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The Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea Darrell Miller 5/8/19
Get Rid of Eye-Bags and Dark Circles Naturally Darrell Miller 1/10/18
A Magic Trick With Tea Bags For Your Teeth That Your Dentist Does Not Want You To Know!! Darrell Miller 8/24/17
People can use DE Darrell Miller 9/16/16
Does Coral Calcium Alkalize The Body? Darrell Miller 3/19/14
What are The Steps to Make Kombucha from Extract? Darrell Miller 11/21/12
Tasty new treats by Now Foods, "Crunch Clusters snacks" Darrell Miller 12/11/09
Barking Up The Wrong Tree – Dietary Supplements are targeted while foods sicken millions. Darrell Miller 11/9/06
FORMS OF STEVIA Darrell Miller 7/15/05
STEVIA: THE IDEAL SWEETENER? Darrell Miller 7/15/05
Fenugreek and Cinnamon to lower blood sugar ... Darrell Miller 5/18/05
Nattokinase: Food For Cardiovascular Health Darrell Miller 5/10/05



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The Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea
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Date: May 08, 2019 01:32 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: The Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea





Green tea is a very versatile health food with many different benefits. Green tea can help regulate your weight and your blood sugar. The caffeine and l-theanine it contains can help improve brain functioning and reduce anxiety symptoms. Green tea bags can be used to repair damage inflicted on your skin by free radicals and UV light. Green tea’s powerful anti-inflammatory effects may even help to reduce the damage to the body and brain from conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Key Takeaways:

  • The aging and potentially deadly effect of UV radiation is said to be lessened when the affected are also drinking green tea.
  • To promote eye skin elasticity and remove unsightly eye bags, place boiled, decaffeinated, organic, green tea bags that have been allowed to cool, on the appropriate area.
  • Data suggests that green tea facilitates the function of neurotransmitters in the brain and also boosts metabolism, thereby promoting healthy weight loss.

"“Green tea has been a favorite drink of health enthusiasts for decades,” Dr. Ellen Kamhi, Ph.D., author of the”Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide,” tells Newsmax. “It has also been well studied for its health promoting effects on skin. It’s high in compounds called polyphenols which help eliminate free radical damage and rejuvenate aging skin cells."

Read more: https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/green-tea-health-benefits/2019/03/19/id/907629/

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Get Rid of Eye-Bags and Dark Circles Naturally
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Date: January 10, 2018 03:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Get Rid of Eye-Bags and Dark Circles Naturally





Eye bags can be a worrying thing. While not necessarily a health risk, the can show that you are not sleeping enough. They are almost like bruises, with blood pooling under the skin and showing those dark circles. You can help these problems with a few easy tricks. The first involve being more healthy, by cutting back on smoking and alcohol. You can also place potatoes or cucumbers on those areas, acting almost like a ice pack, to help bring down any swelling.

Key Takeaways:

  • there are a number of causes for dark eye circles including genetic, environmental factors and the very thin skin under our eyes
  • all eye dark circles are not created equal, there is hyperpigmentation of the skin and other causes
  • here's what you can do to help: no smoking, less alcohol, a clean face at night, wear your sunglasses outside

"Although under eye dark circles are not exactly a health hazard but they may impact one’s look and hence confidence negatively."

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/article/health/get-rid-of-eye-bags-and-dark-circles-naturally-118010800598_1.html

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A Magic Trick With Tea Bags For Your Teeth That Your Dentist Does Not Want You To Know!!
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Date: August 24, 2017 12:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: A Magic Trick With Tea Bags For Your Teeth That Your Dentist Does Not Want You To Know!!





