Healthy Recipe: Banana Oat Muffins

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Organic Rolled Oats, 24 oz, NOW Foods

Organic Turbinado Sugar, 2.5 lb, NOW Foods

Vanilla Extract Liquid 2 oz Organic, NOW Foods

Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup NOW Real Food® Rolled Oats
1/2 cup NOW Real Food® Organic Turbinado Sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup safflower or sunflower oil
1/2 teaspoon NOW Real Food® Organic Vanilla Extract
1 cup mashed bananas

Steps:

  1. Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg lightly.
  3. Stir in the milk, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Add the mashed banana, and combine thoroughly.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined.
  6. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper bake cups, and divide the batter among them.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 18 to 20 minutes.

 

References

NOW Foods Inc. (n.d.). Banana Oat Muffins. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Foods/Real-Food/Recipes/Breakfast/087776.htm

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NOW Foods Oregano Oil FAQs

Where is your Oregano Oil derived from?

It is derived from Origanum vulgare, which is grown in the eastern Mediterranean region, predominantly in Turkey. It contains a minimum of 55% carvacrol, one of the active components naturally occurring in Oregano, and is derived from a variety known commonly as “wild oregano”.

Our product is all natural and not genetically modified in any way. NOW Oregano Oil products (also known as Oil of Oregano) are 100% steam distilled without the use of chemicals and GC/IR Verified by qualified analytical chemists.

How do I dilute Oregano Oil?

Because the Oregano Oil is highly concentrated, it should not be used undiluted unless it is being used solely for Aromatherapy (smelling it). Even then, please exercise caution. Although this is a natural product, it is very concentrated.

We recommend the use of a professional aromatherapist or a recipe from a reputable aromatherapy book when using pure essential oils for any other purpose. As a general rule, it is best to dilute essential oils in Olive Oil, Almond Oil or any other food grade carrier oil before using, first mixing thoroughly to match the proportions given by the expert source. NOW Foods does not recommend using essential oils for other than aromatherapy uses.

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/oregano-oil.html
References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/

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Lowering Cholesterol the Natural Way

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Cholesterol Kick-Start, 60 Capsules, 10 Day Results

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Cholesterol Rescue, 60 Tablets, Source Naturals

Cholesterol Rescue, 60 Tablets, Source Naturals

Cholesterol Pro, 60 Tablets, NOW Foods

Cholesterol Pro, 60 Tablets, NOW Foods

While most people resort to taking dietary supplements to lower high cholesterol, natural methods are being pushed and highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists to maintain and improve one’s well-being.

Granted that these supplements and medications work well with your body, doing it the natural way has a lot of other benefits other than cutting off fat deposits running (and blocking) through your veins. As the old Appeal to Nature argument goes, “A thing is good because it’s natural.”

Interested in starting to go all natural? Here are some tips:

Know your food

Take the good ol’ doctor’s advice, “watch what you eat” in order to significantly drop your cholesterol rate. But this does not suggest you to stop enjoying food. Remember, eating right is very different from eating less, that’s why upsetting your appetite for you to eat less or worse, not eating at all won’t do any good. The key here is balanced diet and knowing the nutrition facts of your food (e.g. saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugar, protein, carbohydrates, etc.)

Separate the Good from the Bad

Eating wisely is just like choosing what is right from wrong. Consuming food with high fatty content reduces High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) AKA good cholesterol in your body, so it’s better to go for white or lean over red and bloody. You may also consider eating fish as substitute for meat. As for cooking, use olive oil or sunflower oil instead of regular palm and coconut oil, as the latter two contains higher saturated fat. It is better to go for baked, steamed, stewed or poached food instead of fried. Eat more fibrous grub such as fruits, veggies, oats, and nuts, while cut down a couple of notches on food with high calories and carbs.

Rock Your Body

Car is to fuel as body is to food. Thus, the logical thing to do is to use that fuel, or as the analogy goes, burn it. And by burning it, not just by simply go through with your day. Watching TV or sitting on the same office chair for 8 straight hours won’t do the job. Do more dynamic physical activities, such as brisk walking, jogging, sports or aerobics to release that pent-up energy. A good 45-minute cardio a day is ideal for lowering bad cholesterol in your body.

