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February 28, 2018 by Joseph Fermin 0 Comments

Roasted Pepper Avocado Soup, Help Boost Testosterone 5 (3)

Roasted Pepper Avocado Soup and

The Benefits of Cholesterol and Testosterone

Roasted Pepper Avocado Soup, This Creamy avocado dish, and slow-cooked peppers make a delicious combination in this rich, velvety soup. Serve it right out of the slow cooker or refrigerate and serve cold.

Avocados contain a right amount of monounsaturated fats (MUFA) which in turn raises the level of HDL (good) cholesterol. Good cholesterol is vital for the production of testosterone, which is why you instantly feel a “testosterone rush” after feasting on a serving of avocado. Turmeric is also potent, and as I have mentioned in this article, inflammation can negatively affect the Leydig cell functioning in the testes and reduce the production of testosterone. But by lowering inflammation in the body, turmeric can help increase testosterone production in the body.

Nutritional Bonus for the roasted pepper avocado soup: Bell peppers are among the best sources of vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin with immune-boosting and antioxidant effects.

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Ingredients for roasted pepper avocado soup

  • 1 tbsp safflower oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 4 poblano chile peppers, seeded and quartered
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, seeded and quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 large lime, cut into wedges

RELISH:

  • 1 poblano chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Preparation

  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high, heat 1 tsp oil. Add onion and cook until very browned about 8 minutes. Transfer to a 4- to 6-qt slow cooker.
  2. To slow cooker, add 4 poblano peppers, bell peppers, garlic, chili powder, cumin and remaining 2 tsp oil. Stir well, cover and cook on low for 7 hours (or on high for 3 1/2 hours).
  3. Transfer pepper mixture to a blender along with avocado; puree until smooth. (Remove plastic lid in cover and cover the top with a kitchen towel to allow steam to escape.) Return to slow cooker and stir in milk and salt. (If necessary, cover and cook on high for 15 minutes more to reheat.)
  4. In a small bowl, combine relish ingredients. Divide soup among serving bowls and top with relish, sour cream, and lime wedges.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cup soup, 1/3 cup topping, 2 tbsp sour cream
  • Calories: 281
  • Carbohydrate Content: 34 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 19 mg
  • Fat Content: 13 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 458 mg
  • Sugar Content: 15 g

 

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October 30, 2017 by Joseph Fermin 0 Comments

Understanding Your Cholesterol 5 (1)

Understanding Your Cholesterol

Fix heart disease, X Understanding your Cholesterol

Understanding your Cholesterol is essential for the body’s metabolic processes, including hormone’s and bile production, and to help the body with vitamin D. But, unmanaged levels of bad cholesterol can lead to clogged arteries and increase the odds of getting a stroke or heart attack.

In fact, stroke and heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the U.S. More than a million people in the U.S have heart attacks and stroke every year, and about a half million people die from stroke and heart disease. Most of the population don’t understand what cholesterol is and how it works, that there good cholesterol and bad cholesterol that your body control.

Cholesterol is produced by the liver & also made by more of the cells in the body, and blood carries it by small couriers called by doctors “Lipoprotein.”

One of the reasons that the body need cholesterol in the blood is:

• Build the structure of cells membrane
• Make hormones like testosterone, estrogen, adrenaline and more
• Help your metabolism work efficiently; example, cholesterol is essential to produce vitamin D in your body
• By produce bile acids, which help the body digest fat and absorb vital nutrients.

There are two types of cholesterol :

1. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – called the ‘bad’ cholesterol because it goes into the bloodstream and clogs up your arteries.
2. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol – called the ‘good’ cholesterol because it helps to take the ‘bad’ cholesterol out of the bloodstream.

How Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease and Stroke?

When there is too much cholesterol (a fat-like substance) in your blood, it builds up in your arteries. Over time, this buildup causes
‘arteries’ and blood flow to the heart is blocked and slowed down. So blood carries oxygen, and if oxygen reaches the center, you may suffer chest pain.

Understanding your Cholesterol Cholesterol Numbers?

