Natural Products Expo West 2013 Part OneMarch 26, 2013 Written by JP [Font too small?]
Once again, team Healthy Fellow visited this year’s Natural Products Expo West. Beginning on March 8th and extending through March 10th, we attended a diverse series of lectures, sampled a wide array of health foods and stopped at any and every booth that seemed promising. In the next few columns, I’ll share some of the products found at Expo West that I believe are worthy of your hard earned money and time. To be clear, I don’t consult with or represent any of the companies mentioned. My sole intent is to spread the word about a select group of foods and supplements that I think represent the best and brightest of Expo West 2013.
Conventional physicians frequently recommend a daily aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In the past, there really wasn’t much in the way of scientifically validated, natural alternatives to aspirin therapy. However, there is now an all-natural supplement that may offer a viable alternative for those who cannot or choose not to use aspirin. The product in question is known as Fruitflow. The active ingredient is a lycopene-free, tomato extract. Much like aspirin, Fruitflow exerts antiplatelet activity which allows for blood to flow more efficiently through blood vessels. In addition, thus far there is no indication that Fruitflow presents the same side effects commonly associated with daily aspirin use, including bleeding risk and gastrointestinal complications.
One of the most impressive new entries in the probiotic market is an innovative product line called Inner-Eco. These dairy free, kefir cultured beverages utilize a base of fresh coconut water. Each all-natural, sugar-free serving yields a minimum of “100 billion active probiotic kefir cultures”. If you’re wondering why you should consider a coconut based kefir instead of a dairy based kefir, the answer lies in a newly published study appearing in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. In it, researchers discovered some good and bad news about traditional milk containing kefir. On the positive side, dairy kefir was found to have a relatively low glycemic index. However, the dairy version of this probiotic food also presented a high insulinemic index – causing a rise in insulin production. Excess insulin output can contribute to many problems, including increased cancer risk, storage of body fat and a reduction in HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Last, but not least, I like the fact that this particular kefir is sold in amber, glass bottles in the refrigerated section of health food stores and specialty markets. This is clearly the best way to protect delicate probiotics and to ensure that they impart their desired health promoting properties after consumption.
To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 – Natural Products Expo West Wraps Up with Record Attendance … (link)
Study 2 – Swanson Vitamins: Fruitflow Circulatory Health Formula … (link)
Study 3 – Effects of Antiplatelet Components of Tomato Extract on Platelet … (link)
Study 4 – Effects of Tomato Extract on Platelet Function: A Double-Blind … (link)
Study 5 – Inner-Eco Fresh Harvested Coconut Water Kefir … (link)
Study 6 – Kefir and Health: A Contemporary Perspective … (link)
Study 7 – Glycemic Index, Insulinemic Index, and Satiety Index of Kefir … (link)
Fruitflow May Reduce the Risk of Thrombotic Events
Source: Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Sep;84(3):561-9. (link)
Tags: Aspirin, Kefir, Tomatoes
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