A Little Booze Is Not That Bad

As long as you don’t abuse alcohol by going on a binge drinking spree, then you’re fine. Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of red wine daily reduces the risks of heart-related diseases. Resveratol, polyphenol and flavanoids are anti-oxidants found in wine grapes raises the levels of HDL in your body, while protecting the lining of your heart’s blood vessels to prevent blood clotting. Same goes beer drinkers. Beer, particularly dark beer, has antioxidants that relatively provide the same benefits as that of wine.

Kick your Smoking Habit

Cigarette and other tobacco products contain free-radicals that cause the constriction of blood vessels and damage to the arteries’ lining. These effects inevitably lead to build-up of HDL and other fatty substances on the artery walls. Kicking the habit improves blood circulation as the carbon monoxide level in your body drops significantly, while long term benefits include avoiding risks of acquiring heart diseases.

Dodge Stress

As the song goes, “Relax!” Stress comes in many forms, and it’s going to get you whether you like it or not. Stress imposes the increase of cholesterol level in your body by triggering chemical imbalance and the release of fatty substance. For most people, breathing exercises and yoga are the best counteractions for stress. Although, techniques to alleviate stress may still vary, depending on the person’s character and preferences in handling stress.

Natural Supplements

Aside from taking prescribed supplements, natural supplements such as garlic cloves, barley, green tea, oats and artichoke are still considered far more effective and safer. Most of these traditional supplements have the same benefits for lowering your cholesterol level.

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Natural Sweetener: NOW Foods Better Stevia

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BetterStevia Organic, Better Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener, 75 Packets, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Original, BetterStevia Sugar-Free Sweetener, 45 Packets, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Liquid – Coconut, 2 oz, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Liquid – Cinnamon Vanilla, 2 oz, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Extract Powder, Organic, 4 oz, NOW Foods

Stevia’s recent history

NOW’s founder, Elwood Richard, has believed in the herb Stevia and  its health benefits since the ’70s, when he incorporated Stevia into the  company’s growing line of affordable natural products. Back then he  knew what we all know now – refined sugar isn’t good for the human  body. He added Stevia as a natural alternative to sugar, hoped more  people would use it, and watched sales slowly grow over the years as the  negative aspects of refined sugar continued to come to light. NOW’s  Stevia sales grew steadily until the early ’90s, when an isolated study  (later proven to be severely flawed) showed that Stevia might not be safe  as a food additive. This led to an FDA ban of Stevia in the United States  that was overturned a few years later with the passage of DSHEA, or the  Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act. However, even with the  ban lifted, provisions were kept in place that prohibited the herb from  being sold as a natural sweetener, food or food additive in the U.S.

From 1994 to 2008, Stevia could only be labeled and sold as a dietary  supplement. During this time advances in science and technology  allowed researchers to present more clinically-valid evidence of the  health benefits and safety of Stevia, as well as more thoroughly isolate the  various components responsible for its unique and dynamic sweetening  capabilities. One of these components, Rebaudioside A (or Reb A) from  the Stevia rebaudiana plant, has been standardized and purified over  the years to a point that it was deemed worthy of GRAS (Generally  Regarded As Safe) status as a food additive from the FDA. Researchers  received GRAS status for Reb A in 2008, and since then the race has  been on to develop products utilizing Stevia as a natural sweetener, and  to educate the public about this amazing healthy alternative to refined  sugar and synthetic sweeteners.

Origins of Stevia

While Stevia’s recent history is interesting, the origins of its discovery  and its rise to commercial use are worthy of mention as well. Comprised  of around 240 species of herbs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae),  Stevia can be found growing wild in South America and southwestern  regions of North America. It was first discovered by Spanish scientist  Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve), whose surname was used as  the basis for the Latin Stevia. In the late 1800s, Swiss botanist Moisés  Santiago Bertoni, who had immigrated to Paraguay, first documented  Stevia’s use by indigenous tribes of the country, who called it kaa-he-he.  They used it as a flavor enhancer in  their drinks and foods, and would  also chew the dried leaves for their  refreshing taste and sweetness. Bertoni  continued to study the herb until  finally publishing his findings in  1899 and naming the plant Stevia  rebaudiana bertoni. In 1921, American  Trade Commissioner George Brady  presented information on Stevia to  the USDA, calling it “a new plant  with great possibility” for commercial  cultivation, but the idea never gained  enough interest to merit further  experimentation.

