Naturade® Weight Gain Powder recognized as the category leader by consumers & health food stores nationwide!
We are very happy to announce that Naturade has been awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its Weight Gain nutrition drink mix for the 3rd year in a row. The annual Vity Awards honor the industry’s best-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores conducted by Vitamin Retailer magazine.
“We are extremely honored to have Naturade’s Weight Gain recognized as the leader in this category for the third year in a row,” said Rick Robinette, the company’s CEO. “Growing consumer demand for our all natural, no sugar added formula has helped Naturade to secure new distribution outside of the Natural Products channel. You can now find Naturade’s Weight Gain in many retail chains including The Vitamin Shoppe and GNC. Our product is ideal for therapeutic use, as well as athletic weight gain & recovery. We are very proud that Naturade Weight Gain clearly delivers what our consumers are looking for in a high quality weight gain product.”
In an attempt to help people lose excess weight once and for all, the Dr. Oz Show was all about getting the most common weight loss questions answered in Dr. Oz’s “Your Toughest Weight Loss Questions” segment of the show. Dr. Oz invited Dr. Adrienne Youdim of Cedars-Sinal Weight Loss Center, Registered Dietitian Leslie Bonci, and Dr. Evelyn Minaya to the show to help answer questions.
The Blood Type Diet
The first topic was whether or not there was anything to the Blood Type Diet. Dr. Oz explained that type “O” blood is the most common and the oldest blood type. He said the thought is that since it’s the oldest blood type, people with type “O” blood should eat the oldest foods which mainly consist of protein including poultry, lean meat and fish. Although Dr. Oz didn’t mention them, there were also greens on the sample plates along with the protein. Since we had no agriculture and no grains to eat in early history, grains should be very limited in the diet.
Dr. Adrienne Youdim of Cedars-Sinal Weight Loss Center said there is no evidence that your blood type affects your compatibility with foods or your ability to lose weight. She said while there is nothing actually wrong with the diet, she considered it too restrictive.
Dr. Oz went on the explain that Type A blood type was an agrarian blood type, meaning that one would need to eat a diet consisting of mainly soy protein, grains and organic vegetables.
He said people with Type B blood were descended from Nomadic peoples and would need to eat a diet of low-fat dairy and to avoid wheat and lentils. Leslie Bonci said that with the availability of foods we now have, she believes that people have to find something they can stick with. Dr. Oz said that it might make sense that our ancestors diets are better for us, but we can’t prove it. He suggested eating lean protein, lots of vegetables, whole grain and low-fat dairy to take one naturally in the right direction for weight loss.
How to stop emotional eating?
The second question was how to stop emotional eating. Ms. Bonci suggested we still eat what comforts us but to think about the quantity we intake for damage control. She also said to pick one type of food, whether it be salty, spicy or crunchy and only eating it when we feel the need for emotional eating.
How many calories do you need to eat in a day to lose weight?
This was the third question. Dr. Oz said it is a question he hears all the time. Dr. Youdim said it essentially depends on your metabolism, height and weight. She said for women that generally means a calorie intake of 1200 or possibly up to 1600 calories a day.
Dr. Oz said that www.doctoroz.com has a calorie calculator as part of the “Move it and Lose It” one can use to calculate how many calories they should be eating while trying to diet.
How can one lose fat without losing muscle?
This was the fourth question. Dr. Youdim said the often fad diets have you lose weight quite quickly, but you are also at a risk of losing muscle mass. She said when you lose lean mass, your metabolism actually drops, so you lose weight less quickly. She recommended exercise and strength training to keep from losing muscle mass. She also recommended 70-80 grams of protein intake per day. Ms. Bonci said that protein needs to be a part of every single plate and not just eaten all at one meal.
How to control problem snacking?
The fifth question was how to control problem snacking. Ms. Bonci suggested making a snack a mini-meal, where you have more than one thing on the plate that would require a utensil as it would help slow you down. She said it will help one feel fuller and do less of the mindless munching. Dr. Oz said he loved the idea and to get rid of the snacks and just eat a small meal.
