Type 2 Diabetes and Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs)

Like fructose, red meat has its share of bad publicity. The high level of saturated fats in this variant of meat fends off health practitioners and health buff alike. Random studies, however, found that the triglyceride-loaded red meat also abounds with potent nutrient known as Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs).

CLAs are clusters of fatty acids found in beef and dairy products believed to be essential to long-term weight management specifically to diabetic patients. The trans-10 (t10) and cis-12 (c12) in CLAs were found to function precisely like thiazolidinediones (TZDs). The said isomers have the capacity to create an insulin-sensitizing effect to the cells. Unlike TZDs, CLAs can reduce body fat and boost weight loss.

TZDs include pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and troglitazone (Rezulin). Rezulin was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2000 after it was linked to liver failure. Avandia’s use was strictly regulated in 2011 due to its users developing cardiovascular problems. Actos, the only shelf-available TZD, is facing mounting Actos lawsuits as a result of the link between Actos and bladder cancer.

Other health benefits of CLAs include prevention of cancer (lung, colorectal, skin, breast, and stomach), cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and inflammation. Another study found that a 0.5 percent of CLA in the diet could shrink tumors by 50 percent.

In a 2009 study sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), grass-fed cattle are found to have levels of CLA three to five times higher than their grain-fed counterparts. Moreover, meat and milk from cows, which fed on grass are generally lower in total fat specifically saturated fat but higher in beta-carotene, vitamins E and B, minerals (calcium, magnesium, and potassium), and omega 3 and 6. A diet of grass-fed cattle is estimated to shed 17 thousand calories or six pounds per year off an average American.

Majority of commercially available red meat and dairy products in the country are from grain-fed cattle. The USDA said that in 2010, grass-fed beef made up three percent of the U.S. beef market and was growing at 20 percent rate per year.

While medical researchers do not recommend over-consumption of red meat, they are hopeful that more studies will be devoted to foods containing CLAs and eventually pave to addressing the obesity and diabetes epidemic in the country.

CLAs can also be found in button and agaricus mushrooms. The said fatty acids are rarely found in plants.

The American Diabetes Organization (ADA), however, warned against the safety of dietary supplements containing t10 and c12-CLA. ADA said t10 and c12-CLA supplementation might alter human’s sensitivity to insulin. Further studies are needed to ensure the safety of CLA supplements to the human body. A study conducted by the Ohio State University’s Department of Human Nutrition published in 2008 by the Journal of Lipid Research proved otherwise.

Also in 2008, the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) accorded CLA a “Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)” status. With GRAS status, food manufacturers can now add CLA to products like milk, yogurt, shakes, nutritional bars, soymilk, and fruit juices.

Like fructose, CLAs are still best consumed on their unprocessed or less-processed form. A daily diet, which includes 15-174 mg of CLA, is beneficial to the body. For obese patients, a dose of 1.8 to 7 grams per day is advised.

Milk fat on an average contains 5 mg of CLA per gram of fat while meat fat from lamb contains 6 mg/g, 4mg/g  for beef, and 2mg/g  for veal.

The recent findings on the health value of fructose and red meat lead us to one conclusion: the formula to controlling glucose levels is not largely dependent on the kind of food we eat, rather, on the quantity and frequency certain food is consumed.

Top 4 Supplements that are a Waste of Money

Today, people have become engrossed with supplements to help them live a longer, healthier life. Companies are more than willing to mass produce a wide variety of products to meet these ever growing needs. However, not all these supplements are actually necessary. Below are four supplements that for most people are not necessary and only decrease the size of their wallet, not their waistline.

Superfruit Drinks

Many companies have taken the concept of “fruits and vegetables = health” way too far. Any one who has ever actually tasted a dragonfruit will know what I mean. A dragonfruit is wonderfully exotic to look at and has run me as much as US $8 for a single bulb; however, it is simply the most bland fruit I have ever tasted. Rarity does not a health food make.

When you pay a premium for these superfruit drinks with the imported fruits, you are not paying for any extra health benefits; you are paying for the cost of shipping those most likely underwhelming fruits to whatever domestic shore you call home. We have never had to add a letter to the alphabet to define the nutrition value of an imported fruit, and as most of these drinks are supplemented with fruits that companies know we will find tasty (apples, grapes), what is the true value of these drinks? You can most definitely forget about any superfood drink that is less than 100% all natural, and even if it is, there is nothing in that expensive drink that you can’t get from your local fruits other than the thrill of eating something from Polynesia or South Africa.

Many of the reputations of these fruits come from their preparation and are based in custom rather than any scientific evidence. Take the noni, for example, a common fruit in Polynesia, but quite exotic anywhere else. The funny thing is that the Polynesian people do not even consider this fruit edible. The few concoctions that include the noni are meant for celebrations and are steeped in tradition, much like chitlands (the feet of a pig) for some families in the Southern United States. They do not in any way taste good.