Not much was heard of Stevia until  ten years later, when two French  scientists successfully isolated the active  components that give Stevia its sweet  taste: two glycosides named stevioside  and rebaudioside. These isolated  glycosides were not only 300 times  as sweet as sugar, but they were heat-  and pH-stable, and non-fermentable  as well. Just a few years later, during  World War II, Great Britain was  faced with an imminent blockade  of the British Isles by Germany and  began exploring alternative natural  foods they could cultivate to sustain  the population. Stevia was one of the  plants they experimented with, but  the region wasn’t warm or humid  enough to allow for its successful  mass cultivation, and so the British  ultimately abandoned their efforts.

Modern Rediscovery in Janpan

In the early ’70s Stevia saw its first  commercial success in Japan, when  a government ban on carcinogenic  chemical food additives forced  manufacturers to explore natural  alternatives. Southern Japan is warm  and humid enough for Stevia to be  successfully cultivated on an enormous  commercial level, and use of Stevia  as a natural sweetener in food and  beverages exploded. NOW’s founder,  Elwood Richard, heard about Stevia  around this time and was encouraged by its safety and success. By the  1990s, Japan accounted for over 40% of the world’s Stevia consumption.

Today, the advances in our understanding of Stevia have finally  culminated in its approval for use as a commercial natural sweetener in  the U.S. These same advances have helped our in-house research team  in the development of a new proprietary, full-spectrum, enzymaticallytreated Stevia we call Better Stevia™.

 

References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Better Stevia. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/idc/groups/public/documents/digital_asset/better_stevia_health_prof.pdf

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Cellucor C4 Extreme Powder Best for Pre-Workout!

Harnessing unmatched NO3 technology and premium ingredients such as Creatine Nitrate, C4 Extreme is our advanced pre-workout supplement, possessing the power to ignite your mind, muscles, and workout regimen, workout after workout after workout.

What is NO3? NO3 is Nitrate, an advanced compound that promotes unbelievable muscle pumps and amplifies the power of C4 Extreme. Cellucor is utilizing a unique compound where NO3 is bonded to Creatine to form Creatine Nitrate.

Cellucor C4 Extreme is formulated with key ingredients that will provide more energy to help you get that extra rep, and complete that last set. More reps and more sets are tied to improved strength and endurance.

C4 Extreme has received the highest honors in the supplement industry, including Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year and Best Product Innovation from the top retailers in the world, including VitaSprings.com.

Cellucor THE GREATEST TASTING SUPPLEMENT EVER

C4 Extreme features the best and largest flavor assortment in pre-workout history. Fan favorites such as Icy Blue Razz, Watermelon and Green Apple highlight the ever growing family of C4 Flavors. Because it’s almost impossible to pick just one, try all of our unique flavors!

Cellucor C4 EXTREME ® (A FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE)

I need energy. My workouts are good, sure, but sometimes I’m tired. Sometimes the fear of a mediocre workout keeps me on the couch. Do they make something for this? I hit the supplement store in search. One shiny chrome bottle stands out–it reads, Cellucor C4 Extreme. This pre-workout is unlike anything I’ve seen–no proprietary blends and it’s a reasonable price. I’m sold.

I’m still tired but now I’m excited to see what this supplement can do. I hustle home, change, and pop open my C4. I scoop it in and I’m shocked at how easily it mixes—I hardly had to stir! The flavor? It’s unbelievable! Like a pro, I pound the rest in under 10 seconds and head to the gym. A warming sensation radiates through my body–C4 Extreme is no joke. I am ready to crush.

Today is chest day. I’m giggling as I warm up—the bar feels like a toy and I’m scared I’ll throw it through the ceiling. I’ve never felt so confident, so strong. I’ve never been so focused. Did I say I was tired today? I don’t even remember. I explode through the first set and I’m shocked as I just set a personal record with ease. I want more.

Before I know it, two hours have passed. My training partner gives me an “I’m tired” look, but I talk him into a brutal burn out set. When I’m done, I stand up and look in the mirror. I’m more vascular than a magazine ad, more pumped than I’ve ever seen. My workout partner now begs for an end to this brutal session and this time I oblige. As we head out, I suddenly hear my training partner clear his throat. “I’m trying C4 Extreme tomorrow,” he says, quietly. I grin, thinking of all I just accomplished, and decide to simply state the obvious; “I know.”

