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Can an Apple Make You Healthy?

Food for thought…

Can an apple make you healthy?

a great article by Reliv International

Crunch on this: Apples are a major source of disease-fighting nutrition neatly packaged in a delicious, easily portable, portion-controlled fruit. It turns out “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is based in fact. Science shows apples’ multiple health benefits — from your brain to your bowels.

With fall comes a bounty of crisp, juicy apple varieties to pick from. Check out the apple’s many juicy perks:

  • Studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes.
  • In the Women’s Health Study, women eating apples had a 13 to 22 percent decrease in heart disease risk.

  • Fiber in apples combined with the fruit’s strong antioxidant activity lowers cholesterol to reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Apples are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber to aid digestive health.
  • Apple pectin, an insoluble fiber, may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Apples are a very significant source of flavonoids, a type of phytonutrient. In a Finnish study, flavonoid intake — mainly through eating apples — was associated with decreased mortality.
  • Several studies have specifically linked eating apples with a reduced risk for cancer, especially lung cancer. Scientists credit apples’ high concentration of flavonoids, particularly quercetin.
  • Apple peel is loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant.

  • Research is showing a group of phytonutrients in apples could protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

  • Quercetin, one of the phytonutrients in apples, has stronger anti-cancer activity and antioxidant protective effects than even vitamin C.
  • Apple’s phytochemicals fight bacterial and viral infections, and are anti-inflammatory.
  • Eating apples has been shown to lower the risk for type 2 diabetes partly thanks to the high concentration of quercetin in apple peels.

For better health, treat yourself to a healthy diet abundant with fruits and vegetables. Relìv nutritional products can also boost your intake of beneficial phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals and fiber. For example, FibRestore® is a rich source of carotenoids and other antioxidants with 21 herbs and 10 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber.


I have also found that when I eat an apple a day I don’t snack as much during my day. I feel better and tend to eat smaller meals. But this is maybe just me. 🙂

Thank you again for stopping by and reading my blog. If you have any comments please share them below. Would love to hear from you. If you found this article educational go ahead and tweet it or share it with your friends!

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden


September 22, 2010 Posted by | diabetes, Diets, Health, Heart Disease, Nutrition | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vitamins and Minerals Work in Tandem

Here are 8 nutritional examples of how vitamins and minerals work in tandem.

Brought you to you by our amazing friends at Reliv International

Every now and then, we hear about studies reporting that one single vitamin wasn’t shown to have an effect on a certain condition — such as vitamin C and colds. Often these simplified findings occur because the study looked at the vitamin in isolation rather than how it naturally interacts with other nutrients to benefit our health.

Nutritional relationships are highly complex. Many vitamins and minerals work in tandem with others to enhance absorption, effectiveness and health benefits. They’re like family — they NEED each other. This is called synergy. Synergy is all about how a group of powerful nutrients work together to give more benefits than they would individually.

Here are some examples of nutrition combos that work synergistically for better health benefits:

*Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron. So eating dark green vegetables or citrus with meats, fish or beans is a smart nutrition choice to boost iron levels and enhance production of healthy red blood cells.

*Eating good fats, such as olive oil, canola oil or even a simple avocado, nuts or cheese, with a salad chock-full of veggie helps your body absorb more of the beneficial phytochemicals.

*Working together, folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 protect the heart by reducing the level of an artery-damaging amino acid. So eat plenty of B6 and folate vitamin sources such as spinach, broccoli, tomato juice, beans, bananas and watermelon along with B12 sources such as meats, chicken, fish, shellfish, milk and eggs.

*Vitamin C and phytoestrogen found in various fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans (including soy) work together to prevent or delay dangerous plaque build-up in the arteries.

*Vitamin D and calcium go hand in hand because vitamin D is needed to help your body absorb calcium. In addition, the combination of the two nutrients increases bone mineral density and reduces fracture risk in postmenopausal women.

*A study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that eating a broccoli-tomato combination significantly suppresses prostate tumor growth more than eating broccoli or lycopene-rich tomatoes alone.

*Pairing the catechins in grapes and the quercetin in apples may improve cardiovascular health by making blood platelets less sticky so they don’t clump together and clog arteries.

