Whey protein is one of the most easily assimilated supplemental proteins.

My Interview with Dr. Audrey Ross

Joint & Muscle Support

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More consumers are seeking to boost protein consumption and whey protein is perhaps the most popular and for good reasons. We use protein powders in our home and we have found that whey protein is our preferred source of supplemental protein.

One of the great advantages that we have now as consumers is that nutritional science continues to evolve and wonderful products based on that science are widely available. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there are many products that have flooded the market with inferior, low quality products. The sad news for the consumer is that it is challenging to know what to look for.

In this interview with Dr. Audrey Ross, we will discuss the benefits and distinctions of whey protein. We will also discuss innovative ways to enhance your protein smoothie. We will explore Biochem Science by Nature Whey Protein and some of the company’s recent innovations. By way of full disclosure, this is the protein that we use and recommend to others. I’m happy to recommend Biochem because I know what sets their products apart from the rest. It’s the distinctions between one company and another, one product from another and the ingredients that determine quality and effectiveness. We’ll explore some of those distinctions in the interview.

What is Whey Protein?

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Whey is product of cheese production. The protein found in whey is highly biologically available to humans. Whey protein contains a complete 20 amino acid profile which provides the building blocks for the body.* Whey protein contains essential, non-essential and branched chain amino acids. Whey can be found in two forms: concentrate (containing the fat, cholesterol and lactose as found in dairy) and isolate form (most of the fat, cholesterol and lactose are removed). This is one of those distinctions to look for.

I mentioned that we use and recommend Biochem Science by Nature Whey Protein. It is because this brand meets our requirements. We are always looking for the best products we can find for our personal use. We do what I recommend to you and that is to research the company, products and ingredients. When we choose a brand it is usually because we understand some of those distinctions. You can compare them to whatever other protein you are using. You get to choose what is important to you. Ultimately the best product is the one that works best for you. You can always experiment with different brands and choose that which suits you. This is simply the one brand that we like and I’m happy to tell you why.

Biochem Science by Nature Whey Protein Isolate (Dr. Ross discusses these in greater detail in the interview)

  • Provides 20 grams of high quality protein per serving
  • 100% from grass fed cows
  • 99% Undenatured and dual filtered
  • 99% lactose free (the only one in the top 3 brands
  • Non GMO, gluten free, soy free, vegetarian and kosher certified.
  • 5 star rating from the Clean Label Project
  • Free of artificial hormones including rBST and rBGH
  • Mixes easily and taste good
  • Supports muscle health*
  • Supports immune health*
  • Includes immune fractions like immunoglobulin and lactoferrin
  • Made and sourced in the USA (Biochem does not use foreign sourced whey)
  • Also available as USDA Organic Whey Concentrate

These things make a difference. Biochem Science by Nature Whey Protein sets the highest standard through rigorous ingredient testing for quality and purity.  “Science by Nature” means incorporating modern technologies to extract the best from nature through gently processing providing the highest quality final product.  They can assure the consumer that this is a true representation because of multiple 3rd party certifications. This is one of the important ways to confirm the status, quality and commitment of the companies you purchase from.

Enhancing your smoothie

A lot of consumers are seeking to enhance their smoothie or other drinks with additional nutrients. The convenience of being able to augment your protein smoothie, juice, water, etc.  is highly desirable. There are now 4 new enhancer powders for you to consider. Biochem Enhancers can be mixed and matched to target your ever changing daily nutritional support. These are especially nice if you don’t like tablets or capsules or for the supplement weary who just don’t want to take more tablets.  The four enhancer options (below) allow exceptional versatility when looking for additional nutrition.

The easiest way to know if this is right for you is to try it. If you like what Biochem Science by Nature does as a company, and then you can feel confident to try their products. This is how you discover the best products. The first step is to know about the company. Then you can experiment until you discover for yourself what works best for you.

I can’t express this enough: There are many products and brands available with varying levels of quality. It is naive to think that inexpensive no name products are equal to products that undergo rigorous testing and 3rd party certification. Good companies go far above minimum standards in order to create the best products. They want the consumer to understand this. Certifications and transparency are the hallmarks of good companies. If these are important to you then do your homework. Be a responsible consumer. This is your body, your money and your journey of discovery. Invest wisely and you will be rewarded. Learn more and you will make better choices. Better choices lead to better outcomes.

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Dr. Audrey Ross, ND
Dr. Ross works for Country Life Vitamins and Biochem Science by Nature as an educator. She has a PhD in Naturopathy as well as a degree in Marketing. Dr. Ross ran a naturopathic consulting practice in Texas and worked with medical doctors, providing nutritional consultations for patients. Dr. Ross has a passion for teaching and has conducted seminars on nutrition, weight loss, stress reduction, etc. She co-authored a book on female hormone management in 2000. Her passion and knowledge bridges the divide between allopathic and naturopathic health care.
Biochem Science by Nature


Reveal Your Skin’s Natural  Beauty with Astaxanthin

My Interview with Karen Hecht

Skin Support

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Karen HechtIf you are a curious type like me, you might look at the title of this podcast and think that is a strong claim. I see that headline as a challenge. When a company makes a bold claim, I think it is only fair to ask why do they believe that claim is correct. Is astaxathin nature’s most powerful antioxidant? That’s what I set out to explore in this interview.

