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CLA and weight loss, muscles, cancer, heart health, and more

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Looking to get lean, build or maintain muscle? One promising answer is conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which can be found in grass-fed meat and raw dairy products from grass-fed animals such as beef, milk, butter and cottage cheese. CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to support long-term health and fitness goals including weight loss, fat burning, lean muscle building and muscle retention, even during weight loss.
Other benefits of CLA on the body include increased metabolic rate, enhanced muscle growth, decreased food-induced allergic reactions, and lower cholesterol and insulin resistance. CLA is also beneficial in improving osteoporosis, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, high blood pleasure, and diabetes.
Furthermore, CLA enhances the immune system and fights cancer. Research has linked its cancer fighting capabilities to colorectal, lung, skin, stomach, and breast cancer, with even a small addition of CLA resulting in over 50% tumor reduction.
Unfortunately, there is a deficiency of CLA in the average American diet, a trend that has risen with the obesity and cancer epidemics in recent decades – as the availability of CLA in our diets has decreased. The meat and dairy industry has shifted away from grass-fed, free-range, and natural and gone the way of feedlot systems and the addition of hormones, additives, chemicals, antibiotics, toxins, and more. Animals under these conditions are more susceptible to disease, and produce nutritionally inferior meat and dairy products, not to mention the sheer cruelty of their living conditions in many cases.
This shift has brought with it a decline in the CLA content of meat and dairy products, which research has highlighted as a serious potential factor for the rise in obesity, cancer, diabetes, and other health problems. Fortunately, there is a solution: grass-fed beef and raw dairy from grass-fed sources. Grass-fed meat and dairy have been found to contain three to five times more CLA than grain-fed.
So whether you’re a bodybuilder, athlete, looking to drop a few pounds, prevent or fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, are against animal cruelty, or just want to improve your health, one vital component is the addition of grass-fed beef and dairy to your diet – it’s a healthier, tastier, and humane way to optimum health. Shop farm fresh, support local, and fuel, heal and nourish your body with superior nutrition.

Resources:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/23/conjugated-linoleic-acid-from-grass-fed-beef.aspx#!
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mike8.htm

The Incredible, Edible Egg

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Farm Fresh Pastured Egg (brown) vs Factory Egg (white)

Pasture Eggs vs Factory Eggs

Trouble sleeping? Feeling foggy? Bad Mood?
Eat an egg. Or two. Eggs are a superfood, providing building blocks for healthy neurotransmitter functioning including boosting serotonin, dopamine,   nor- epinephrine, epinephrine and acetylcholine levels in the brain while providing a host of essential nutrients.
Rich in protein, eggs are high in tryptophan which is involved in the production of serotonin, the “feel-good hormone.” Low levels of tryptophan (and thus, serotonin) are associated with depression, insomnia, weight gain, and other health issues. Increasing your intake of eggs boosts tryptophan which in turn increases serotonin. This boost brings with it a natural uplifting of mood and improvements in sleep, mood regulation, and overall feelings of well-being.
Eggs are also high in tyrosine which is involved in the production of dopamine, nor- epinephrine and epinephrine. Why is this important? These neurotransmitters are responsible for mental alertness and activity, energy, cognition, concentration, motivation and memory creation and storage. Tyrosine is also crucial to the production of thyroid hormones.
Egg yolks are an abundant source of choline, which is vital to the metabolism of fat. Choline is the building block for acetylcholine which is vital for concentration, memory storage and recall, focus, muscle coordination, thought and cognition.
Furthermore, research has confirmed that eggs do not in fact raise cholesterol and are part of a heart-healthy diet. The yolks are a healthy fat, providing countless vital nutrients to the brain and heart, including lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants associated with improving vision and eye health.
There’s just one catch: if you want the full benefit of nutrients and health, opt for pastured or free-range eggs. Also opt for raw as much as possible, as cooking (especially microwaving) destroys many of the nutrients. Besides providing a superior source of nutrients, pastured/free-range eggs have a significantly lower risk of contamination by disease-causing bacteria than their caged counterparts.
Other benefits to pastured eggs are that the hens live a more humane life, free to roam instead of being confined and jam-packed into cages. More time in the sun leads to increased vitamin d, and being free to eat a more natural, varied diet, i.e. more protein and nutrients as opposed to grain, soy, corn, additives, hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics, leads to nutritionally superior eggs.
In fact, studies have shown far higher nutrient content in grass-fed, pastured eggs than factory eggs, including:

