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Interview: Dr. Friedlander on Collagen for Bone Health

As world-renowned physician, chiropractor, professional trainer and coach, Dr. Friedlander has a long history in the sports medicine field. We were fortunate to interview him for this blog post. Read on our listen to the interview on YouTube: Dr. Bernd Friedlander Interview - Collagen.Dr. Friedlander has been developing his current roster of products since 1990, which offer a wide range of solutions that promote health and longevity.

Q - What is Collagen?

A - Next to water, collagen is one of the most important structural substances in the bodyand is a major component of skin, hair, nails, muscles andjoints. It is the mechanism that holds the calcium together in our bones andaccounts for approximately 30% of all the protein content in the human body. I was one of the very first ones to really start using collagen for my patients in the 1980s.

Q - What led you to introduce a new brand of collagen?

A - After extensively researching the collagen on the market, I was unsatisfied with the quality of the products available andfound them to be “watered down.” I conducted extensiveresearch in obtaining the finest sources of collagen, which are largelycomposed of amino acids. I wanted a form of collagen that was ofa very low molecular weight, low density and immediately absorbed without requiringfurther digestive enzymes to break it down. My exhaustive search led what is perhaps the purest form of collagen on the market.I realized that one of the most important things in our bones, ligaments, tendons, skin, cell membrane, the lining of our arteries and spinal cord, is collagen. The principal that created all living systems that have a spinal cord and a central nervous system is called the nodo chord and is made of 100% collagen. This is the basic foundation for life.I wanted to make life simple for everybody and make sure they don’t need to take a million pills to find something that works.

Q - What sort of results have people seen from Collagen?

A - Improvement in the health of hair and nails have been reported by customers, as evidenced from using the product for only a relatively short period of time. Collagen has been proven to assist in cartilage recovery, the regeneration of hips and knees, ligaments, tendons, improve muscle definition, function and bone density and also has an anti-aging function.

Who should take collagen?

According to Dr. Friedlander, he haschanged the lives of individuals from all walks of life. From bodybuilders, toprofessional athletes, to the frail, the elderly, exceptional results have beenachieved from Dr. Friedlander’s work. Many people have said that they feel thatthey have had both short and long-term benefits from regular use of collagen.Dr. Friedlander has shared his products with world-class athletes; from teams that include the Raiders, Rams, Lakers, as well as athletes from across the globe that would travel great distances to seek his professional advice. Patients from a world-class sports facility located in Los Angeles were referred to Dr. Friedlander and he was able to assist in the recovery of some athletes without surgery.

Types of Collagen

Different types of Collagen and musculoskeletal supplements are available in store, depending on the results you are trying to achieve. Here are some options to consider when it comes to musculoskeletal health.

Collagen Peptide (powder) works to nourish your cells with the essential nutrition that may be lacking in the average diet. It is anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, supports bone density, immune function, suppresses inflammation, repair/regeneration of ligaments, bones, tendons, skin. Promotes gut function.Collagen with amino acids (powder) The addition of amino acids promotes

anti-oxidant benefit, supports brain function, detoxification, wound healing and gut inflammation.

High performance coconut collagen – a proprietary formulation of collagen + colostrum + coconut milk powder and 22 vitamins and minerals. Promotes increased energy, wound healing, recovery, regeneration, and inflammation. This product was developed for those individuals that want a one stop nutritional product. Excellent for the active individuals such as moms on the go as well as sports enthusiasts. Ultra Blend Probiotic - supports immune function, gut inflammation, assimilation/absorption of foods and nutrients and weight loss.Note: The Team at Zebra Organics has experienced a number of products over the years but few standouts like Dr. Friedlander's Ultra Blend probiotic powder. It sells with consistent satisfaction and enthusiasm from our customers. MCT Oil - extracted from coconut oil, MCT oil is a fat that burns fat. Supports energy, brain function, fat burning function. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Chocolate

Do you sometimes indulge in chocolate and feel guilty immediately afterwards? Now you can rest easy after consuming a few pieces of chocolate occasionally, especially dark chocolate. 1) Lowers risk of heart disease and stroke Although we have been taught that saturated fats may negatively impact the cardiovascular system, saturated fat from the cocoa bean does not raise blood cholesterol like other saturated fatty acids. The intestinal tract has a hard time absorbing fat from cocoa butter and its effect on cholesterol has been considered “neutral.” According to an article in the Journal of Cardiology Research and Practice, a European study revealed that eating chocolate may lower blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Conducted over eight years, the study urund that consuming 7.5 grams of chocolate daily reduces the risk of myocardial infarction by 27 per cent and lowers the risk of stroke by 48 per cent. 2) Excellent source of flavonoids and antioxidants Cocoa contains some of the highest amounts of flavonoids known to us, which are a special class of plant nutrients that help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair damage. The cocoa bean is rich in flavonoids and gives us an ‘antioxidant power’ when we consume it. Contemporary Reviews in Cardivascular Medicine suggests that consuming cocoa boosts antioxidant capacity in the plasma. Teas, grape juice, wine and berries are other foods that contain high amounts of flavonoids.

3) Mood-enhancer Chocolate consumption has been found to release feel good brain chemicals and encourage a positive shift in mood. A study in 2013 revealed antidepressant effect in rats that consumed high flavanol cocoa extract in a forced swimming test. Another study indicated that by three days of a group of test subjects consuming chocolate, mood was found to significantly improved. Mood enhancing factors included a decline in fatigue and increased energy. 4) Anti-inflammatory Cocoa has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents anti-inflammatory chemicals called “cytokines” from damaging the body. 5) High in magnesium Chocolate has been found to be a great source of magnesium. Magnesium promotes muscle relaxation, nerve conduction, energy production and the development of bone and teeth (See white paper for more information).

Magnesium is important during a woman’s menstruation. Ladies, stay in tune with your body and you may notice yourself craving chocolate during this time when your hormones are fluctuating.

6) Nutritional powerhouse Cocoa also contains fiber, iron, zinc, copper and calcium. Helping to lower cholesterol levels, fibre promotes low colon cancer rates by fostering sugar metabolism and preventing constipation (See white paper for more information). 7) May promote longevity A French woman that has the longest confirmed lifespan on record lived to be 122 years old. What is particularly interesting about this is that she attributes her long life to eating and applying olive oil to her skin, consuming port wine and eating up to one kilo of chocolate every week. You can read her story here.

A tip:

Before you reach for a chocolate bar, we’d like you to note the difference between varieties. Traditional chocolate bars contain limited cocoa and are filled with sugar, dairy, soy and other ingredients. Dark chocolate is typically made up of only four ingredients; cacao beans, cocoa or coconut butter (fat component) and coconut sugar or maple sugar (sweet component) plus berries or nuts for flavour. It has not been heated above 113°F (or 45°C), so antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients in raw chocolate remain intact during processing. Milk chocolate on the other hand, is typically processed at 266°F (or 130°C).

See Food Fight: Dark Chocolate vs. Milk Chocolate If you are looking for high quality chocolate, Zebra Organics offers a great selection of dark chocolate products, including organic and raw chocolate spread by Chocolatl. This is a great addition to any shake or smoothie and makes for a great snack. chocolate-cacao-raw

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