Have you heard about green coffee and weight loss?

If, like me, you’ve been trying to lose weight for ages you probably know all the tips and secrets.

You’ll also be frustrated that it isn’t going as well as you like!

One of the key pieces of advice is to get your metabolism working better. But how?

Exercise, sleep, curious foods, even drinking milk, all these things help mobilise your metabolism, but here’s something which has been making shockwaves with its effectiveness…

Green Coffee bean extract has been shown to boost metabolism so that tests foundpeople would lose 18 pounds over 6 weeks. Not only that, taking green coffee pills kept the weight off too.

Green coffee extract elps with weight loss
Green coffee extract elps with weight loss

Green coffee (or raw coffee) contains chlorogenic acid which works by inhibiting the release of glucose and increasing your body’s metabolic process at the same time. Neither does it leave you with the jitters like coffee might.

It’s not something I’ve tried yet, but I’m hoping to get my hands on some as soon as I can.


Why do you need Prebiotics? And other musings…

Why do you need Prebiotics?

They cultivate good bacteria in your gut and kill off the bad ones. A healthy balance of good bacteria means you’ll have a better immune system, absorb nutrients more efficiently (especially calcium), and improve your bowel health.

Why do we need Calcium?

We all know that calcium is good for the bones. It is also essential for your metabolism and muscles, it protects your heart and improves premenstrual moods. Too little calcium and your body can soon be in a mess, but if you overdose on it you won’t absorb nutrients properly.

Why do we need Cranberries?

Cranberries inhibit bacteria at work in your body and helps reduce inflammation. The knock on effect has been linked to heart health, kidney stones, urinary health, gum disease and cancer.

Why do you need Flaxseed?

For Omega 3 apart from anything else. It has been found to have an impact on the symptoms of arthritis, colitis, cancer, heart disease and even acne. Flaxseed helps your hormone levels and is a natural way to normalize the menstrual cycle, manage menopause, and lower the risk of osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease.

How can you get them?

Calciflax is a new food supplement from Lifestream which is 100% natural and has Calcium, Flaxseed, Prebiotics and Cranberries in it. It is ethically made and can easily be added to cereals or smoothies, yoghurts and salads.

If you’re interested, take a look

Are you getting enough minerals? – Quiz

Our bodies can’t make minerals. We get them from what we eat and drink. You don’t need loads but they are as vital as vitamins are. They are needed for structural strength, fluid control and energy conversion.

So here’s a test: Count up the foods in each category (A,B,C etc.) that you eat on a regular basis (several times a week). Then compare your score with the guide at the bottom.

A Apples, Kale, Broccoli, Live yoghurt, Cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese, Sesame seeds, Whitebait, Sardines, Salmon (tinned)
B Tomatoes, Broccoli, Onions (raw), Liver, Chicken, Turkey, Oysters, Mussels
C Avocados, Asparagus, Chickpeas, Barley, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Pistachios, Sesame seeds, Walnuts
D Spinach, Apricots (dried), Chickpeas, Kidney beans, Lentils, Soya beans, Tofu, Liver, Beef, Lamb, Venison, Prawns, Anchovies
E Pumpkin, Lettuce, Spinach, Brown rice, Spelt, Whole wheat, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Pumpkin seeds, Scallops, Salmon
F Pumpkin, Seaweed, Peas, Beef, Lamb, Poultry, Game, Liver, Cheese, Yoghurt, Eggs, Pecans, Pine nuts
G Cabbage, Onions, Brussel sprouts, Peas, Red meat, Poultry, Eggs
H Potatoes, Avocados, Tomatoes, Sun dried tomatoes, Dried fruits, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Bananas, Celery, Lettuce (dark), Herring
I Pineapples, Sweet potatoes, Spinach, Peas, Leeks, Chickpeas, Kidney beans, Lentils, Soya beans, Tofu, Barley, Brown rice, Oat, Wild rice, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Sesame seeds, Walnuts


A = Calcium levels. You are: 1-3 probably deficient, 4-6 possibly deficient, 7-10 adequate
Maintains strong and healthy bones and teeth. Also aids blood clotting, muscle and nerve function, lowering blood pressure.

