In this issue:
- A Note From Lorna
- Japanese Wasabi for Cancer Protection
- Common Confusions about Iron
- Sulforaphane: Broccoli's Anti-Cancer Miracle
- Green Tea Boosts Metabolism
- Chirositol in Glucosmart for Belly Fat, Skin Tags, Acne, Male Facial Hair Growth and PCOS
Thank you to all of you who have written letters pledging to support me by purchasing my new line of Lorna Vanderhaeghe "smart" products. Look for Lorna Vanderhaeghe products bearing my name and face.
My new book, A Smart Woman's Guide to Weight Loss, is flying off shelves. One mother and daughter recently wrote me a letter advising that in two months, between the two of them, they had lost 27 pounds-just by following the delicious eating plan in the book. ChirositolTM in Glucosmart is now available for those of you wanting to attack your belly fat.
Multismart, my new multivitamin with minerals in a powdered form, is also now shipping so ask for it in health food stores. No more pills and Multismart tastes great.
Enjoy this newsletter. Read the past newsletters as well they are chock full of great information.
Make sure you take my FREE online nutrition course as well.
Kind regards, Lorna
Most people only think of wasabi as a spicy condiment that accompanies sushi, but this Japanese vegetable is, in fact, a powerhouse for cancer protection. Wasabia japonica is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family along with cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, horseradish and Brussels sprouts-all vegetables known to be rich in protective plant nutrients.
These vegetables provide isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates are what impart wasabi with its notably strong flavor and pungent scent. They are also powerful antioxidants. Japanese studies have found that they inhibit the growth of food-poisoning bacteria and fungi, which is why the Japanese traditionally use wasabi with raw fish in sushi. Isothiocyanates also increase glutathione, one of the body's most important detoxification enzymes that protect us against cancers and DNA damage to our cells. A special type of isothiocyanate has also been shown to inhibit cell proliferation of human leukemia and stomach cancer cells by promoting cell death within 24 hours. It has a similar action against breast cancer and melanoma cells. In animal experiments, isothiocyanates inhibited tumor development of the lung, esophagus, mammary glands, liver, small intestine, colon and bladder.
To reap the benefits of isothiocyanates, eat genuine Japanese wasabi. Do not be fooled by commercial wasabi made of European horseradish. The powdered wasabi that is mixed with water to make a paste and commonly served in restaurants does not contain the powerful isothiocyanates that protect us from cancer. European horseradish does not contain wasabi's full diversity of cell-protective isothiocyanates either. If you are lucky enough to visit Tojo's sushi restaurant in Vancouver, B.C., they make all of their wasabi fresh daily from true Japanese wasabi. If you cannot find Japanese wasabi or do not like the taste, look for i-Sabi supplements in health food stores. Cruciferous vegetables also contain isothiocyanates, which is why cancer societies recommend that you eat plenty of them every week.
One in four North American women has low iron or iron deficiency anemia, characterized by symptoms such as fatigue, peeling fingernails, hair loss, poor concentration, heart palpitations, pale skin and dark under-eye circles. Given how common low iron status is in women, logically, treating it should not be such a source of confusion. Yet many women are taking the wrong dose of iron because of the way doctors prescribe iron and because of inadequate labeling on iron supplements. Iron pills have been highlighted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada as being risky for errors in dosage.
Did you know that most iron supplements do not provide correct information about their true elemental dose of iron?
- A 300 mg tablet of ferrous gluconate contains 30 mg of elemental iron.
- A 300 mg tablet of ferrous sulphate contains 60 mg of elemental iron.
- A 300 mg tablet of ferrous fumarate contains 99 mg of elemental iron.
Many doctors advise patients to take 300 mg of iron but don't tell patients that the actual amount of iron being delivered-which is called elemental iron-is approximately 30 mg. If the iron supplement is labeled correctly with elemental iron, it will state 30 mg. Some people end up taking 10 tablets trying to get the 300 mg that the doctor has told them to take. This occurs because the doctor has not stated the correct amount of elemental iron that should be used. With this knowledge, it is easy to understand why some people take too much iron and experience overdose symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, black stools and stomach pains.
Health food companies label iron supplements correctly with the elemental amount of iron listed. My new iron supplement called Ironsmart LIPOFER provides a highly absorbable form of vegetarian iron. It is also in a special liposomal delivery system that delivers the iron right to the receptor in the small intestine. Ironsmart LIPOFER does not cause the stomach upset and constipation associated with iron tablets. Ironsmart's LIPOFER iron is safe for everyone, including children, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. It is a delicious caramel taste, delivering 10 mg of elemental iron per teaspoon (5 mL). Results from a recent study showed that absorption of Ironsmart LIPOFER iron, tested two hours after oral administration, is five times greater than ferrous fumarate. After 12 hours, the absorption of Ironsmart was far higher than other all forms of iron.
Ironsmart tastes like caramel and is sweetened with organic agave nectar. It is so delicious that you will not believe you are taking iron. For more information, read my new booklet, Smart Solutions for Your Iron Needs.
Losing Your Hair?
One of the least known causes of hair loss is low iron-and you do not have to be anemic to lose your hair. Simple low iron will cause huge hair loss. We see this in women after childbirth and in women during the perimenopausal years when heavy periods may occur.
Hair follicles contain ferritin, which is a protein found inside cells that stores iron so the body can use it later. When ferritin stores decline in the hair follicle, it affects the ability of the hair to grow and, instead, non-pigmented, fine hairs develop. These hairs are often mistaken for androgenic alopecia. If you have been diagnosed with androgenic alopecia, supplement with iron to see if it improves.