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/cellucor.html

References Cellucor (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cellucor.com/products/9-c4-extreme

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Ginseng Energizers in Winter

Herbal tonics have a long history of traditional use for supporting normal energy levels, preserving vitality, and enhancing physical performance. Ginseng, one of the most highly regarded energy tonics of Chinese herbalism, is an herbal adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to a variety of stresses. It is a key ingredient in the following ginseng energizers offered by Planetary Herbals.

Full Spectrum™ Ginseng
Full Spectrum™ Ginseng Extract combines a standardized extract of Korean ginseng root, concentrated to 20% ginsenosides, with whole Korean ginseng root. Combining the extract with pure root ensures all the important compounds of ginseng are captured, for a broad range of ginseng activity.

Ginseng Classic™
This formula, formerly known as Four Noble Gentlemen, is one of the classic ginseng energizing formulas of Chinese herbalism (Si Junzi Tang). It was first written about in 1078 A.D., and has remained one of China’s most valued tonic formulas for almost 1,000 years. This dynamic combination reflects the tradition and power of Chinese classic formulas. It combines red Kirin ginseng root with atractylodes root, Poria cocos sclerotium, and licorice root.

Ginseng Elixir™
This classic Chinese formula was described more than 700 years ago (Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang). Its combination of energizing and tonifying botanicals has been one of China’s most frequently used compounds for seven centuries. Included are astragalus root, licorice root, molasses, atractylodes root, bupleurum root, cimicifuga rhizome, jujube fruit, dong quai root extract, dong quai root, and ginger root.

Ginseng Revitalizer™
Ginseng Revitalizer™ is based on a classic formula that has been used since 1078 A.D. to support energy levels without the use of stimulants. This dynamic formula combines extracts and whole roots from several varieties of ginseng (Panax, American, and Tienchi) with Eleutherococcus senticosus and a blend of energizing and tonifying botanicals.

References
 Planetary Herbals (n.d.). Ginseng Energizers. Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/5769/

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SweetLeaf: 100% Natural Stevia Sweetener

SweetLeat Natural Sweetener

Award-winning SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener is unique in the marketplace because it’s America’s original stevia-based sweetener.

For natural, zero-calorie, zero-carb, zero glycemic  index sweetness, look no further. SweetLeaf™ offers a variety of sweet solutions made from stevia, a naturally sweet plant that is much sweeter than sugar. It is also completely calorie-free, all-natural, and has a zero glycemic index.

SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops™, made with stevia leaf extract and natural flavors, can be added to foods or beverages – from yogurt to oatmeal, water to coffee, sauces to smoothies – for sweet, sugar-free flavor. The drops are available in 17 flavors and come in a convenient dropper bottle. A little Sweet Drops flavor goes a long way, making every bottle an impressive, and tasty, value.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/sweetleaf.html

References
 SweetLeaf (n.d.). Retrieved from http://sweetleaf.com/

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Men’s Rogaine Hair Regrowth Foam

Men’s Rogaine Foam is the first and only FDA-approved hair regrowth foam. It contains 5% minoxidil, the same FDA-approved ingredient in Men’s Rogaine Extra Strength solution that’s clinically proven to regrow hair. And because it’s a foam, it goes on easily and dries fast. It’s not greasy and it doesn’t run or drip. It’s so easy to use, it could make getting back your hair one of the easiest parts of your routine.

Your daily grooming routine probably already includes brushing, shaving, maybe more — take a look at what adding just a few minutes more with Men’s Rogaine Foam can do.

How to Apply Mens Rogaine Foam:

In the morning, within the hair thinning area, part your hair into one or more rows to maximize scalp exposure.
The foam may begin to melt upon contact with your warm skin. If your fingers are warm, rinse them in cold water first (be sure to dry them thoroughly before handling the foam).
Hold the can upside down and press nozzle to dispense the topical foam product onto your fingers. The total amount of foam applied should be half a capful.
Using your fingers, spread foam over the hair loss area and gently massage into scalp, then wash your hands well.
In the evening, follow the steps above to be sure you apply it correctly. Make sure that you apply it early enough before going to bed to allow it to dry.