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Anti-oxidants, their role in our body

This is an introductory article on Anti-oxidants. In order to grasp the role of anti-oxidants within the body, it is important to understand Free Radicals and their relationship with Anti-oxidants.

Free Radicals

Research links Free Radicals with a variety of degenerative diseases, ranging from arthritis, circulatory diseases and emphysema to asthma, allergies and eczema.Free Radicals are vital in the body’s energy production processes and are hence essential to every activity of life from movement and growth to the resistance of disease and infection and the transmission of nervous impulses.

The role of Free Radicals in Metabolism

We need to first look a little at the chemical make-up of the body. The body is comprised of cells consisting of molecules. Molecules are comprised of atoms containing electrons. A stable (neutral) molecule contains pairs of electrons. Where a molecule has one or more unpaired electrons, it is electrically unstable and is known as a free oxygen radical.Energy is produced in minute structures within the cell called mitochondria. Metabolism occurs where, in an effort to balance its electrical charge, a free radical grabs an electron from another molecule. Hence, when an electron is removed from one molecule (or oxidised) and added to another (or reduced), energy is created. The energy is then stored in enzymes called ATP and is ready for release as required.

Free Radicals on the Loose

Although Free Radicals are essential to life, without adequate control, they will escape from the mitochondria and then start to attack the tissue of cell membranes and proteins in an attempt to regain their “complete” form. This can result in a chain of oxidation, damaging up to 200,000 molecules.The results of damage to cell membranes (the damage is known as peroxidation) can be quite devastating, including an accumulation of toxic waste products in the cells, a reduction of electrical potential, a decline in vitality, an inability to repair itself effectively and a reduction in the efficiency of the immune system.

Surplus of Free Radicals

Although a certain number of Free Radicals are naturally present in the body, their production can be increased by today’s modern lifestyle and environmental factors such as sunlight and pollution. Over-eating, emotional stress or illness, cigarette smoke, poor nutrition, radiation and ultra-violet light can all lead to over-production of Free Radicals, resulting in an accumulation of toxic residues in our body tissues.American scientist, Elmer Granton MD, reports in the Journal of Holistic Medicine:

“When Free Radicals in living tissues exceed safe levels, the result is cell destruction, malignant mutation, tumour growth, damage to enzymes and inflammation. These are manifested clinically as age-related, chronic degenerative diseases. Each uncontrolled Free Radical has a potential to multiply a million-fold. Yet when functioning properly, our Anti-oxidant systems suppress excessive Free Radical reactions.”

Anti-oxidants, Nutrition and Disease

The enzymes which deactivate and destroy Free Radicals include catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase. They are heavily dependent upon anti-oxidants which are found in natural foods.

Research has shown the importance of nutrition in fighting disease; Danish Researchers at the Institute of Hygiene in Arhus found that sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis had low Anti-oxidant levels and that supplements of Selenium with Vitamins C & E were helpful (source: Biology Trace Elements Research 1990).There is a strong relationship between heart disease and Vitamins C & E. In “The Lancet” September ’91, a report stated that men most at risk from angina had low levels of Vitamins C, E and betacarotene in their blood.

So those in the past who have used fresh, raw foods to treat a staggering range of illness including cancer, were in fact harnessing the power of anti-oxidants present in these foods. The Swiss Dr Bircher-Benner who persuaded his reluctant patients to eat raw fruit by disguising it with Muesli and the German doctor Max Gerson who used a tough regime based on raw foods as a highly successful treatment for cancer, were in fact working on the principle only recently accepted medically, that given the right tools, the body will heal itself.

Anti-oxidant power can also be enhanced simply by eating less and eating better quality food. By cutting the metabolic rate in this way, the activity of free radicals is reduced.

This brings us to the use of anti-oxidants against a world-wide range of diseases.


The following are anti-oxidants: Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin B group, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium and Potassium.We will look at each of these in turn in subsequent issues, and in particular, their anti-oxidant properties.

