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Targeting Belly Fat with Blueberry and Pomegranate – InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode 508
Hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
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Amanda Williams, MPH:
[00:00:40] You’ve probably heard all about the benefits of berry extracts, how we should incorporate berries into our daily dietary routine. We know that two particular fruits have been studied extensively when it comes to enhancing something known as AMPK, which is an enzyme that’s found in every cell in the body. And one of the things that we know is that as we get older, the activity of AMPK begins to go down. That is a problem because AMPK works as an energy regulator and through this energy regulation, this enables our bodies to be able to burn fat. So today I want to talk about two different proanthocyanidins berry extracts when combined together can pack a lot of punch, and that is our BlueGranate TxⓇ.† [00:01:28]
[00:01:31] I’m Amanda Williams, MD, MPH. And oftentimes when people think about the power of antioxidants, they think about fruit extracts. And we’ve all heard about all of the many different benefits of pomegranate extract and of course, blueberry extract when it comes to our cardiovascular system, when it comes to our neurological system. But I wanted to zero in on AMPK because many times people aren’t aware that our BlueGranate TxⓇ is a power punch that targets AMPK activity. Now, as I mentioned, as we get older, AMPK begins to go down. So if this level starts to go down, we’re going to have a harder time when it comes to that regulation of glucose, as well as fat metabolism. So how do we bring that back to life? How do we regenerate that? We can utilize nutrients such as pomegranate, as well as blueberry extract. [00:02:25]
[00:02:26] Now, many people have concerns about trying to target belly fat and belly fat, we know is directly linked to problems such as heart disease, type two diabetes. We can certainly look at insulin resistance as being a driving factor for lowering AMPK activity. So the more insulin resistance you have, the less likely it is that you can actually burn away that belly fat and now we have more of that excess fat that’s being stored, which is incredibly problematic. So we know that when it comes to cellular aging, that decrease in activity of AMPK certainly is problematic. And we want to be able to stop that because with cellular stressors, oxidative stress, free radicals, things along that line, this is going to impair the proper functionality of AMPK.† [00:03:16]
[00:03:17] So let’s talk a little bit about the science behind blueberry extract and pomegranate extract when it comes to AMPK activation. So in the Redox Biology Journal, they went into the impact or the effect of blueberry anthocyanidins, that’s the actual powerful antioxidants that are derived from that blueberry, and how this can work to activate AMPK. So in this study, the way that they were able to decipher out the, how that blueberry was working was through a series of different markers, so measuring things such as glucose, looking at lipid metabolism, looking at AMPK activity when it came to blood and urine glucose levels, as well as triglyceride levels, and they were able to to see how the anthocyanidins contained within the blueberry extract actually help to lower blood sugar. At the same time, lowered cholesterol levels. So in turn, what they recognized was through this action of AMPK activation. So not to get too heavy into the science on this, but one of the things that we know with the anthocyanidins that are contained within the blueberry extract is it does many different things when it comes to fatty acid synthesis, when it comes to lipolysis, lipid genesis. And we know much of this is driven through that activation of AMPK. And, you know, same thing when we think about the glucose metabolism. So the more that we can have these proanthocyanidins coming from the blueberry extract, the more the body can better manage any of these disruptions in any of these systems, which is always key. There’s a reason why we come naturally equipped with AMPK and, you know, through daily stressors, this level starts to diminish.† [00:05:13]
[00:05:14] Now we see the same type of studies done with pomegranate and AMPK activation, and it’s generally done in that setting of weight loss so that many of the studies with pomegranate extract have shown that through the power of the anthocyanidins derived from the pomegranate, we can induce this activation of AMPK. So AMPK is an activated protein kinase, and it really is so critical when it comes to the way that our body goes through both lipogenesis and lipolysis, so the creation of fat cells in the breaking down of fat cells. So with inadequate amounts of AMPK, the body can no longer break down fat properly. So this is why they’ve looked at these active constituents contained within both blueberry and pomegranate. And they said, “Wow, this is really very beneficial.”.† [00:06:14]
[00:06:15] And you can look at the nutritional facts on, you know, pomegranate and why utilizing the extracted form… you can see all of the the powerful ellagic acid that’s contained within that vitamin C, vitamin K, you’re getting choline. So obviously beneficial for brain health, liver health, natural, naturally-occurring magnesium, selenium, all of these different nutrients that are contained within pomegranate. And certainly when it comes to the scientific studies done on pomegranate, we can see across the spectrum from cardiovascular support to our joints for easing inflammation because we certainly know that oxidative stress can drive up a significant amount of damage within the joint spaces themselves. And then, of course, when you look at just metabolic health in general. And then when we’re looking at the anthocyanidins coming from the blueberry extract, we can see the optimal benefit that comes with the vascular support to the brain. And they’ve actually done MRI imaging where they can show how areas of the brain can become activated just through the utilization of blueberry extract, which is wonderful when we think about cognition, when we think about concentration.† [00:07:32]
