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    Hot Beverages/Foods & Risk of Esophageal Cancer

    Consumption of a boiled Greek type of coffee is associated with improved endothelial function: The Ikaria Study There was a linear increase in FMD according to coffee consumption (‘low’: 4.33 ± 2.51% vs ‘moderate’: 5.39 ± 3.09% vs ‘high’: 6.47 ± 2.72%; p = 0.032). Moreover, subjects consuming mainly a boiled Greek type of coffee had a significantly higher FMD compared with those consuming other types of coffee beverages (p = 0.035). Beneficial effects of acute consumption of boiled Greek type of coffee on endothelial function and peripheral vascular properties Doesn't this first study basically go counter to the " Espresso coffee consumption and risk of coronary heart disease in a large Italian cohort" one? Obviously FMD ≠ cardiovascular disease but still, you would think that highest consumption in habitual unfiltered coffee drinkers would result in worsened cardiovascular function.
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    Exercise optimization

    what is your general load/repetition scheme to optimize hypertrophy?
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    that looks good! I tried making the "traditional" kunana recipe before, of mashing bananas and boiling with cacao, and the result came out less than palatable. Lately, i've been just making hot cacao, with a large tablespoon of cacao, hot water, ceylon cinnamon, and dark honey. I can however, highly recommend this product, if you are able to track it down on amazon or anywhere near you. Raw cacao nibs with yacon syrup. https://www.alovitox.com/products/certified-organic-cacao-nibs (prices will likely be cheaper from other companies, amazon, or ebay). I'm not sure of the origins of this product but i've seen multiple companies selling it, all with raw organic criollo cacao nibs and organic yacon syrup. I can't imagine it has roots in tradition. I assume the yacon syrup is essentially inulin, because these have the same pure sweetness that inulin/cane sugar both have, perfectly masking any bitterness or catechin astringency. By far the best healthy chocolate that i've tried, considering no stevia/monk fruit, it's sugar free, and has the addition of prebiotic yacon.
  4. The Effect of Exclusive Olive Oil Consumption on Successful Aging: A Combined Analysis of the ATTICA and MEDIS Epidemiological Studies
  5. Disturbing, as I've been consuming around a tablespoon of inulin per day in hot chocolate. I wonder if the dysbiosis would be ameliorated by something as simple as consumption of polyphenols. Selectively modulating gut bacteria seems easy enough to do for humans who consume a range of plants, but not for chow fed mice.
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    Cadmium contamination in cacao products

    Can you share how Ghirardelli's 100% Unsweetened Cocoa did?
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    Cadmium contamination in cacao products

    That's interesting. Did they test the raw cacao powder (Peru) or their unsweetened dutched Cocoa powder? Ppm should be the same as mcg/gram, so if the results of the CL tests are accurate than Trader Joe's QC is definitely in need of some improvement.
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    Cadmium contamination in cacao products

    I think flavanol content (and to a lesser extent cadmium content) are highly variable between batches. There is no reason to assume that one batch of one brand will have the same levels the following harvest. Someone on the forum contacted Trader Joe's and they guaranteed their cacao powder to be: "Alkali used in processing - no Cadmium <0.6 ppm or it doesn't ship to their stores (so it could be less, but this is the max allowable) Lead <0.0001 ppm or it doesn't ship to their stores (so it could be less, but this is the max allowable) Polyphenols - 4 grams per 100 grams of product (I actually asked about flavanols, but since it isn't a nutritional supplement they don't measure/track it and she provided polyphenol levels instead)"
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    Coratina EVOO

