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Longevity Sports Center Indoor Soccer

Posted: September 30, 2017 at 1:48 pm

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Longevity in Loma Linda: Town may hold the secrets of a …

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At 90, Thelma Johnson works out at a health club three times a week. She and her 87-year-old husband walk at least a mile on the other days. The couple recently went on a cruise to Alaska and they like to organize outings with friends.

The Johnsons may seem remarkable, but theyre not much of an anomaly in Loma Linda, California.

There is something big happening in this small town 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Many residents here live well into their 80s or 90s and beyond. The community is so famous as a place for healthy aging that it was named as one of the world's five Blue Zones spots where people live extraordinarily long lives by author Dan Buettner and National Geographic.

Participants in a recent Drayson Center Senior Triathlon in Loma Linda ranged in age from 55 to 80-plus.

You have to keep a good diet, you have to keep up your exercise, you have to have a good outlook on life and have a strong faith. You have to have it all, Johnson told TODAY about the ingredients she believes have contributed to her longevity.

The grandmother hasnt eaten meat in more than 60 years, doesnt drink or smoke, and avoids too many sweets. Shes close to friends and family and tries to be an optimist.

I heard this statement the other day: Dont let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do, Johnson said.

I think older people have a feeling -- myself even some days -- Oh dear, it isnt even worth it. But you just have to keep doing what you can do and not worry about what you cant do.

Loma Linda, California, residents Thelma Johnson, 90, and her husband Delmar, 87, recently went on a cruise to Alaska.

Like many residents of Loma Linda, also known as "Beautiful Hill," Johnson is a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, which advocates a lifestyle that researchers say may play a big role in a long life expectancy.

The church recommends a vegetarian diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains. It asks members to avoid alcohol, tobacco and any mind-altering drugs. And it promotes pure water, fresh air and sunlight as part of a good living formula.

Participants take a spin on bikes at the Drayson Center Senior Triathlon in Loma Linda, California.

Adventists make up about a third of the towns population one of the highest concentrations in the country -- and they live several years longer, on average, than the general U.S. population, said Daniel Fontoura, chief wellness officer for Loma Linda University Health.

The city is so focused on good nutrition and proud of being devoid of most of the fast food joints that there was backlash when a McDonalds opened there a couple of years ago, he noted. Then, theres the Loma Linda Market, which doesnt sell any red meat, poultry or seafood.

If it breathes, its not there, Fontoura said. Neither is anything containing caffeine, which Adventists also try to avoid.

Loma Linda University has been studying Adventists health and lifestyle since the 1950s and the research has revealed several lessons for healthy aging:

Be mindful of what you eat

Emphasizing plant-based foods seems to be key. A lot of times you find these octogenarians and nonagenarians are vegetarian, Fontoura said. Many Adventists still eat dairy and eggs, but some avoid all animal products.

The Adventists are following their religious guidance, but there is scientific evidence linking consumption of red and processed meats to heart disease and cancer risk. And their diets of nuts, vegetables and fruits are consistent with a Mediterranean diet, which has been associated with longer, healthier living.

One of Loma Lindas most famous vegans is Dr. Ellsworth E. Wareham, a heart surgeon who recently turned 100 and worked until he was 95.

Incorporate exercise into your life

A key to longevity is about 30 minutes of sustained aerobic activity three to five times a week, Fontoura said. Loma Linda University has a Senior Wellness Program, which has become a hot spot for the elderly, he noted.

Many members are in their 80s and several are in their 90s, said Romy Niblack, a program coordinator and teacher. Nursing students sometimes take part in the classes and are surprised how challenging they can be.

Certain moves are designed for seniors, but they are high intensity and the younger people, they cant believe it. They go, oh, Im so tired, she said.

Take a break

Adventists set aside Saturday as their holy day, a time to separate themselves from the hurly burly of daily living and find time for spiritual, physical and mental rest, Fontoura said. That sacred time appears to be good for the body and the soul.

Have a network of relationships and friends to share life with

Social connections and a spiritual foundation can lower stress and have a positive impact on a person's outlook, Fontoura said. Avoiding isolation and depression is key, especially as we age.

At 90, Johnson has an active social life and she has a strong faith in God. She also likes helping people.

When youre helpful to others, youre helping yourself, Johnson said.

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Food and Nutrition Information Center |NAL|USDA

Posted: September 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm

The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in online global nutrition information. Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of theUnited States Department of Agriculture, the FNIC website contains over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information.

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Saranghae Korean 5 Step Anti Aging Skin Care Routine

Posted: September 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm


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Will Congress Continue Health Care For 9 Million Children? – NPR

Posted: September 6, 2017 at 10:43 pm

The Children's Health Insurance Program relies on money from state and federal governments to help subsidize the cost of medical care for some kids not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. Rebecca Nelson/Getty Images hide caption

The Children's Health Insurance Program relies on money from state and federal governments to help subsidize the cost of medical care for some kids not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.

A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal Sept. 30.

But with a deeply divided Congress, some health advocates fear that the Children's Health Insurance Program could be in jeopardy or that conservative lawmakers will seek changes to limit the program's reach. Other financial priorities this month include extending the nation's debt ceiling, finding money for the Hurricane Harvey cleanup and keeping the government open.

"With all that is on Congress' plate, I am very worried that a strong, wildly successful program with strong public support will get lost in the shuffle and force states to begin the process of winding down CHIP," said Bruce Lesley, president of the advocacy group First Focus.

The program covers more than 9 million kids typically from families not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, the state-federal program that covers health care for people with low incomes.

Income eligibility levels for CHIP vary widely among states, though most set thresholds at or below 200 percent of the poverty level about $49,000 for a family of four. Unlike Medicaid, CHIP is usually not free to participants. Enrolled families pay an average premium of about $127 a year.

Since CHIP's enactment, the share of uninsured children in the U.S. fell from 13.9 percent in 1997 to 4.5 percent in 2015, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.

The 20-year-old program has bipartisan support. One of its original sponsors is Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Finance Committee, which has scheduled a hearing on reauthorization Thursday.

It's possible in the jam-packed legislative calendar this month that other health-related provisions could be attached to a CHIP reauthorization bill such as Republican-sponsored changes to the Affordable Care Act. Those changes could keep the resulting bill from getting enough support from Democrats and some Republicans in the Senate for passage.

"It's the only vehicle in health care policy other than the federal budget that's going to be moving, so it's likely extraneous items are likely to be added to it," says Christopher Pope, a health policy researcher and senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute.

Supporters of CHIP also worry about changes in eligibility for the program that could dampen enrollment.

The Affordable Care Act bumped up federal funding of CHIP by 23 percentage points and forbids states to restrict eligibility rules that were in place in 2010. Both of those requirements continue through September 2019.

The added funding means a dozen states have their entire CHIP programs paid for by the federal government. In the fiscal year that ended last September, states contributed less than $2 billion, compared with the federal government's $13.6 billion contribution, according to the conservative Heritage Foundation. States should pay a higher share of the program's costs, the foundation argues.

President Trump's budget request this spring called for immediately eliminating the ACA bump in funding and ending the restriction on a state's ability to curtail eligibility often referred to as the "maintenance of effort" provision.

But that provision has kept CHIP stable at a time when the individual insurance market faces uncertainty, says Joan Alker, director of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families in Washington, D.C.

Advocates note that if children have to leave CHIP and move to marketplace coverage, their families may be forced to pay higher out-of-pocket costs for their kids' health care.

Without the maintenance-of-effort requirement, advocates fear that states would be more likely to do what Arizona did during the last economic downturn: It froze enrollment from December 2009 until last June. The move was allowed because it took effect before the ACA's restriction began in March 2010.

Meanwhile, Republicans are not united in their views of the maintenance-of-effort requirement. Some favor it because, they say, it shifts more authority of the program to states. Others say it would very likely lead some states to move many CHIP enrollees into either Medicaid or private insurance policies sold on the Obamacare exchanges both areas where the federal government may pay an even higher share of the costs, Pope says.

"It's not a simple win for anything, but you can see why some governors would like it," he says.

At a House subcommittee hearing in June, some Republican lawmakers expressed concerns about extending the enhanced federal funding for CHIP.

"This increase in funding has challenged the program by both shifting the nature of shared responsibility of the state Children's Health Insurance Program to the federal government and making states more dependent on federal dollars," said Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, who heads the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health.

A committee staff memo prepared for the hearing suggested that taking away the extra funding (as some Republicans would like to do), but leaving the maintenance-of-effort requirement in place, would not result in fewer children having coverage.

Without renewal of the program, Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina and the District of Columbia would run out of their federal CHIP funding by the end of this year. By March 2018, an additional 27 states would exhaust their funds.

Minnesota and D.C. officials say all children in those two regions who are covered by CHIP will transition to Medicaid if the federal funding is cut.

Alker says the enhanced funding included in CHIP's 2009 reauthorization has helped several states, including Nevada and Utah. The states were able to expand coverage to legal immigrant children immediately; before that extra money came in, these kids faced a five-year wait for insurance.