Why do we crave sugar so much?
Why do we crave sugar so much was the sixth quesiton. Ms. Bonci said we crave sugar because it gives up pleasure, but most of the time we don’t think about the amount we are eating. Dr. Oz suggested what works for him which is having a few pieces of a candy treat and then drinking a glass of water to wash the sugary taste from your mouth. He believes the taste just makes you want to eat more.
Why is it so hard to lose weight after menopause?
The seventh question concerned why it’s so hard to lose weight after menopause. Dr. Youdim said that this is a common problem and women often need to boost their exercise levels and decrease the amount or types of food they eat after menopause. Ms. Bonci suggested using an 8″ plate and having foods that involve more chewing, with the largest portion being vegetables, a smaller portion of lean protein and the smallest portion being whole grains. She said one need to have protein in the morning and with every meal each day. Dr. Oz mentioned that breakfast needs to be eaten within the first hour of waking in the morning.
How to lose belly fat?
Dr. Oz said the tenth question, how to lose belly fat was the biggest one of all. Dr. Minaya said it is normal to develop a fat pack during pregnancy and that there is all the time in the world to lose it. She said the emotional part of being a new mother can also increase fat around the stomach, buttocks and thighs due to an increase in cortisol. She said that an increase in stress causes an increase in weight throughout your life.
Dr. Oz explained that organ fat or visceral fat that forms around the organs causes high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. Dr. Youdim said a good rule of thumb to help reduce belly fat is 30 minutes of exercise 5 times per week and lowering caloric intake.
Dr. Oz demonstrated 2 simple exercise that he said can help and even be done during commercials. Getting on his hands and knees on the floor, he called them the cat and dog poses. For the cat pose, he said to lift your stomach up and suck your belly button towards your spine while holding your head down, and then to hold the pose for a breath of 4, then relax and raise your head back up for a count of 4. He said if it was too easy, to do it with your knees raised slightly off the floor.
The dog pose was the same, except for adding a wag to the tail. The tail wag consisted of raising one foot while leaving your foot on the ground, and turning your head toward your foot and then repeating it with the other foot and turning your head to look at the other side. He said to do that for 30 seconds on each side. Dr. Oz said to do the cat and dog exercises together for a nice little workout in 2-3 minute increments.
The eleventh question was about what foods contribute to belly fat and what foods reduce belly fat. Ms. Bonci said the first thing one needs to do is think about the beverages they drink as a source of calories. She also said there are a lot of calories and alcohol and that it makes you hungry. She also said eating sugar makes you want to eat more.
She said to have plenty of colors on the plate and add more fiber to the diet, have lean meats and low-fat dairy and to even add beans. She also said to add good fats, but not a whole bag of almonds, just a few at a time.
Dr. Oz said to avoid packaged foods, partially hydrogenated oils and enriched flour. To reduce belly fat, he said to eat more avocados, whole grains and to drink green tea as they help burn fat. Dr. Oz said if you don’t like them the way they are to spice them up so you will. He said if you don’t like it, you won’t eat it.
Naturade® announces winners of nation-wide “Best Recipe Contest” using its flagship protein powder meal replacement, Naturade® Total Soy®
We are proud to announce the winners of our nation-wide consumer recipe contest for Naturade® Total Soy® Meal Replacement powders with over $10,000 in prizes awarded.
The national Total Soy “Best Recipe Contest” was advertised in Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping and select Parade Magazines throughout September and October 2010 and gave consumers a chance to win an all-expenses-paid cruise for two and a chance to win $25,000 cash. Naturade® Total Soy® new Chocolate and Vanilla formulas, launched in September 2010, boasting 47% less sugar, fewer carbs per serving and a great new taste. These products contain 13 grams of Soy Protein per serving and are used by consumers to help reduce their cholesterol or to lose or maintain a healthy weight. “The New & Improved” products contain 24 Vitamins and Minerals and are made with both natural and artificial flavors, are lactose-free, gluten-free and contain non-GMO Soy.
