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What do you know about an antioxidant, Acai Berry - from Brazil?
Regarding the Acai Berry we are happy to provide you with the following information.
AdvoCare's Scientific and Medical Advisory board are constantly monitoring current food and dietary ingredient research in general.With researchers, medical doctors, nutritionists, experts in Pharmacognosy and human performance research scientists all working together we cover a wide area of expertise. In addition to these powerful assets the AdvoCare home office R&D and Market research staff also try and keep our finger on what's happening in the worlds of foods and dietary supplements.
Acai is a fruit from Amazon palm berries, wild harvested in the rainforests of Brazil. Acai research has shown that the juice contains anthocyanins and essential fatty acids. Research also has reviewed the fact that the Acai Berry has a high concentration of antioxidants. We have looked at the Acai Berry and at this point in its' research lifecycle we feel that use of this ingredient isn't warranted in our product profile. While there is no doubt that the Acai Berry has value as an antioxidant, AdvoCare has a powerful arsenal of antioxidants in our line. This lineup includes Amplify A.T., a super antioxidant formula containing astaxanthin and tocotrienols. We also have several other products such as A-Supreme, with powerful plant adaptogens, and Fruit & Vegetable Formula containing a variety of anthocyanadin and polyphenolic compounds having an ORAC value of 2500.
Alli is an over-the-counter version (60 mg per capsule) of the drug Orlistat which is being marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. Xenical is the prescription version of this drug (120 mg per capsule) marketed by Roche for weight loss. Orlistat is a lipase enzyme inhibitor that blocks the breakdown of fats so that they cannot be absorbed in the intestinal tract. Fats (lipids) that are not broken down to constituent fatty acids and glycerol are excreted.
Alli is being heavily marketed as the first FDA-approved over-the-counter weight loss product. The manufacturers are suggesting that this product can enhance weight loss by about 50% more than dieting alone. For example, if one loses 5 pounds by dieting alone, one would theoretically lose 7.5 pounds if using this product in conjunction with a diet.
Numerous studies have shown that if one wishes to use this product, one must be willing to deal with a number of unpleasant and inconvenient but not serious side effects. For example, based on studies with Xenical, over 25% of users experience oily spotting, flatulence (gas) with discharge, abdominal pain and discomfort, influenza-like symptoms and headaches. Furthermore, fecal urgency and fatty/oily stools are common. Backache is another problem that occurs in about 14% of users. The manufacturers are indicating that in order to prevent many of these symptoms, users of the product should not consume more than 15 grams of fat per day which is less than 10% of the average total caloric intake. This, in many cases, is not very practical.
Although the drug is considered to be safe, the increased fat excretion can lead to potential deficiencies in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins including vitamins A, D, E and K. As a consequence, use of supplemental multivitamins is recommended and should be used at least two hours before using the orlistat. Orlistat may also result in potential changes in blood clotting in conjunction with the use of warfarin (coumadin) and may potentially interact with the transplant drug Cyclosporine. In general, most drugs should not be used concurrently with Orlistat since many drugs are fat-soluble and their absorption would be inhibited. This includes oral contraceptives. Xenical, the 120 mg prescription version of Orlistat, is recommended at a dose of one capsule with each meal, while Alli, the over-the-counter 60 mg version, is recommended at a dose of one or two capsules with each meal, not to exceed six capsules daily.
Although this new over-the-counter version of Orlistat is being marketed very heavily, it is certainly not a "magic bullet", and the manufacturers are also emphasizing diet, exercise and lifestyle changes.
--Sidney J. Stohs, Ph.D
Why might Calcium cause Costipation?
With respect to calcium, the reason that calcium sometimes causes constipation is the fact that most calcium products on the market contain calcium carbonate which is poorly absorbed. AdvoCare products contain high levels of chelated calcium (complexed with amino and organic acids) which are much better absorbed. The amount of calcium in CorePlex should not cause he/she any difficulties. He/She might take one calcium tablet with each meal. In addition, he/she might wish to use several Calcium Plus tablets morning and evening for optimal absorption.
To suggest using ProBiotic RESTORE is certainly also an excellent idea. Taking OmegaPlex (two gelcaps with each meal) may also aid in promoting intestinal health and elimination.
Good morning, Dr. Stohs:
My name is Jennifer Dunnam and I am in Mobile, AL. My husband and I have been part of the AdvoCare family going on 2 months now and are so happy and excited that something so wonderful has found us and has become such an important part of our lives. We went to our first Success School this past Feb. WOW!!! We don't ever plan to miss another one! Everyone is so amazing. The people that we met.. the friends that we have made. God really smiled on Charlie Ragus when He gave him the Vision of AdvoCare and continues to smile on each and every one of us who can see this same Vision and decide to move forward with it.
Anyway, the reason that I am writing is.... My husband's uncle has diverticulitis. He is very interested in taking products. Specifically, MNS Max App., Meal Replacement Shakes, Catalyst and Spark. What is your advice on this and do you have any other suggestions?
Thank you so much for everything that you and the rest of the Board does to make sure that we have the BEST for ourselves, our families and those that we care about.
As you are undoubtedly aware, diverticulitis is an inflammation that occurs in and around the diverticular sac. The cause is mechanical with invasion by bacteria resulting in tenderness, muscle spasm, and abdominal pain. This area is exceedingly sensitive to foods and nutrients that are irritating, stimulating or acidic. As a consequence, one usually should avoid products such as coffee, alcohol, highly spiced or acidic foods as well as AdvoCareproducts that have neuroactive properties such as SPARK, the MNS Systems and Herbal Cleanse.