Given the complexity of making major changes and the tight congressional timeline, some experts say Congress may opt to pass a clean CHIP bill without major changes to the program.

"Congress is in [session] this month so few days that I can easily see CHIP simply being reauthorized without strings attached," says Joe Antos, a health economist with the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Lawmakers' attention is more likely to focus on the debt-limit deadline, the budget resolution and tax reform, Antos says.

Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Phil Galewitz is a senior correspondent for KHN.

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Digital health is dead, says this health-tech investor – CNBC

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If digital health is dead, then what? I am hopeful that my venture capital and investment banking colleagues will not rush to replace it with yet another buzzword. Without question, buzzwords help us sell companies but they certainly don't help us build, run and sustainably grow them. Instead, we need to get real, going deep to build the connections between new technologies and the legacy health care enterprises consumers work with daily and entrust with their care and finances. Disruption is sexy, but given the complexities of the market, cooperation is more likely to move the needle for transforming health care.

Most of all, I hope that entrepreneurs, technologists, designers and others drawn to health care by the allure of digital health stay in the industry. While the promise of easy, near-term transformation may have been unfulfilled, the experience you have gained is invaluable. As veterans of this hype cycle, you are well positioned to make a big impact as this work moves forward. From a social and economic perspective, it will be some of the most important work any of us can do over the next 25 years. We need you with us. No matter what hashtag we use.

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The Latest: Senator urges health compromise by both parties – ABC News

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The Latest on Congress and health care (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee says both parties must be willing to compromise to achieve a deal that would strengthening the country's individual health insurance markets.

Sen. Lamar Alexander says if lawmakers can't do that, "the blame will be on every one of us, and rightfully so."

The Tennessee Republican says GOP lawmakers must agree to provide federal subsidies to insurers lowering out-of-pocket costs for millions of people. President Donald Trump has threatened to halt those payments.

Alexander says in return, Democrats must agree to make it easier for insurers to sell policies with slimmer coverage. Democrats don't want to reduce coverage requirements in former President Barack Obama's health law.

Alexander said he wants a consensus on a package by next week's end.

He spoke as his committee began a hearing on the effort.

3:50 a.m.

Senators want are looking to seal a modest bipartisan deal for shoring up the country's individual health insurance markets.

But raw feelings over the Senate's failed attempt to repeal former President Barack Obama's health law won't make the task any easier.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee plans four health care hearings with the first one Wednesday. Set to testify are insurance commissioners from five states.

Committee leaders hope to write legislation providing subsidies to insurers that lower costs for customers. The committee chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, also wants to make it easier for states to let companies sell policies with less coverage.

Analysts expect 2018 premium increases to rise again next year. And nearly half the nation's counties are expected to have just one insurer selling policies on government marketplaces.

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What Older Americans Stand to Lose if ‘Dreamers’ Are Deported – New York Times

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In health care, on the other hand, the economic impact could be significant, depriving patients of help they depend on and driving up costs for families and taxpayers.

Surveys of DACA beneficiaries reveal that roughly one-fifth of them work in the health care and educational sector, suggesting a potential loss of tens of thousands of workers from in-demand job categories like home health aide and nursing assistant.

At the same time, projections by the government and advocacy groups show that the economy will need to add hundreds of thousands of workers in these fields over the next five to 10 years simply to keep up with escalating demand, caused primarily by a rapidly aging population.

Its going to have a real impact on consumers, Paul Osterman, a professor at the Sloan School at MIT and author of a new book on long-term care workers, said of the DACA move.

The DACA program benefits people who entered the country as children and were under age 31 as of June 2012. A 2016 survey by pro-immigration groups and a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, shows that roughly half are still in school, and more than two-thirds have earned less than a bachelors degree. That would make fields like home health care aide or nursing and health assistants, which dont require a college degree, potentially attractive.

Josue De Luna Navarro, a DACA beneficiary, came to the United States from Mexico when he was 9 years old. He became interested in a career in health care after his father nearly died from complications relating to heart disease.

Now a 21-year-old senior at the University of New Mexico, Mr. Navarro works as a health assistant at a clinic in Albuquerque and plans to apply to medical school after he graduates.

He worries that if DACA is revoked, he will not be able to work at all. Without that work permit, my career in medicine will be very, very difficult, he said.

Under the Obama-era program, recipients had to apply to renew their status every two years. The Trump administration said on Tuesday that some beneficiaries would be able to renew their status up until Oct. 5. Others could face deportation beginning in March, unless Congress intervenes beforehand.

Experts say the effects of undoing the program could quickly ripple out from DACA beneficiaries to other workers.

It destabilizes that work force, said Robert Espinoza, vice president for policy at PHI, a group that advocates on behalf of personal care workers. If you are seeing family members, children, neighbors being deported, threatened, and so on, the ability to be present on the job is undermined.

The health care fields reliance on immigrant labor makes it particularly vulnerable. According to census data Mr. Osterman analyzed, more than one-quarter of home health aides in 2015 were immigrants. The proportion in certain states is far higher, reaching nearly one-half in California and nearly two-thirds in New York.

The undoing of DACA may also herald the undoing of other programs that provide a steady source of immigrant labor in the health care sector. For example, the government can grant people from certain countries that have endured hardship, like natural disasters or civil wars, what it calls temporary protected status.

The overwhelming majority of workers granted that status hail from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, and many have flocked to low-paying health care professions as well.

We know from surveys that T.P.S. recipients are highly represented in the work force in certain areas, said Tom Jawetz, a vice president of the Center for American Progress, a think tank that favors more liberal immigration policies. In particular, many especially Haitians work in home health care.

The Trump administration has suggested it may not extend the program for Haitians when its most recent extension expires in January, raising questions about whether it will end the program for Hondurans and Salvadorans as well.

As a basic matter of economics, removing tens of thousands of workers from occupations that already suffer from a serious labor shortage the Labor Department predicts that the country will need more than 1.25 million home health aides by 2024, up from about 900,000 in 2014 generally has one unambiguous effect: driving up costs.

This may be welcome on some level: The department estimates that the typical home health aide made less than $25,000 in 2016, for a job that can be physically and emotionally grueling.

The economic problem is twofold, however. First, the government, through Medicaid, often pays the salaries of home health workers, meaning that escalating wages could blow a hole in the federal budget. (Medicaid, through the decisions of the state and federal governments, effectively caps compensation for home health workers, but the caps could rise more quickly in a world of plunging labor supply.)

Second, an acute shortage of home health workers could force many older and disabled Americans out of their homes and into care facilities, where costs are roughly two-to-three times the cost of home care for a full year. The government typically picks up that tab as well.

Still, it is the personal toll that may be greatest: A patients quality of life tends to be far higher when they can continue living in their own home.

For patients and families who rely on immigrant workers, if that person is gone, cant get renewed, its not a cute thing, Professor Osterman said. A home health aide is what lets you stay at home.

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Colorado regulators approve 27 percent increase in individual health insurance premiums for 2018 – The Denver Post

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Coloradans who buy their health insurance on their own will see an average premium increase next year of nearly 27 percent, before taking federal tax credits into account.

The Colorado Division of Insurance announced Wednesday that it has given final approval to rates proposed by nine different insurers expecting to offer plans both on and off of the states insurance exchange in 2018. In some cases, regulators knocked back the originally proposed rates such as with Cigna, where regulators and the company negotiated to drop the proposed increase from above 40 percent down to about 31 percent. In other instances, regulators urged carriers to raise their rates higher, fearing that the low-ball proposals werent sustainable.

The final statewide average increase 26.7 percent is identical to the average proposed statewide increase when insurers first filed their plans earlier this summer. Breakdowns of rate increases by county are expected to come later this month.

Although state insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar said regulators had hoped this would be a year of stability as insurers found their footing, the final approved rate increases exceed the 20 percent jump approved last year. Salazar said insurers told regulators that the ongoing debate over whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, essentially, change the rules for the individual market only a few years after the rules were first rewritten by the law, also known as Obamacare led in part to the price increases. Insurers also cited more general market conditions in filings with the state justifying the proposed premiums.

It was a struggle, Salazar said. Markets dont like uncertainty, bottom line.

The rate increases apply only to people who buy insurance on their own. That group represents about 8 percent of the state. Slightly more than half of Coloradans receive health insurance through an employer, while the remaining insured Coloradans have government-provided coverage.

The increases also dont reflect what many people in the individual market will actually pay for insurance. Nearly two-thirds of people who shop for insurance on the states Obamacare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, are eligible to receive tax credits to help pay for premiums. Those credits rise as premium prices do, meaning they often work to bring down effective premium increases. For instance, in 2016, according to a federal report, people nationally who received tax credits to buy insurance saw an increase of $4 per month in what they paid, after taking the credits into account, even as the nominal price of plans increased by $30 a month.

But the individual market is also closely watched because of its connection to Affordable Care Act rules making annual changes in premiums and plan offerings something like a heart monitor for the laws health.

Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican, reacted to the approved rate increases on Twitter by calling on Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, also a Republican, reacted similarly, saying the premium increases show that the Affordable Care Act is structurally unworkable.

Congress cannot give up on health care reform, he said in a statement.

Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner likewise pinned blame on the Affordable Care Act.

Our current health care system will continue to fail Coloradans if we dont do something to address the rising costs created by the Affordable Care Act, Gardner said in a statement. This should not be OK. It should not be accepted as normal that just like previous years, health care insurance costs will continue to go up on thousands of Coloradans next year.

Gardner pledged to work on a bipartisan solution to the annual premium increases.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, also looked to a bipartisan fix, when he noted on Twitter before the rates were announced that he was participating in hearings Wednesday in the hopes of lowering prices.

Meanwhile, Adam Fox, a spokesman for the liberal Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, said GOP-led repeal efforts had caused the price jumps.

The irresponsibility of this Administration and Republicans in attacking the stability of our health coverage systems is simply astounding, Fox said in a statement.

For 2018, Colorado will have seven insurers selling plans on Connect for Health Colorado. Two more insurers will offer plans off the exchange, which means they wont be eligible for tax credits. The average increases range from a 30.9 percent jump for Cigna plans to an 11.5 percent increase for plans by Rocky Mountain Health Plans, which covers only Mesa County.

Cigna had originally asked for a 41.2 percent increase but later backed down, Salazar said.

We did not see that it really met all of our standards, Salazar said of Cignas original proposal. So we sat down with them and negotiated it down.

Insurance regulators, though, pushed for a higher increase from insurance startup Bright Health, which originally proposed a 15 percent increase but was ultimately approved for a 27.4 percent rise. Salazar said regulators were worried that too-low prices would send people flocking to Brights plans and overwhelm the carriers ability to absorb potential losses.

We were concerned about solvency with the rates they were putting forth, she said.

Anthem, the only carrier offering a plan in the exchange in 14 Colorado counties, was approved for a 30.2 percent increase, identical to what it proposed.

Open enrollment for 2018 individual plans runs Nov. 1 through Jan. 12.

The approved premium increases for plans sold on Connect for Health Colorado are:

The approved premium increases for plans sold off of the exchange are:

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Rescinding DACA Could Spur a Public Health Crisis, From Lost Services to Higher Rates of Depression, Substance … – Newsweek

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The Trump administrations announcement on Tuesday to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will have an undeniable impact on the lives of dreamers and their families. Obamas programenacted in 2012has offeredsecurity for at least 800,000 people in the U.S. who grew up as undocumented immigrants.

Antonio Puente, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and president of the American Psychological Association, says such sweeping policy changes could vastly impact the health of this population by increasing the risks for depression, substance abuse and other mental health disorders. It also would leave health care services inaccessible to many people with undocumented status. Some will lose health insurance obtained through U.S. employers, while others will shirk essential visits to doctors out of fear for deportation. The result would be a health crisis for a population that is already largely underserved and marginalized.

If the overall goal is the health and well-being of U.S. citizens, then displacing families and children is highly problematic, he says.

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Nathaniel Ivers, an assistant professor of counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has worked with more than 100clients who are undocumented immigrants, and hes witnessed how the status compromises health and limits medical care. For undocumented clients with whom I have provided counseling, a decision was often made about whether attending a counseling session was worth the risk of driving without a driver's license, being pulled over, and later being identified by immigration, he says. Many counseling sessions were missed when word got around that immigration officials were stepping up their enforcement.

Eliminating DACA will mean far less access to health care services, or avoiding help even when it is available. Gabrielle Lessard, a senior policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, says while people enrolled in DACA are not eligible to receive health insurance through the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid, the program has improved employment prospects for immigrants and that, in turn, has provided medical care services to many through employer-subsidized health insurance. A study conducted by the the Center for American Progress found57 percentof DACA recipients reported getting a job that provided health insurance but that will soon change.

There will be a lot of anxiety about not knowing what the future will hold and fear of returning to undocumented status, says Lessard. DACA recipients gave an enormous amount of information to the federal government and many fear that it will be used in immigration enforcement.

Rescinding DACA will compromise the health of the many who came to the U.S. as children and registered with the federal program. Kyle Grillot/REUTERS

As a result, Lessard says thousands of people will now contend with ongoing and persistent stress of losing jobs, homes and health care, which increases and exacerbates just about every chronic medical condition, including heart disease, high blood pressure and mental health problems including anxiety, sleep disorders and depression.

Research already exists that shows DACA has had a positive impact on health, particularly mental health. A study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found a significant reduction in major depression among DACA recipients. The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, involved 14,000 Hispanic adults who were not U.S. citizens. The researchers reviewed data from the National Health Interview Survey to ascertain which people were eligible for DACA. All participants had already replied to self-reported questionnaires about their mental health before and after 2012. Overall, the researchers found that people who were eligible for DACA were 50 percent less likely to report symptoms of clinical depression at the time of completing the survey (a point at which DACA was implemented).

The positive health impact of DACA has also extended to offsprings of undocumented parents. A Stanford study found significant improvement in childrens mental health when their mothers qualified for DACA. Jens Hainmueller, a professor at Stanford University and Immigration Policy Lab and lead author on the study published last week in Science, looked at Medicaid claims of children to track health outcomes, specifically diagnoses of adjustment and anxiety disorders. The study focused on these mental health diagnoses because theyre caused by external stressor rather than a genetic or physiological reason, says Hainmueller. The study found the number of diagnoses dropped by more than half after implementing the DACA program, from a rate of 7.8 percent to 3.3 percent.

Removing the program could put the health at risk of 4 million children who were born in the U.S. and have at least one undocumented parent. The Trump administrations decision could also further tax the U.S. health care system since early childhood mental disorders are the largest pediatric medical expenditure in the U.S. That, of course, depends on whether parents of these children actually seek out health care for their children. Hainmueller suggests that ending DACA could create circumstances in which mothers are faced with immediate deportation, and are afraid to interact with the health care system and the schools on behalf of their children.

Those results clearly suggest if these families were to be ripped apart, the consequences of the mental health of the children would be highly detrimental, says Hainmueller. Theres pretty strong evidence that these mental health disorders are linked to depression later in life and worse economic outcomes, as well. The consequences of deporting the mothers for the children are likely to be pretty devastating.

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There may be at least one advantage to being short: a lower risk for dangerous blood clots in the veins, a new study shows.

These clots, called venous thromboembolisms, include blockages known as DVTs (deep vein thrombosis), which typically start in the legs and can travel to the lungs, raising a person's odds for stroke.

Sometimes DVTs occur after long-haul flights, so they've been dubbed "economy class syndrome." But new research suggests a slight advantage for shorter people in avoiding the clots.

Why the effect? "It could just be that because taller individuals have longer leg veins there is more surface area where problems can occur," theorized study lead author Dr. Bengt Zoller.

"There is also more gravitational pressure in leg veins of taller persons that can increase the risk of blood flow slowing or temporarily stopping," noted Zoller, an associate professor at Lund University and Malmo University Hospital, in Sweden.

According to the American Heart Association, up to 600,000 people in the United States develop a blood clot that starts in a vein each year. Risk factors for these clots include having surgery, cancer and being immobilized or hospitalized. Pregnancy or taking hormonal oral birth control pills or estrogen therapy for menopause can also cause blood clots.

Although the new study can't prove a cause-and-effect link, one U.S. heart expert said other recent research has also suggested a connection between height and clots in veins.

"As we can't do much about our height, it is worthwhile considering some preventative action" in shielding taller folks against these clots, said Dr. Maja Zaric. She's a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"Wearing gradual support stockings along with avoidance of dehydration and increasing walking during 'periods of risk' [such as prolonged sitting] may help prevent the problem before it occurs," Zaric said.

The new study involved more than 2.6 million people from Sweden: male soldiers whose health was tracked from the 1950s to the 1990s, and newly pregnant women tracked from 1969 to 2010.

The entire study group consisted of sibling pairs, to tease out any genetic or environmental factors, the researchers explained.

Zoller's team found that men shorter than 5 feet 3 inches were 65 percent less likely than men 6 feet 2 inches or taller to develop one of these clots.

The risk dropped 69 percent for women shorter than 5 feet 1 inch who were pregnant for the first time, compared to women 6 feet or taller, Zoller's team reported Sept. 5 inCirculation: Cardiovascular Genetics.

Of course, "height is not something we can do anything about," Zoller said in a journal news release. And he noted that "the height in the population has increased, and continues increasing, which could be contributing to the fact that the incidence of thrombosis has increased."

The study does has some limitations. The researchers said they weren't able to consider lifestyle factors from the participants' childhood, such as diet, physical activity and whether or not their parents smoked. But they believe their findings could possibly apply to the U.S. population, because the current Swedish population is now similarly ethnically diverse.

And Zaric agreed that a link between height and clotting seems plausible.

