Friday, October 28, 2011

Ambrotose Complex Improves Brain Function

Ambrotose® Complex Improves Brain Function

Dr. Stephen Boyd
The brain is an exceedingly complex structure, a vital component of the central nervous system that is essential for life. It is well known that nutrition, especially early nutrition, plays a key role in the development and function of the brain. This being so, it would be expected that appropriate nutritional supplementation, one of the ‘three pillars of health’ published in 2010 on their “Life…Supplemented” website by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), should be able to document a positive impact on brain function. Mannatech, Incorporated took up that challenge and has supported not one but three human clinical studies that investigated the impact of Ambrotose complex on the human brain.

Clinical Studies of Ambrotose Complex on the Human Brain

The first study, conducted at the University of Arkansas, investigated the effects of Ambrotose complex on brainwaves.  In this placebo-controlled crossover study, standard brainwaves of healthy college students were measured before and after a single ingestion of Ambrotose complex. The investigators concluded that Ambrotose complex enhanced brainwaves associated with improved information processing and alertness.¹*
A second study was conducted at Howard University in Washington, D.C to investigate further the effects of Ambrotose complex on brain function. This was also a placebo-controlled study in healthy college students. The participants had standardized measurements of concentration, mental reaction time and memory measured before and after a single ingestion of Ambrotose complex. The Ambrotose complex group performed significantly better than the placebo group, conclusively documenting the benefits of Ambrotose complex on brain function.²*
The third study, also placebo-controlled and conducted at Flinders University in Australia, investigated the effects of Ambrotose complex on brain function and also mood in middle-aged adults aged 45 to 60. The older population was studied because this is the age group where brain function naturally starts to decline, something known as age-related cognitive decline. A second difference in this study was the administration of the product at two tsp. daily over twelve weeks, more in keeping with normal nutritional intake. The Ambrotose group performed significantly better in tests of recognition and memory and also scored significantly lower in measures of depression and anger.³* The investigators concluded that Ambrotose complex is beneficial in optimizing cognitive function with age.*
Other clinical studies and experimental investigations have suggested that carbohydrates are involved in the cellular mechanisms for memory formation and mood.¹* Ambrotose complex is a nutritional product derived from natural food-sourced carbohydrates; these studies provide conclusive evidence, in well-controlled international clinical studies, that it safely enhances brain function in both young and old age groups.* Since everyone has a brain, the benefits of Ambrotose complex are plain for all to see.*
Check out these and other studies on the website
Dr. Stephen Boyd is a paid consultant for Mannatech, Incorporated.
¹Wang C, et al, Integr Physiol Behav Sci, 2004;39:126–138.
²Stancil AN, et al, Perceptual Mot Skill, 2009;10:259–270.
³Best T, et al, Developmental Neuropsychology, 2010;35(1):66.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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The Hard Facts on Hunger
  • 36.2 million Americans— including 12.4 million children— don’t have access to enough healthy food to thrive. They are food insecure and at risk of hunger.1
  • 10.9 million children under 5 die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hungerrelated diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths.2
  • It is estimated that 684,000 child deaths worldwide could be prevented by increasing access to vitamin A and zinc.3
1 Household Food Security in the United States, 2007; U.S.D.A. Economic Research Service, November 2008
2The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2007
3 WFP Annual Report, 2007