While using Rogaine, you can continue other hair care routines, including washing, styling — even coloring — as long as you allow Rogaine to dry first.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/rogaine.html

References
Rogaine (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.rogaine.com/

 

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Top Secret Nutrition Garcinia Cambogia Extract

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Garcinia Cambogia Plus Green Coffee Extract, 90 Capsules, Top Secret Nutrition

Top Secret Nutrition has revolutionized the nutrition world by offering its customers everything they need to transform their physique and improve their overall health. The synergistic combination of weight loss ingredients presents a fat fighting duo of incredible power. The benefits of Top Secret Nutrition’s Garcinia Cambogia Extract with White kidney bean extract include:

  • Promoting Appetite Control
  • Supporting Weight Loss
  • Affecting Caloric Absorption

Garcinia Cambogia Extract (GCE) is derived from plants that grow throughout southeast asia. The active component in terms of weight loss with GCE is hydroxycitric acid. Several studies have suggested that hydroxycitric acid plays an important role in the regulation of endogenous lipid biosynthesis (fat accumulation). It is hypothesized that this occurs through the inhibition of alpha-amylase and intestinal alpha-glucosidase, leading to a reduction in carbohydrate metabolism. Additional studies have also suggested that hydroxycitric acid may positively influence appetite reduction.

White kidney bean extract, also known as phaseolus vulgaris has been shown to inhibit the digestive enzyme amylase. Amylase plays a key role in digestion of foods. As a digestive enzyme, amylase is required for the metabolism of starchy carbohydrates. Research suggests that phaseolus vulgaris extract, when taken before meals may produce decrements in body weight and decrements in fat mass in the face of maintained lean mass.

References

Top Secret Nutrition (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.topsecretnutrition.com/

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Benefits of New Chapter Wholemega Fish Oil

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Wholemega Fish Oil 1000 mg, 120 Softgels, New Chapter

Wholemega Fish Oil 1000 mg, 120 Softgels, New Chapter

Wholemega Fish Oil 1000 mg, 180 Softgels, New Chapter

Wholemega Fish Oil 1000 mg, 180 Softgels, New Chapter

The Benefits of Fish Oil with Whole Omega Fatty Acids
Wholemega packs a full complement of 17 whole Omegas, including Omega 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9’s. Omegas include fatty acids often referred to as “good fats.” Why so good? Primarily because omegas are present and play an important role in many human cells. Specifically, omega fatty acids serve to nourish brain, heart, and eye tissues.  Fish oil is an excellent source of Omega-­‐3s and salmon is relatively high in Omega-­‐3 fatty acids compared to other seafood.

Wholemega Whole Fish Oil supplement delivers the natural profile of 17 omega fatty acids found in one of Nature’s true superfoods: Wild Alaskan Salmon. In fact, taking the daily serving of Wholemega for a week provides the same amount of whole omega fatty acids as three servings of Wild Alaskan Salmon.

Wholemega Fish Oil is Different
The dull, yellow color of many other fish oils is symbolic of processed products. If you want what nature intended, the difference is clear. Wholemega fish oil is different. The extra-virgin process used to extract Wholemega, similar to that used in fine olive oil, delivers an oil that is striking in color and transparency. This gentle, food-grade process preserves numerous beneficial compounds — including Vitamin D3 and Astaxanthin. The brilliant hue in Wholemega’s fish oil comes from Astaxanthin — an antioxidant that is naturally found in Wild Salmon and in this extra-virgin fish oil supplement.

Food Supplement or “Supplemental Food”?
Our philosophy on nutrition is simple; seek the benefits of whole food. While others create food supplements, New Chapter strives to deliver Supplemental Food. Wholemega continues this tradition in fish oil with its 100% Wild Alaskan Salmon oil. Alaska maintains one of the world’s most highly protected and sustainably managed natural fisheries. By using only wild, sustainably caught Alaskan salmon – among the most pure fish stocks in the world – chemical processing to deliver purity is not required. Our extra virgin, low-­‐heat process is all that’s needed to deliver Nature’s whole basket of vital omega fatty acids and naturally beneficial nutrients, like Vitamin D3 and Astaxanthin.

 

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/new-chapter.html

References
New Chapter (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.newchapter.com

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