Everyone age 20 or older should measure their cholesterol at least once every five years. This blood test is done after a 9- to 12-hour fast and gives information about your:

• Total cholesterol. Less than 200 mg/dL is best
• LDL (bad) cholesterol – LDL should be less than 100mg/dL
• HDL (good) cholesterol – HDL should be more than 40mg/dL

Diet tips to help reduce your cholesterol. You should try to:

• Limit the number of cholesterol-rich foods
• Increase the amount and variety of wholegrain, fresh fruit, and vegetables
• Choose low or reduced fat milk, yogurt, and have ‘added calcium’ soy drinks other dairy products
• Choose lean meat, (labeled as ‘meat trimmed of fat’)
• Limit fatty meat, choose leaner sandwich meats like turkey breast and cooked lean chicken including sausages and salami
• Have fish at least twice a week
• Replace butter and dairy blends with margarine
• Include rich foods insoluble fiber and healthy fats, such as nuts
• Limit cheese and ice cream
• Consider a supplement to regulate cholesterol and Exercise

For some people, diet is a lifestyle change.

November 16, 2016 by Joseph Fermin 5 Comments

The Health Benefits Of Raw Cacao 5 (2)

The Benefits Of Raw Cacao

Today’s media is full of reports about so-called “superfoods.” While most of these reports are based on some level of fact, misrepresentation or poor interpretation of medical and scientific findings often leads to misinformation and sensational yet misleading headlines. A prime example of this is raw cacao. The health benefits of raw cacao are astounding; however, this, unfortunately, does not necessarily mean that eating a bar of milk chocolate each day will have the same effects. Read on to learn more about the ways in which raw cacao can improve your health and how to take full advantage.

What is Raw Cacao?

Cacao-based products are made from cacao beans and include cacao powder, nibs, paste, and butter. raw cacao

When purchasing raw cacao products such as powder, it is important to understand the differences between raw cacao powder and the more common cocoa powder. Raw cacao powder is very pure. It is made from raw, unroasted cocoa beans via a process known as cold pressing, which removes the fat in the form of cacao butter; much of the bean and nutrients remain intact.

Cacao is one of the best sources of flavonoids (which are potent antioxidants) available, which means that it has huge health benefits. It is also rich in protein, cholesterol-free and monounsaturated fats, fiber, natural carbohydrates, and minerals (including zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and calcium).

Cocoa powder is produced in a similar way to cacao powder, except that it undergoes high-temperature processing during production. Although it retains significant health benefits, the high temperatures used to destroy some of the nutritional value. As cocoa undergoes further processing to make reduced-strength dark chocolate and milk chocolate, increasing amounts of the nutrients are removed. Therefore, raw cacao powder, cocoa powder, or very strong dark chocolate are recommended for optimal health benefits.

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Cardiovascular benefits

Many people are at an increased risk of cardiovascular events as they age. The good news is that the consumption of certain foods can help reduce this risk. Cocoa-based products can have significant beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system by reducing cardiovascular risk and atherosclerosis, improving circulation, lowering the levels of LDL (bad) and increasing the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, and reducing blood pressure. Many of these effects are caused by the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the flavonoids.

  • Cacao- and cocoa-based products can reduce hypertension. For example, the Cocoa, Cognition, and Aging (CoCoA) Study was performed in 90 elderly individuals who received cocoa-based drinks with high, medium, or low flavonoid content. Blood pressure was reduced significantly in patients that received high- or medium-content cocoa compared with those that received low flavonoid cocoa [1]. The subjects also exhibited improved insulin resistance and reduced lipid peroxidation.
  • Cardiovascular function. A recent study assessed vascular stiffness in healthy younger (<35) and older (50–80) men who drank cocoa or a control drink twice a day for two weeks. The subjects who drank cocoa exhibited significantly improved cardiovascular function, as measured by improved endothelial function, blood pressure, and vascular stiffness [2]. A second similar study confirmed these effects and also indicated that the consumption of high-flavonoid chocolate improved platelet aggregation (an indicator of the ability of the blood to form clots) compared with low flavonoid chocolate [3].
  • Cholesterol. Several studies have investigated the ability of cocoa and cacao to improve cholesterol. For example, consuming 400 g cocoa powder with 500 ml skimmed milk per day increased HDL and lowered LDL cholesterol levels in elderly subjects at high risk of cardiovascular disease [4]. Similar observations were made in young healthy and hypercholesterolemic subjects [5] and in elderly healthy individuals [6].

