

Indeed it is. SHBG is sensitive to insulin, Tumor Necrosis Factor - alpha (TNF-alpha), growth hormone and various cytokines. All of the above can decrease circulating SHBG.

But is SHBG only affected by the aforementioned biomolecules - or more to the point - is there any way for the human body to boost its production of natural testosterone?

The answer is yes, and I'm going to discuss it in the next section.


LJ100® May Promote Physical and Mental Fitness - Clinical Trial Results

Okay. I've spent much time discussing some of the effects that stress and aging can have on the human body.

Now it's time to look at some natural ways to lower cortisol levels, boost the level of free testosterone, and promotion of the anabolic state which can help the body burn fat more efficiently.

It should come as no surprise that athletes and other people whom are in good physical shape tend to be physically stronger than people who do not exercise regularly. The reason for this is testosterone.

Weight training promotes testosterone production which leads to increased muscle growth and muscle tone. So a person who consistently maintains an intense strength training regimen throughout life will be more likely to stave off declining levels of testosterone.

But intense weight training is not suitable for everyone. How are those folks ever to become stronger and burn body fat?

Numerous scientific disciplines have devoted much time to the study of longevity and vitality. In recent years, some investigators learned that a naturally occurring plant may also help the body to produce testosterone. That plant is Erycoma longifolia, which the native people of Malaysia locally refer to as "Tongkat Ali" 6. For many years the natives of that Asian country used E. longifolia to promote sexual virility. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Malaysia have learned that Tongkat Ali has many interesting properties which were subsequently extracted for the promotion of good health. This extract is known as LJ100® and has many remarkable uses including:

  1. Help with maintenance of the anabolic state.
  2. Stimulation of physical and mental energy.
  3. Boosting of sports performance.
  4. Enhancement of sports performance through improvement of energy levels, increasing muscular force, strength, and arm circumferences, raising free testosterone while keeping cortisol levels low, increasing free fat mass, and increasing didehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
  5. Assists in sustaining health weight.
  6. Improvement of sleep quality.
  7. Helps the body feel less with fatigued.
  8. Encouragement of healthy cortisol levels and healthy hormone balance.
  9. Promotion of androgen (sex steroid hormone) synthesis.
  10. Encouragement of hormonal health and over-all well being.
  11. Improvement of post-partum women's state of mind.
  12. Acting as a restorative to facilitate to adapt to and counter the changes in mood and reduction of energy that often accompanies aging.
  13. Boosting of healthy alpha pheromones, the biochemicals that are necessary for sexual communication, psychological health and behavior.
  14. Enhancement of libido and sexual function.
  15. Help with the maintenance of normal free testosterone levels in men.

As I discussed in the first section, stress often accompanies aging. With it, we tend to become crankier, less energetic, and overweight. The process often begins in our early twenties and progressively worsens over time.

LJ100® has been clinically shown to lower cortisol levels in men and women. In a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition7, scientists assigned 32 men and 31 women with moderate stress to a LJ100® group or a placebo group for four weeks; the LJ100® group took 200 mg of the health supplement on a daily basis, others took placebo.

At the end of four weeks, scientists noted the LJ100® group had reduced tension (-11 %), confusion (-15 %) and anger (-12 %) compared to participants in the placebo group. The LJ100® group also demonstrated Stress Hormone Profile (salivary cortisol and testosterone) improvements, with reduced cortisol (−16%) and increased testosterone (+37%).

The research team concluded :"These results indicate LJ100® has potential for restoring hormone balance (cortisol/testosterone) and enhancing psychological mood state in people exposed to aging, dieting, exercise strain and other stressors."

LJ100® can also promote sexual health. As men and women age, it is not uncommon for them to experience some difficulties pleasing their spouses. Even married couples may feel some frustration when husband and wife can't satisfy one another as they had in the early years of their marriage.