There is a magic trick with tea Bags for your teeth that your dentist might not want you to learn about. Tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. Each kind of tea offers a unique set of benefits for people. There are many hidden benefits that tea Bags offer. They are very good for your gums and they can also treat your sunburn. Tea Bags help you get rid of itchy and irritated skin caused by the burn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MqB9FhWJdY&rel=0

Key Takeaways:

  • A universally popular beverage, tea is consumed in a frequency just behind water and coffee.
  • Chill used tea Bags in the refrigerator and then apply them to painful gums to achieve relief from the soreness.
  • Tea tannins, in the used tea Bags, can be used to treat minor burns and to energize and refresh tired eyes.

"Helps to clean dishes: A plate full of grease ends with the patience of anyone."

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People can use DE
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Date: September 16, 2016 05:41 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: People can use DE

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is safe to consume internally and sprinkle around externally.  DE can be used as a natural deodorizer for garbage cans, vacuum cleaner Bags and refrigerators.  

Polishing jewelry

You can polish silver and jewelry by mixing DE in water to form a paste.  Apply then remove with a dry cloth.

Facial mask

For a facial mask mix DE with water or oil to make a paste.  Apply in a circular motion.  Leave on for five minutes, then wash off the warm water.

Polish your Teeth

Sprinkle a small amount of DE on toothpaste for vigorous tooth polishing.

Strengthen Nails

Mix DE with your favorite oil for nail soak to strengthen your nails.

Internal use amounts

The recommended dosage is 2% of dry weight.  One teaspoon of DE weighs 1/10 of an ounce.  Four cups of food weighs, on average, one pound.  If you consume four cups of food, you will use one tablespoon of DE.  If you want to mix with water, use one teaspoon for every cup of water.  Slowly work your way up in dosage so that you know your limits. 

Drink plenty of water when consuming 2 or more teaspoons daily. 

Have fun and enjoy a better life with DE. 

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Does Coral Calcium Alkalize The Body?
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Date: March 19, 2014 07:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Does Coral Calcium Alkalize The Body?

What is coral calcium

calciumCoral Calcium is a salt of calcium inferred from fossilized coral reefs. Coral Calcium is discovered commonly installed in the dirt in Japan. Coral calcium is made principally out of the shells and skeletons of reef-building coral and tiny ocean life, for example, star sand that occupy the zone.

Benefits of coral calcium

Calcium is a mineral we essentially need to have consistently, to keep our bones, teeth and nails solid, and avoid osteoporosis as we get more established. Notwithstanding upholding solid bones, calcium is fundamental in the sound working of the circulatory and sensory systems. Calcium is likewise crucial for fitting blood thickening. Calcium is 35% of our physique's mineral cosmetics and our first mineral. Incorporate these key minerals to your eating methodology today. What's more not at all like other calcium supplements, coral calcium does have exceptional properties that make it worth determinedly acknowledging as a supplement to your day by day diet.

Calcium is a standout amongst the most critical components in the eating regimen in light of the fact that it is a structural segment of bones, teeth, and delicate tissues and is key in a number of the constitution's metabolic procedures. A dietary inadequacy in the end drains bone stores, rendering the bones frail and inclined to crack. Thus, in the event that you need to get a considerable measure of calcium into your eating regimen, you can additionally devour expanding amounts of these green, verdant vegetables.

The normal American eating regimen of meats, refined grains, and sodas (high in phosphorus) has been reported to help expanded bone loss in grown-ups. Ladies, especially more seasoned ones, necessity to supplement their eating regimens with calcium. Coral calcium is one of the most forcefully and pervasively advertised dietary supplement-son the business sector today.

Don't be deluded by those that attempt to persuade you that Sango Coral Calcium is not advantageous to your health. Out of over 2,500 mixed Bags of coral on the planet, just the Sango Coral holds a natural organization indistinguishable to the human skeleton, including calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium.

Coral calcium is discriminating to great health, its similar to water and air. Coral Calcium is known as a stunning regular component and is recommended by numerous specialists in numerous nations. Living coral reefs are jeopardized and can't be gathered without huge harm to the biological community, and due to this, coral calcium is collected by crushing over the ground limestone stores that were once some piece of a coral reef.