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Cognitive function

The available data suggest that cocoa and cacao could help protect against cognitive decline in aging individuals.

  • In the same CoCoA study described above, subjects that received cocoa with a high or medium flavonoid content had significant improvements in two different measures of cognitive function: a trail making test and a verbal fluency test. The improvements were greatest in the high flavonoid vs. the intermediate flavonoid group. However, there were no improvements in the mini-mental state evaluation among groups [1].
  • Cocoa and cacao might also protect against dementia and related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease [7].

Metabolic Effects

The risk of metabolic diseases often increases as we age, and conditions such as diabetes and obesity are associated with reduced mortality. Luckily, cocoa could help reduce the risk of these conditions and their symptoms. Possibly the most important metabolic effect of cocoa is its ability to improve insulin sensitivity. In one study, subjects received dark or white chocolate (with high and zero flavonoid content, respectively), and insulin sensitivity was assessed using glucose tolerance tests and the quantitative insulin sensitivity check index. Dark, but not white, chocolate significantly improved both measures of insulin sensitivity and reduced blood pressure [8].

Hormonal Changes

The symptoms of many aging-related diseases have been linked to reduced hormone levels over time. Therefore, improving natural hormone production can reduce the symptoms of many aging-related diseases. Cocoa can have beneficial effects on the production of several hormones.

  • Testosterone Injections. Cocoa and cacao contain high concentrations of zinc, which has been shown to increase testosterone production [9].
  • Stress hormones. We all know that nice, relaxed feeling that occurs when we eat a delicious, rich piece of dark chocolate. It turns out that there is a physiological reason for this! Cocoa can potently inhibit the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Healthy men aged 20–50 who consumed a single piece of dark chocolate had a significantly reduced response to a psychosocial stressor. These effects were caused by inhibiting the release of the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine from the adrenal gland [10].

So, there you have it! Cocoa really is a super-food. It is not only delicious but, when eaten in unprocessed forms, it has significant health benefits.

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References

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[2] C. Heiss, R. Sansone, H. Karimi, M. Krabbe, D. Schuler, A. Rodriguez-Mateos, T. Kraemer, M.M. Cortese-Krott, G.G. Kuhnle, J.P. Spencer, H. Schroeter, M.W. Marx, M. Kelm, Impact of cocoa flavanol intake on age-dependent vascular stiffness in healthy men: a randomized, controlled, double-masked trial, Age (Dordrecht, Netherlands), 37 (2015) 9794.

[3] G. Rull, Z.N. Mohd-Zain, J. Shiel, M.H. Lundberg, D.J. Collier, A. Johnston, T.D. Warner, R. Corder, Effects of high flavanol dark chocolate on cardiovascular function and platelet aggregation, Vascular Pharmacology, 71 (2015) 70-78.

[4] N. Khan, M. Monagas, C. Andres-Lacueva, R. Casas, M. Urpi-Sarda, R.M. Lamuela-Raventos, R. Estruch, Regular consumption of cocoa powder with milk increases HDL cholesterol and reduces oxidized LDL levels in subjects at high-risk of cardiovascular disease, Nutrition, metabolism, and cardiovascular diseases : NMCD, 22 (2012) 1046-1053.

[5] S. Martinez-Lopez, B. Sarria, J.L. Sierra-Cinos, L. Goya, R. Mateos, L. Bravo, Realistic intake of a flavanol-rich soluble cocoa product increases HDL-cholesterol without inducing anthropometric changes in healthy and moderately hypercholesterolemic subjects, Food & function, 5 (2014) 364-374.