However, see the table below for food sources:

Vitamin A (or Beta Carotene) Milk, butter, eggs, liver, fish, fish oils, carrots, watercress, spinach, darker outer leaves of cabbage, lettuce, kale, broccoli, corn, cherries, water melon, apricots, peaches
Vitamin B Group (especially B1, B2, B3, B5, B6) Whole cereals including brown rice, oats, wholemeal wheat germ, bread, molasses, brewer’s yeast, split peas, soy-beans, sunflower seeds, ham, beef, offal especially liver, eggs
Vitamin C All fruits, especially citrus, blackcurrants, strawberries, papaya, tomatoes, all vegetables – especially green pepper. Watercress, milk, chicken liver, fresh fruit, vegetable juices
Vitamin E Cold-pressed oils, whole cereals including brown rice, oats, wholemeal bread/wheatgerm, parsley, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, outer cabbage leaves, nuts, seeds, eggs, corn, carrots
Zinc Meats, especially liver, fish, especially shellfish, lentils, green leafy vegetables, whole cereals, including wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, cheese, milk, nuts, sunflower and sesame seeds.
Selenium Whole cereals including wheat germ, meats especially offal, vegetables, fruits, milk, garlic, nuts, cold-pressed oils, eggs, a few types of brewer’s yeast.
Protein (building blocks of protein are amino acids, of which cysteine, methionene and glutathione are antioxidants) Milk, yoghurt, cheese, eggs, meat, fish, cereals and grains, nuts and seeds, peas, beans, lentils, some in other plant foods.

Zotrim Weight Loss Pill

National obesity has highlighted our UK wide problem; that we need all the help we can get to slim down a little. Zotrim may help us.

Zotrim is a unique herbal product designed to help weight loss.
This natural slimming aid has been developed by the Danish scientist Dr Lasse Hessel who uses 3 products from the Amazon Rainforests to help make you feel full between meals and so not want to eat as much at meal times and makes you feel full for longer. Zotrim is one of the few slimming aids to have supportive scientific evidence showing its effectiveness in helping to confront obesity.

How effective is Zotrim in aiding weight loss?

Dr Hessel took 19 years to develop this amazing aid to weight loss based on natural plant products. There is now much research to show that Zotrim has proved effective in aiding weight loss. A results of a clinical study carried out in 2001 show that after taking Zotrim for 45 days, people lost an average of 5kg (10lb); those on a placebo lost less than 0.5kg (1lb) over the same period. Those continuing for an even longer period on Zotrim successfully maintained their weight loss over a full 12 months. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and the British Dietetic Association Jounal in June 2001.

What is Zotrim’s secret?

This weight loss aid is based on three South American plants: guarana, damiana and yerba mate. The combination of these herbs in the ratio they are found in Zotrim have the effect of slowing down the rate at which food leaves the stomach, making you feel fuller more quickly during a meal and you stay satisfied for longer, resulting in eating less overall.

Nutritionist Dr Anthony Leeds of King’s College London welcomed the findings: ‘At a time when overweight and obesity are rising, all possible approaches to weight reduction and maintenance need to be examined objectively.’

What are the exact ingredients of Zotrim?

Mate extract (27.5%), guarana extract (23.3%), damiana extract (9%), dicalcium phosphate, talc, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose. (Guarana contains caffeine.)

Recommended Dosage?

Take two Zotrim tablets with a full glass of water a few minutes before each of your 3 meals or before you feel a need to snack. 6 tablets per day are recommended.

As the study indicated Zotrim can be taken regularly and for lengthy periods of time to aid weight reduction to your target level.

Michael van Straten comments in Womens Magazine Aug 2004

“I’m usually suspicious of slimming pills, but Zotrim is different. It makes no claims to burn fat, stimulate metabolism or prevent absorption of food. Its action is simple – it increases the time needed for the stomach to empty and makes you feel fuller sooner, for longer. The pills contain three South American herbs: Guarana, Yerba Mate and Damiana. These are all used by rainforest tribes to prevent hunger and boost energy.

Zotrim Diet & Weight Loss Cautions

Anyone who is embarking on a slimming diet, especially if under the age of 18, pregnant, nursing, has a health problem, wants to lose more than 40 pounds (18 kilos) or more than 20% of their starting bodyweight, should consult their doctor before starting any weight reduction programme.