In a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 26 men with mild erectile dysfunction were given 200mg of LJ100® or a placebo for 12 weeks8. The LJ100® group demonstrated statistically higher scores than the placebo group in these endpoints: Erection Hardness Scale score improved by 39%, Aging Males’ Symptoms (AMS) scores improved by 24%, and Sexual Health Inventory for Men improved by 26%. These results suggest LJ100®, as a daily supplement, can improve sexual performance and satisfaction. The latter, when achieved, can also elevate quality of life.

That would be good news to husbands who wish to maintain the sexual spark they enjoyed with their wives during the earlier years of their marriages.

At this point some people maybe wondering if LJ100® is safe. I'm going to discuss that in the next section.


LJ100 - Is It Safe For Me To Use?

The United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has classified Tongkat Ali root extract as Category 5 (extremely safe)6.

LJ100® is the patented extract for Tongkat Ali. The patent (dated November 7, 2006, number 7,132,117 [US] and WO 02/17946 A1 [worldwide]) is for the “Bioactive Eurypeptides isolated in Tongkat Ali that is proven to be the active compounds effective for treatment of sexual dysfunction, male infertility, and increase testosterone. This patent describes 16 claims that range from composition to how such aqueous extracts of Tongkat Ali positively increase androgen biosynthesis and influences reproductive capabilities in men6.

In fact, numerous studies have tested the safety of LJ100®  which we'll take a look at now.

Oral toxicity studies - performed on Wistar rats - determined the LD50 of Tongkat Ali root extract (LJ100®) as 2,000 mg/kg body weight (acute) and the No Observed Adverse Effect Level as greater than 1,000 mg/kg body weight (28-day sub-acute feeding)6. In addition to the very high safety profile demonstrated in the rodent toxicity studies, there are no reported side effects in human studies of LJ100® supplementation6.

In a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine9, 109 healthy men aged 30–55 were assigned to either 300 mg LJ100® or a placebo for 12 weeks. The safety evaluation showed no difference between the LJ100® and placebo groups in terms of physical exam, hematological, clinical blood chemistry, fasting blood sugar, liver function, full blood count, PSA or lipid profile.

LJ100® is self-affirmed generally recognized as safe (GRAS)6. In the self-affirmed GRAS document, HP Ingredients concludes:“Because the Malaysian government approves Eurycoma longifolia extracts as food and herbal products, having no adverse event history in 13 years of being sold in the U.S., being safer than many currently marketed herbs, and the idea of being able to take enough to cause harm precluding unintentional or intentional abuse, the results are so strongly in favor of the safety of Tongkat Ali, that HP Ingredient’s LJ100® is safe within the scope of normal intended use, and is generally recognized as safe for normal intended use as set by HP Ingredients".6

Now that we've learned so much about this remarkable product, I'm going to conclude by telling you how you can purchase it and perhaps improve your fitness and vitality.



Nutri Testo is made from LJ100®

Nutri Testo is the newest health supplement to be sold by Nutri Lifescience. Nutri Testo is gluten- free, suitable for vegetarians. The product has undergone heavy metal and microbial testing and meets California Proposition 65. It is tested by accredited third party testing laboratories specializing in trace level elemental and microbial analysis.

Consumers can purchase Nutri Testo at select stores located throughout Florida, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Nutri Lifescience also has a user-friendly way for people to purchase Nutri Testo online. US and Canadian customers can order directly from the company by visiting and clicking either on the Paypal button or Amazon button. Starting now through March 31, 2016 customers can get 20% off their order of Nutri Testo. Use Promo Code LIVING20. Please hurry! This is a limited time offer.

 ***Disclaimer: This article is not endorsed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). People should consult their physician before making changes to their diet. The content in this sponsored article and elsewhere on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to substitute for medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. People should consult their physician before making changes to their diet. 