We received a very impressive variety of recipe submissions, ranging from smoothies to snacks to dessert ideas.
“Our customers have been using Naturade Total Soy in a lot of imaginative, delicious-tasting, good for you ways” said Rick Robinette, Naturade CEO. “We enjoyed reading through the submissions, evaluating each recipe and eventually selecting the top 10 entries, all of which we thought were amazing.”
Voting on the 10 finalist submissions took place on Naturade Total Soy’s website and each voter was entered into a Sweepstakes to win a prize worth $1,000. The final results of the contest are as follows:
Grand Prize Winner:
- J. Nelson of Crab Orchard, WV with a Pumpkin-Praline Smoothie
Second Prize Winner:
- A. Parsons of Parkersburg, WV with a Summer Sun Splashed Refreshing Smoothie
Third Prize Winners:
- J. Hilton of Rocklin, CA with a Quick and Easy Blender Chocolate Mousse
- S. Bray of Stone Mountain, GA with a Monkey Smoothie
- W. Nelson of Crab Orchard, WV with a Figlicious Banana Berry Smoothie
- C. Becker of Peoria, AZ with a Orange Cream Dream Smoothie
- R. Nelson of Rapid City, SD with a Simple Berry Dessert
Fourth Prize Winners:
- T. Harris of Charlotte, NC with Protein Packed French Toast
- J. Elfving of Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Ship O’Soy Tropical Oatmeal
- A. Zangli of Millington, TN with Naturade® Sunrise Smoothie Shooters
In addition, we want to congratulate M. Gauer of Spicer, MN who won the voting Sweepstakes prize.
See a complete description of each of the finalist recipes.
Naturade announced today that its Weight Gain powdered drink mix is now available at GNC.com
Naturade® Weight Gain™ is an all-natural, nutrient dense food formulated to help magnify caloric intake and gain weight fast. It provides balanced nutrition with 10 grams of protein per serving plus no added sugar, no aspartame and no artificial ingredients of any kind. Bodybuilders and athletes enjoy Naturade® Weight Gain because they enhance the body’s utilization of nutrients for optimal calorie absorption. Naturade® Weight Gain™ is also recommended by doctors for therapeutic weight gain and recovery. In the gym, on the field, or on the road, Naturade® Weight Gain™ tastes great and is easy to prepare.
Naturade®, a leading brand in the natural products channel for more than 84 years, is proud to announce the introduction of Vitali-T-Aid™, a drug-free natural testosterone booster when used with resistance training.
When used with resistance training, Vitali-T-Aid™ is a solution for boosting free testosterone levels and increasing libido.* The natural, plant based, key ingredient in Vitali-T-Aid™ was shown in two double-blind, placebo-controlled, human clinical studies to be a safe and effective way to significantly increase free testosterone levels when used with resistance training and, as reported by study participants, improve libido. Additional findings include improved muscle mass with resistance training.*
Vitali-T-Aid was formulated to help combat the negative symptoms of androgen (testosterone) decline in the aging male, or what some people call low testosterone. Most men start experiencing a decline in both testosterone and free testosterone levels in their late 30s and these levels continue to decline by 1% – 3% per year thereafter. By age 60, 20% of men will have significantly lowered testosterone levels which may impact libido, muscle mass and other areas.
“The active ingredient in Vitali-T-Aid T-Aid™ was shown to increase free testosterone when used with resistance training. Each daily dose of Vitali-T-Aid™ also contains a proprietary Male Enhancement Blend of L-Arginine and beneficial herbs, such as Saw Palmetto, Astragalus, Tribulus and Asian Ginseng, to help support enhanced male health and well-being.* Vitali-T-Aid™ by Naturade® is a solution for increasing free testosterone levels and muscle mass with resistance training, and, as was reported by study participants, promoting healthy libido*. We are very proud to offer a science-based efficacious product that addresses a serious condition that millions of men suffer from,” said Rick Robinette, the CEO of Naturade.