Guarana and yerba mate are sources of caffeine, which boosts the metabolism and may make you slightly jittery.

© GoodnessDirect 2005

Experience the Incredible Health & Weight Loss Benefits of the Premier Coconut Oil

Why should you be using coconut oil versus any other type of oil? Because it can:

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Help you lose weight, or maintain your already good weight

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Improve conditions in those with diabetes and chronic fatigue
  • Improve Crohn’s, IBS, and other digestive disorders
  • Prevent other disease and routine illness with its powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents
  • Increase metabolism and promotes healthy thyroid function
  • Boost your daily energy
  • Rejuvenate your skin and prevent wrinkles

In short, after unjustly getting lumped in the “no-fat” craze of past decades, coconut oil is now starting to get the respect it deserves as not only the healthiest oil you can consume, even superior to olive oil which contains trans-fat, but as one of the most nutritious of all foods.

Coconut oil’s benefits have been covered extensively on [www.Mercola.com, but now it’s benefits are finally reaching the mainstream. For example, the May 20, 2003 edition of Women’s World, a very popular and wide-reaching magazine, called coconut oil a “miracle food” and particularly touted its ability help the body burn unwanted fat, triple your energy, and greatly help those with thyroid problems.

You should be absolutely certain, however, of the quality and effectiveness of whatever coconut oil brand you choose. There is a very wide variance in terms of the types of coconuts, the manufacturing processes used to make the oil, and more, which will have a major impact on the healthiness and effectiveness your coconut oil.

Dr Joseph Mercola © Dr Joseph Mercola

Vitamin B5 and Biotin

The group of B vitamins are generally referred to as B Complex; the individual vitamins are usually found together in the same foods and work together as a team. However, each member has their own particular function in our bodies. Here we look at the characteristics of B5 (Pantothenic Acid) and Biotin – the anti-stress vitamins.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

Generally the name is used, as some other countries do not call it B5. It is presented in the form of Calcium Pantothenate and occurs naturally in brewers yeast, liver, kidney, eggs and fresh vegetables. In fact, it is widely distributed in all foods, and a small amount can be synthesized by friendly bacteria in the gut. Although this vitamin is widely available it is sensitive to cooking and processing. Wholegrain flour is rich in B5 but this is completely destroyed if processed to make white flour. Freezing and roasting meat and the thawing of frozen foods severely depletes the B5 content. As it is water soluble B5 is easily lost in boiling, stewing and soaking and is destroyed by the use of vinegar or sodium bicarbonate in cooking.

What it does for us

  • Important for tissue metabolism.
  • Aids in energy production.
  • Assists in the metabolism of fat and cholesterol.
  • Essential for antibody formation.
  • Keeps the nervous system healthy and helps in the synthesis of anti-stress hormones.
  • Assists in keeping a healthy skin.
  • Helps reduce muscle tension.


Originally called Vitamin H, Biotin is found in egg yolks, liver, kidney, oats and wholegrain cereals. Healthy intestinal bacteria will supply all the body’s needs. It is more stable than pantothenic acid, but is lost in leaching, and in drying of milk.

What it does for us

  • Involved in utilisation of fats, carbohydrates and proteins for energy.
  • Maintains a healthy skin.
  • Produces anti-stress hormones.

Doses usually range from 100 to 500mcg daily.

Who should take them as a supplement

  • Anyone in a stressful situation.
  • Anyone suffering from, or in close proximity to, an infectious illness.
  • Anyone suffering from allergies.
  • Those subject to frequent muscle cramps.
  • Alcoholics should take supplementation of B5.
  • Those of antibiotic therapy.
  • Adults suffering from fatigue, muscular pains, depression, sleepiness, nausea and loss of appetite may need supplement of these vitamins.

Therapeutic Uses

  • B5 has been used in trials to help those suffering from osteo-arthritis.
  • Biotin has been successful in therapy for seborrhoeic dermatitis, alopecia and scalp disease, and skin complaints.
  • Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has included up to 2g daily of calcium pantothenate.
  • Decreasing allergic skin reactions in children and adults (up to 300mg daily).
  • Reductions of excess mucus production in respiratory allergies (up to 500mg daily.