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Pomegranates and concord grapes burst with juicy deliciousness in a refreshing fruit drink mix that helps put you back in control of your health, physical comfort, weight reduction and life long sustainability …

*Paired with proven weight-management herbs Garcinia Cambogia and Gymnema Sylvestre, ActiveBlendz Control is your new secret weapon to getting fit and sexy.*

  • Light and refreshing pomegranate and concord grapes flavors.
  • Garcinia Cambogia helps you target belly fat and restart your metabolic system.*
  • Gymnema Sylvestre helps keeps cravings at bay by helping to better control sugar levels.*
  • Get in control of your weight loss efforts.*
  • Helps improve appetite control.*
  • Helps support fat burning.*
  • Helps jumpstart metabolic processes.*
  • Helps support healthy blood sugar levels.*
  • Helps reduce cravings.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Afternoon treats every one will reach for …

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Weight Gain is About Stored Fat

There are two forms of fat in the human body: triglycerides and fatty acids. Human fat/adipose tissue/love handles – whatever you call it – this is the fat stored as triglycerides. Fatty acids are burned for fuel. Inside the fat cell, fatty acids continually ‘cycle’ across the cell membrane and back out again. Fatty acids can be used as fuel during this process (or recycled/stored if they are not used).

Garcinia Cambogia: Dual-Action Fat Buster

Garcinia Cambogia: Dual-Action Fat Buster

Derived from a small, pumpkin-shaped fruit native to Indonesia, Garcinia Cambogia is being heralded by medical experts and nutritional enthusiasts, not to mention Hollywood socialites, as the ‘holy grail of weight loss.’

Here are the top 5 reasons this little fruit is making a big impression:

1. Acts as a fat blocker, turning sugars into energy instead of fat.*
2. Helps suppress appetite and control cravings.*
3. Decreases belly fat.*
4. Assists emotional eaters in balancing mood.*
5. Manages the stress hormone cortisol.*

Sources: Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine & Physiological Behavior

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia is found naturally in India and parts of Asia, and also on the Pacific coast of South and Central America all the way from Peru up to Mexico, and likes a humid forested environment. Also known as Brindall berries, garcinia is believed to act as an appetite suppressant and allows you to lose weight by diminishing your desire for food. Not only does Garcinia Cambogia suppress your appetite, but it also limits the body’s ability to turn carbohydrates into fat. This factor, combined with increased calorie burning and a suppressed appetite, prohibit the body from converting excess carbohydrates into stored body fat. In fact, instead of increasing your body fat, you’ll increase your energy.

Stop Sugar Cravings

Highly refined sugar, in the form of table sugar or high fructose corn syrup in excess, can be problematic to optimal health. Your energy, immune system, metabolism, hormones and inflammatory markers are all negatively affected. The overwhelming availability of this ingredient in the developed world has given rise to obesity and diabetes. With increased sugar intake, the signs of aging, weight gain, fatigue, bone loss, poor sleep, mental fatigue and depression escalate.

Silence Sugar Cravings with Gymnema Sylvestre

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Native to India and Africa, the climbing shrub Gymnema Sylvestre has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine.

Today, it is gaining support from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health as helpful in controlling blood sugar levels in people with type 1 and 2 diabetes.*

Here are a few other significant benefits of this unique herb:

…Natural sweetness inhibitor—helping to reduce your craving for sweets.*
…Promotes appetite suppression.*
…Blocks sugar absorption.*
…Helps balance blood sugar.*
…Positively effects insulin production.*

Sources: Journal of Clinical Biochemical Nutrition & Journal of Science Food Agriculture

Gymnema Sylvestre

Native to India and Africa, the climbing shrub Gymnema Sylvestre has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. Today, it is gaining support from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health as helpful in controlling blood sugar levels in people with type 1 and 2 diabetes. Gymnema Sylvestre is renowned for its use in promoting healthy blood glucose levels and supporting the proper function of the pancreas. A little Gymnema Sylvestre on the tongue has the power to dull the taste buds to the sense of sweet, thus it is known as the ‘killer of sweet’. It promotes the healthy production of insulin and supports the body’s natural metabolic process. Gymnema Sylvestre also promotes healthy management of the appetite and sugar cravings.