Vitali-T-Aid™ is being launched with a multi-million dollar direct response television and print advertising campaign and is also available at www.vitalitaid.com
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Naturade®, a leading brand in the natural products channel for more than 84 years, is proud to announce the introduction of Naturade Pea Protein™, a new vegan formula that provides all the benefits of pea protein in a delicious vanilla shake.
Pea Protein is a natural plant-based protein that is derived from yellow peas (Pisum sativum), also known as “split peas.” Naturade Pea Protein™ is all natural and contains no animal by-products, no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners and no artificial colors. It uses non-GMO pea protein that is 100% gluten-free, cholesterol-free, soy-free and dairy-free.
“This product is highly soluble, easy to digest, hypoallergenic – and it tastes great! Naturade Pea Protein™ is formulated using only the highest quality pea protein isolate available. Its phenomenal amino acid profile includes nine essential amino acids. Since these essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the human body, they must be supplied by our diets. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are used by our bodies to support our bones, muscles and connective tissues. Each great tasting vanilla shake provides an excellent source of vegetable-based protein and is suitable for low-carbohydrate dieters, vegetarians, vegans, children, athletes and anyone looking to add some extra protein to their diet.” says Rick Robinette, the CEO of Naturade.
Naturade Pea Protein™ is available in a 15.66oz canister (12 servings) that will initially be distributed through health and natural food stores nationwide, and is also available on naturade.com. Suggested retail price is $18.75.
PUNE, India—Furostanol glycosides isolated from fenugreek (as Testofen®, form Gencor ) increased muscle mass in castrated rats without affecting testosterone levels, in a recent study published is Phytotherapy Research ( 24: 1482–1488 (2010). DOI: 10.1002/ptr.3129 ). This anabolic activity has the potential to aid men as they enter so-called male menopause.
Andropause is an old-age disease associated with the loss of libido, loss of muscle mass and associated with decreased testosterone production. As the male body ages, gonadal function slowly declines with a resulting drop in serum testosterone, which can lead to multiple clinical manifestations such as a decrease in bone mass, learning factions, erectile functions, muscle mass and strength. On the other hand, fat mass increases.
Fenugreek ( Trigonella foenum ) has long been used in the traditional Indian systems of medicine for the treatment of various ailments, including sexual health. Western medicine often looks to testosterone replacement to treat erectile dysfunction, which has been shown to compromise the overall quality of life, and increase depression, anxiety and loss of self-esteem. Erectile dysfunction may also signal underlying disease including diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD). A potential risk of testosterone replacement therapy is an increase in the incidence of prostate cancer.
In the present investigation, Testofen at dose of 35 mg/kg/d significantly increased the weight of the levator ani muscle without increasing the blood urea nitrogen (BUN) similar to exogenous testosterone (10 mg/kg) treatment, indicating anabolic activity. Anabolic agents induce positive nitrogen balance in living organisms. Another bioassay for anabolic activity involves measurement of the increase in weight of the levator ani muscle. This measure correlates well with the nitrogen retention bioassay and the two are usually performed for the determination of anabolic activity.
This current study used Testofen, a furostanol glycoside fraction of Trigonella foenum-graecum , in immature castrated male Wistar rats to investigate anabolic and androgenic activity. The Indian researchers also investigate the effect of Testofen on testicular histology in non-castrated immature rats. Both the castrated and intact rats were divided into the following groups: (I) Control (distilled water), (II) Testofen at 10 mg/kg/d, (III) Testofen at 35 mg/kg/d, (IV) and testosterone (10 mg/kg bi-weekly) for four weeks. At the end of the study, blood was withdrawn, serum testosterone and BUN were measured. Animals were killed and reproductive organs were excised and weighed.