Monday, May 9, 2011

Why we need to eat Indian Mustard Plant

Heal yourself with Indian mustard plant
This doesn’t look edible, let alone medicinal: thin, pointed leaves with a flavour like rocket fuel, and a crop of straggly yellow
Yet an extract made from the Indian Mustard plant is being hailed as the most important food supplement of the future.
Indian Mustard, or brassica juncea, is a little-known member of the broccoli family. It is a favourite ingredient with Eastern
cooks, lending a fiery punch to stir fries and salads, and is living proof that eating your greens is good for you.
For centuries, peasants in rural India used the plant to add flavour to rice dishes. They called it the ‘plant of long life’, claiming
it had powerful healing properties.
Recent research into Indian Mustard’s ancient medicinal claims has provided scientists with two remarkable findings.
First, the plant contains a powerful cocktail of anti-cancer ingredients, including vitamins, antioxidants and minerals with three
times more calcium, potassium and iron than is found in ordinary green-leafed vegetables.
Second, it has a unique ability to absorb metals and minerals from the earth it grows in. Taking this into account, Russian
agronomists have planted it around the site of the Chernobyl reactor to de-contaminate the ground from dangerous levels of
lead and uranium.
Nicknamed ‘Nature’s magnet’, it is now being grown by scientists to help boost our intake of metals and minerals often lacking
in our Western diet.
Using state-of-the-art bio-technology, the Indian Mustard plants are being grown hydroponically, in water infused with
nutrients. In the Natrahealth pharmaceutical laboratory, they are also being drip-fed with carefully measured amounts of the
mineral selenium, which is vital for human health.
The plants absorb the mineral, storing it in their stalks and leaves ready for harvesting and drying. Minerals are difficult for the
body to absorb because they sometimes bind with other molecules that the body cannot break down.
Plants naturally convert minerals into phytominerals, a bioavailable form which the body can easily use.
Selenium is an essential trace element which is found in grains and cereals, fish, poultry, meat and Brazil nuts. It is important
for regulating thyroid function and the metabolism, as well as protecting against heart disease and cancer – and, as a nation,
we are lacking in it.
Modern farming methods, acid rain and the use of pesticides have depleted the amount of naturally occurring selenium in the
soil, and doctors and nutritionists are concerned that between 1996 and 1998, the average intake of selenium in the standard
British diet fell by more than 50 per cent.
In some countries, where levels are low, the deficiency has led to an increase in arthritis and heart problems. In Finland, the
entire country receives extra selenium through mandatory fertilisation of crops with Selenate, which contains selenium.
A recent report in the Journal of Medicinal Food has examined the potential of using Indian Mustard to provide us with extra
It revealed that a small daily dose of the dried plant was enough to provide us with the recommended daily intake of 50-
Heal yourself with Indian mustard plant | Mail Online Page 1 of 3… 5/2/2011
It also reported that Indian Mustard contains important carotenes, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which boost the immune
system and can help to improve eyesight.
Research Scientist Dr Burt Ensley, who conducted the research into Indian Mustard in America, has also discovered that the
growth of breast cancer cells can be slowed down when injected with Brassica extract.
Now the committee on Diet, Nutrition and Cancer at the National Academy of Science says that a diet containing just 10 gm of
these foods a day cuts the risk of cancer by 8 per cent.
Sadly, you probably won’t find Indian Mustard leaves on your super-market shelves. However, varieties such as Red Giant,
which has redtinted leaves, or Green In The Snow, which is particularly fiery, can be found in ethnic shops and street markets.

Real Food Technology Solutions! Why it is the new buzzword around the world

Mannatech Review: Now What? The buzzword is Real Food Technology Solutions. Regardless of the name, when the scientists at Mannatech discovered the molecule in the Aloe Vera plant that gives that plant such a rich history of promoting wellness it was just the beginning of a whole cascade of interesting events. They not only found a way to stabilize that molecule for the first time in history and file patents, they soon realized they had a tiger by the tail.
In the animal world it’s said that the larger the animal the longer the gestation period. For humans that is a nine month period and for elephants it’s about eighteen months. For Mannatech to give birth to its technology it has taken years, and maybe that’s because of the significance of the discovery. It’s BIG
They have had their share of obstacles and at times the frustration has been intense. The reason is best understood in a Mannatech review of the process of proving its premise. The premise is: the ingestion of plant saccharides like Mannose, fucose and others has an effect on the body especially in the area of the immune system, brain function, memory, and digestion.