Karen Hecht is the Scientific Affairs Manager at AstaReal. AstaReal has been researching and marketing astaxanthin for over 30 years. AstaReal® Astaxanthin is perhaps the most widely studied astaxanthin in the market. When we consider the benefits of AstaReal® Astaxanthin, it is important to realize that it is only this one brand of astaxathin that we are considering. We know these are the benefits because their astaxanthin has been studied scientifically and clinically. This is how we know what dosages to recommend. This is one of the clinically studied, trademarked and branded raw materials that I recommend to you. The raw materials that go into your supplement are perhaps the most important criteria when choosing a product. We encourage all astaxanthin users to know where their astaxanthin is produced from the beginning to end. There are only a handful of companies that produce, cultivate, and manufacture astaxanthin 100% in the USA.

In this interview we will introduce astaxanthin. What is it, where does it come from and what is it good for? Astaxanthin has been shown to benefits skin health, eye health, brain health, cardiovascular health, muscle performance and anti-fatigue. We will explore some of the science of astaxanthin as it pertains specifically to skin health.

What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, like beta-carotene from carrots and lycopene from tomatoes. The carotenoids in these fruits and vegetables are healthy antioxidants too, but astaxanthin is the strongest antioxidant of them all! Astaxanthin can neutralize oxygen free radicals 4.9 times better than beta-carotene and 1.6x better than lycopene.

Natural astaxanthin is extracted from algae, Haematococcus pluvialis. To make natural astaxanthin available for humans, it should be grown in a clean and controlled environment – preferably in indoor cultivation tanks with filtered air and water. The algae start out green and once the algae culture has grown dense enough, they algae are exposed to high light conditions to trigger breakdown of green chlorophyll and synthesis of red astaxanthin. The algae turn red, and once they have completely matured to this astaxanthin-rich “red phase” they are harvested. The water is removed, the algae are washed, and the cell walls of the algae are cracked to gain access to the rich astaxanthin oil inside the algae cells. The astaxanthin oil is purified and can then be used.

The health benefits of astaxanthin apply wherever our bodies experience damage from free radicals. Free radicals are a natural byproduct of our physiology and our bodies have natural defenses that help clean up free radicals so they don’t cause harm. The problem is that our natural defenses become less efficient as we age and get overwhelmed by an abundance of free radicals that accumulate during exercise, exposure to sunlight, stress or in the presence of environmental pollutants. This is why taking astaxanthin as a dietary antioxidant is so important for muscle endurance, cardiovascular health, skin healthy, eye health, cognitive function, and to fight fatigue. Astaxanthin is the strongest antioxidant to help restore our body’s healthy antioxidant balance.

Astaxanthin for Skin Health
Skin is our largest organ and our first line of defense against environmental exposures like damaging UV rays, pollutants and microbes that can leave skin feeling dry and showing fine lines. Topical applications, like serums and creams, reach the surface of the skin but can’t get down into the deeper layers that contribute to skin’s elasticity and nourishment. Taking astaxanthin orally promotes healthy skin from the inside out. Astaxanthin improves circulation and supply of nutrients to the deepest layer of skin (the hypodermis), protects collagen integrity in the next layer (the dermis), neutralizes UV-induced free radicals causing skin damage at the surface layer (the epidermis), and prevents roughness by improving moisture retention at the outermost layer (the stratum corneum). To learn more visit the skin health page at Astaxanthin.net.

Clinical studies have shown improvements in skin moisture and elasticity at 4mg/day astaxanthin after 6 weeks. A comparative study showed astaxanthin protects again UV damage significantly better than other antioxidants like beta-carotene and canthaxanthin. Other studies reveal the following:

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AstaReal® Astaxanthin for Skin at 6mg per day*:

  • supports skin hydration*
  • reduces the size of wrinkles*
  • improves skin texture*
  • protects the skin’s collagen layer*
  • promotes smooth skin*
  • enhances skin elasticity*
  • reduces skin spots*
  • protects skin condition from seasonal stress [low humidity]*

AstaReal® Astaxanthin has been studied in doses up to 12mg and has been shown to be safe. So you can experiment with the amount you take because the higher doses are associated with other health benefits and are shown to be safe. How do we know that astaxanthin has these benefits at this dose? It is the scientific inquiry that give us confidence. So when you find a product that uses AstaReal® Astaxanthin you will know why that is important.