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More Reason Than Ever to Say “NO” to Diet Soda

More Reason Than Ever to Say “NO” to Diet Soda

Diet soda may not be the guilt-free drink we’d all hoped it would be, according to mounting research.

We talked to Dr. David Katz, the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and a HuffPost blogger, and Dr. Melina Jampolis, a board-certified physician nutrition specialist and author of “The Calendar Diet,” to explain what we know about diet soda — and why we probably shouldn’t be giving the beverage a free pass.

Granted, the evidence of health risks is a lot clearer for sugary drinks; a recent study presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association linked them with 180,000 deaths around the world. But while there’s a lot we don’t know about the effects of diet soda, we can surmise some points based on the available research. Take a look at some reasons to pick water over diet soda when you want a calorie-free drink:

Despite its name, it may not really be that diet friendly.

If something’s called “diet,” it must help you while you’re on a diet, right? Not necessarily. There’s “no convincing proof that these things ever did what they were supposed to do, and the burden of proof is with [the soda companies], not us,” Katz said.

“Fundamentally, we have no convincing evidence that diet soda or artificial sweeteners are actually helpful for people trying to lose weight,” he said. Research has shown that even though removing sugar and calories in the short term is a good thing for weight loss, in the long term, those sugar and calories can sneak right back into the diet.

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Some observational research has linked weight gain and diet soda consumption, including a study presented at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association in 2011 which showed that waist circumference was 70 percent greater for diet soda drinkers than non-diet soda drinkers. And in a recent review of studies conducted by researchers at Purdue University, an association was found between obesity and artificially sweetened drinks.

However, the direction of these associations is a little less clear. Jampolis points out that it’s possible the results of these studies are intrinsically tied to the fact that overweight people may be more likely to select diet sodas in the first place in order to lose weight. Katz agrees, but thinks the association is likely bidirectional — overweight people may drink more diet soda, and diet soda could be having some sort of effect on weight. That brings us to the next point…

It confuses our brains.

When a person consumes a zero-calorie artificial sweetener, it’s telling the brain, “I am eating sweet, expect calories.” However, no calories come.

Sugar addiction researcher Nicole Avena, Ph.D., who is an assistant professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida, explains that in the short term, we’re getting that satisfaction of sweet without the calories. But in the long run, it’s a little more complicated. “If you’re consuming beverages without calories and [you’re] not getting fullness from sugar-sweetened beverages, you could be priming the brain to want to eat more,” she tells HuffPost. “That’s one of the limitations of artificial sweeteners: In the long term, it could stimulate appetite, versus provide a benefit in the sense they’re reducing calorie intake … Over time, it’s not helping the brain get over wanting sugar.”

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At this point, more studies are needed to confirm that consuming artificial sweeteners really causes people to consume more calories. It’s unknown if that calorie-free sweetness actually quells our desires, or if it just makes us want to eat more, Jampolis said.

But Katz pointed out that artificial sweeteners are often super sweet (sucralose, also known as Splenda, is 600 times sweeter than sucrose, table sugar).

“They keep your preference for sugar at a high level, and encourage you to seek out those foods,” he said. This could lead to poor dietary choices, which could in turn lead to being overweight, obesity and a number of other health ills.

If you’re really trying to lose weight or eat healthier, Katz said the better way to do so is to “rehabilitate” your taste buds by cutting out hidden sugar in foods like salad dressings, pasta sauces and crackers, so that you’re more sensitive to sweetness and thereby prefer less.

“Then we can solve the problem without relying on chemistry,” he said. “These chemicals have uncertain, unpredictable effects, and so when you have the option to avoid them, I would prefer that.”