Crazy Like A Fox
What made this a little crazy and unbelievable to the general scientific community; not to mention the public; is the fact that we’re talking about plant sugars. This was a departure from previous understanding of the role sugars played in the body. They don’t all do what you think they do. Mannatech was on the cutting edge of breakthrough technology pioneering uncharted territory and had a lot of work ahead of it.
It’s hard to prove this stuff. It takes time to back up your hypothesis with clinical studies that are acceptable to the scientific community. These studies take time, sometimes years. In the meantime every Tom, Dick and Harry who feels threatened by the prospects of a company having PATENTS on this breakthrough technology, wants to disprove, destroy, or otherwise discredit the idea. Those types came at Mannatech with a vengeance.
To make matters worse; at least for the detractors; but better for Mannatech, not only did Mannatech have the first patent on the stabilized component of the Aloe Vera plant but they noticed there were 7 other plant saccharides that also had a beneficial and often crucial effect on wellness and they had the brilliant idea of patenting a compound of these plant saccharides as well. They called it Ambrotose and that was in 1996.
This understanding of how plant saccharides effect the body has spawned a new scientific field of study called Glycobiology and substances like Ambrotose are referred to as Glyconutgrients. Now Universities around the world are studying the effects of these saccharides on health and wellness.
The review of Mannatechs work shows that university studies prove the ingestion of these sugars via diet does have a positive, beneficial effect in the body. These sugars DO get into the body and do their work, they are necessary, diet does matter, and you don’t get them in our modern diet in necessary amounts.
The Review Concludes
In September of 2009 at the 9th Annual Jenner Glycobiology and Medicine Symposium held in Brussels, two presentations on Ambrotose were made to over 100 of the worlds leading researchers in glycobiology and medicine.
This is no small feat given the fact that just 3 years prior the negative publicity was huge. What does all this mean? It means that when BIG discoveries are made people in the field, people like you and me, often feel or notice the benefit immediately, but the scientific evidence takes time to catch up. The medical community is even further behind the science community.
A Mannatech’s Review shows that the company has certainly turned the important corner of scientific proof and validation. What was once a theory is now a proven reality! They are beginning to understand how and why these things work.
This will have a huge impact on wellness as the medical community learns about these products, recognizes them as beneficial in helping maintain health and wellness in a truly integrative approach to wellness. Today this Real Food Technology Solutions is being used and benefiting people around the world.
It is evident that it’s a new day at Mannatech and the best is still ahead. They are now employing their cutting edge technology to address the problem of undernurishment and malnurishment in children around the world thru a unique donation thru consumption program.
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Higher amounts of added sugars increase heart disease risk factors!!!

Higher amounts of added sugars increase heart disease risk factors

April 20, 2010
− Released by Emory University ( web | news )
ATLANTA – Added sugars in processed foods and beverages may increase cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to a study by Emory University researchers.
The study, published in the April 20, 2010, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), analyzed U.S. government nutritional data and blood lipid levels in more than 6,000 adult men and women between 1999 and 2006. The study subjects were divided into five groups according to the amount of added sugar and caloric sweeteners they consumed daily.
Researchers found that people who consumed more added sugar were more likely to have higher cardiovascular disease risk factors, including higher triglyceride levels and higher ratios of triglycerides to HDL-C, or good cholesterol.
"Just like eating a high-fat diet can increase your levels of triglycerides and high cholesterol, eating sugar can also affect those same lipids," says study co-author Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, assistant professor of pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine.
In the United States, total consumption of sugar has increased substantially in recent decades, largely due to an increased intake of 'added sugars,' defined as caloric sweeteners used by the food industry and consumers as ingredients in processed or prepared foods to increase the desirability of these foods," Vos and colleagues note.
In the JAMA study, the highest-consuming group consumed an average of 46 teaspoons of added sugars per day. The lowest-consuming group consumed an average of only about 3 teaspoons daily.
"It would be important for long-term health for people to start looking at how much added sugar they're getting and finding ways to reduce that," says Vos.
The study, "Caloric Sweetener Consumption and Dyslipidemia Among U.S. Adults," was published in the April 20, 2010, issue of JAMA. It is the first study of its kind to examine the association between the consumption of added sugars and lipid measures, such as HDL-C, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). The study did not look at natural sugars found in fruit and fruit juices, only added sugars and caloric sweeteners.

The study is available online at
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