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Lactoferrin, the Magic Bullet

Ori Hofmekler

Lactoferrin is a major immune supportive protein in mothers’ milk that protects babies from infections. It is abundant in good quality colostrums and whey protein, but it rarely appears in commercial dairy protein powders. That’s too bad, because it’s also the best iron scavenger—and it deposits iron in places where the body really needs it. Iron oxidation is a tremendous problem because it feeds the bad bacteria in your intestinal tract, such as the ones that cause yeast infections.

Some researchers believe that lactoferrin has cancer-fighting properties, and scientists surmise that it contains other healing properties, including some that may combat chronic diseases such as AIDS and cancer. While these issues need further research, current data indicate that lactoferrin could be one of the most promising dairy-derived healing aids.

Editor’s note: Ori Hofmekler is the author of the books The Warrior Diet and Maximum Muscle & Minimum Fat, published by Dragon Door Publications (www.dragondoor.com). For more information or for a consultation, contact him at ori@warriordiet.com, www.warriordiet.com or by phone at (866) WAR-DIET.


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Blueberries Burn Blubber

Becky Holman

Blueberries Burn Blubber

Researchers at the University of Michigan fed overweight rats the equivalent of one cup of blueberries a day, and the rats stored less belly fat than those that didn’t get the blueberries. Scientists believe compounds in the blue pigment switch on genes related to fat burning.

So when you’re mixing your postworkout shake, throw in some blueberries for an extra blubber-busting kick.

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Liquid Lard

Becky Holman

Liquid Lard

One of the best ways to reduce bodyfat is to cut out liquid calories, as in sodas, fruit juices and milk shakes—calories that new research says do not satiate the body’s appetite sensors the way chewing food does.

Simply cutting back from a full to a half glass of orange juice in the morning will reduce your calories by 75 and your carb intake by 20 grams. Having a small, eight-ounce milk shake with your burger adds a whopping 300 calories to your meal.

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Bodybuilding’s Secret Weapon

George L. Redmon, Ph.D., N.D.

Bodybuilding’s Secret Weapon

While 22 amino acids work in unison to build hundreds of proteins, one amino acid has become a rising star. Mounting evidence suggests that tyrosine is a big key to muscle growth, and its nonbodybuilding and health benefits are almost miraculous.

Known chemically as 4-hydroxphenylalanine, tyrosine, like many amino acids, is used by cells to make proteins. It is classified as a nonessential amino acid, meaning that the body can manufacture it. In fact, tyrosine is synthesized in the body from the amino acid phenylalanine, an essential amino acid—meaning that it must be supplied by your diet.

Whey

Jose Antonio, Ph.D.

Whey

Whey remains the protein of choice for body­builders. Scientists recently compared the acute response of mixed muscle protein synthesis to rapidly (whey hydrolysate and soy) and slowly (micellar casein) digested proteins both at rest and after resistance exercise.1 Yep, soy is considered a “fast” protein.

Food Facts

Becky Holman

Food Facts

• Vinegar-and-oil salad dressing may improve your blood pressure. Rats given vinegar daily for eight weeks showed an average 20-point drop in systolic blood pressure.

• Arginine may aid in fat loss. Researchers gave obese mice diets fortified with extra L-arginine, and the rats’ bodyfat gains decreased by 64 percent.