It is the American companies which are adding a bunch of sugar to exotic fruits like these and selling them as one size fits all health supplements. Don’t believe the hype.

Protein Powders

Protein, in all its forms, from soy to hemp to whey, is no less meant to be separated and “refined” on its own than water is from a melon. Especially in developed countries, marketing schemes have been able to create the problem that we somehow do not get enough protein in our every day meals to build a healthy body, especially if we are trying to do something athletic. However, all one has to do is look back to times before there were any supplements – somehow people have always been able to build strong, lean, aesthetically pleasing bodies even before supplements existed. Does that huge intimidating jar sitting in our cupboard meant more for our musculature or for our ego?

Any nutrition authority will tell you that it is not even necessary to eat meat to obtain all the protein you need to build or maintain a healthy, muscular body. It can be obtained solely from vegetables and fruits, if so desired.

Green Drinks or Powders

Green has an association with humans in general as being “of the earth” and therefore healthy. Little wonder then, that many “nutrition” companies go out of their way to color their drinks green, or include lots of things that are colored green to sell a notion of health in a supplement.

Green vegetables, some green algae, and grass can be healthy for us in small doses, with a proper balance of other nutrients. However, we are not cows. We have no need to graze to obtain maxmium health. As a matter of fact, you gain that same nutrition from eating the cow that ate the grass, and is better able to metabolize it into the nutrients that we actually need.

There is a reason that grass and algae do not taste good to us: Different organisms require different things to maintain health. Plants photosynthesize our carbon dioxide into nourishment – oxygen is their waste product. But if you start inhaling pure carbon dioxide instead of oxygen, the results will not impress you.

Green vegetables that taste good to the palette, like spinach, lettuce, celery, and parsley are the green things to focus on putting in your mouth.

Once a Day Multivitamins

Though the multivitamin that you take every day so religiously with the egg whites, plain toast and skim milk breakfast may truthfully say that it contains 1000% of the daily intake value for everything, there is a reason that you do not instantly feel like Superman upon intaking said vitamin. Quite simply, the body is not made to synthesize pure vitamins and minerals, and will only retain from 1 to 10% of the total value of each vitamin inside the tablet.

What is worse, the body tends to synthesize the fattening portions of the multivitamin more readily than the other parts, so taking two will not help. You will only retain the worst parts of anything you intake.

What is the Bottom Line?

When it comes to personal health, realize the difference between a marketing campaign designed to make you think that you are suddenly missing out on some vital nutrient, and a hole in your nutrition that you really need to fix. Every supplement has a natural alternative, and as the body is used to eating FOOD, not synthesizing supplements, natural is usually the way to go. Some supplements have their place, but in moderation.

In this modern world of mobile everything and super efficiency, people are always on the go. However, it is essential that you take time out of life to take care of the most important aspect of your life – your health. It is quite true that you can’t do much of anything without your body.


Author Bio: Angela is a freelance writer for a fitness site. She loves to help other people get into the best shape of their lives. If she is not at the gym, she can be found biking in the woods.

A Guide To Weight Loss

Each and every year more and more people are becoming overweight with the numbers of those becoming clinically obese higher than ever before. This trend is due in part to the ready availability of rich, fatty foods which are convenient and quick to prepare or purchase. Moreover, the trend is further exacerbated by a decline in the levels of exercise of the average person due to either a lack of motivation or a lack of time for people with busy schedules. However, many do try again and again to lose weight but struggle with self-discipline or are discouraged by past failings.

First and foremost it is important for those desiring to lose weight to understand that there are no shortcuts when it comes to losing weight. There are products and plans available on the market today that can assist with weight loss but they cannot provide an overnight miracle cure. An example of such a product is Acai Berry weight loss which is a dietary supplement that promotes weight loss in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle. Essentially effort is still required on the part of the individual who wishes to lose weight.

A healthy, balanced diet is critical to weight loss irrespective of which products or plans the individual chooses to lose. If a person continues to eat rich, fatty foods they will not lose weight but rather they will gain weight. This is not to say that products such as Acai Berry weight loss depend entirely upon the individual eating salad and nothing else. On such a diet weight loss results are all but guaranteed without the use of supplements or other products. However, those who wish to lose weight through use of such supplements must try to ensure a balanced diet which is not rich and fatty but at the same time does not need to be austere.

A balanced diet will provide much of the health benefits required for the optimum benefits of weight loss supplements; however these health benefits can be complemented by partaking in regular exercise. Although not essential, regular exercise will only amplify the weight loss benefits produced by dietary supplements such as Acai Berry weight loss. Moreover, in addition to assisting in the loss of weight regular exercise will promote an overall healthy lifestyle and an active outlook.