"This can be explained by the simple mechanics of a large and long blood vessel being exposed to the higher gravitational force which is exerted on the 'longer' blood column," she said. This could cause blood to flow less well, "which in turn may trigger development of a clot in the leg veins," Zaric said.

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Aging is a natural part of the human experience but that doesnt mean its necessarily enjoyable! As we get older, our bodies tend to become less efficient, less strong, and less supple. Theres obviously no way to prevent aging, but there are some ways to slow its progress. One way is to take good anti-aging supplements, which can do a lot to help ease the process of aging.

The best anti-aging supplements can help protect your health from age-related declines, improve your energy levels and mood, and overall help to slow the aging process. There are a variety of effective supplements for anti-aging, and each of them targets different aspects of our health. Well go over the specific list of top anti-aging products, but for now, lets get started with the basics!

Aging affects all of the bodys cells, organs, and tissues by altering their function in some way. Cells experience aging by growing larger and losing their ability to divide, multiply, and eventually to function. Cells also accumulate more pigments and fats within them. Connective tissues start to become more stiff, bodily tissues may start to lose mass, and organs start to become less able to perform their functions. Supplements can help ease or slow the aging process, as well as enhance longevity, in a number of ways.

Antioxidants Many anti-aging supplements can protect your cells from the damages of aging by acting as antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radical damage and oxidation, which is a significant portion of the aging process. There are three major types of antioxidants: carotenoids, allyl sulfides, and polyphenols. They help to preserve cellular health for a longer period of time, slowing down the aging process and enhancing longevity of life.

Vitamins and Minerals Vitamins and minerals are essential to your health and bodily function. They are necessary for the growth of skin, muscle, and bone that occurs daily. They are also required for the nourishment of your cells, blood, organs, and more. By supplementing with these essential nutrients, you can support the health and function of your cells and organs, as well as the proper function of enzymatic processes in the body. They make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible, reducing risks of illness and health complications, while slowing the effects of aging and enhancing longevity.

Amino Acids Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins that your body needs for natural reparation processes. This includes repairation of organs and tissues such as your skin, muscle, connective tissues, and more. Amino acids can help to keep skin smooth and elastic instead of rough and saggy as you age. They can also help to support strong, healthy muscles and retain your mobility for longer as you age.

Healthy Enzymes and Hormones Enzymes are proteins that work as biological catalysts, speeding up reactions that occur within the body. Every enzyme is specific to a particular function, and they are made up of amino acids. Hormones are substances that regulate bodily functions and act as chemical messengers produced by the endocrine system. Certain hormones decline as you age, which results in an imbalance that affects the way your body regulates itself. Some hormones can be taken as supplements in order to prevent this decline and keep your body in a healthy and functional state for longer. Both enzymes and hormones help to regulate internal processes and support longevity, and function as strong anti-aging products.

The best supplements for anti-aging can support your body through the aging process, improving your longevity of life and your quality of life. They can support your energy levels and your cognitive health so that you can retain as much of your youth as possible. Ultimately, the best anti-aging supplements and the best anti-aging products will support your mental health and your physical health in your later years to keep you happy and healthy.

Everyone wants to stay young as long as they can. Youthfulness includes internal health, outward appearance, mental health, energy, and quality of life. By taking the top anti-aging supplements, you may help preserve your youth for a longer period of time which helps you to have a higher quality of life. Taking the best anti-aging supplements could also lengthen your life! The best supplements for aging also support your overall health, helping to reduce your risk of diseases and health complications. If you want to live a long, healthy, and happy life, you should definitely consider the top anti-aging supplements.

Everyone ages, and some people age better than others. Help yourself age better with the top supplements for anti-aging. We have compiled a list of the best anti-aging products on the market so that you can find the best products for the best prices. Here is our list of the top 10 anti-aging supplements on the market!

What is Coenzyme Q-10?

Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance that is so necessary to your health, that it is found in every cell in your body! It is used for cellular energy production, growth, and maintenance. The process of cellular energy production involves the mitochondria, also known as the powerhouse of the cell, producing energy (known as ATP) for the body to use. It also functions as an antioxidant, protecting your cells from free radical and oxidative damage. It helps to support the heart and cardiovascular system, and other processes in the body. CoQ10 deficiency may occur due to disease or low dietary intake of CoQ10. Symptoms of deficiency include heart failure, high blood pressure, and chest pain.

How Coenzyme Q-10 Helps You Age Better

Coenzyme Q-10 can help to improve the aging process by supporting cardiovascular health, and improving the efficiency of mitochondrial energy production within your cells. It also acts as an antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage. Coenzyme Q-10 therefore acts as two aging health supports: an enzyme and an antioxidant. Overall, CoQ10 is a good anti-aging product and its benefits include:

One aging theory, called the mitochondrial theory of aging, claims that oxidative damage to the mitochondria is the root of aging itself. This suggests that CoQ10 has a very close connection to aging by acting as an antioxidant and protecting cells and the mitochondria from oxidative damage, as well as improving the efficiency of mitochondrial energy production.

How to Take Coenzyme Q-10

The best CoQ10 supplements are available in forms such as soft gel capsules, hard shell capsules, tablets, and oral sprays. Recommended CoQ10 dosage for adults is between 30 to 200 mg per daily. CoQ10 is fat soluble, and should be taken with a meal for proper absorption. Taking CoQ10 at night may improve your bodys ability to utilize the enzyme.

Coenzyme Q-10 Food Sources

CoQ10 foods include many organ meats such as liver, heart, and kidney as well as soy oil, beef, sardines, mackerels, and peanuts.

Coenzyme Q-10 Side Effects

CoQ10 has an upper intake limit of around 3,000 mg per day, which is a very high CoQ10 dosage. When taken in normal healthy doses, it does not usually cause side effects, however if you have migraines CoQ10 may cause headaches. It may also affect your heart rate and blood pressure, so if you have health conditions, talk to your doctor before use.

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What is Selenium?

Selenium is a trace mineral that is actually found in soil and in small amounts in water. It is vital to the process of protein synthesis in the human body for growth, and it also acts as an antioxidant. It helps reduce inflammation, and maintain a healthy immune system. It also is necessary for the proper function of the metabolism and thyroid. It plays a role in male and female fertility, and enhances the quality of blood flow in the body. You are at a higher risk of selenium deficiency if you smoke, drink alcohol, take birth control pills, or have a digestive condition that may affect your ability to absorb selenium from food. Selenium deficiency is associated with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.

How Selenium Helps You Age Better

Selenium has the benefits of an essential mineral, on top of the benefits of an antioxidant for your health. This makes it a strong supplement for anti-aging, and is one of the best anti-aging skin care products. It helps to preserve skin elasticity, fight free radicals and inflammation, and support a healthy metabolism. It also boosts immunity, which helps prevent viral infections that could contribute to aging. Overall, the many benefits of selenium include:

Some studies have found that selenium may help prevent cancer and improve longevity in cancer patients. Two 5-year-long studies at Cornell University and the University of Arizona found that taking 200 mcg of selenium each day reduced the incidence of prostate cancer by 63%, colorectal tumors by 58%, and lung cancer by 46%. They also found that the overall death rate from cancer was 39% lower than the general population for those taking selenium as a supplement.

How to Take Selenium

Combine selenium with vitamin E for a good anti-aging stack that enhances antioxidant properties of both substances and their absorption. Do not take inorganic selenium with vitamin C, such as selenium selenite.

Selenium Food Sources

Some of the best selenium foods include brazil nuts, eggs, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, chicken breast, salmon, turkey, liver, rockfish, and mushrooms.

Selenium Side Effects

Selenium taken in doses larger than 400 mcg per day increases ones risk of selenium toxicity. Taking selenium in high doses may cause nausea, vomiting, nail changes, irritability, and more.

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What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a polyphenol and an antioxidant. Polyphenols are also called phytochemicals, which means they are found in large amounts in certain plants. It was originally found to exist as a compound in red wine in the 1990s, which caused scientists to hypothesize that resveratrol in red wine is responsible for reduced incidences of coronary heart disease of the French. Through this line of research, there have been many findings suggesting that resveratrol may be beneficial to your cardiovascular health as well as your longevity, and may also help to prevent disease. Resveratrol is being studied for its beneficial effects on cancer and Alzheimers disease.

How Resveratrol Helps You Age Better

Resveratrol is an antioxidant that helps to preserve and protect your youth. It helps to fight free radicals and inflammation, which preserves your cellular health. It may help to support endothelial function, which is the tissue that lines blood vessels, the heart and lymphatic muscles. This can contribute to improved cardiovascular health and longevity, as well as reduced risk of heart disease. The benefits of this top anti-aging supplement include:

There have been many promising studies of resveratrol for the treatment and prevention of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases with animals and test tubes. However, we do not know the full extent of its effectiveness on humans yet due to the limited availability of human studies. We do know that resveratrol can inhibit the growth of cancer cells in some animal models and cultures, and animal studies have suggested that resveratrol is neuroprotective. It also has been shown to lengthen the life spans of fish and mice on high calorie diets.