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What are The Steps to Make Kombucha from Extract?
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Date: November 21, 2012 07:58 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What are The Steps to Make Kombucha from Extract?

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha is popularly known as a kind of tea which made by fermenting tea and sugar in the presence of yeasts and bacteria. But, in fact, it is a kind of beverage that is made from a colony of yeast and bacteria known as kombucha culture, frequently referred as a mushroom by its look though it is not a mushroom.

Steps to make Kombucha from extract:

  1. First of all boil about two liters of water in a clean saucepan.
  2. Then add 5-6 black tea Bags to it and let it brew at low flame for about 15-20 minutes
  3. .Then scoop out the tea Bags after turning off the stove.
  4. Now stir brewed tea well with a wooden spoon after adding a cup of sugar to it.
  5. Keep the covered pot of tea on the table for two hours to cool down to room temperature.
  6. Pour it into a jar and add two table spoons full of cider vinegar and kombucha culture to the brewed tea
  7. Cover the jar with clean cotton cloth safely tightened with rubber band.
  8. Put the covered jar in a dark and warm place where it may remain for at least a 8 to 14 days, as required according to season, undisturbed to allow it ferment properly.
  9. After the passage of time you should remove the kombucha culture from the jar.

Your kombucha tea is ready to be stored in bottles. Kombucha tea is used for various health benefits like detoxifying the liver to prevent cancer.

Health Benefits

Its richness of enzymes and presence of bacterial acids help in detoxing your body from the effects of toxins to ease your liver from excessive burdens. It helps in improving your digestion, fighting the overgrowth of harmful yeasts and eliminating or reducing the symptoms of depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, etc. So, take kombucha and live a healthy life.

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Tasty new treats by Now Foods, "Crunch Clusters snacks"
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Date: December 11, 2009 02:49 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Tasty new treats by Now Foods, "Crunch Clusters snacks"


Crunch Clusters 9 oz Bags Whoever said that health food had to taste bad never tried NOW® Crunchy Clusters. Our three popular varieties of these tasty bite-sized snacks have become such a big hit with consumers, we simply couldn't limit them to a 5 oz can. That's why we're super excited to introduce these new, more economical 9 oz Crunchy Cluster Bags. Now you can enjoy even more of these great tasting, nutritious snacks. Best of all, they can be taken anywhere. They're perfect for the office, after workouts, in-between meals, or anywhere an extra boost of nutritious energy is needed.

If you're going to snack on something throughout the day, why not make it something that tastes amazing? NOW® Crunchy Clusters are the perfect solution. Each scrumptious variety is made with natural ingredients, and guaranteed to be free of artificial preservatives, flavor enhancers, or colors.

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Barking Up The Wrong Tree – Dietary Supplements are targeted while foods sicken millions.
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Date: November 09, 2006 11:54 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Barking Up The Wrong Tree – Dietary Supplements are targeted while foods sicken millions.

The FDA and our enemies in Congress want you to believe that non-causal Adverse Event Reporting (AER, as presented in the S.3546 bill in Senate and the HR.6168 now in the House of Representatives) for supplements should be implemented to protect our health. The latest nationwide E.coli outbreak casts a shadow of doubt on S.3546/HR.6168 supporters’ motives, however-because these bills are treating safe, natural supplements as dangerous threats while foods wreak havoc on our nation’s health.

By the time this issue went to press, 187 people had been sickened and as many as three people had died from toxic E.coli bacteria found in contaminated Bags of spinach. Tragically, this is nothing new; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that food borne disease cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the United Stages each year. More than 200 known diseases are transmitted through bad food.

Despite these staggering figures, there is no adverse event reporting system in place for foods. So if our enemies in Congress truly want to protect us, why are they pursuing non causal AER for safe, natural dietary supplements and not foods? The unfortunate answer is that non-causal AER supporters are either ignorant or in pursuit to non-disclosed political agendas. The latter is extremely disturbing especially when these self serving political agendas, promoted in the name of “protecting health,” will actually harm public health by taking away our supplements.