Unfortunately for those who wish to lose weight there is no escaping the requirement to put forth some degree of effort in order to achieve this goal. While food supplements and other products available on the market today can assist individuals in achieving this goal, other measures are necessary. By ensuring a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise individuals can not only all but guarantee weight loss but they can also enjoy good general health and an active lifestyle. It should be noted that products that promise miraculous weight loss without a balanced diet or regular exercise should be approached with extreme caution as such products rarely deliver the promised results.


This article was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Which Acai Berry. Crispin writes on a number of subjects including acai berry weight loss supplements and how to use them effectively.

Green Tea Flavanols, Side Effects, and the PAGG Stack Supplement

The PAGG stack supplement, as introduced by Tim Ferriss in his Four Hour Body book in 2010, is now precisely formulated for easy dosing and shipped worldwide by Pareto Nutrition.  So many people are looking for a safe and natural supplement stack, containing a range of natural healthy ingredients which work together synergistically to promote fat loss and body recomposition.

The role of green tea flavanols in the PAGG stack concerns how energy is stored within the body – when you eat excess carbohydrates, providing more energy than the body immediately needs, the tendency is for the unrequired calories to be stored as fat.  This is one reason for the success of the Slow Carb Diet program, which structures meals to ensure the calories are digested slowly and gradually, supplying the body’s energy needs throughout the time between meals.  However the green tea flavanol ECGC (Epigallocatechin gallate) helps to divert those calories to the muscle cells instead, inhibiting their storage as fat – this is really important if you are trying to build a leaner and healthier body.  ECGC also helps to accelerate the aging and destruction of fat cells as well, which is very important in preventing the ‘yo yo dieting effect’ – because so often fat cells are not removed, but merely reduced in size… ready to grow easily back to the former size once previous calorie intake is resumed.

So, why aren’t we all drinking cup after cup of green tea?  The Japanese drink it most days, and their natural longevity and low incidence of certain cancers first brought green tea the attention of Western scientists for this reason – but they tend to only drink a few cups a day, because it has naturally high levels of caffeine.  To get the minimum effective dose recommended by Tim Ferriss for fat loss, you would need to knock back dozens of cups each day, and probably feel terrible and wired!  Hardly the picture of zen health…

Far better to get your ECGC in a controlled and precisely measured supplement made using decaffeinated green tea flavanols, such as that contained in Pareto Nutrition’s PAGG stack.  And to be 100% certain that there is no possibility of the PAGG stack supplement affecting your good night’s rest, they have in their latest formulation removed ECGC completely from the final bedtime capsule, concentrating the full daily dose across the 3 pre-meal capsules to ensure maximum affect on the calories of the food you eat.

Certified Acai, Boost Your Metabolism

Certified Acai, Boost Your Metabolism

Are you looking to lose weight while feeling better and increasing you overall energy levels at the same time? If the answer to the question is yes then you must try out Certified Acai. Used by thousands of people to successfully shed off their extra weight and turn their bodies leaner and fitter in the privacy of their homes. Certified Acai is one dietary supplement that relies on the age old power of natural antioxidants in the Acai berry at your convenience.

Certified Acai boosts your metabolism, eases digestive problems like heartburn, bloating and gas and amplifies your natural energy level to turn you into a healthier, happier and confident individual.

So if you are looking to lose weight and are already on a strict exercise and diet schedule , then you should definitely consider taking Certified Acai. It will compliment your already done hard work and help you lose weight and stay that way much faster.

Acai x3 200% More Effective

Acai x3 200% More Effective

“100% pure Acai Berry x3”, one of the newest acai berry supplements, is said to be up to 200% more effective than other acai products sold on the market today. Made from all-natural acai berries harvested from the heart of the Amazon rainforest, it is one of the highest quality products available.

This is a map location of the Amazon Basin. Th...

This is a map location of the Amazon Basin. The yellow line encloses Amazon Basin as delineated by the World Wide Fund for Nature. National boundaries are shown in black. I, Pfly, made it using NASA Blue Marble imagery and ecoregion GIS data which I simplified and digitized in Photoshop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Its manufacturers offer a trial period, so all you have to pay is shipping and handling. Acai x3 is a tasty product, a mix of chocolate and berries. It is a successful product that cleans out your colon, boosts your energy, and helps with weight loss.

Its manufacturers also claim that Acai x3 has no side effects, and provides users with large amounts of important minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, and amino acids necessary to maintain good health. If you exercise while taking Acai x3, you will experience more strength, endurance, and agility, regardless of your age, sex, or type of body.