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2. Moffat SD, Zonderman AB, Metter EJ, Kawas C, Blackman MR, Harman SM, & Resnick SM (2004). Free testosterone and risk for Alzheimer disease in older men. Neurology, 62 (2), 188-93 PMID: 14745052

3. Pike CJ, Rosario ER, Nguyen TV (2006). Androgens, aging, and Alzheimer's disease. Endocrine, 29(2):233-41

4. Myers JB, Meacham RB (2003). Androgen replacement therapy in the aging male. Reviews in Urology, 5(4):216-26

5. Stanworth RD, & Jones TH (2008). Testosterone for the aging male; current evidence and recommended practice. Clinical interventions in aging, 3 (1), 25-44 PMID: 18488876

6. Whole Foods (ISSN 0193-1504) (2015)

 7. Effect of Tongkat Ali on stress hormones and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1186/1550-2783-10-28

8. Udani, J., George, A., Musthapa M., Pakdaman, M., Abas, A. (2014)Effects of a Proprietary Freeze-Dried Water Extract of Eurycoma longifolia (Physta) and Polygonum minus on Sexual Performance and Well-Being in Men: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2014, Article ID 179529, 10 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/179529

 9. Ismail, S. Mohammad, W., George A., Hussain, N., Kamal, Z., Liske, E. (2012) Randomized Clinical Trial on the Use of PHYSTA Freeze-Dried Water Extract of Eurycoma longifolia for the Improvement of Quality of Life and Sexual Well-Being in Men. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine vol. 2012 Article ID 429268, 10 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/429268 


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5 Anti-Aging Secrets You Need to Keep

5 Anti-Aging Secrets You Need to Keep

Submitted by: Anne C. Smith

Trying to look young has generated a multi-billion market as it ushered in several beauty products and treatments. If you are looking for a way to look young and pretty today, there are several options out there for the taking. But let me invite you in on some secrets. It actually pays to know them so that you can get the best possible anti-aging choice among the plethora of options.

1. Try checking what you put into your body as much as what you put on

When it comes to making yourself look and feel young, it’s not just what you rub over your face but also on what you take in. Why is this so important? It's because if you want your glow to radiate from within, you have to make sure that the system is “well oiled” or running optimally. You have to put importance on your food choices and water intake. Choosing a healthy diet may not be the best for the palate at all times, but it is what's best for your cells. It nourishes them so that they generate and renew faster, improve their quality and make them stronger. Some people fail to do this and even skip this very important step. Choose fruits, greens, healthy meats, and why not even try out juicing instead of sweet or alcoholic drinks. You could also really do well if you avoid processed foods. Usually, these healthy diet alterations are quite hard to follow especially for the younger generation.

People in their twenties usually recuperate easy, which is why they don't see or feel the damage right away. It is when a person enters their 30s when some of the problem starts to become evident. This is when most people scram to do something. But don't worry because it’s not too late for you yet. Just allow yourself to make the radical change. You can wear your face creams and serums, but healthy dietary changes will set you a few steps ahead when it comes to generating results.

2. Be wise with sun exposure

Sun is not so bad for you, given that you get some exposure at the right time and at the right amounts. This holds true even for those who are living in places that have below zero temperatures. Now the secret here is that you should always give your skin the protection it needs. This is where sunscreen use comes in. If you have not been slathering some everyday, you are depriving your skin the much needed protection it deserves.

Sunscreen should be worn everyday and it should have at least an SPF of 15. On top of that it also has to be broad spectrum. What that means is that you protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. These are the reasons why sun exposure give you uneven skin pigmentation, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and skin sagging. UVA, in particular, reaches deep down into the dermal layer causing the degeneration of skin layers. A layer of sunscreen a day could really help you prevent premature skin aging. Be sure to reapply every two hours if you do have to go enjoy a day out on the beach or if you have to go swimming.

If you have to get that daily jog, stay at out of the sun between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. But it doesn't mean that you should just lock yourself indoors within these hours. So if you have to go out and run errands, be sure to protect yourself appropriately. Aside from sunscreen, protective clothing will also be very helpful.

3. Choose skin treatments that promote skin regeneration

If you are really down on making it right with your skin and avoid premature aging, it pays to invest on professional treatments. Chemical peels, mechanical dermabrasion and laser treatments are among those procedures that can actually do your skin a whole lot of good. Without having to resort to surgery, you help reverse skin aging while promoting skin renewal and regeneration. You don't get that from a facelift. But these treatments work by waking up your skin cells and help them function optimally.