It’s been linked to scary conditions like heart attack, stroke and Type 2 diabetes (though its exact role is still not totally clear).

Researchers from the University of Miami and Columbia University found that people who drink diet soda every day have a 43 percent higher risk of experiencing a vascular event over a 10-year period, compared with people who didn’t drink soda. Plus, this association held true even after taking into account known stroke and heart risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure. And in a study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, French researchers found an association between Type 2 diabetes and self-reported diet soda consumption. Plus, when comparing the diabetes risk of drinkers of diet with drinkers of regular sodas, researchers found that diet drinkers had the higher diabetes risk.

But again, these studies are observational. It’s unknown if the diet soda is actually causing these conditions, or if people who are already at high risk for a heart attack, stroke and Type 2 diabetes tend to drink diet soda in an effort to lead a healthier lifestyle. Research on diabetes and diet soda consumption has been mixed so far; a review of studies from Harvard researchers published in 2011 showed no link between diet soda consumption and increased Type 2 diabetes risk.

As Katz explains, if diet soda really was causing heart attacks and strokes, there would have been spikes in these conditions in recent years. Rather, he thinks that it’s more an effect of people who tend to eat wholesome diets may steer clear of artificial sweeteners to begin with, while people who eat a lot of artificial sweeteners may not have the healthiest diet. “At that point, the less healthier the diet, the more prone you are to cardiovascular disease,” he says. “It’s a sign that there’s something wrong with the dietary pattern overall.”

There’s just so much we don’t know.

This might just be the biggest issue with diet soda. Studies aren’t perfect. Observational studies are purely that — observational — and don’t prove cause-and-effect. Research based on food-recall questionnaires can be inaccurate because who really remembers every single thing they ate last week, anyway? And studies in rats will never be a perfect comparison for studies in humans; as Katz puts it, humans are “sophisticated animals and we can track calories. We look at nutrition labels. Rats don’t read nutrition labels.”

Plus, there’s a lot we don’t know about how diet soda can affect humans in the long run. For instance, do artificial sweeteners have any effect on hunger hormones? Could they contribute to the development of insulin resistance, which is a risk factor for diabetes? Jampolis notes that there have been some studies showing potential effects of diet soda on hormones and appetite, but more research needs to be done to paint a clearer picture.

“We don’t really know a whole lot about what these specific artificial sweeteners do to the brain reward system. We know their safety -– they’re FDA-approved — but don’t know enough about the long-term effects on appetite,” Avena said .

Link to original article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/diet-soda-health-risks_n_3606906.html.

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ActiveBlendz Control White Paper

ActiveBlendz Control White PaperIt is unfortunate to see a rise in the statistics regarding the obesity epidemic. Billions of research dollars have been spent in this arena attempting to provide solutions to the growing weight problem throughout the civilized world. Although there is no one product that functions as a “cure-all” for this condition, there are several natural compounds that have shown great promise in recent medical and scientific literature. These findings were evaluated and utilized when formulating Control, an ActiveBlendz product by Javita.

As there are many compounding factors contributing to weight gain and inhibiting weight loss, multiple pathways were targeted when designing Control, including reducing appetite and cravings, burning more energy, and reducing inflammation oxidative stress. In addition, natural ingredients were included to assist in protecting against secondary ramification due to obesity, namely cardiovascular health, diabetes, memory, and blood pressure.

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This white paper will review the available scientific evidence to support the formulation and use of Control as a weight management product. It will provide an overview of how the ingredients work both in vitro as well as in the body. For those wishing to pursue information further, a highly detailed review of the studies is also provided in this paper along with available citations for further reading. This paper is meant to assist in the education of consumers to determine the best weight management product for their needs.

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Gymnema Sylvestre Gives Lean + Green and AB Control ‘Sugar Crushing’ Powers

Gymnema Sylvestre Gives Lean + Green and AB Control ‘Sugar Crushing’ Powers

Little known fact: Gymnema Sylvestre is known as ‘gurmar’ in ancient Indian texts, a word meaning ‘sugar destroyer’, which gives an indication of its uses in medicine.