How to Take Resveratrol

Resveratrol is often taken as a top anti-aging supplement in dosages of about 20 mg per day. Resveratrol is also soluble in water, and can be taken at any time of the day, however your particular supplement may have guidelines for best absorption.

Resveratrol Food Sources

Resveratrol foods include red wine, red grapes, and peanuts.

Resveratrol Side Effects

Resveratrol is very safe, and researchers have not discovered any side effects, including taking resveratrol in large dosages.

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What are Antioxidant Vitamins?

Antioxidant vitamins are vitamins that have the properties of an antioxidant. An antioxidant fights free radicals and counteracts oxidation, which is a process that harms and damages your cells. Some of the most well known antioxidant vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Vitamin A can come in the form of beta carotene, which is considered a carotenoid. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, and is also capable of regenerating antioxidants within the body. Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant that is fat-soluble and helps to prevent harmful oxidation that sometimes occurs when fat is broken down. These antioxidant vitamins are good supplements for anti-aging.

How Antioxidant Vitamins Help You Age Better

Antioxidant vitamins are strong anti-aging supplements they have the benefits of both vitamins and antioxidants combined. They help nourish your body while protecting your cells from free radicals and oxidative damage that speed up the aging process. Antioxidant vitamins are one of the best anti-aging skin care products as well, due to their protective benefits. Antioxidant vitamins offer many benefits, including:

Antioxidant vitamins are some of the essential vitamins that you need to support your health, so taking these vitamins can also prevent deficiencies. This makes antioxidant vitamins one of top anti-aging supplements out there.

How to Take Antioxidant Vitamins

Vitamin A and vitamin E are fat soluble and are best taken with food. Vitamin C is water soluble and can be taken at any time of the day, with or without food, however if you take them all together you should take them with food.

Antioxidant Vitamin Food Sources

Antioxidant vitamin foods include foods such as prunes, raisins, apples, plums, red grapes, alfalfa sprouts, beans, onions, and eggplants.

Antioxidant Vitamin Side Effects

Vitamin A may cause side effects if taken in larger doses. These side effects may include loss of appetite, irritability, dry mouth, fever, etc. Vitamin C in large doses may cause side effects such as cramps, diarrhea, heartburn, etc. Vitamin E in large doses may cause headache, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, etc.

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What is Blueberry Extract?

Blueberry extract is an extraction of the antioxidant properties of blueberries that are beneficial to your health. Blueberries are considered a superfood because of how nutrient dense they are. One cup of blueberries contains 24% of your daily vitamin C needs, 36% of your vitamin K needs, and 25% of your manganese needs. They contain other beneficial substances such as resveratrol, lutein, gallic acid, and zeaxanthin. They are also believed to have the highest antioxidant contents of all commonly consumed fruits and veggies. The majority of the antioxidants that blueberries have are in the polyphenol antioxidant group and are called flavonoids. Blueberry extract as a supplement helps to administer the benefits of blueberries in an extremely absorbable form.

How Blueberry Extract Helps You Age Better

Blueberry extract is one of the best natural anti-aging products on the market and it helps to combat aging with natural antioxidants and vitamins. Blueberry extract supports your mental health, physical health, and your longevity. Overall, the anti-aging benefits of blueberry extract include:

Blueberry extract also contains a special antioxidant called proanthocyanidins that helps slow aging. Proanthocyanidins are a form of antioxidant that have been observed to have anti-aging properties in many different animal studies.

How to Take Blueberry Extract

Blueberry extract is a natural supplement that comes from a healthy food source, but it does not have a recognised upper limit of intake. Blueberry extract supplements will have a suggested dosage that should be followed. They can also be taken with or without food, at any time of the day.

Blueberry Extract Food Sources

Blueberry extract foods include blueberries.

Blueberry Extract Side Effects

Blueberry extract supplements are very safe, however if you have diabetes, then blueberry extract supplements may cause your blood sugar to drop. If you have an underlying medical condition, speak to your doctor before you taking blueberry extract supplements.

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What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a root used as a spice in foods, and is a popular spice used in Indian curry. It is used as a natural coloring for butter and cheese, as well. It has been used for over 4,000 years and in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for infections and some cancers, an aid to help reduce inflammation, and treat digestive disorders. Turmeric contains a compound that is called curcumin, which is bright yellow in color, and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Turmerics abilities to fight free radical and oxidative damage as well as fight inflammation and support digestive health makes turmeric one of the top anti-aging supplements available on the market.

How Turmeric Helps You Age Better

Turmeric is a fantastic immune booster and supporter. It helps fight inflammation, which is the basis of many diseases and health issues, and also acts as a very strong antioxidant. It also supports digestive health which tends to decline as you age. As a strong anti-aging supplement, turmeric benefits include:

By helping preserve youth and fighting damage that can age your cells and your body, turmeric supplements are very effective anti-aging supplements. It is also a natural source of antioxidants that you can seek, and has been used safely for thousands of years in holistic medicine.

How to Take Turmeric

Turmeric supplements are available in capsule forms, tinctures, powders, and fluid extracts. Taking bromelain stacked with turmeric supplements supports the antioxidant benefits of curcumin, which is contained in turmeric. You can take it at any time of the day, add it to foods and liquids, or take 1 to 3 turmeric pills that are generally around 350 mg of turmeric per day.

Turmeric Food Sources

Turmeric foods include the ingredient, turmeric! Turmeric root powders can be added to many different recipes and is an essential piece of many recipes already. It can be added to scrambles, soups, chicken, rice and more for the best turmeric foods.

Turmeric Side Effects

Most people do not experience side effects from turmeric supplements or turmeric root. However, in some cases turmeric supplements may cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, lowered blood pressure, increased menstrual flow in women, etc.

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What is DHEA?

DHEA, also known as dehydroepiandrosterone, is an adrenal hormone that is also made in the brain. DHEA leads to the production of male and female sex hormones, also known as androgens and estrogens. It also plays a large role in the metabolism, and supports over 150 different metabolic functions. After age 30, levels of DHEA decrease, and the levels decrease more quickly in women. There is evidence that DHEA can help treat obesity, depression, and osteoporosis. It has been used in the bodybuilding community for its support of strong, lean muscle mass and longevity. It helps boost the production of natural growth hormones that lead to enhanced lean muscle growth and helps fight fat accumulation. Overall, DHEA is a health supplement that has many different benefits for overall health support.

How DHEA Helps You Age Better

DHEA helps to improve your overall longevity and slow the aging process in numerous ways. It helps to reduce inflammation, which helps prevent numerous diseases that can harm your body and age you more quickly. It also helps to keep your hormones in healthy balance as you age, and supports bone density and muscle mass (discouraging mass wasting). Overall, DHEA benefits include:

DHEA levels also drop after age 30 and continue to decline as you age. Therefore, DHEA supplements help to counteract this decline and slow down the aging process. This makes DHEA an effective anti-aging supplement.

How to Take DHEA

Dosages of DHEA vary based on age and gender. It is available in capsules, chewing gum, tablets, drops, skin creams, etc. Many doctors say that the best time of the day to take DHEA is in the morning because the adrenal glands naturally produce DHEA in the morning.

DHEA Food Sources

DHEA is not contained in foods and can only be taken as a supplement. There are claims that DHEA foods include things such as wild yams and soy in which certain substances are transformed into DHEA by the body. However, this theory has yet to be proven in clinical trials.

DHEA Side Effects

DHEA is generally safe, but women may experience side effects such as oily skin, increased hair growth, irregular periods, etc. Men may experience aggression, breast tenderness, urinary urgency, etc.

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What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is an important vitamin that is produced by the human body when sun hits the skin, giving it the nickname, the sunshine vitamin. It also is present in some foods. It promotes proper calcium absorption and bone strength, and helps to prevent osteoporosis in older adults. It also helps to regulate cellular growth, immune function, neuromuscular function, and reduction of inflammation. It also plays a role in mental health. Additionally, a CDC report in 2012 found that 90 million people are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency can cause muscle weakness, bone pain, as well as increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, cause severe asthma in children, cognitive impairment in older adults, and increase your risk of cancer.

How Vitamin D Helps You Age Better

Vitamin D can help to regulate cellular growth by helping your body get rid of abnormal DNA, reducing your risks of heart disease and cancer. It also helps to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and protect your overall health. Vitamin D is a strong anti-aging supplement, and offers benefits that include:

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Easamine day cream with adenosine costs $76 for a 1 ounce jar.

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A religious group has filed suit against LOreal claiming that the cosmetics giant infringed on patents covering use of the nucleoside adenosine in wrinkle-erasing creams that the charity sells to raise money for the poor. LOreal says it did not violate the groups patents.

According to the suit, filed in Delaware federal court, the Massachusetts-based Teresian Carmelites introduced Easamine, a high-end anti-wrinkle cream containing adenosine, in 2009. Easamine sales were initially strong, say the Teresians, who describe themselves as a Christian monastery dedicated to prayer, contemplation, and service to the poor.