Puzzling priorities

Not only are AER supporters barking up the wrong tree, but the AER bills that they have constructed are totally destructive. S.3546/HR.6168 is based on association and not causation. That’s right—S.3546/HR.6168 disregard what actually caused an adverse event, and instead use “guilt by association.” These poorly constructed bills are impotent when it comes to protecting people, but nonetheless are poised to devastate the nutritional supplements industry. If passed, S.3546/HR.6168 will unleash a barrage of frivolous lawsuits that will make trial lawyers rich while bankrupting the entire nutritional supplement industry and taking away our vitamins forever.

It is hard to imagine why some elected officials, the FDA and certain nutritional supplement industry groups are channeling so much money and energy into AER for harmless supplements while potentially deadly pathogens are tainting our food supply and sickening millions. If our elected officials truly wish to help the American people and protect public health, they should leave safe, natural dietary supplements alone and focus their AER efforts on foods—but only if they take the time to draft an intelligent, functional AER bill that is based causality.

Don’t Give Up the Fight

Adverse events with supplements are practically nonexistent. Adverse events with food are abundant. Elected officials who support S.3546/HR.6168 and the non-causal AER they espouse are clearly misguided, with an imbecile’s grasp on prioritization. If you agree that non-causal AER for supplements is an unwarranted waste of time and will destroy the industry by guilt by association, then please voice your opinion, before it’s too late!

Please call and fax Joe Barton, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and other key AER players at the following numbers (fax numbers second): Barton at 202-225-2002, 202-225-3052; Chairman of the Judiciary Committee F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. at 202-225-5101,202-225-3190; House Majority Leader John Boehner at 202-225-6205, 202-225-0704; Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert at 202-225-2976,202-225-0697; and Congressman Nathan Deal a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, at 202-225-5211, 202-225-8272.

Don’t let self-serving political skullduggery take your vitamins and supplements away from you! Visit www.NHA2006.com and take advantage of online tools that allow you to easily send faxes to Congress. Please do not delay—without swift and decisive action, we may all lose our health freedom forever!

*This editorial is a public service announcement sponsored by the Nutritional Health Alliance (NHA).



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FORMS OF STEVIA
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Date: July 15, 2005 12:51 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: FORMS OF STEVIA

FORMS OF STEVIA

Stevia has traditionally been used in either a powder or raw liquid form. Powdered forms can either be crude green or fine and white. Powders come in bulk or in tea Bags. White stevia powder is the most common type and usually has more sweetening power than other forms. Countries like Japan use a filler substance along with stevia powder in order to give it more substance and make it easier to package. Powdered forms can be somewhat difficult to measure, although they are considered quite practical. Liquid formulas which are often brown in color frequently add other compounds to counteract bitterness. Alcohol based extracts are also available, as well as new concentrated liquid varieties. White stevia powder is the most popular form of the sweetener, although the leaf, ground or whole, can be purchased loose or in tea Bags. Fresh leaves can be chewed but they are not practical for sweetening other foods. Dried leaves can used used for teas or in tea blends. Stevia tablets are also available for those who want to use the herb as a therapeutic rather than sweetening agent. Ground stevia can be sprinkled over cereals, salads, and other ready-toserve foods. (NOTE: Stevia powders can vary in their sweetening strength, which is determined to a great degree by the refining process and the plant quality.) If you choose to buy stevia leaves, they can widely vary in their quality and content depending on their cultivation and environmental conditions. The stevioside and rebaudidoside contents can also differ and bacterial or fungal contamination can be a problem. For this reason purchase stevia products only from reliable sources. Buying stevia in white powder or liquid extract forms from reliable distributors is also recommended.