Improve Your Brain Power
Lack of iron interferes with brain and behavioral function. In a 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study involving 113 women aged 18 to 35, those women who were iron-deficient scored significantly worse on eight cognitive ability tests compared to those who had healthy iron levels. Those women who were diagnosed as anemic scored even worse than the iron-deficient group. Both the iron-deficient and anemic groups also took far longer to complete the tests. After completing four months of iron supplementation (160 mg ferrous sulphate/day), all women scored just as well on the tests as the women who had good iron levels at the beginning of the study. Their speed at completing the tests also improved. Iron status is a significant factor in cognitive performance in women.
- Delicious caramel flavor
- Raises hemoglobin and ferritin quickly
- Non-irritating; no stomach upset or other digestive symptoms
- Excellent liposomal technology that wraps the iron so it goes directly to the absorption site in the digestive system
- Can be taken with your multivitamin with minerals as it does not interact with other nutrients or medications
- Can be taken anytime, with or without food
- Does not stain teeth
- No metallic taste
- No need for the high doses seen with ferrous fumarate, ferrous sulphate or ferrous gluconate
- Ironsmart LIPOFER delivers double the number of servings and double the dosage of iron for the same price as other liquid iron supplements
Your parents could not have been more right when they told you to eat your broccoli. Broccoli is an excellent source of sulforaphane-perhaps the most exciting and powerful plant nutrient to come under the scientific microscope in recent years.
Like the isothiocyanates in wasabi (see above), sulforaphane belongs to the same family of beneficial plant nutrients that support the body's detoxification pathways and are powerful antioxidants against cell damage. In numerous studies, sulforaphane has been shown to have anti-cancer actions. One study at John Hopkins University looked at sulforaphane's effect on chemically induced breast cancer in rats. When oral sulforaphane was given about the same time of exposure to the cancer-causing chemical, it significantly reduced the incidence, weight and development of mammary tumors. Sulforaphane also helps to fight prostate cancer; hence, the correlation between increased consumption of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and bok choy, and the reduced risk of prostate cancer.
Estrosmart and Estrosmart Plus with Vitex both contain 200 mcg of sulforaphane to help reduce abnormal cell growth in the breast, uterus and ovaries. And remember to eat plenty of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and kale every day.
Drink tea, lose weight? If your tea of choice is green tea, then it is possible. Not only is green tea revered for its anticancer, antioxidant and cleansing properties, but evidence is accumulating on its ability to promote weight loss. One recent study involved 35 obese subjects with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that increase the chance of heart disease, stroke and diabetes; these factors include a large waistline, low "good" HDL cholesterol, as well as high blood pressure, high triglycerides (blood fats) and high blood sugar levels.
According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, green tea combats metabolic syndrome in several ways. The 35 study participants were randomized to consume either four cups/day of water, four cups/day of green tea, or two capsules daily of green tea extract for eight weeks. Both tea sources were decaffeinated and standardized to provide a daily dose of 450 mg of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent plant chemical. At the end of eight weeks, the two green tea groups experienced significant decreases in body weight and body mass index (BMI) compared to the control group who drank water. Green tea supplementation was also associated with a decrease in "bad" LDL cholesterol and an improved LDL-to-HDL (good cholesterol) ratio.
If you drink green tea, choose organic because imported green teas can be heavily sprayed with fungicides/pesticides. And if you are worried about the caffeine in green tea, keep in mind that green tea has about one-fifth of the caffeine in coffee. Green tea also contains theanine, a naturally occurring calming agent that counters the effect of caffeine so you are unlikely to feel such a "buzz." Alternatively, green tea extract is now available in caffeine-free supplement form. Look for an extract standardized to contain 90 percent polyphenols. Estrosmart and Estrosmart Plus both contain green tea extract.
For over 25 years, a nutrient called D-chiro-inositol has been extensively studied at the Virginia Medical School. Over 30 published studies have been completed since 1979. Chirositol, which contains around 95 percent D-chiro-inositol derived from carob, is a new nutrient for the treatment of insulin-resistant conditions including metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), excess androgen (male hormone) conditions such as male facial hair growth in women and belly fat, and weight management. Chirositol has also been shown to reduce appetite and improve serotonin, our "happy" hormone. Reduced serotonin or poor metabolism of serotonin is linked to increased sugar cravings. So by modulating serotonin, Chirositol helps to control appetite. Chirositol is the ingredient found in Glucosmart.
Chirositol is a molecule that balances insulin activity. It is structurally similar to glucose. By mimicking insulin activity, it helps control blood glucose levels, glucose storage or disposal of glucose in the cell. And it will not cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar in those with normal blood sugar levels.
Beyond the compound's insulin metabolism and blood glucose control benefits, existing studies have also shown that it is beneficial for PCOS, building muscle and weight control. In those women with PCOS, weight gain around the hips and thighs, insulin resistance, higher than normal androgens (male hormones), and infertility due to not ovulating are major components of the disease. PCOS is a very challenging condition to treat and Chirositol effectively reduced excess male hormones and reduced weight gain and appetite. In women who also do not ovulate or have irregular periods associated with insulin resistance and PCOS, Chirositol worked wonders. Most women with PCOS are overweight, but for those that are thin and have PCOS, Chirositol maintains normal blood sugar levels while normalizing ovulation, reducing excess circulating male hormones and normalizing menstrual cycles.
Chirositol added to my Smart Woman's Weight Loss diet, which I discuss in my latest book, A Smart Woman's Guide to Weight Loss, is an effective way to quickly normalize blood sugar and insulin. Use 600 mg per day of Chirositol with food or keep it simple and take 1 capsule of Glucosmart daily.