But in 2010, as the Teresians were about to expand their skin care line, LOreal launched its competing Youth Code line of antiaging skin products featuring adenosine. Sales of Easamine, through the Teresians for-profit Carmel Labs arm, didnt meet the groups expectations, and they were unable to pay their monasterys mortgage.

Adenosine has long been known to play an important role in biochemical processes such as energy transfer. Pharmaceutical-grade adenosine is also used to treat heart conditions.

Two University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers, James G. Dobson Jr. and Michael Ethier, discovered that topical application of adenosine, its derivatives, and analogs, could enhance the skins condition. They patented their discovery in 2002 and 2003.

This extraordinary breakthrough was uncovered during a medical study on how aging affects heart function, the Teresians say on their website.

In 2008, the Teresians became the exclusive licensee of the universitys patents. In their suit, the Teresians allege that LOreal attempted to file its own adenosine use patent in 2002, but the big firm later abandoned it because of the preexisting university patents. In 2003, LOreal tried to license the universitys patents but didnt succeed.

In court documents responding to the Teresians complaint, LOreal says its Youth Code formulas use adenosine at concentrations not covered by the universitys patents. The firm has asked the court to dismiss the Teresians suit, which seeks unspecified damages and a permanent injunction against LOreals sale of competing skin care products.

LOreal tells C&EN in an email that While we admire the purpose of the work [the Teresians and Carmel Labs] are doing together, we find no merit in [their] allegations. We expressed this point of view in many conversations (some in person) we had with the Teresian Carmelites and their outside legal advisers over the past two years.

LOreal is enmeshed in at least one other dispute with a startup over stolen technology. Late last year, Olaplex, the makers of a product that protects hair during bleaching and color treatments, sought an injunction against LOreal and unspecified damages for its similar hair treatment.

The Olaplex lawsuit charged that LOreals use of maleic acid in hair treatments violated Olaplex patents licensed from two University of California, Santa Barbara, polymer scientists.

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A group of doctors is calling for the fast-tracking of clinical research on human subjects to investigate the vast promise of a new class of drugs that seem to delay the harms of aging by selectively destroying old and damaged cells, while leaving healthy ones alone.

Drugs known as senolytics, discovered in just the last few years, have already been shown to improve chronic conditions in mice from heart and vascular disease to liver damage, pulmonary fibrosis, and diabetes.

Human applications remain speculative, but are being hyped as both imminent and revolutionary, both for chronic degenerative conditions like Parkinsons disease and for damage caused by therapeutic radiation in cancer patients. This transformative potential makes senolytic drug research one of the most exciting fields in modern medicine, according to James L. Kirkland, director of the Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

If senolytics or other interventions that target fundamental aging processes prove to be effective and safe in clinical trials, they could transform geriatric medicine by enabling prevention or treatment of multiple diseases and functional deficits in parallel, instead of one at a time, Kirkland writes in a paper in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The drugs target the tendency of normal cells to eventually senesce, or to grow old and stop dividing, largely due to the inevitable shortening of genetic material known as telomeres. Such cells, sometimes called zombies, can still remain metabolically active, but they can also place a burden on other more healthy, actively dividing cells.

Senolytic drugs work by genetically identifying these cells and destroying them by triggering their natural, genetically programmed death, known as apoptosis. As a result, they have been tagged with the morbid nickname the suicide gene.

Kirkland said strategies are already being developed to investigate the use of senolytic drugs in patients with illnesses that mimic aging, illnesses whose symptoms are caused by the accumulation of senescent cells, and also to target the general effects of aging, such as frailty and weakness.

The call to speed up testing on human subjects comes as new research out of the Scripps Research Institute in Florida shows how more of these candidate drugs might be identified, via a screening platform. The report on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications shows how drugs identified in this way seemed to delay multiple age-related conditions in both human cells in the lab, and in a mouse model of conditions known as progeroid syndromes, which mimic aging.

Our study documents that you can identify compounds that kill these damaged cells specifically, said lead author Paul Robbins, a professor of molecular medicine. It also proves that this class of drugs can significantly extend healthspan.

Healthspan is a concept in geriatric medicine that roughly means the duration of physical health despite aging.

Our screening platform already has identified multiple classes of compounds that extend healthspan in animal models, Robbins said. Right now, we have a pipeline of compounds that should be even more effective than the ones in the study.

Although there have been only about a dozen candidate senolytic drugs identified so far, the conditions they are thought to benefit range from osteoporosis and pulmonary fibrosis to Parkinsons and the side effects of therapeutic radiation for cancer.

Major investment has followed the scientific progress, including from Unity Biotechnology, which aims to start the first human clinical trial next year. One study the company sponsored earlier this year, and published in the journal Nature Medicine, showed how a senolytic drug slowed the progression of osteoarthritis in mice by selectively eliminating senescent cells that had accumulated in their knees.

The emerging repertoire of senolytic drugs shows that they are having an impact on a huge range of diseases, Kirkland said in a statement. Our goal is to achieve the same success in humans as we have in preclinical animal models in efforts to prevent or delay the conditions associated with aging.

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QUBEC CITY, Sept. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Devonian Health Group Inc. ("Devonian" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:GSD) a clinical stage botanical pharmaceutical corporation, is pleased to announce that its Purgenesis anti-aging three-cream treatment is now recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) through its Skin Health Program.

Devonians mission is to develop innovative products that contribute to peoples well being. Skin being the largest organ of the human body, it requires special care like any other organ. Devonian develops its dermo-cosmeceutical products with the highest pharmaceutical standards. We cooperate with health-care professionals to bring added-value products to people. Purgenesis treatment can now bear the Skin Health Program seal of recognition, awarded after a thorough review of our treatment formulation by the CDA Skin Health Expert Advisory Board states Dr Andre P. Boulet, PhD, President & CEO of Devonian.

The CDA welcomes the addition of Purgenesis treatment to the Skin Health Program, a program that identifies products that are fragrance-free or unscented, have a low potential for irritation and do not contain the most common contact allergens says Dr Ian Landells, certified Dermatologist and Chair of the Skin Health Program.

The Purgenesis brand should be marketed in Canada exclusively through certified dermatologists added Dr Boulet.

About Purgenesis anti-aging treatment

Purgenesis anti-aging treatment has three components: a day cream, a night cream and an eye cream. These creams contain R-Spinasome complex, an active structure extracted from organic baby spinach. The structure of this complex is critical to its function as an anti-oxidant, enabling it to capture and dissipate noxious energy generated by Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), returning the complex to a state where it is ready to undergo new activation cycles. It is this dynamism and capacity to regenerate that provides R-Spinasome complex with unprecedented, long-lasting anti-oxidant activity. A clinical study involving 72 subjects (aged 35-72years) was conducted to evaluate the performance of Purgenesis Anti-aging product line compared with two other leading prestige brands over a 28-day period of use. The results indicate that Purgenesis anti-aging line is significantly superior than leading prestige brands in terms of its anti-wrinkle, firmness and hydration effects. Purgenesis anti-aging treatment is patent-pending worldwide with the exception of Japan where a patent was issued (#JP 5952261).

About Devonian

Devonian is a late stage botanical pharmaceutical corporation with novel therapeutic approaches targeting unmet medical needs. Devonian's core strategy is to develop prescription botanical drugs. This strategy is supported by US-FDA set of regulatory guidelines favouring a more efficient drug development pathway versus traditional prescription medicines. Devonian is based on a broad-based platform originating from over ten years of research. This platform provides a unique process of extraction, purification, stabilization and conditioning of a molecular complex responsible for the photosynthetic process in plants and algae: The Supra Molecular Complex Extraction and Stabilisation Technology (SUPREX). "Thykamine" is the first product issued from this platform. The potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activities of "Thykamine" have been demonstrated in several pre-clinical experiments as well as in a clinical study in patients with mild-to-moderate distal ulcerative colitis. The product is now moving into large phase II clinical trials in two therapeutic areas: Ulcerative Colitis and Atopic Dermatitis. While the development of prescription botanical drugs is its core business, Devonian is also involved in the development of high value derma-cosmeceutical products as part of a secondary strategy to generate short-term revenues and optimize manufacturing efficiency.

For more information about Devonian Health Group Inc., visit http://www.groupedevonian.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements about Devonian's objectives, strategies and businesses that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are "forward-looking" because they are based on our current expectations about the markets we operate in and on various estimates and assumptions. Actual events or results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements if known or unknown risks affect our business, or if our estimates or assumptions turn out to be inaccurate. Such risks and assumptions include, but are not limited to, Devonian's ability to develop, manufacture, and successfully commercialize value-added pharmaceutical and dermo-cosmeceutical products, the availability of funds and resources to pursue R&D projects, the successful and timely completion of clinical studies, the ability of Devonian to take advantage of business opportunities in the pharmaceutical and dermo-cosmeceutical industries, uncertainties related to the regulatory process and general changes in economic conditions. You will find a more detailed assessment of the risks that could cause actual events or results to materially differ from our current expectations in Devonian's prospectus dated April 21st, 2017 under the heading "Risk Factors" related to Devonians business. As a result, we cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement even if new information becomes available, as a result of future events or for any other reason, unless required by applicable securities laws and regulations.