    Surprisingly, the majority (I would say, 80%) of olive oil producers I have inquired with seem able to provide me with a polyphenol content for their product. It's crazy that they don't just make this information available on their websites, but most don't realize the marketing potential for it I guess, even in cases where they have really impressive numbers. Some other products that might be relevant to your search: https://www.artimondo.it/olio-extravergine-d-oliva-pugliese-monovarietale-oliva-coratina-lt-5.html http://www.bottegaitria.it/en/olive-oil/508-extra-virgin-olive-oil-coratina-upal-5l-1718.html?search_query=coratina&amp;results=6 https://www.casaprencipe.it/negozio/olio-extravergine/coratina-5-litri-detail.html https://www.amazon.it/LATTINA-LITRI-EXTRAVERGINE-CULTIVAR-CORATINA/dp/B01IXXRPZ8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1536046524&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=coratina+5+litri There are also a few ebay sellers located in Italy that have very reasonable Coratina prices, worth giving a look. none of those links above list phenol content, but if you inquire within, I would bet most could give you a number. I too am awaiting the new harvest to stock up, but unfortunately i'll have to pay the hefty shipping premium to get delivery to the US.
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    Coratina EVOO

    Hey Mccoy, am I correct in thinking you are living in Italy? I've looked at a number of Coratina olive oils online over the past year, and most I have seen have been between 500-800 mg/kg phenols. You should be able to find some for rather cheap i'd imagine...easily €5 to €10/L if you do some digging. just an example at 672ppm https://www.oilala.com/en/product/extra-virgin-olive-oil-monovariety-from-the-coratina-olive-5-litersextra-virgin-olive-oil-monovariety-from-the-coratina-olive-5-liters/ Of course, I am sure that there are higher phenol oils out there, and if you inquire with enough producers, you can probably find something in the 900-1000 range, but personally I think going for the cheapest (yet still high phenol) option makes more sense, and then just consuming that much more olive oil.
  11. AmphoraNueva also has a high phenol Chetoui (850+ polyphenols), but the crush date is back in November, so it's probably equal or slightly lesser potency than the new harvest Coratina. On page 1 of this thread, Michael classifies Chetoui as a low phenol cultivar, but after some research, I would definitely think it falls under the high phenolic category.
  12. any thoughts? https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/06/13/619619302/errors-trigger-retraction-of-study-on-mediterranean-diets-heart-benefits
  13. Cordyceps militaris improves the survival of Dahl salt-sensitive hypertensive rats possibly via influences of mitochondria and autophagy functions "Together, the influence of CM may differ between mitochondria and autophagy functioned between the two organ groups, as mitochondria and autophagy seemed to be repressed and promoted, respectively, in the CNS, while both mitochondria and autophagy were activated in the others. This could possibly be related to the steady or improved cellular activity in both the organs, which might result in the life extension of these rats."
  14. It is suspicious that they didn't publish the full text, possibly they only needed the abstract for promotional use and to gain investors. not sure, but either way, for anyone that is interested, I wholeheartedly recommend not buying the grossly overpriced NuSkin product, but getting bulk CS-4 on amazon for a fraction of the cost. Some other studies: A Fermentation Product of Cordyceps sinensis Increases Whole-Body Insulin Sensitivity in Rats Protective Effects on Mitochondria and Anti-Aging Activity of Polysaccharides from Cultivated Fruiting Bodies of Cordyceps militaris Cordyceps sinensis oral liquid prolongs the lifespan of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, by inhibiting oxidative stress
  15. Just curious what thoughts are regarding cordyceps, and particularly this study showing it increases lifespan in normal mice. This study was done by NuSkin who sells a cordyceps product, so obviously questionable, but there are many other studies on cordyceps showing that it has purported anti-aging and longevity promoting effects. The lifespan-extending effect of Cordyceps sinensis Cs-4 in normal mice and its molecular mechanisms "All control mice died before 3 yrs of age while Cs-4 extended lifespan by10-66 days at 50% survival and 45-153 days at 10% survival. The age of the oldest surviving mice was extended 152 days (1.5 g/kg) and >210 days (both 0.5 and 1.0 g Cs- 4/kg BW)... The maximal lifespan (the average of the longest 10% lifespan) of mice was extended with C. sinensis CS-4 at doses of 0.5 g/kg (p<0.001) and 1.5 g/kg (p=0.047), respectively."