Testosterone increased the body weight of rats significantly (P<0.001) from 151.6 to 254.2 g (68.94 percent increase), whereas the weight of 35-mg/kg-Testofen-treated rats was increased from 151.6 to 193.8 g (28 percent increase). The increase in body weight of 10-mg/kg-Testofen-treated rats was not significant compared with the control group.
Testosterone significantly increased the seminal vesicle, ventral prostate and levator ani weight, but not the penis weight. Testofen at 35 mg/kg, on the other hand, significantly (P<0.001) increased the weights of the levator ani muscle, but failed to increase other organ weights. At the lower dose of 10 mg/kg, Testofen did not increase organ weights.
Testofen at both doses did not change the testosterone level in either the castrated or intact rats, whereas testosterone treatment caused significant (P<0.001) increases in serum testosterone level.
The BUN in castrated rats was 33.44 mg/dL in the control group. The BUN was found to be 18.8 mg/dL in both the higher dose of Testofen and testosterone treatment groups. However, the lower dose of Testofen did not cause a significant change in BUN compared with the control group.
It is postulated that testosterone that is converted peripherally to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by 5-alpha reductase is responsible for the prostate risk associated with testosterone therapy. DHT has a role in the growth of prostatic tissue and therefore can influence lower urinary tract symptoms. Endogenous testosterone in the circulation can be free (unbound), weakly bound to albumin, or tightly bound to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). The free and albumin-bound testosterone is available for use by the body. The largest percentage, however, is bound to SHBG and is unavailable for use in the body.
The results obtained in the present study showed that fenugreek furostanol glycoside possessed anabolic activity (increased muscle mass) without affecting total serum testosterone levels in castrated rats. The probable mechanism for this action may be due to increased availability of testosterone by dissociating it from the stored form, i.e., SHBG.
New studies indicate that breast cancer survival rate may be increased with moderate soy consumption
Eating soy boosts breast cancer survival
Soy consumption for cancer patients has been the subject of some controversy. A new study has shown that breast cancer survivors who consume soy foods reap important health benefits and found that eating soy can increase the rate of survival for breast cancer patients.
According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), women diagnosed with breast cancer and who consumed soy foods, such as tofu, soy milk, or edamame reduced their risk of recurrence by 32 percent. 1
Previous research refuted
Previous research had produced contradictory results with some studies suggesting that soy foods reduce the risk of breast cancer and others that compounds unique to soy may help breast cancer cells to grow. Now, previous theories been refuted with this new study demonstrating that soy does not increase the growth of breast cancer cells and has been proven to increase survival rates.
Higher soy intake – lower mortality
Researchers also found that breast cancer patients who consumed soy had a 29 percent decreased risk of death, compared to women who consumed little or no soy. Xiao Ou Shu, MD, PhD, lead researcher and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, said, “Women who had a higher soy intake had a lower mortality and lower risk of relapse [than women with a low soy intake].”
Dr. Shu and her fellow researchers analyzed data from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study, the largest population-based study of breast cancer survival to date. The study included 5,042 women from 20 to 75 years of age and followed them for a period of four years.
Soy compounds reduce estrogen in the body
Soybeans are rich in phytoestrogens, also known as isoflavones. Although these substances are one thousand times less potent than human estrogen, there has been some concern that isoflavones may have an estrogen-like effect and may increase cancer risk.
However, many experts believe that because isoflavones fool the body into accepting the very weak compound, phytoestrogen actually competes with the human estrogen, thus reducing the overall level of estrogen in the body.
Soy is safe and potentially beneficial
An editorial accompanying this new study suggests some probable inconsistencies in prior research. The editorial attributed those inconsistencies to the fact that soy consumption in the U.S. is a good deal lower, which made the beneficial effects of consuming soy foods difficult to identify. In China, soy intake is higher and diets tend to include the intake of more traditional soy from food sources, rather than from soy supplements.
The researchers report, “The inverse association was evident among women with either estrogen receptor-positive or receptor-negative breast cancer and was present in both users and nonusers of tamoxifen.”
