Research Round Up – How Ian ‘C’s it!

As usual, quite a few fascinating pieces of research released in the last week. Here’s just three of them…

  • NUTS! – we all know that nuts are good for us, research has shown that by consuming nuts regularly you may reduce the risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and certain cancers. Nuts are really an essential part of any diet, because of these reasons and with the IsoWhey program we recommend that you have them as part of your mid morning or mid afternoon snack.

But which one is the #1 nut?

Well, Dr J Vinson, from the University of Scranton in the US studied the properties of the ‘top’ nuts i.e. peanuts, brazil nuts, macadamias,almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts & pecans and the one with the most potent & abundant amount of anti-oxidants, as well as healthy fibre, vitamins, minerals and protein and the winner is…….. Walnuts! They were found to have almost twice the amount of powerful anti-oxidants as the other contenders. I always get clients to snack on nuts,or sprinkle on your breakfast cereal, but I have to say my favs are still Almonds!

  • A NEW supplement to help make exercise more fun?? Ummm, this one sounds too good to be true, researchers at the University of South Australia are following up on work done in Japan which appeared to show that lab rats given a combination of the nutrient Lutein and milk, voluntarily spent more time on the treadmill than ones that had a normal diet. Lucien is a known valuable nutrient found in spinach, broccoli and pumpkin, and obviously plays a role in general health, however, I think that there are SO many other factors involved as well as other nutrients, by isolating one, its hard to believe that it could alter your mood enough to see noticeable results, unless it has the placebo effect (not to be sniffed at though!). Sorry to sound like a broken record, but eat well, (take IsoWhey!) drink heaps of water, and work out & you’ll see results!
  • Power Bands – which became a bit of a craze last year  – are basically rubberbands worn around the wrists which are supposed to use “holograms embedded with frequencies that react positively with your body’s natural energy” to boost your balance, strength and flexibility. Well, the ACCC (Aust. Competition & Consumer Commission) found that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to back up manufacturers claims – you may just as well wear a regular rubber band – I agree, while it sounds like a great idea there are probably better things to spend your money on! Just go  to Yoga to get your spiritual kick.

It seems to me that these researchers, release their findings too early, don’t use enough people in their tests, and don’t consider many many other variables – I wonder sometimes who is paying for some this research? – Before taking research finding on, do your own research to see how scientific it actually is

that’s my advice and how Ian ‘C’s it!!

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