Archive for February, 2010

Pea Protein – Heart-Healthy Protein for Everyone

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Many vegans and vegetarians struggle to consume optimum levels of protein. And many others search to have the right amounts and types of protein in their diets, for heart health, healthy weight, and healthy glucose levels.

Combining proteins from plant sources can be difficult, especially for people who are pressed for time and for those who avoid not only meats but dairy products, soy and eggs as well. Source Naturals Pea Protein Power is a natural vegetable protein powder made from yellow peas (Pisum sativum), the peas used in split pea soup. This is a highly digestible, highly bioavailable protein source.

  • Great way to supplement a vegetarian diet for those who have problems eating beans or soy, and suitable for children and adults.
  • Increases carbohydrate metabolism for heart health, weight management and healthy glucose levels.
  • Completes the protein profile of grain proteins due to high lysine content.
  • Non-GMO, 100% gluten-and cholesterol-free.
  • Highly digestible, hypo-allergenic.
  • Easily incorporated into drinks, smoothies, shakes, crackers, chips, snacks, soups and other dishes.

Pea Protein is a great way to boost the protein in your diet.

What’s All the Excitement About?
Protein is a critical part of the adult diet. Recent studies show that eating more lean protein, including vegetable proteins like pea protein, while cutting back on refined carbohydrates, may benefit heart health, body composition, and carbohydrate metabolism. Diets with increased protein and reduced carbohydrates have been shown to improve glycemic regulation as well.

The Power of Proteins
Proteins are the essence of life, the foundation for numerous compounds in the body:
Enzymes: Enzymes are protein molecules that act as catalysts for most of our physiological processes.
Structural Proteins: Structural proteins are the major building blocks of muscles. Other proteins form our bones, teeth, skin, tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, hair and nails.
Transport Proteins: Proteins are responsible for the flow of nutrients into and out of the cells.

Twenty standard amino acids comprise practically all of the body’s protein. Some of these aminos can be synthesized from other substances in the body, while others—called essential amino acids—must be obtained from food. The body requires protein in its diet for growth, maintenance and repair.

But Which One is Best?
The amino acid composition of protein is the most important factor for choosing a dietary protein, and the goal is to eat quantities of the amino acids in optimal amounts: this allows the utilization of other amino acids and supports the body’s own protein synthesis. There are few vegetable sources of complete proteins. Many vegetarians consume carbohydrate-rich foods, such as grains, breads and pasta, often at the expense of good quality protein. Not only are these not very high in protein, they are limited in one essential amino acid, lysine. Legumes (such as beans and peas) have high supplies of lysine but are limited in sulfur-containing amino acids, methionine and cysteine. Thus, the wide range of grains and peas perfectly compliment each other.

The second criteria is digestibility—how much of the particular protein is assimilated into the body. Protein concentrates from legumes are digested with an efficiency of greater than 90 percent, making them almost equivalent to meat, eggs or milk in digestibility. Low heat used during processing ensures that the most important amino acids stay intact.

Third is allergenicity. Pea protein does not contain gluten or lactose, and it is not on the list of most common allergenic foods.

Pea protein is convenient for daily use. You can blend it into smoothies and add it to soups, stews and pasta dishes. You can also add it to rice, oatmeal and other grains or any vegetable dishes. It has a neutral taste and good solubility—an excellent way to give your body the optimum nutrition it needs.

So whether you are a vegan who wants to be assured of good quality protein in your diet, or a person who is looking for ways to increase heart health and maintain balanced glucose levels, Source Naturals Pea Protein Power is an ideal addition to your daily meals.

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Ceramides — Breakthrough in Face, Hair, and Body Treatments

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

What are ceramides?

Ceramides are a natural part of the cell membrane in the outermost layer of the epidermis. They help the skin to maintain its moisture-binding and protective barrier functions. Ceramides make up 40% of the lipid, or oily, component of the intercellular cement which binds epidermal skin cells together.

Intercellular cement in the skin performs the same function as mortar between the bricks in a wall. As the wall ages, the substance which prevents this from happening is the intercellular cement of the skin.

Where do ceramides come from?

Ceramides can be chemically synthesized, derived from animals or plants, or yeast-derived. Chemically synthesized ceramides do not meet the criteria for “natural”. Ceramides can be derived from animals — usually obtained from the brain and spinal cord — but these are not cruelty free sources. In addition, ceramides from animal sources can carry viruses. Ceramides derived from plants are less concentrated. The ceramides used in Borlind Ceramide Vital Fluid are biotechnically obtained from yeast.

Why are they important?

The amount of ceramide in the epidermis determines the level of hydration of the skin. The lower the amount of ceramide, the drier the skin. Thus ceramides play a key role in maintaining the moisture level, smoothness, elasticity, and firmness of the skin.  As we age, the ceramide concentration in the skin’s intercellular cement declines. The result – damaging environmental pollutants and other harmful elements can enter the body. In addition, the skin’s moisture-binding capability diminishes resulting in dehydration of the tissues.

Why are ceramides beneficial?

Topical application of ceramides increases the concentration of ceramides in the epidermis. The result:

  • Reduced moisture loss
  • Enhanced moisture binding capability
  • Increased elasticity and firmness
  • Reinforcement of the skin’s protective functions
  • Strengthened resistance to free radical damage
  • Noticeable smoothing of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Smoother, more refined skin texture

Ceramides are also excellent restorative care for skin that has been abraded or over-exposed to the elements. Damage caused by rubbing, scrubbing, wind, burning, sunburn, or chemical peeling heals more rapidly when ceramides are
topically applied. Moisture levels in the skin also increase with regular ceramide application. Hydration gives a smoother appearance, reducing scaliness and dullness.

Ceramide Vital Fluid — Enhances Benefits of Daily Skin Care Program

Ceramide Vital Fluid stimulates oxygen utilization in the cells and supports natural skin regeneration. At the same time the moisture-retaining ability of the skin is increased and its resistance strengthened. Ceramide Vital Fluid is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Used as a daily supplement to the regular care program, Ceramide Vital Fluid should be applied after cleansing and toning and before day or night creams. Dermatological tests have shown that after 14 days of regular use, Ceramide Vital Fluid

  • Increases firmness of the skin by 42%
  • Boosts moisture content of the skin by 28%
  • Increases skin’s protection against free radicals by 88%
  • Enhances cell regeneration

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