With respect to diverticulitis, a number of AdvoCareproducts may be helpful in supporting overall nutrition and wellness. Take one CorePlex tablet with each meal rather than taking all three tablets at the same time.
I highly recommend ProBiotic Restore (one or two capsules two times a day on empty stomach) in order to improve his normal intestinal flora and intestinal mucosa. Taking four to six OmegaPlex gelcaps per day in divided doses will also help his overall intestinal health. He may wish to use one to two Digest-Ease capsules before each meal. For someone with this condition, I highly recommend more fiber in the diet. This individual might wish to use an AdvoCareFiber Drink one or two times a day. He could use either the Peaches and Cream or Citrus flavors. Meal Replacement Shakes are very gentle on the gastrointestinal tract and provide excellent nutrition. For added energy, A-Supreme or V-16 may be appropriate.
Products such as Catalyst, ThermoPlus and Crave-Check are excellent products for weight management for individuals with diverticulutis.
Sidney J. Stohs, Ph.D.
Glycemic Index: Impact on Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.
AdvoCare International, Carrollton, TX
The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of abnormalities in individuals related to increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. General components have traditionally included impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension and dyslipidemias. More recent definitions have placed less emphasis on glucose and more emphasis on obesity. The year 2006 has been the year of slow carb, low glycemic index foods as a means of slowing absorption, enhancing satiety, and supporting weight loss. Various studies have demonstrated an association between sweetened beverages and adiposity, while a large percent of adults consume 25% to 50% of their calories after dinner. Glycemic index and glycemic load will be defined and discussed. Examples of high, moderate and low glycemic index foods will be provided and the potential important of low glycemic index foods will be discussed.
The effects of over twenty AdvoCare products on fasting blood sugar levels have been assessed. Studies were conducted on all flavors of Meal Replacement Shakes, SPARK, Breakfast and Meal Replacement Bars as well as Muscle Gain Shakes, Muscle Fuel, Rehydrate and control products including glucose, sucrose, potato starch, Coca-Cola and Red Bull Energy Drink. The results clearly demonstrated that the effects of all AdvoCare products on blood sugar levels and glycemic loads were exceedingly low relative to glucose (50), sucrose (37.5), Coca-Cola (20) and Red Bull (21). The glycemic load for Bars (9), Meal Replacement Shakes(4), Muscle Fuel(3), Muscle Gain(1) and Rehydrate (9) are all under 10 (low glycemic load ≤10). SPARK Energy Drinks (14) and Post-Workout Recovery Drink (11) fall into the medium glycemic load category (11 to 19). The results indicate that the products are appropriately balanced and do not contribute to high glycemic indexes and glycemic loads.
--Sidney J. Stohs, Ph.D.
Type I Diabetes
For someone with insulin-dependent diabetes, a number of AdvoCare products may be very helpful with respect to overall nutrition and wellness. As you are aware, AdvoCare cannot make medical claims with respect to any of its products.
You might wish begin by having this gentleman use CorePlex (three tablets daily), OmegaPlex (six to eight gelcaps per day) and Calcium Plus (six to eight tablets per day). These three products can be taken in divided doses with meals and at bedtime. These products provide excellent core nutrition, and products such as OmegaPlex as well as Calcium Plus help with glucose sugar metabolism and regulation.
Other products that may be useful include A-Supreme and/or V-16 for more energy, and the Peaches and Cream Fiber Drink. I would suggest initially avoiding the MNS Systems and SPARK. Although these products have little or no sugar, the combination of ingredients may increase blood sugar levels due to their actions. Some individuals experience a spike in their blood sugar levels from these products.
Other products which have little impact on blood sugar in normal individuals are the Meal Replacement Shakes. However, they may produce a small blood sugar spike in diabetics. Studies in our laboratories have shown that using three to six Carb-Ease capsules 15 minutes before Meal Replacement Shakes or SPARK can greatly decrease any effect on blood sugar levels.
Products such as CATALYST and Joint ProMotion should cause no problems. Finally, a very useful product for individuals with diabetes is Amplify A.T. (one to two soft gels daily). Amplify A.T. contains ingredients that have also been shown with blood sugar regulation.
Type II Diabetes
There should be no problems with the products including CorePlex, OmegaPlex, Calcium Plus, Amplify A.T., ThermoPlus, Muscle Fuel and Crave-Check in terms of some who has type II diabetes. Products I had suggested that might not be most appropriate for individuals with type I diabetes (insulin-dependent) included MNS Maximum Appetite Control, SPARK and the Meal Replacement Shakes. The reason for this recommendation was that although all of these products are considered to have a low glycemic index, in our own laboratory studies, we found that these products resulted in higher increases in blood sugar in type I diabetics as compared to normal individuals or individuals with type II diabetes.
If one wishes to have the best control of blood sugar levels and avoid any rapid increases in blood sugar if one is a type I diabetic, then one might wish to avoid these products. This was not a particularly big problem for individuals with type II diabetes, and there may be no reason you could not take these products. Our studies did show that using Carb-Ease with these products was very beneficial in helping prevent the rapid rise in blood sugar, and therefore, may be appropriate for someone with type I diabetes to do so.