It is used to reduce the absorption of glucose into the body, and also reduce the sweetness of foods, both of which are desirable for those wishing to lose weight and to reduce the level of sugar in their blood. It was used for this purpose in Ayurvedic medicine, subjects being given the leaves to chew. As with many other ancient Ayurvedic remedies, this use of gymnema sylvestre has passed into modern times, and has sound scientific basis

The main constituents are terpenoid saponins known as gymnemic acids, so one can assume that they were first found in this plant. They are glycosides, including hodulcine and ziziphin, which act as sweetness inhibitors so that there is no sweet taste in anything that is sweetened by sucrose. There are over 20 types of gymnemic acid in the leaves, of which the strongest, Gymnemic Acid 1, can suppress the sweetness even of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.

These are not irreversible effects, and last only about 10 minutes, after which normal sweetness is detectable by your tongue. During the active period, however, a solution of normal sugar will taste like ordinary unsweetened water. However, is this just a matter of taste, or does it affect the sugar itself?

Studies have shown that animals fed the leaves of Gymnema sylvestre develop hypoglycemia, probably because it stimulates the pancreas to generate insulin that reduces the level of sugar in the blood. Further studies have shown the presence in the leaves of a number of types of acylated derivatives of deacylgymnemic acid. There are well over a dozen types of saponins known to be contained within the leaves.

Other chemicals found include anthraquinones, flavanoids, chlorophylls, querticol, phytin, a number of glycosides and anthraquinones. The bush also contains alkaloids, although these are constituents in most plants used in ancient remedies. This is by no means all of the chemicals discovered, and many of the minor benefits of using it could be due to the minor constituents of this amazing little leaf.

A study of the above constituents will reveal a few antioxidants, and it is no surprise that the extract from Gymnema sylvestre also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Gymnemic acid is believed to have a similar chemical structure to saccharose, and the plant extracts can be used not only to reduce a craving for sugar, but also to treat digestive problems and high cholesterol levels.

So what scientific evidence is there other than the obvious effects reported by those that use it?

A study in the UK in 2005 found that an aqueous extract of Gymnema sylvestre caused the secretion of calcium and insulin from mouse and human cells to be increased at a specific concentration without affecting the cellular function. This means that the supplement can be used to stimulate the secretion of insulin with people with Type 2 diabetes without otherwise affecting health. Its usefulness to diabetics is obvious, but there are other health benefits to those that are not diabetic.

Anything that modulates a sweet tooth must be of use to those seeking to lose weight, particularly if they feel the need for sweet foods. In fact Gymnema tends to reduce food cravings for carbohydrates and sweets, and can be used by those seeking a natural means of curbing their appetite for sweet and sugary foods.

Although there have been many discussions about the biochemical mechanism of the gymnemic acids in this effect on taste, recent evidence suggests that the phytochemicals act on both your taste buds and on those parts of the intestine responsible for absorbing nutrients from digested foods.

Not only that, but studies have also indicated that Gymnema sylvestre removes the bitterness of acerbic chemicals such as quinine in the same way that it removes the sweetness form cakes and candies, and if you drank tonic water it would taste just like water. On the other hand, if you ate an orange, you would taste the acidity but not the sweetness.

The way to use this remarkable supplement is to follow the instructions, and within about a week you will be able to control your appetite much better, and any cravings for carbohydrates you previously had will be much reduced. After a month or so, you will notice an accelerated rate of weight loss if you had been overweight, and diabetics will find a significant reduction on blood sugar between insulin shots.

Gymnema sylvestre can take care of any sugar or carbohydrate cravings, and is of significant use to the overweight, obese or to diabetics, and the mechanism by which it works has now been all but understood, although there are still some biochemical secrets that this amazing plant has yet to reveal.