Now the drawback with non-invasive skin treatments is that they only work best with those who have minimal to moderate skin problems. Individuals with advanced skin aging may want more radical treatment or surgery.

There are skin care products that actually provide this action, but the reason why professional skin care treatments are better is that they provide faster and better results. What you may get out of months of applying skin cream may be achieved two or three sessions with professional treatments. So, you better decide on how serious you are with your anti-aging measures and choose which treatments you want to invest your money on. But you really don't have to choose one over the other, skin care products and treatments can actually work synergistically to create an overall pleasing result.

4. Pay attention to retinoids

Retinoids are actually something that you should welcome into your skin care routine. You may have encountered this before, but you may not be giving it the attention it deserves. Retinoids are considered to be the gold standard in anti-aging due to its action of preventing and repairing the skin cell damage. This corrects problem such as hyperpigmentation, acne scars, fine lines and some degree of sagging.

The problem with retinoids is that there are individuals who cannot tolerate this on their skin. But you don’t have to worry because retinoids are not the sole answer to your skin aging problems. But these help in heaps and bounds; so if your skin is happy with it, make sure that you choose products that contain retinoids. If you really want to promote skin firming and anti aging, a prescription-strength retinoid can be your best option.

5. Get a good basic skin care routine

This may not be newsflash for you, but what I want to underline is the importance of having a good skin care routine. Even without the anti-aging details, a cleanser and moisturizer everyday can already make a significant difference. This is way much better than simply doing nothing at all.This will be your safety net in avoiding premature skin aging, even without the breakthrough products and treatments.

Also, remember that you focus in common problem areas, such as the eyes, mouth, neck and hands. Once you get down with the basics, you can then add a few more tweaks that will certainly bring anti-aging to a whole new level. So when you feel tired and out to go through all the frills of keeping your skin clean and youthful, at least you have your basics down like it’s second nature to you.

About the Author: Singapore-based Aesthetics and Hair Clinic is a medical aesthetics and skin care services provider, dedicated to helping women and men achieve their personal aesthetic goals. For more information please visit,

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Peking Food LLC Recalls Assorted Chef Hon Brand Steamed Buns Because Of Undeclared Allergen



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, PEKING FOOD LLC of BROOKLYN, New York, is recalling Chef Hon brand STEAMED BUNS WITH SEAFOOD & VEGETABLE and STEAMED BUNS WITH SEAFOOD MARINATED IN XO-SAUCE, because the items contain undeclared eggs. 

PEKING FOOD LLC is recalling the following frozen products packaged in flexible plastic bags, Net Wt. 1 lb. 8 oz.:

  • Chef Hon brand STEAMED BUNS WITH SEAFOOD & VEGETABLE, UPC 7 47518 00156 2

The company says the following lots of the listed products are being recalled:

  • 16021 (BEST BEFORE 01/21/17)
  • 15348 (Best Before 12/14/16)
  • 15337 (BEST BEFORE 12/3/16)
  • 15271 (BEST BEFORE 9/28/16)
  • 15240 (BEST BEFORE 8/28/16)
  • 15176 (BEST BEFORE 6/25/16)
  • 15120 (BEST BEFORE 4/30/16)

Peking Food LLC says the lot and "BEST BEFORE" codes can be found on the front of the bag.

The company says the Chef Hon brand STEAMED BUNS WITH SEAFOOD & VEGETABLE and STEAMED BUNS WITH SEAFOOD MARINATED IN XO-SAUCE were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • Texas
  • Puerto Rico

People whom are allergic to eggs risk serious or life-threatening injury if they eat these products.

The company says that no illnesses have been reported to date.

Peking Foods LLC says they implemented the recall after it was discovered during a USDA inspection that the products used an ingredient in the filling that contains eggs, and the steamed buns were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of eggs.

The company urges customers who bought Chef Hon brand STEAMED BUNS WITH SEAFOOD & VEGETABLE and STEAMED BUNS WITH SEAFOOD MARINATED IN XO-SAUCE to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-686-7888 FREE, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, EST.


But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

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