About Karen Hecht
Karen Hecht is the Scientific Affairs Manager at AstaReal Inc. Her background is in biochemistry, her doctorate is in biological science from the University of Pittsburgh, and her postdoctoral work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was focused on algal molecular biology. These days, Karen answers all natural astaxanthin-related questions using the evidence available from over 150 studies examining the wellness benefits of AstaReal® Astaxanthin.
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291 – Nutritional Support for Auto Immune Issues – My Interview with Laurel Sterling

I have a strong personal interest in this topic. I have reported on this frequently because my wife, Debbie has been challenged with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 40 years. In her case it was severe. She left her job as a teacher in 1989 and never was able to go back to work. She spent the next 15 years just trying to survive day to day by consuming 8 narcotic Darvocet doses each day. Those were tough days. So we personally know the challenge of auto immune breakdown. I have great empathy for those who suffer and their families. Our lives were turned around in 2003. There were two thing that changed her course in the most dramatic ways, drugs and nutrition.

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290 – Thyme Extract for Acne, Eczema and More – My Interview with Andrew Klenert

Thyme Out is effective and fast alternative for Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Dermatitis, Rosacea, Cold Sores, Pet Rashes, Bug Bites, Fungus, Poison Ivy, Any Skin Inflammation! This is a pretty impressive claim. That’s what I first thought when I learned about Thyme Out Skin Remedy. My second thought was “how do we know that those are the benefits of Thyme extract?” So I discovered the answer in conversations with Andrew Klenert. You’ll learn the answer as well in this interview with Andrew.

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289 – Nutritional Support for Eye Health – My Interview with Anthony Thomas

In this interview with Anthony Thomas, we are discussing what are called “macular carotenoids”. Studies have shown that increasing the consumption of macular carotenoids significantly improved serum levels with the benefits as noted above. The macular carotenoids are lutein, zeaxanthin, and mesozeaxanthin. We will also consider the benefits of astaxanthin. In this discussion we will consider the benefits of trademarked, branded, clinically studied nutrients.

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288 – The Nutritional Power of Green Foods – My Interview with James LaValle

Greens and sprouted foods have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years. The animals consumed for food also consumed green grasses and leaves. The insects consumed green plants. In the ocean, krill eat green algae, sardines eat krill and so on up the food chain. It all starts with energy from the sun becoming plants on the land and algae in the ocean. These greens eventually become the omega-3 fatty acids that are so important. This is one reason why grass fed beef is better than grain fed beef.  It’s one reason why wild ocean fish are better than farm raised fish. It’s one reason why we are encouraged to eat green foods.

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287 – The Healing Power of Topical Silver Gel – My Interview with Dr. Robert MacCuspie

I love Sovereign Silver First Aid Gel. We have used Sovereign Silver products in my home for nearly twenty years. It is the only silver product I use and the only one I recommend. This is one case where there is no other silver that I know of that meets this high standard. Most companies that sell silver products do not manufacture their own silver products. They are made by some other company. So you have to dig deep to compare silver products. Sovereign Silver has done the analysis of virtually every other silver product in the marketplace and you can literally see the difference. You can review all of this at the Sovereign Silver website.

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286 – Nutrition for Your Brain – Part 2 – My Interview with Neil E. Levin

In this interview with Neil E. Levin, we are looking at nutrients that can influence mood, stress, sleep and tension issues. We are also considering nutrients for memory, brain acuity and concentration. There are often multiple factors occurring at the same time. If you have everyday stress in your life, you may not be sleeping well. If you don’t sleep well, it’s hard to restore your brain and this may affect your mood. This could lead to nervousness. Any of these can affect your quality of life.

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285 – Coenzyme B-Complex for Energy – My Interview with Dr. Audrey Ross

In this interview with Dr. Audrey Ross, ND, we will discuss the importance of B-vitamins in human health. We will also discuss the newer forms of B-vitamins known as Coenzyme B-vitamins. Dr. Ross will also discuss several nutrients that are surprisingly also forms of B-vitamins. This is a good example of making distinctions in the marketplace. Many companies don’t use any of the newer forms of nutrients. Country Life Vitamins uses all 7 of the currently available Coenzyme forms of B-vitamins and was one of the first companies to develop a Coenzyme B-complex supplement.  This is why I wanted to speak with Dr. Ross about the role of B-vitamins and the importance of Coenzyme B-vitamins.

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284 – Build Stronger Bones, Hair, Skin and Nails – My Interview with Peter D. Josling

There has been a huge growing interest in collagen supplements and with good reason. Your cells exist in a collagen medium. Collagen provide the supporting structure for tissue throughout the body. This is most easily observed in bone, skin, hair and nails. These are obvious points where collagen deficiency can be seen. These are also the areas where the research has revealed very specific effects. But don’t lose sight of the fact that if collagen is deficient in the obvious tissues of the body, then this deficiency exists throughout the body. Improvements in skin, hair and nails can be considered a sign that collagen status is improving throughout the body. For example, blood vessels need collagen for support and repair. OSA stimulates collagen production in the body.

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