[6] N. Neufingerl, Y.E. Zebregs, E.A. Schuring, E.A. Trautwein, Effect of cocoa and theobromine consumption on serum HDL-cholesterol concentrations: a randomized controlled trial, The American journal of clinical nutrition, 97 (2013) 1201-1209.

[7] L. Dubner, J. Wang, L. Ho, L. Ward, G.M. Pasinetti, Recommendations for Development of New Standardized Forms of Cocoa Breeds and Cocoa Extract Processing for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease: Role of Cocoa in Promotion of Cognitive Resilience and Healthy Brain Aging, Journal of Alzheimer’s disease : JAD, 48 (2015) 879-889.

[8] D. Grassi, C. Lippi, S. Necozione, G. Desideri, C. Ferri, Short-term administration of dark chocolate is followed by a significant increase in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood pressure in healthy persons, The American journal of clinical nutrition, 81 (2005) 611-614.

[9] C.D. Hunt, P.E. Johnson, J. Herbel, L.K. Mullen, Effects of dietary zinc depletion on seminal volume and zinc loss, serum testosterone concentrations, and sperm morphology in young men, The American journal of clinical nutrition, 56 (1992) 148-157.

[10] P.H. Wirtz, R. von Kanel, R.E. Meister, A. Arpagaus, S. Treichler, U. Kuebler, S. Huber, U. Ehlert, Dark chocolate intake buffers stress reactivity in humans, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 63 (2014) 2297-2299.

February 27, 2015 by Joseph Fermin 2 Comments

Hormones and High Cholesterol 5 (3)

Hormones and High Cholesterol

Hormones and High Cholesterol, the silent killer! High cholesterol that goes undetected can send you to an early grave. The popular belief is that high cholesterol is associated with overweight individuals and it manifests itself as excess body fat. However, you can be thin and still not metabolize sugar properly resulting in high cholesterol.

In a stunning study, a group of healthy older men who took low-dose Growth Hormone shots for nine months lost an average of 9.2% total body fat, 6.1% of abdominal fat, and an astounding 18.1% of the deep layer of central body fat. These results were achieved without dieting or exercise. This study was carried out by Gundmundur Johnson, Bengtsson, and their colleagues at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. It was a randomized double-blind study involving 30 men between the ages of 48 to 66 years old. Not only did the treated group lose a significant portion of their belly fat (the placebo group gained weight that during that period), but they also had improved glucose metabolism, lower blood cholesterol, and triglycerides, and lower blood pressure.

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Growth Hormone is an important regulator of LDL cholesterol as well as total cholesterol and triglycerides. It lowers diastolic blood pressure by reducing the resistance of arteries and capillaries, which carries the blood throughout the body. Studies have actually shown that daily Testosterone injections and  HGH can actually lower cholesterol in as little as 4 days.

We urge you to contact us if you have a history of Hormones and high cholesterol. Of course, we don’t recommend relying solely on HGH therapy to reduce your Hormones and high cholesterol levels. Human Growth Hormone is a much more complex medical-pharmaceutical that is capable of healing, regressing, and improving an array of ailments that you may be experiencing.

Contact us at your earliest convenience. At AAI Rejuvenation Clinic we complete the basic blood panels required to qualify you for therapy, as well as selecting and personalizing your blood draw to help us identify specific ailments you are focused on correcting. Hormones and High Cholesterol can lead to an assortment of different health problems including a heart attack and death. Let us uncover exactly what is going on internally. We can map out a program designed specifically to assist your physiology that enables you to reach and accomplish your goals of better health and fitness. Please fill out our Medical History Form or call us directly to speak with a Wellness Advisor. Your Wellness Advisor will commence the process of qualifying you for the protocol that starts you on your journey to feeling and being your best every day!

**NOTE**  The content contained in this blog is subject to interpretation and is the opinion of the content writer.  We do not claim it to be fact.  We encourage you to consult a medical doctor before taking any prescribed medications or supplements.

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