*Adding lemon to your green tea not only makes it taste good, it also helps your body absorb at least three times more of tea’s healthy catechins.

Relìv Makes Synergistic Nutrition Easy

Over two decades ago, Relìv introduced products developed on the principle of synergy — long before synergy became a buzzword in the nutrition world. Rather than focus on one or two specific vitamins, Relìv products are carefully balanced with a complex blend of nutrients that work together, synergistically, for optimal health. Two shakes a day of Relìv nutritional supplements combined with eating a variety of fresh, whole foods will ensure your body is receiving the nutrition it craves to function its best.

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Cheers to Your Optimal Health

Katrina van Oudheusden

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Sports Nutrition | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Benefits of Soy

As we so over and over again… soy is starting to get a better reputation for being good for you. The best soy is the non-GMO soy. Be careful and read your labels.

Hope you find this article informational and look forward to your comments below.

Powerful Benefits of Soy

Written by Gloria Tsang, RD of
Published in February 2006

Benefits of soy( has most interested scientists in recent years is the discovery of phytochemicals and the profound benefits of soy on human health. Benefits of soy include promoting heart health and healthy bones, preventing cancer and alleviating menopausal symptoms.

Soy beans contain high amounts of protein, including all essential amino acids (the only such vegetable source). Soy beans are also a rich source of calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, B-vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.

Benefits of Soy: Heart Health

The cholesterol lowering effect of soy milk and its role of heart disease was widely recognized in the mid 90s when the results of a meta-analysis of 38 clinical studies were published. The results demonstrated that a diet with significant soy protein reduces Total Cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (the “Bad” cholesterol) and Triglycerides.

The average consumption in these studies was 47 grams per day of soy protein, which is a considerable amount. One way to include this is to try a soy protein beverage or powder that may add 20 grams preserving. Soy protein was effective even in people who were already following the American Heart Association’s 30 percent-fat diet. Soy protein appears to lower triglyceride levels while preserving HDL cholesterol.

Researchers Erdman & Potter in 1993 reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a 12 percent drop in cholesterol when 20 to 25 grams of soy protein and fiber were included in the diet. Soy beans contain soluble fiber, which is known to interfere with the absorption and metabolism of cholesterol.

As a result of these findings, in 1999, FDA authorized a health claim about the relationship between soy protein and Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) on labelling of foods containing soy protein.

A heart health claim can be found on qualified soy products.

Health Claim:
Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of [name of produce] provides [amount]g of soy protein.

A few recent studies released in 2005 found that soy only had a modest effect on cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association no longer recommends soy for heart disease. FDA is currently reviewing its policy on soy health claim. So what should you do? Enjoy your soy foods like before. It may not lower cholesterol to an extent we originally thought, but it certainly does not harm our health!

Benefits of Soy: Healthy Bones

Many soy foods are naturally high in calcium (some fortified with calcium because it is a good source of a particular coagulating agent). In addition, soy also contains magnesium and boron, which are important co-factors of calcium for bone health.

Isoflavones in soy foods may inhibit the breakdown of bones. Daidzein, a type of isoflavone, is actually very similar to the drug ipriflavone, which is used throughout Europe and Asia to treat osteoporosis. One compelling study completed by Erdman in 1993 focused on post-menopausal women who consumed 40 grams of isolated soy protein daily for 6 months. Researchers found that these subjects significantly increased bone mineral density as compared to the controls.

Another study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in September 2005 also found that intake of soy food was associated with a significantly lower risk of fracture, particularly among early post-menopausal women.

Benefits of Soy: Menopause

In Japan, where soy foods are commonly consumed daily, women are only one-third as likely to report menopausal symptoms as in the United States or Canada. In fact, there is no word in the Japanese language for “hot flashes”.

Current studies showed that soy only helps some women alleviate menopausal symptoms. Indeed, soy is more effective in preventing than alleviating hot flashes. Despite these findings, the North American Menopause Society in 2000 recommended that 40 – 80mg of isoflavones daily may help relieve menopausal symptoms.

Benefits of Soy: Cancer

Among all cancers, data on soy and prostate cancer seems to be the most promising; many studies support its role in the prevention and possible treatment of prostate cancer.

