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I've Got a Gut Feeling About Chocolate this Weekend

Just in time for Valentine's Day and the highly probable excessive chocolate consumption... a newly published study sheds light into another way cacao (chocolate) exerts its health benefits. The new research suggests the flavanols in cacao are modified by gut bacteria, and the resulting metabolites are what we absorb and experience health benefits from.

Flavanols are compounds found in a variety of plant-based foods and beverages, including tea, apples, grapes, and nuts. Cacao, however, is generally regarded as the most concentrated dietary source of these healthy compounds.

I'm going way back now, but in 2011, I described my research into biotransformation when I was developing a new ginseng product with a company I was with at the time. It's interesting that the scientific community still isn't acknowledging the impact of this phenomenon. This is why I feel in vitro studies are basically useless. There is just no way we can mimic in a test tube (currently, with today's technology) what happens in a biological system.


Irreversible Damage from Low-Fibre Diets Inherited by Children

Findings from a newly published study suggest damage to the gut's microbiome--as a result of a low-fibre diet--may not be reversible with a simple dietary approach as previously thought. Moreover, it appears that their offspring inherit this irreversible damage.

Dietary fibre plays a crucial role in shaping the body’s microbial ecosystem, and are notably reduced in a typical Western diet, which is high in fat and simple carbs, and low in fibre (compared with more traditional diets).


Antioxidants Reduce Benefits of Exercise

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Mitochondria-Original-Probiotic-Dictates/dp/1460251814/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=I'm very happy and excited to share that the last couple weeks have been extremely encouraging for my book! This being my first book, and being self-published, you can understand my excitement to learn that the famous Dr. Mercola recommended my book in a recent article, and the prominent Dr. Michael Eades gave it an amazing review in his recent blog post (after reading a thorough review of the book from author/bloggers Alice & Fred Ottoboni). At the same time I got another 5-star review on Amazon where the reviewer described it as "a masterpiece."
...well then, I think my work on this planet is done!  :)

Now what?

Oh yes... I still have to maintain this blog. And for today's study, I'll talk about a new scientific review that confirms what I wrote in my book: that antioxidants can--in some situations--do more harm than good. If you haven't yet read my book, it's because antioxidants mop up those free-radicals, which are actually incredibly important to our body. For subscribers, you may remember THIS post from about 1.5 years ago where I discuss a study on worms that showed free-radicals can extend lifespan. This new study is along the same line of thought, and also blends into the Exercise Paradox (also discussed in my book).