Stevioside

Stevioside is the most powe rful form of the stevia glycoside and is usually available in either a white powder or liquid extract. It is the isolated glycoside form of stevia and is used specifically for its sweetening ability and not for any therapeutic applications. Japanese consumers use stevioside extensively.

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STEVIA: THE IDEAL SWEETENER?
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Date: July 15, 2005 12:51 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: STEVIA: THE IDEAL SWEETENER?

STEVIA: THE IDEAL SWEETENER?

For anyone who suffers from diabetes, hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, obesity or chronic yeast infections, stevia is the ideal sweetener. It has all the benefits of artificial sweeteners and none of the drawbacks. Stevia can be added to a variety of foods to make them sweet without adding calories or impacting the pancreas or adrenal glands. It can help to satisfy carbohydrate cravings without interfering with blood sugar levels or adding extra pounds.

Using stevia to create treats for children is also another excellent way to avoid weight gain, tooth decay and possible hyperactivity. While it may take some getting used to initially, stevia products are becoming easier to measure and better tasting.

Stevia’s Unique Taste Sensation

When the whole leaf extract or powdered forms of stevia make contact with the tongue, the resulting taste can be described as a sweet flavor, with a slight licorice-like and transient bitter flavor. If stevia is used correctly with hot water or some other liquid, both those flavors will disappear. At this writing, researchers are working on a new extraction process that will preserve stevia’s sweetening potency while minimizing any aftertaste associated with the herb.

Additional Therapeutic Benefits

Consider the following quote: Stevia . . . is not only non-toxic, but has several traditional medicinal uses. The Indian tribes of South America have used it as a digestive aid, and have also applied it topically for years to heal wounds. Recent clinical studies have shown it can increase glucose tolerance and decrease blood sugar levels. Of the two sweeteners (aspartame and stevia), stevia wins hands down for safety. (Whitaker) Stevia has a long history of medicinal use in Paraguay and Brazil and while many of the therapeutic applications of stevia are anecdotal, they must be considered in that they have spanned generations. Experts who work with indigenous cultures frequently find that traditional applications of folk medicine can be verified with scientific data.

Stevia and Blood Sugar Levels

Clinical tests combined with consumer results indicate that stevia can actually help to normalize blood sugar. For this reason, the herb and its extracts are recommended in some countries as an actual medicine for people suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia. Recent studies have indicated that stevia can increase glucose tolerance while decreasing blood sugar levels. Paraguayan natives have traditionally used stevia tea to regulate blood sugar. Stevia decoctions for diabetes are common and are usually prepared by boiling or steeping the leaves in water (Bonvie, 53). While scientific studies are certainly warranted, it is thought that disturbed blood sugar levels respond to stevia therapy while normal levels remain unaffected.

Stevia and Weight Loss

Stevia is an ideal dietary supplement for anyone who wants to lose or maintain their weight. Because it contains no calories, it can satisfy cravings for sweets without adding extra pounds. It is also thought that using stevia may decrease the desire to eat fatty foods as well. Appetite control is another factor affected by stevia supplementation. Some people have found that their hunger decreases if they take stevia drops 15 to 20 minutes before a meal. While scientific studies are lacking in this area, it is presumed that the glycosides in stevia help to reset the appestat mechanism found in the brain, thereby promoting a feeling of satiety or satisfaction. Much of our nation’s obesity epidemic is due to the over consumption of sugar-containing foods. Unfortunately, most sugary snacks are also loaded with fat, compounding the problem. When a sugar craving hits, anything will usually do. Doughnuts, candy bars, pies, pastries and cookies are considered high calorie, fattening foods. Using stevia to sweeten snacks and beverages can result making weight loss and management much easier.

High Blood Pressure

It is thought that taking stevia can result in lowering elevated blood pressure levels while not affecting normal levels. This particular application has not been researched, but its potential as a treatment for hypertension must be considered when assessing the value of herbal medicines for disease.

Microorganism Inhibitor?

