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Favorite Protein Bars ?
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The Oil Pulling Thread
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What are you eating now ?
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Vegan Diets: Omega-3 Conv...
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Water Fasting Dangers
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Best Meditation Videos On...
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  The Green Tea/Herbal Tea Discussion Thread
Posted by: admin - 03-16-2018, 02:37 PM - Forum: Herbs, Superfoods & Dietary Supplements - No Replies

Thread for discussing everything related to tea and herbal teas.

From green tea to chamomile tea.

I'll start the thread off by posting a cup of Kenyan Purple tea, which I am enjoying at the moment.

Purple tea is very unique to other camellia sinensis tea, as it contains high levels of health-promoting phyto-nutrient anthocyanins.

I'd love to hear what our forum members favorite herbal teas are.

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  The Oil Pulling Thread
Posted by: admin - 03-12-2018, 01:48 PM - Forum: Alternative Therapies - Replies (5)

Thread for discussing everything related to the ancient alternative therapy Oil Pulling.

There are actually now a few small studies on oil pulling which have found reduced plaque causing bacteria and improved oral health.  I will link the studies up in the thread shortly.

I am currently doing a 90 day oil pulling experiment myself, using extra virgin olive oil as my choice of oil.

I will report back with any benefits or side effects that I encounter.  I've tried oil pulling many times acutely in the past, but usually life gets in the way of me sticking to trying it.

This time though I am diligently going to start every morning by oil pulling for 20 minutes and maybe throw in a second oil pulling session later in the day.

Would love to hear other's experiences with oil pulling.

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  Vegan Diets: Omega-3 Conversion - ALA to EPA & DHA
Posted by: admin - 03-11-2018, 08:41 PM - Forum: Diet & Nutrition Discussion - No Replies

Some studies have indicated that conversion of alpha-linolenic acid to docosahexaenoic acid to be potentially unreliable and restricted in adults.

Vegan diets typically only provide Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of short-chain alpha-linolenic acid, from plant-based food sources such as flax seed, chia seed, walnuts, leafy greens and so on.

There are now vegan algae derived omega-3 DHA supplements available such as: Testa Vegan Plantbased Omega-3 DHA Algae Oil Capsules

Consuming a diet excessively rich in omega-6 fatty acids has been shown to significantly reduce the conversion of ALA to DHA by 40-50%.  Most modern diets are excessively rich in Omega-6 fatty acids, whilst being low in balancing Omega-3 fats.

Study abstract

A diet including 2-3 portions of fatty fish per week, which corresponds to the intake of 1.25 g EPA (20:5n-3) + DHA (22:6n-3) per day, has been officially recommended on the basis of epidemiological findings showing a beneficial role of these n-3 long-chain PUFA in the prevention of cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases.

The parent fatty acid ALA (18:3n-3), found in vegetable oils such as flaxseed or rapeseed oil, is used by the human organism partly as a source of energy, partly as a precursor of the metabolites, but the degree of conversion appears to be unreliable and restricted. More specifically, most studies in humans have shown that whereas a certain, though restricted, conversion of high doses of ALA to EPA occurs, conversion to DHA is severely restricted.

The use of ALA labelled with radioisotopes suggested that with a background diet high in saturated fat conversion to long-chain metabolites is approximately 6% for EPA and 3.8% for DHA.

With a diet rich in n-6 PUFA, conversion is reduced by 40 to 50%. It is thus reasonable to observe an n-6/n-3 PUFA ratio not exceeding 4-6. Restricted conversion to DHA may be critical since evidence has been increasing that this long-chain metabolite has an autonomous function, e.g. in the brain, retina and spermatozoa where it is the most prominent fatty acid.

In neonates deficiency is associated with visual impairment, abnormalities in the electroretinogram and delayed cognitive development. In adults the potential role of DHA in neurological function still needs to be investigated in depth. Regarding cardiovascular risk factors DHA has been shown to reduce triglyceride concentrations.

These findings indicate that future attention will have to focus on the adequate provision of DHA which can reliably be achieved only with the supply of the preformed long-chain metabolite.

Full study source can be viewed at: Can adults adequately convert alpha-linolenic acid (18:3n-3) to eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3) and docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n-3)?

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  Water Fasting Dangers
Posted by: admin - 03-10-2018, 05:01 PM - Forum: Alternative Therapies - No Replies

Water fasting is currently becoming very popular once again due to various Youtubers promoting water fasts and dry fasting on their videos on Youtube.

In my opinion water fasting is potentially one of the most dangerous "alternative therapies" out there and it's not something I recommend. 

The main reason for this is that I believe the health benefits of water fasting tend to be severely overhyped by fasting promoters.

The next reason is that I believe most individuals are not of strong enough constitution/metabolic health and/or nutritional status to be able to handle long 30+ day water fasts multiple times a year as many of these pseudo-science raw food "gurus" often recommend on youtube. 

Even many healthy individuals can often have various micronutrient deficiencies, so to then go do 30 days of water fasting several times a year, where you are consuming no dietary intake of nutrients such as vitamin b12, folate, vitamin b6 etc in the process, it will eventually begin to negatively impact the likes of methylation function, especially if you are already depleted in these nutrients to begin with.

We are now seeing many anecdotal reports on youtube from individuals who have tried water fasting, dry fasting or juice fasting/feasting only to develop issues such as hypoglycemia, severe headaches, dizziness, passing out, ketoacidosis, nutrient deficiencies and all sorts of other health problems. 

So despite what the promoters of these questionable, dangerous, pseudo-science "detox/cleanse" protocols often try to claim, the real life results are often far different.  The reality is that most are not well enough to even be able to do a day of just living on juice fasting or water fasts without running into low blood sugar and the likes of hypoglycemia symptoms. 