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Too many specialist doctors, and too few who can see the big picture – The Straits Times

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When it comes to the elderly, it seems as though one doctor is rarely ever enough.

Take Madam Loh Kwai Fong, 74, who has a chronic lung problem that leaves her breathless, a heart condition and problems with her kidneys. Her blood pressure is high and she has difficulty walking.

"I used to go in and out of hospital because of these problems," said the retired shoemaker. "I would see many different doctors."

Many elderly Singaporeans will, like Madam Loh, experience several years of ill health. The average person lives to 82, but experiences eight years of ill health in their old age. The population of seniors is also rising rapidly and is expected to hit 900,000 by 2030.

But having patients with multiple health conditions shuttle between different specialists is not ideal, and several experts have come out to say as much.

During an interview with The Straits Times in July, the deans of Singapore's three medical schools stressed the importance of training more "generalist" doctors. This refers to specialists in fields such as geriatrics or internal medicine, where the focus is typically on the patient as a whole - rather than a specific organ or body part.

And in a speech last month, the Ministry of Health's (MOH) director of medical services Benjamin Ong urged medical students to consider family medicine as a career. In this field, doctors are trained to manage all kinds of patients - with different ages and health issues - outside the hospital.

"Increasingly, I think that's what we need in the health system - we need generalists," said Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan, who is dean of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. "It's not very good if our elderly parents see five doctors. It's better if there's also a generalist to look after their needs." The generalist doctor would then be the one in charge and he would call in specialists if there was a need, so the patient would not have to deal with too many doctors.

In some ways, there has been progress. Internal medicine, for example, is among the top three specialties with the biggest growth. In 2012, there were just 94 specialists in this field. By last year, this number had grown to 141. In that time, the number of geriatric medicine specialists also grew from 67 to 89 - an increase of 33 per cent.

Even so, policymakers continue to articulate the need for more young doctors in these fields. But what is preventing them from joining up in the first place?

There is a certain glamour attached to the word "specialist" - and conversely, an implicit bias against the "generalist" who is assumed to be a jack of all trades. Ask any patient, said healthcare consultant Jeremy Lim, and chances are that they would rather consult a specialist for their health problems, if they can afford it. That is only natural. After all, who would not want to approach a certified expert in the area in which one needs help?

"The language that is used biases patient preferences towards the specialist-driven model," pointed out Dr Lim, a partner in Oliver Wyman's global health practice. "But by definition, specialists think about specific issues, and so they do have blind spots."


Increasingly, I think that's what we need in the health system - we need generalists. It's not very good if our elderly parents see five doctors. It's better if there's also a generalist to look after their needs.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR YEOH KHAY GUAN, dean of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, on elderly patients having to shuttle between specialists. Linette Lai

Typically, Dr Lim said, specialists deal only with problems within their area of expertise. When the need arises, the patient is referred to yet more specialists. "Nobody wants to be responsible for anything outside their area of specialisation... and so you need multiple specialists," Dr Lim said.

This shuttling between different doctors can translate to multiple clinic visits, a larger overall bill, and a confused elderly patient. In contrast, generalists are trained to manage all these conditions in a single person, as a whole.

"We deal very intimately with all the issues that the elderly face. We don't look at these in silos, on their own," said Dr Sabrina Lau, who is a senior resident in the National Healthcare Group's geriatric medicine residency programme.

She does not believe that her chosen area of expertise commands any less reputation or respect. "But to put it bluntly, the work that we do is not flashy and sometimes it can be more behind the scenes," she said.

Perhaps one way to encourage more young doctors to join these "generalist" fields is to raise awareness of the work they do, suggested Dr Loke Wai Chiong, who is healthcare sector leader for Deloitte South-east Asia. He recalled how a decade ago - when he was running medical manpower for one of the public healthcare clusters - it was a "constant challenge" getting people to opt for these less popular career tracks.

"Some ways (to get them interested) may be to celebrate and tell the stories of the unsung heroes who solve intricate problems of care, rather than just dispensing the newest drugs," he said.

Another problem is that junior doctors may not have the opportunity to see what these "generalist" fields are truly like. With more than 30 specialties to choose from and only around five years in medical school, it is not always easy for a fresh graduate to know what specialty suits him best.

In the past, said Dr Tan Wu Meng, who is a Jurong GRC MP, young doctors could rotate through a series of postings after completing their first year as a house officer. "This could be a mix of hospital medical and surgical postings, or a family medicine posting," explained Dr Tan, who is an oncologist by training. "Junior doctors would accumulate experience while deciding what path to take, and which training programme to apply for."

The trade-off under this model was career advancement - because of the meandering path that many young doctors took, completing specialist training often became a longer process which would take at least seven years. These days, the road towards becoming a specialist is a more direct one, with junior doctors committing to a specific programme. According to the MOH Holdings website, it takes four to six years to become a full-fledged specialist.

"These through-track training programmes provide a more direct path to completing specialist training," Dr Tan said. "But it also means the self-discovery journey is shortened, and with it the opportunities for a more diverse experience."

Perhaps there is something that can be done to introduce more diversity in medical training, while keeping the existing model intact.

The impact of exposing junior doctors to role models in a particular field of study cannot be underestimated, said Professor Thomas Coffman, who is dean of Duke-NUS Medical School. "As these specialties grow, (medical students) can see how compelling these areas are," he said.

Studying geriatric medicine in a classroom is one thing; watching senior doctors apply that knowledge to an elderly patient is something else altogether. "One way may to be appeal to the intellectual challenge of dealing with complex mutually-interacting conditions," Dr Loke said.

But failing a change in attitudes or to the training structure, what else can be done? One way is to upskill other health professionals to shoulder some of the load, suggested Dr Chia Shi-Lu, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health. He gave the example of how some hospitals overseas have introduced "hospitalists" - who may be highly trained nurses - to care for a single patient.

Another is to introduce a new role, suggested Dr Tan - that of the coordinating physician who serves as the link between patients and specialists. "Specialty departments, by nature, are optimised towards looking deeply but narrowly. So we need the coordinating physician to look at the holistic picture," he said.

For if a patient must see five doctors, there should be a way to make sure at least one of them can see the big picture.

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Effective Natural Treatments And Remedies For Cancer That Changed Medicine – Health Thoroughfare

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Cancer is a difficult disease and it can affect different parts of our bodies. There are, unfortunately, many types of cancer and not many effective treatments. Some very aggressive treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which dont pay off always can be very difficult to bear. Down below you will find a few natural treatments that have worked for some cancer patients.

The Johanna Budwig Protocol

Dr. Johanna Budwig was a German expert in pharmacology and lipids and the authorities considered her an expert on fats and oils. She developed a specific diet to counteract a type of cancer which occurs due to a long use of conventionally processed fats and hydrogenated oils. The diet consists of replacing the bad fats and oils with unsaturated fatty acids to rejuvenate cells. Some of the fats recommended by her are cottage cheese, flaxseeds and oils.

The Preteolytic enzyme therapy

The first to propose this type of therapy was John Beard in 1906. According to his research, pancreatic proteolytic enzymes are the bodys main defense against cancer. His diet includes eating high doses of porcine-based pancreatic enzymes and an overall holistic diet so as to determine the body to heal itself.

Chelation therapy

The Vitamin C chelation therapy signifies the use of natural compounds to remove the toxic metals from our bodies. This type of therapy is recommended by holistic doctors and naturopaths.According to a study published in the Free Radical Biology & Medicine journal, vitamin C chelation therapy has high pro-oxidant levels, which is good in the case of cancer patients. They are believed to destroy cancer cells.

The Gerson Therapy

Named after Dr. Max Gerson who developed this natural treatment and juicing, the diet consists of using the bodys ability to heal itself and a special diet which included organic foods, raw juices, coffee enemas and more.


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Ive spent the last three years championing improved nutrition--particularly for children and women.

Im often asked: Why Nutrition? Since undernutrition is an underlying cause of more than 3 million deaths of children each year, I answer: Why not?

I was born and raised in Zambia, where 40 percent of children under age 5 are stunted. They suffered a chronic form of malnutrition that slowed their growth at an early age. The devastating consequences include impaired cognitive development and weakened immune systems. An additional 6 percent of children under age 5 are wasted an acute form of malnutrition associated with starvation, and another 15 percent are underweight too thin for their age.

Unfortunately, malnutrition problems are not unique to my homeland. Globally, more than 155 million children under age 5 suffer from stunting. Malnutrition also presents a serious challenge to development and economic growth, contributing to disease and perpetuating poverty.

Yet malnutrition is not widely discussed and many do not recognize the problems it causes. This is reflected in the low investment levels to address nutrition problems, at both global and national levels.