-two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids
-10% less fat; 25% less satured fat
-40-70% more vitamin A
-34% less cholesterol
-3 times more vitamin E
-7 times more beta carotene
-three to six times more vitamin D
-70% more vitamin B12
-50% more folic acid

Pastured eggs are richer in color, plumper, thicker, and tastier than their factory counterparts. This is truly a case of you get what you pay for; pastured eggs are nutrient dense, tastier, and far more humane than factory eggs which are provide far less nutritional value and taste, and are raised in deplorable conditions. “You’d have to eat 5 supermarket eggs to get the same amount of vitamin D from one pastured egg.”

The bottom line: shop farm fresh, support local, and know that you’re getting the healthiest, nutritionally superior foods procured under humane and healthy conditions. That’s good for the body, the mind and the soul.

This is precisely what Dr. Steve Moreau has done for you as part of his service making farm fresh grass-fed, pastured, nutritionally (and ethically) superior food available in Central Florida. He offers pastured eggs with no growth hormones, antibiotics or chemicals, which he assures as such after his own personal inspection of local farms. His service supports local farmers while providing a variety of healthy and humanely produced eggs, meats, dairy, greens, and other farm fresh, grass-fed, pastured, and nutrient dense foods for convenient purchase from one of several Central Florida locations.

Saturated Fats- Your Key to Health

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

The Truth about Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

We’ve all seen the countless warnings from the American Heart Association, American Medical Association, food conglomerates and our own doctors warning us to avoid eating saturated fat because of the “heart-disease-causing” cholesterol it contains. But have you ever stopped to ask why?

Since the dawn of time, humans have eaten a diet rich in animal fats such as butter, lard and tallow, which are loaded with saturated fatty acids.  So just what is a saturated fat?  These fats are straight chains of carbon and hydrogen that pack together easily. It is this feature that allows saturated fats to remain relatively solid at room temperature. Vegetable oils(polyunsaturated fats), however are missing various amounts of hydrogen connections and instead have a weaker double bond. Now here is the crucial part, these very same double bonds are weaker and prone to damage from heat, and excessive processing. This same weakness causes vegetable oils to form free radicals much more easily than very stable saturated fats. It is this process (free radical formation) that makes vegetable or seed oils like flaxseed go rancid. Free radicals damage results in inflammation, chronic inflammation is know recognized as the underlying cause of modern degenerative diseases.  Most saturated fat is of animal origins with the  exception of coconut oil which is a plant source of saturated fats. Grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, liver, raw dairy are excellent sources of these neglected nutrients.

So what are the facts?
•    In 1900, at least 35 percent of the calories in the American diet came from saturated dairy fats in the form of raw butter, cream and whole milk. Other sources were pastured eggs, natural pork and grass fed beef. During this time, heart disease was practically unheard of.

•    Research dating back to the 1950s indicates saturated fats are necessary for a strong immune system, healthy function of hormone levels and reproduction, for calcium to be used by the bones, and omega-3s to be used by the body properly.

•    Animal foods that contain saturated fat and cholesterol provide vital nutrients necessary for growth, energy and protection from degenerative disease. Dietary cholesterol helps strengthen the intestinal wall, which is why low-cholesterol diets can lead to intestinal disorders.

•    Cholesterol is essential for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is the body’s natural “feel-good” chemical. Low cholesterol levels have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior, depression and suicidal tendencies.

•    Mother’s milk is rich in cholesterol. Children need cholesterol-rich foods for proper brain and nervous system development.

So why is it that the United States spends more than $60 billion a year on cholesterol screening and cholesterol-lowering drugs even though a positive risk/benefit ratio for this treatment has never been established? Do your own research then…You decide!

Sources:
Cholesterol/Saturated Fats

“The Oiling of America” by Mary Enig, PhD, and Sally Fallon                                                            http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/oiling.html

Inflammation:                                                                                                            http://www.inflammationwellness.com/?cat=12 http://westonaprice.org/moderndiseases/hd.html