[00:07:33] So through using this BlueGranate TxⓇ, you are getting all of those antioxidants that can help to stave off any of the damaging effects from oxidative stress and free radicals that we’re exposed to, or that are even generated from our own body. And at the same time, we’re helping facilitate the activation of all of these different pathways that can help to enhance the way that our bodies and our cells function each and every single day. So I definitely encourage you to check it out. Maybe you do have those concerns about that excess belly fat and maybe turning to something like the BlueGranate TxⓇ may be a good option for you. So put down that soda and pick up a bottle of the BlueGranate TxⓇ and see how wonderful that combination of blueberry and pomegranate is for your overall health and wellness.† [00:08:26]
[00:08:27] So that’s all that I have for you for today. I want to thank you so much for tuning in to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast. Now do make sure that you subscribe and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @invitehealth and we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast.† [00:08:27]
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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Clogged arteries in the heart are very dangerous. It’s called coronary heart disease and it’s a really scary condition. They give statin drugs in an attempt to prevent this and it is helpful.†
What are statin drugs?
Statin drugs are cholesterol-lowering therapy. They’re used in patients with a history of heart disease, but they’re also used in people with clean arteries to help prevent it. When you lower a type of cholesterol called LDL, there’s a relationship to not building up plaque in the arteries. This plaque leads to horrible things like strokes and heart attacks.†
What exactly is the plaque and what is it doing? It’s thickening and stiffening the blood vessels in the heart. It is made out of cholesterol, mostly LDL. Arteries are bigger blood vessels that take the oxygen-rich blood from the lungs and the heart and deliver it all over the body. This allows oxygen to reach the brain, muscles, organs and tissues. Even though the heart is pumping blood, it also needs its own blood supply. The heart also has its own arteries that are actually smaller and like veins. When they get thickened and stiffened with deposits of cholesterol, it’s very dangerous. This is where statin drugs come to the rescue, to a certain degree.†
How statins impact the body
The problem with statin drugs is that they tend to interfere with a number of really important nutritional supplements. Most of the symptoms of problems with using a statin are related to the lowering level of important nutrients.†
One thing that happens with statin drugs, and it’s dose-dependent, is problems with your mitochondria. In other words, statins can short-circuit energy production. There are a number of studies showing that statins can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps and a drop in endurance and stamina. One reason why statins can affect your muscles and your nerves is if you lower your cholesterol too much. You need cholesterol for the health of your muscles and nerves.†
This also occurs because you are disrupting energy formation. It seems to block the ability to recycle energy. Every day, we recycle our energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It is recycled by something called creatine monohydrate, which is a very safe nutritional supplement that’s been used by bodybuilders and athletes for decades, as well as in patients with heart failure and for memory and brain energy in elderly people. Studies have shown that creatine also helps to make the body’s shuttle for energy function properly to allow for energy recycling. Statin drugs can inhibit an enzyme that prevents the body from recycling energy properly and this leads to muscle pain. I mix beta-hydroxy-beta methylbutyrate (HMB) with creatine and whey protein in elderly to help support muscle strength, balance, coordination and mobility.†
Vitamin D is also involved. There are a number of studies now that show if the Vitamin D in your blood is below 30, you have a much higher risk of having muscle pain and muscle inflammation when on a statin. If you’re using a statin or know someone who is, you want to get your Vitamin D levels above 30. This is also important for supporting your immune defenses and respiratory health.†
There is also evidence that statin drugs reduce the level of many nutrients in your body and that’s not a good thing. You don’t have to stop the statin, but you do have to replete the nutrients that you’re losing. For instance, statins deplete lutein, an orange-red pigment from vegetables that is needed for vision and memory. Statins also lower Vitamin K, which is needed for your heart health and bone strength, as well as ubiquinol, which is needed for the power of your heart and muscles and your energy in general. There is evidence that statins lower fish oils, so I tell people on statins to take Krill Oil.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses statin drugs, a commonly-prescribed medication often used for heart health and cholesterol levels. He explains that while these drugs are important, they can also negatively impact other important nutrients in the body.†
- What is cholesterol?
- Common side effects related to statins
- How the body recycles energy
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