Stevia is thought to be able to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria and other infectious organisms. Some people even claim that using stevia helps to prevent the onset of colds and flu. Tests have supported the antimicrobial properties of stevia against streptococcus mutans (Bonvie, 54). The fact that stevia has the ability to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria helps to explain its traditional use in treating wounds, sores and gum disease. It may also explain while the herb is advocated for anyone who is susceptible to yeast infections or reoccurring strep infections, two conditions that seem to be aggravated by white sugar consumption.

Oral Tonic

Stevia can be used as an oral tonic to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. Stevia extracts are sometimes added to toothpaste or mouthwashes to initiate this effect. Stevia is used in some Brazilian dental products with the assumption that the herb can actually help to prevent tooth decay and retard plaque deposits (Bonvie, 53). Stevia offers the perfect sweetener for oral products like toothpastes and mouthwash, enabling them to be more palatable without any of the drawbacks of other sweeteners.

Digestive Aid

Brazilians have used stevia to boost and facilitate better digestion (Bonvie, 53). Again, while this therapeutic application remains unresearched, the fact that stevia has a long history of use as a gastrointestinal tonic must be acknowledged. Plant glycosides can exert numerous therapeutic actions in the human body.

Stevia and Skin Care

Whole leaf stevia or its by-products have been used to soften and tone the skin and to ease wrinkles and lines. Facial masks can be made by adding liquid to the powder, and liquid elixirs can be used as facial toners to help tighten the skin. Stevia concentrate in the form of drops has also been used directly on sores or blemishes to promote healing. For this reason, some advocates of stevia use it on other skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, or minor cuts or wounds. Stevia tea Bags can be placed over the eyes to ease fatigue and to tone the skin. Stevia skin care products are available in clay bases, masks, and water-based creams. Liquid extracts can be directly applied to the skin.

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Fenugreek and Cinnamon to lower blood sugar ...
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Date: May 18, 2005 09:27 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Fenugreek and Cinnamon to lower blood sugar ...

Fenugreek and cinnamon have had extensive studies devoted to their anti-diabetic properties. The major action of fenugreek may be via blockage of glucose absorption [35]. Cinnamon has been shown to have insulin-like action [38] and affect insulin signalling [39]. There is little association of diabetes treatment with cumin, pumpkin seed and oregano [35], although animal studies do suggest that cumin may lower circulating lipid levels in diabetic rats [40]. The long-term safety of these condiments in the food supply suggests the possibility of daily use over the long haul to prevent or ameliorate insulin resistance and perhaps even increase useful lifespan [1,41]. Previous studies with other natural products have suggested this potential [42]. Future studies are necessary to test the veracity of this hypothesis.

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Nattokinase: Food For Cardiovascular Health
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Date: May 10, 2005 10:13 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Nattokinase: Food For Cardiovascular Health

Say it Ain't Soy!

Yes, but this soybean is different! What makes it different is simple. after hours of fermentation, the boiled soybean metamorphose to an ancient medicinal food called "Natto" pronounced "Nah'-Toe." Natto may just be the "perfect food," producing 18 valuable amino acids and an enxyme natokinase that may challenge the pharmaceutical industry's best "blood-clot busters." Natto, which has recently attracted attention throughout the world, is the third most popular type of fermented soybean in the japanese diet. Japan has the highest average longevity in the world, which may partly be attributed to a high consumption of natto.

When compared with ordinary soybeans, the natto produces more calories, protein, fiber, calium, potassium and vitamin B2. Its high protein and economical price in terms of protein per gram has earned it the sobriquet. "Hata-ke no niko," a meat of the field. This nickname appears well deserved, as in comparison with an equivalent amount of beef, natto has slighly less protein (16.5 grams to 21.2 grams),but contains more carbohydrates and fiber, and is also higher in calcium, phosphorous, iron and vitamin B2. Plus, it has nearly double the calcium and far more vitamin E to boot.

