Thursday, July 30, 2015

VegetablePharm Contest!

The other day, I got an email that said, "Give your friends 10% off of uBiome kits."  So, I plastered the link in the sidebar.  Then I read the fine print, and it said I would get 20% of my friends purchase.

Even finer print said that I would be contacted shortly to set up payments into a PayPal account, or to a charity of my choice.

Well, I don't want your money, so here's the contest:  Does anybody have a charity they think is worthy of this massive windfall? 

Impress me in the comments and all proceeds will go to your charity.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gut Problems Got You Down? Try the Patented "Oat, Blueberry, Fiber Smoothie!"

Last week, I wrote a blog post about an article exploring ways to increase diversity in the gut. Many readers sent in helpful links as there was no research paper associated with the article I reviewed. In the comments, we explored a patented concoction of oats. blueberries, and inulin. I think we can be safe using these ideas without being sued by the inventor, Dr. Mark Heiman, vice president and chief scientific officer at MicroBiome Therapeutics. So, let's explore!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

RS2 for Amazing Fat Loss! Mechanism Exposed!

If you know me, you know I hate headlines like that. But here is a pretty great 2015 review on Resistant Starch that says:

In humans, the decrease of blood glucose and the increase of insulin sensitivity were observed after RS intake although no change was found in body weight or fat mass[18-20]. However, in these human studies, no effects on visceral fat and cecum mass were reported, and the possibly increased cecum mass included in overall body weight and decreased abdominal fat may be ignored. Furthermore, the phenomenon that the increases of gene expressions of hormone sensitive lipase, perilipin, lipoprotein lipase and adipose triglyceride lipase after feeding fodder containing 30% RS2 for 4 weeks were observed in male Sprague Dawley rats compared with rats fed by fodder of equal energy density[11], suggesting that the activity of lipolysis increased after feeding RS. Human study may focus on long term intervention of RS diet in the future.

What this says is that maybe studies of RS, RS2 in particular, did not measure the right parameters, and did not go on long enough. This researcher implies that RS2, as found in raw potato starch, increases gene expression that leads to the activation of weight loss hormones.

I have never made any claims that potato starch, or any fiber, is a fast weight loss hack.  I will leave that to the multitude of gut gurus out there.

I can promise you, however, that a diet filled with good fiber, even if it's just a spoonful or two of raw potato starch per day, will feed beneficial bacteria in your gut. As this study concludes:

More recent data, consistent with earlier evidence, suggests that RS intake can reduce fat accumulation, enhance insulin sensitivity, regulate blood glucose, and lipid metabolism. Recent investigations revealed the possible associations between RS and incretins as well as gut microbiota, indicating that RS might be a promising food in dieteric treatment for obesity, T2DM and NAFLD. However, the effects of RS on the treatment of these diseases in humans are still unknown. Further human studies should be conducted to understand the effects of chronic consumption of RS on these diseases.

The full text of the study is available here:  Effect of Dietary Resistant Starch on Prevention and Treatment of Obesity-related Diseases and Its Possible Mechanisms.

It's short and easy to read, have a look!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Researcher "Pulls a Wilbur."

Research finds diversifying your diet may make your gut healthier
He created NM504, a formulation of inulin, beta glucan and antioxidants, and tested it in a pilot of 30 individuals, half of whom received the formulation twice a day. The remainder received a placebo. Those who received NM504 saw a shift in the makeup of their microbiome and, consequently, health benefits that included improved glucose control, increased satiety and relief from constipation.

Well, there you have it folks!

I have to laugh just a little. This researcher is concerned that the modern diet is lacking diversity, saying that most people are "...consuming only five animal species and 12 plant species. Of those 12, rice, maize and wheat contribute 60 percent of all the calories."

Adding two simple fibers (inulin and beta glucan) showed improvements in several health markers. One of these days, researchers will find Wilbur and his like, those consuming well over 100g of various fibers daily. Of course, we've also seen that the complete opposite approach also leads to increased diversity with my little potato diet experiment.

As the above researcher mentioned, and I truly believe:

Like any ecosystem, the one that is most diverse in species is the one that is going to be the healthiest," Heiman said. "In almost every disease state that has been studied so far, the microbiome has lost diversity. There are just a few species that seem to dominate.

I'm starting to believe that maybe this loss of diversity could be caused by the modern diet of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, added "nutrients" like iron and vitamins, enzymes, and whatever else they invent to make foods tastier.

I have not seen the full text, if anyone can find a copy, or even the title of this study I would like to see.

To the gut bugs!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Latest RS Paper

I just stumbled across this today...seems to have been just released in full.

Role of Resistant Starch in Improving Gut Health, Adiposity, and Insulin Resistance

Have a quick look, sometimes papers like this are not available for long. I'll try to hit the highlights here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This is Your Gut on Potatoes...

Several research papers have suggested that a "simplified fiber" diet will create more diversity in gut flora than a diet filled with various fiber types.

This is your gut.

This is your gut on the Potato Diet!