I started working on nutrition advocacy after my own struggles with ill health. I had three major surgeries in two years. Before and after each surgery, I had to fast -- in some cases for days. After each procedure, I had to reintroduce myself to food: first liquids, then semi-solids, then soft foods. I would work my way up from butternut soup to Nshima, the African staple made from corn meal. These experiences helped give me some perspective on food and nutrition problems.

I owe my recovery largely to a resilient family, pooled resources and a talented doctor. Yet it was still a three-year uphill fight. Many mothers and children do not have the support system that I have.

Ultimately, I know I am very lucky. But ensuring every child has a chance at a healthy life should not be a matter of luck. Should childrens optimal growth be a privilege? Must they be denied an opportunity at health care?

So, I decided I had to add my voice to advancing health equity.

Nutrition advocacy for the early years is key, and is particularly vital in the first 1,000 days of life, between birth and a childs second birthday. Before children can speak, malnutrition can deny them basic opportunities to maximize their potential. I want to see all people, no matter who or where they are from, have the best chance at life. Not just to survive but to thrive. This is at the core of the message of why early intervention on nutrition is crucial, particularly in confronting stunting

Though nutrition may not seem like a big idea, investing in it has big results. Every dollar invested in nutrition, according to a Global Nutrition report has a $16 return. It shows how early child interventions have lifelong implications.

There are many serious problems around the globe. But, for many, malnutrition is at the heart. If we allow the same rate of stunting to continue, for example, 155 million people worldwide will likely have little chance at full productivity. If the developed world wants to leave no one behind, as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals envisage, countries must take ownership of the problem and invest in nutrition.

My own experience of limited hunger because of ill health, made me appreciate the importance of nutrition. Hunger for too many children is not a onetime experience. Their lack of proper nutrition in early life has irreversible consequences for the world.

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Researcher studies nutrition in family child care homes – Norman Transcript

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Today, more than half of Oklahoma children spend time in care outside the home while their parents or guardians are at work. That means day care providers play an important role in the nutritional quality of food being served to thousands of Oklahoma children.

A researcher in the College of Allied Health at the OU Health Sciences Center studies the quality of food served in Oklahomas child care homes and develops interventions for their improvement.

Recently, she received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the quality of the food served in a specific type of day care: the Family Child Care Home. FCCHs, like child care centers, are licensed by the state, but they operate out of private homes and provide care for a smaller number of children, no more than 12.

Child nutrition is so important for proper growth and development, said Susan B. Sisson, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the College of Allied Health. If a child is overweight or obese by the time theyre in kindergarten, they have a much higher likelihood of being overweight in middle school, high school and as adults. With that comes the risk for health complications. Prevention of diseases related to obesity is a much better strategy.

Sisson previously studied the nutrition of food served in child care centers vs. what children are eating at home, and the results were encouraging: Overall, children are eating more nutritious food while in a child care center. But much less research has been done on the food served at FCCHs.

Most child care centers in Oklahoma participate in the Child and Adult Food Care Program, the federal program that provides reimbursement if centers meet nutritional requirements. However, FCCHs are less likely to participate in the federal reimbursement program and, if they do, have less administrative capacity to meet the requirements.

In addition, the federal reimbursement program is issuing new guidelines, effective October 2017, that may make participation even more difficult for FCCHs. In Oklahoma, 17,000 children attend FCCHs. In addition, 88 percent of FCCHs serve children from low-income families, a population that faces health disparities.

We have wonderful FCCHs in Oklahoma, but not much study has been done on the nutrition of the food they serve and what type of help they need to meet the best practices of nutrition, Sisson said. We plan to develop an intervention designed to help them overcome barriers and improve the quality of their meals and meal environment.

Beyond providing nutritious snacks and meals, child care providers can model the importance of eating well, Sisson said. Rather than encouraging children to clean their plates, child care providers can let children respond to their own feelings of being full; children dont typically overeat, she said.

Child care providers also can sit down and eat the same food they are serving children, rather than eating something different, which the children may notice. They can talk about the foods theyre serving and how they benefit childrens bodies.

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that what caregivers talk about, the kids will talk about at home, Sisson said. If a child comes home talking about water being healthier to drink than soda, a parent is more likely to buy water for the family. There is a trickle-up effect in that kids regurgitate what they are doing and learning at school.

Sissons work is an important part of the research mission of the OU Health Science Center: to improve the lives of people in Oklahoma and beyond.

By researching ways to improve childrens nutrition, Dr. Sisson plays a crucial role in the prevention of diseases associated with obesity, said James Tomasek, Ph.D., vice president for research at the OU Health Sciences Center. Her latest grant demonstrates that federal funding agencies understand the importance of her research.

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Naked Nutrition Less Naked Whey Review Pros and Cons of Natural – BarBend (blog)

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Per Serving: $1.50

Naked Nutrition is based in Florida and, as the name suggests, theyre pretty well known for eschewing ingredients like artificial colors and sweeteners.

Their flagship product is a pure, unflavored whey protein concentrate called Naked Whey, but we wanted to try out their more palatable, mainstream-friendly product called Less Naked Whey. Its also free from artificial anything, soy, GMOs, bovine growth hormone, and even stevia its sweetened with coconut sugar.

Lets take a closer look at the chocolate flavor.

One serving is two scoops that add up to 38 grams, which provides 160 calories: 25 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbs (1g fiber, 5g sugar), and 3 grams of fat (1.5 grams of saturated fat). Note that since this product is made from whey concentrate, it contains lactose.

Theres a decent amount of minerals in this product: one scoop has 10 percent of the RDI of calcium, 8 percent of the RDI of magnesium, and 5 percent of the RDI of potassium. Its also pretty low in sodium (3 percent of the RDI) but a little high in cholesterol, with 50 milligrams (17 percent of the RDI).

There are just three ingredients. First is whey protein concentrate, which is sourced from grass-fed cows from small American dairy farms. Its cold processed and no acids or bleaches are used in the processing. (The label sternly notes that, Whats Cool for Jeans Isnt Cool for You.)

Then theres organic coconut sugar, which is a sweetener made from the sap of the coconut palm tree. It has plenty of fructose and its not low in calories, but its a little higher in fiber and certain minerals (like iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium) than table sugar. Its fair to say that its a better choice than white sugar, but its still sugar. In that regard, its a little like honey.

Finally, theres organic cacao powder. Cacao is a name for cold-processed, unroasted cocoa beans. (Cocoa is made from roasted beans.) Its a decent source of fiber, iron, and antioxidants.

So, is this better than regular whey? There are few nutritional differences worth pointing out. Its not a low-calorie whey its made from whey concentrate, which is a less expensive form of whey. This helps keep the price lower but its one of the reasons why there are more carbs and fat in this product than you might see in a whey isolate.

Its also worth pointing out that in addition to being relatively high in carbs (when compared to more popular, artificially sweetened whey proteins), this product contains lactose. But it doesnt contain digestive enzymes like lactase or Aminogen, so if youre sensitive to lactose or if you have difficulties digesting protein powders for other reasons, you may want to steer clear of this product.

One good thing is that the whey comes from grass-fed cows, and when dairy is grass-fed the fat content is a little higher in beneficial fats like CLA and Omega-3. Theres only three grams of fat per serving, but like the coconut sugar, its likely somewhat healthier than the cheaper alternative.

Its only available in large, 5-pound tubs, which provide 60 two-scoop servings for $90.Thats $1.50 per serving or 6 cents per gram of protein.

Thats not particularly cheap. When purchasing a similar quantity of a popular brand like Gold Standard and Dymatize Iso 100, youll pay somewhere between 3.5 and 4.5 cents per gram of protein. If you really like all-natural whey proteins, a brand like Muscle Feastdelivers 5 pounds for 3.5 cents per gram of protein. Other natural brands like Xwerks costs 6.5 cents per gram of protein, but Xwerks is an isolate thats only available in 2-pound tubs, so it makes sense that it would cost more.

I tried the chocolate flavor, and despite the coconut sugar this wasnt particularly sweet. This will be good news for people who find popular whey protein powders a little overwhelmingly sweet. More than anything, this product tasted like very lightly sweetened cocoa. Expect dark chocolate in a cup.

Unfortunately, Less Naked Whey doesnt mix very well. This is likely because there arent any additions like soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin, which are traditionally used in protein powders to help with mixability. It clumps a bit, so be prepared.

Theres plenty to like about this product: theres absolutely nothing artificial, not even stevia. Theres no soy or gums to irritate the tummy. The taste is mild and, for want of a better word, natural tasting. Plus its grass-fed and is only flavored with organic coconut sugar and organic cacao, which add their own health benefits. Its also American owned and made, if thats important to you.

If lactose is a problem, this might not work for you. If you hate protein powder that wont dissolve instantly, this might not work for you. If you love sweet, fudgey, creamy, artificially-flavored protein powders theres nothing wrong with that! But Less Naked Whey might not work for you.

But if you love your dairy grass-fed, all-natural, and extra nutritious, check out Naked Nutrition.

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