According to legend, the first person to originate traditional Japanese natto was the famous warrior Yoshiie Minamoto during the Heian era of Japanese history (794 - 1192 A.D.). The horse was extremely important to the Japanese samurai warrior of the period, and great care was given to provide suitable provisions for the horses when armies were on the move. Typically, boiled soybeans were cooled down, dried in teh sun and packed immediately in rice straw Bags for transport with the army. If the army was on a rapid deployment, the boiled soybeans were packed hastely into the rice straw Bags with out cooling or drying. The rice straw just happened to contain a harmless and naturally occuring microorganism, Bacillus Subtilis that fermented the soybeans and producted natto with its characteristic sticky texture.

Initially, the soybeans were presumed to have spoiled until yashiie minamoto observed that his horses were "picky eaters" and demonstrated a preference for the "spoiled" Soybeans or natto. One day, Minamoto demonstrated tremendous courage and dipped his fingers into the seemingly rotten goo. To his astonishment, the fermented soybeans were not only edible but had a distinct umami flavor. Minamoto was responsible for introducing natto to northwestern Japan, where he ruled. To this day natto is especially popular in that region of Japan as a folk remedy for fatigue, beriberi, dysentery, heart and vascular deseases.

The most distinctive features of natto are the adheasive surrounding the soybeans and the strong flavor. The sticky material has been shown to consist of poly-g-glutamic Acid (D and L) and polysaccharides (Levan-form fructan), and the strong "cheese like" flavor is due to the presence of pyrazine. These features sometimes make it hard for some people, especially people from other countries, to accept natto; however, these are the main factors which give natto the outstanding properties. Natto, which has recently attracted attention throughout the world, is a familiar part of the Japanese diet.

Technical Aspects of Nattokinase:

Nattokinase produces a prolonged action in two ways: it prevents the formation of thrombi and it dissolves existing thrombus. Nattokinase orally administrated to twelve healthy adults indicated elevations in the breakdown products of the fibrin and the ability of the blood to break down fibrin called eugobulin fibrionlytic activity (EFA). These results suggest the ability of nattokinase to accelerate fibrinolysis in the blood for a prolonged period of time. FDP levels in the adults drastically increased 4 hours after the administration of the nattokinase, indicating that fibrin within the blood vessels is gradually being disolved with repeated intake of nattokinase. By measuring the EFA & FDP levels, the activity of nattokinase has been determined to last for 8 to 12 hours. An additional parameter for confirming the action of NATTOKINASE following oral administration is a rise in blood levels of tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) antigen, which indicates a release of TPA from the endothelial cells and/or the liver and the endogenous production of plasmin (The body's blood clotting buster).6,7

In 1995, researchers from Miyazki Medical College and Kurashiki Unerversity of science and arts in Japan studied the effects of nattokinase on the blood preasure in both animals and human subjects. In addition, the researchers confirmed the presence of inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) within the test extract, which consisted of 80% ethanol extract of lyophilized viscous materials of natto. ACE causes blood vessels to narrow and blood pressure to rise - by inhibiting ACE; nattokinase has a lowering effect on blood pressure.1,2

The same natto extract was then tested on human volunteers with high blood pressure. Blood pressure levels were measured after 30 grams of lyophilized extract (Equivalent to 200 grams of natto food) was administered orally for 4 consecutive days. In 4 out of 5 volunteers, the systolic blood pressure (SBP) decreased on average from 173.8+- 20.5 mmHg to 154.8+-12.6 mmHg. Diastolic blood pressure (DBP) decreased on average from 101.0+- 11.3 mmHg to 91.2+- 6.6 mmHg. On average, this data representes a 10.9 percent drop in SBP and a 9.7 precent drop in DBP. 1,2,6

Disclaimer: The above artical is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat a particular illness. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of a holistically competen t licensed professional health care provider. The information in this artical has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any desease.

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