While some studies showed soy offers a protective effect against breast cancer, a few studies showed the estrogen-like effects in isoflavones may be harmful for women with breast cancer. American Institute for Cancer Research stresses that data on soy and breast cancer are not conclusive, and more work is needed to be done before any dietary recommendations can be made.

What we know at this point is the phytoestrogens in soy foods are “anti-estrogens”. In other words, they may block estrogen from reaching the receptors – therefore potentially protecting women from developing breast cancer. Studies found that pre-menopausal women may benefit from eating soy foods as their natural estrogen levels are high.

However, this may not be true to post-menopausal women. Studies found that soy could become “pro-estrogen” in women with low levels of natural estrogen. In other words, concentrated soy supplements may add estrogen to the body and hence increase breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women. Therefore, post-menopausal women should avoid taking concentrated soy supplements until more is known. Eating soy products, however, is not harmful.

Benefits of  SoyBenefits of Soy – the Bottom Line:
Although it is still inconclusive that soy can prevent any diseases, many studies have shown promising results. Include soy products such as edamame, tofu, tempeh, soy milk etc in your diet and enjoy the possible health benefits they may bring.

With increasing public concerns regarding genetically modified foods, look for soy products which use non-genetically modified soy crops in their production.

Benefits of  Soy Soy products Available:

  • Calcium-fortified soy milk
  • Tofu
  • Soy nuts
  • Edamame
  • Tempeh
  • Miso
  • Other products such as soy patties, soy cheese, soy yogurt and breakfast cereal

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

July 21, 2010 Posted by | Health, Health and Wellness, Soy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Your Fiber Intake Sucks!

Really, your fiber intake sucks. Do you know how much fiber you should be taking? Do you know the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber? Do you even know why there is a difference and the importance it plays in your health?


Science is still unraveling the many benefits of fiber. But people who include FibRestore in their daily Relìv shake already know the most important discovery: It just makes you feel better. Loaded with 10 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber per serving, plus Beta Carotene and Vitamins C and E, patented FibRestore strengthens your immune system and protects your body against free radical damage. A special blend of 21 herbs plus enzymes ensures added energy and health-enhancing phytonutrients. Fortify with FibRestore.

I believe this to be one of the best fibers on the market. Also is one of the few fibers that come with a money back guarantee.  You are not going to get that at the supermarket. The other bonus is that it carries U.S. Nutritional Patent. The only one of its kind. This tells you that FibRestore is unique, safe, and effective.

For more information on this product contact me at this link….

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

Independent Reliv Distributor

Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Our products are designed to provide optimal, balanced nutrition and to target specific wellness needs.

July 6, 2010 Posted by | Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Probiotics For Allergy Relief

I know how important probiotics are and I am glad I am part of a company that has had probiotics in its nutritional formulation long before it became popular. We are really on the cutting edge. It takes everyone else a while to catch up to what we are doing.

So here is a great article I found about why probiotics for allergy relief.

Article by

There is an increasing amount of evidence to show that it is our lifestyles modeled on largely sterile and aseptic environments that increases our susceptibility to different allergies.

While there are other factors at play, such as air pollution, smoking and family history, the fact that percentages of people with allergies are rising, gives credence to this theory that excessive cleanliness can cause sensitivities that lead to allergies.

This is true with regard to the floral bacteria that line the intestinal tract as well. As exposure to bad bacteria is reduced, so is the exposure to good or friendly bacteria.

Whereas in times when levels of hygiene were perhaps not as high as they are now, the flora that lines the gut was perhaps more diverse. The fact that intestinal flora is now not as diverse as once used to be the norm, is not so good for us, according to experts.

This is also the reason that many allergists recommend the use of probiotics to help shore up defenses against allergens.

Probiotics are the friendly bacteria found in yogurt and other probiotics foods which experts recommend consuming. Probiotics consumed by a pregnant woman are also seen to protect the unborn child from allergies.

So if you are looking for a way to take optimal nutrition with probiotics and fight allergies. Contact me.

Did you learn something new today? Would love to hear your thought on how nutrition can help fight allergies. I have seen it over an over again with friends and family. Those that have suffered for years and don’t any longer. What would it mean to you not to have to deal with allergies?

Cheers to you Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden
Optimal Nutrition

Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Our products are designed to provide optimal, balanced nutrition and to target specific wellness needs.

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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