Short term fasts and/or intermittent fasting protocols for healthy individuals is one thing, but the long-term water fasts/dry fasts that are often recommended for chronically ill individuals can potentially be very dangerous and contraindicated for these people to even try.

Dry fasting is often promoted as an advanced form of fasting, where no water is consumed during the fast and supposedly that is meant to produce even more healing benefits according to the various fasting "gurus".  Dry fasting in my opinion is even more dangerous and not something I'd recommend to bother with either.

There are so many proven safe, evidence-based ways to improve health out there from nutritional therapy to various herbs, that I see no valid reason to put the body through these extreme, non-evidence based long-term water fasts, where there is little to no evidence to support water fasting for treating whatever condition.

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  Best Meditation Videos On Youtube
Posted by: admin - 03-07-2018, 04:10 PM - Forum: Alternative Therapies - Replies (1)

Thread for sharing good meditation music videos that are available on youtube.

I'll start with one of my favorite meditation videos.  I find it very relaxing and calming, very helpful for promoting a good nights sleep.

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  Coenzyme Q10 Deficiency & Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)
Posted by: admin - 02-28-2018, 12:23 PM - Forum: Health Conditions Discussion - No Replies

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a medical illness characterized by disorders in inflammatory and oxidative and nitrosative (IO&NS) pathways.


This paper examines the role of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a mitochondrial nutrient which acts as an essential cofactor for the production of ATP in mitochondria and which displays significant antioxidant activities. Plasma CoQ10 has been assayed in 58 patients with ME/CFS and in 22 normal controls; the relationships between CoQ10 and the severity of ME/CFS as measured by means of the FibroFatigue (FF) scale were measured.


Plasma CoQ10 was significantly (p=0.00001) lower in ME/CFS patients than in normal controls. Up to 44.8% of patients with ME/CFS had values beneath the lowest plasma CoQ10 value detected in the normal controls, i.e. 490 microg/L. In ME/CFS, there were significant and inverse relationships between CoQ10 and the total score on the FF scale, fatigue and autonomic symptoms. Patients with very low CoQ10 (<390 microg/L) suffered significantly more from concentration and memory disturbances.


The results show that lowered levels of CoQ10 play a role in the pathophysiology of ME/CFS and that symptoms, such as fatigue, and autonomic and neurocognitive symptoms may be caused by CoQ10 depletion.

Our results suggest that patients with ME/CFS would benefit from CoQ10 supplementation in order to normalize the low CoQ10 syndrome and the IO&NS disorders.

The findings that lower CoQ10 is an independent predictor of chronic heart failure (CHF) and mortality due to CHF may explain previous reports that the mean age of ME/CFS patients dying from CHF is 25 years younger than the age of those dying from CHF in the general population. Since statins significantly decrease plasma CoQ10, ME/CFS should be regarded as a relative contraindication for treatment with statins without CoQ10 supplementation.

Full source study can be viewed at: Coenzyme Q10 deficiency in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is related to fatigue, autonomic and neurocognitive symptoms and is another risk factor explaining the early mortality in ME/CFS due to cardiovascular disorder.

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  Favorite Protein Bars ?
Posted by: admin - 02-21-2018, 06:54 PM - Forum: Diet & Nutrition Discussion - Replies (5)

Thread for discussing/reviewing your favorite protein bars

I'll start with the Sci:Mx Pro2Go - Yogurt & Honey Flapjack.

Contains 21g Protein per bar.

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  The General Exercise/Fitness Thread
Posted by: admin - 02-20-2018, 04:16 PM - Forum: Exercise & Fitness Discussion - Replies (2)

Thread for all general chat related to exercise and fitness.

Just finished a boxing/heavy bag workout there with a little bit of body weight conditioning exercises at the end(burpees etc).

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  Fenugreek Studies & Scientific Research
Posted by: admin - 02-19-2018, 08:03 AM - Forum: Herbs, Superfoods & Dietary Supplements - Replies (1)

Thread for sharing all the latest scientific research on Fenugreek(Trigonella foenum-graecum Linn.).

Plant-derived natural products have long-standing utility toward treating degenerative diseases. It is estimated that about two-thirds of world population depend on traditional medicine for primary medical needs.

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum Linn.), a short-living annual medicinal plant belonging to Fabaceae family, is used extensively in various parts of the world as herb, food, spice, and traditional medicine.

Fenugreek is considered as one of the oldest medicinal plants and its health-promoting effects have been cited in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.

The investigations into the chemical composition and pharmacological actions have seen a renaissance in recent years. Extensive preclinical and clinical research have outlined the pharmaceutical uses of fenugreek as antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic, antiobesity, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, galactogogue and for miscellaneous pharmacological effects, including improving women's health.

The pharmacological actions of fenugreek are attributed to diverse array of phytoconstituents. The phytochemical analysis reveals the presence of steroids, alkaloids, saponins, polyphenols, flavonoids, lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, and hydrocarbons.

This review aims to summarize and critically analyze the current available literature to understand the potential of fenugreek for disease prevention and health improvement with special emphasis on cellular and molecular mechanisms. Current challenges and new directions of research on fenugreek are also discussed.

Full source study can be viewed at: A small plant with big benefits: Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum Linn.) for disease prevention and health promotion.

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  Favorite Protein Powders ?
Posted by: admin - 02-19-2018, 07:54 AM - Forum: Diet & Nutrition Discussion - No Replies

Thread for discussing everything related to protein powders.

There are many different brands and types of protein powders on the market these days from the usual whey protein to vegan protein powders such as rice protein, pea protein, hemp protein and many others.

Discuss your favorite brands of protein powders in this thread.

Some good retailers for protein include:

My Protein

Muscle Food

Holland & Barrett

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