“In summary, in this population-based prospective study, we found that soy food intake is safe and was associated with lower mortality and recurrence among breast cancer patients.” These scientists concluded that, among women with breast cancer, soy food consumption was significantly associated with decreased risk of death and recurrence. Dr Shu and her colleagues stated, “This study suggests that moderate soy food intake is safe and potentially beneficial for women with breast cancer.”
1. Shu XO, Zheng Y, Cai H, et al. Soy food intake and breast cancer survival. JAMA. 2009;302:2437-2443. Ballard-Barbash R, Neuhouser ML. Challenges in design and interpretation of observational research on health behaviors and cancer survival. JAMA. 2009;302:2483-2484.
You may be asking yourself, “what does GMO mean?” Don’t worry, you’re not alone. GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms” through a process that is sometimes referred to as Genetic Engineering. According to www.nongmoproject.org “This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.”
Many countries around the world restrict or ban the use of genetically modified organisms in foods and dietary supplements. In the U.S. some GMO foods have been approved for use.
Non-GMO Naturade Products
Naturade® Total Soy® contains 13 grams of non-GMO Soy Protein per serving. In addition, each serving is packed with 24 Vitamins and Minerals, has 0 Trans Fat, is Lactose-Free and Gluten –Free. Visit the Naturade Store at www.naturade.com to shop for more high quality non-GMO items for the entire family!
Young adults in the early stages of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) experienced significant decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures following six weeks of drinking a whey-rich beverage every day, according to findings published in the International Dairy Journal.
Effects were observed whether the subjects consumed hydrolyzed or non-hydrolyzed whey beverages, leading the researchers to propose that the benefits were due to a factor other than the presence of anti hypertensive peptides was produced during hydrolysis.
“The majority of the subjects enjoyed the taste and convenience of the functional whey protein beverages. Taste and convenience are both important to ensure compliance during a dietary intervention,” wrote researchers from Washington State University.
“Whey protein beverages may be a valuable dietary intervention in the treatment of hypertension,” they added.
High blood pressure (hypertension),defined as having a systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP) greater than 140 and 90 mmHg, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) – a disease that causes almost 50 per cent of deaths in Europe, and reported to cost the EU economy an estimated €169bn ($202bn) per year.
Led by Susan Fluegel, the WSU researchers recruited 71 young men and women with an average age of 20 and an average BMI of 24.6 kg/m2 and randomly assigned them to receive either a beverage containing 28 grams of whey protein concentrate 80 (WPC80 TemPro, Leprino Foods) or a beverage containing 28 grams of hydrolyzed WPC80. After six weeks of intervention, the researchers noted no overall differences in systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), or mean arterial pressure (MAP) between the groups. However, when Fluegel and her co-workers looked at sub-groups, they noted significant decreases of 8.0, 8.6, and 6.4 mm Hg for SBP, DBP, and MAP, respectively, in young adults with elevated DBP and SBP. The apparent benefits were observed following ingestion of either beverage. On the other hand, people with normal blood pressure levels at the start of the study had no changes in their BP measurements, they added.
“We found that whey protein beverages lowered BP only in individuals with previously high BP, but not in those with normal blood pressure,” wrote the researchers. “These findings suggest that whey protein beverages had a normalizing effect on elevated BP and did not cause hypo tension. This is important since hypo tension can be a health concern in certain population groups, such as young women and the elderly.”
Commenting on the potential mechanism, the WSU researchers noted that the effects may be related to whey’s influence on nitric oxide production – a chemical species with a known role in blood pressure regulation. Indeed, a randomized, double-blind study showed that Glanbia Nutritionals’ proprietary peptide NOP-47 improved blood vessel function in healthy individuals, with the effects occurring via nitric oxide dependent and independent mechanisms.
Source: International Dairy Journal
Volume 20, Pages 753-760, doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2010.06.005
“Whey beverages decrease blood pressure in prehypertensive and hypertensive young men and women”
Authors: S.M. Fluegel, T.D. Shultz, J.R. Powers, et al.