Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Suppversity Excerpt: Berberine Supplements (Names Included) on the US Market Contain More/Less Berberine Than the Label Says

SuppVersity - Nutrition and Exercise Science for Everyone: 9/15 Berberine Supps (Names Included) on the US Ma...: Berberine is a yellow-colored alkaloid compound found in several different plants, including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, Or...

Health threat? Isn't that an exaggeration? Well, it depends. For the average consumer, it probably ain't a problem. With the ever-increasing number of studies that show that berberine could be used instead of metformin and/or on top of medical treatments for high blood glucose and/or lipids, some consumers may end with lower/higher levels of glucose or lipids in the blood when they (a) switch from one 500mg product to the other or (b) simply start a new bottle that was produced by the same manufacturer, but contains more/less of the active ingredient (note: I personally was afraid that the deviations from the label may be much larger and am relatively happy with the results, but I guess that's my personal disillusionment).

The last-mentioned possibility that the potency varies not just between products, but also from batch to batch, is also why I wouldn't rely too much on the data from the study at hand.  The next batch of supplement #9, the "best" supplement in this study, of which the authors rightly point out that it was limited "[p]rimarily" by the fact that they "analyzed the berberine content of one individual bottle from each manufacturer" (Funk 2017), may well contain significantly lower amounts of berberine than the one that was tested by Funk et al. for the study at hand. As previously hinted at, this is a general problem with dietary supplements. It's a problem you should know about, and one that disqualifies them as 1:1 replacement for medications, but not one that should make you shy away from supplements altogether, in my humble opinion.



  • Funk, R.S. et al. "Variability in Potency Among Commercial Preparations of Berberine." J Diet Suppl. 2017 Aug 9:1-9. doi: 10.1080/19390211.2017.1347227. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Brown, Paula N., and Mark C. Roman. "Determination of hydrastine and berberine in goldenseal raw materials, extracts, and dietary supplements by high-performance liquid chromatography with UV: Collaborative study." Journal of AOAC International 91.4 (2008): 694-701.
  • Dong, Hui, et al. "Berberine in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systemic review and meta-analysis." Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 (2012).
  • Dong, Hui, et al. "The effects of berberine on blood lipids: a systemic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials." Planta medica 79.06 (2013): 437-446.
  • Edwards, David J., and Emily J. Draper. "Variations in alkaloid content of herbal products containing goldenseal." Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 43.3 (2003): 419-423.
  • Gershwin, M. Eric, et al. "Public safety and dietary supplementation." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1190.1 (2010): 104-117.
  • Sarma, Nandakumara, Gabriel Giancaspro, and Jaap Venema. "Dietary supplements quality analysis tools from the United States Pharmacopeia." Drug testing and analysis 8.3-4 (2016): 418-423.
  • Sun, Yiyi, et al. "A systematic review of the anticancer properties of berberine, a natural product from Chinese herbs." Anti-cancer drugs 20.9 (2009): 757-769.
  • Ye, Minzhong, et al. "Neuropharmacological and pharmacokinetic properties of berberine: a review of recent research." Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology 61.7 (2009): 831-837.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Green Pasture Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend

Dr. Weston A. Price discovered High Vitamin Butter Oil in the 1930's. The pinnacle of his X-Factor discovery was the extreme synergistic effect between High Vitamin Butter Oil and traditional cod liver oil. "One without the other did not do his patients justice, but the two together worked like magic". X-Factor Gold™ High Vitamin Butter Oil is made from dairy oil extracted without heat from cows that eat 100% rapidly growing grass. The speed of the grass growth, timing of the grazing of this grass, species of grass, climate and extraction method are all important to make real X-Factor Gold™ High Vitamin Butter Oil. The Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil brings us back in time, when cod liver oil was truly a sacred food. The Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil is lacto-fermented and extracted without heat. The fish are wild caught in the Arctic region. The combination of these attributes provides our community with a pure, clean and nutrient rich sacred food. Blue Ice™ Royal offers our community a nutrient dense sacred food blend of 1/3 X-Factor Gold™ High Vitamin Butter Oil and 2/3 Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Using clove oil for tooth aches

Severe pain

1 tsp coconut oil mixed with 4 drops clove oil. Mix and apply using a Q-Tip.


1 drop clove oil on a Q-Tip and apply.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Charles Poliquin 4 second Eccentric Training

4-second eccentric phase and a 1-second concentric phase.

Lower the weight in 4-seconds and press back up in 1-second. Simple but effective.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Arm Day Pyramid for a Huge Muscle Pump

Mix 1 scoop of Evlution Pump Mode with Gatorade and drink 1/2 30 minutes before the workout. Sip the rest throughout the workout.

Workout 1
Barbell or EZ Bar Curls 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps with 15 second rest

Skull Crushers reps 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps with 15 second rest

One Arm Preacher Curl 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps with 15 second rest

One Arm Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps with 15 second rest

High Cable Curl 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps with 15 second rest

Overhead Tricep Cable Extensions 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps with 15 second rest

Workout 2
Heavy Cable Tricep Pressdown with bar 4 x 8-10
Heavy Cable Preacher Curls 4 x 6-8

Lying Cable Tricep Skullcrushers 4 x 8-10
Hammer Dumbbell Curls 4 x 8-10

Smith Machine Close-Grip Bench Press 4 x 6-8
Preacher Curls 4 x 10-20

Rope Tricep Pressdown 3 x 10-20
Rope Hammer Curls 3 x 10-20

Fat-Fader Body Toning Lotion w 2.5% Aminophylline & Raspberry Ketones 8 fl oz

The below information was taken directly from the Muscle and Fitness article Ah! There's the Rub by Len Davis and Jim Stoppani.


Aminophylline decreases the activity of enzymes that inhibit fat-burning within fat cells. Studies show that topical creams containing aminophylline can reduce fat levels directly beneath the skin. When combined with topical ingredients that increase fat-burning through different mechanisms, aminophylline has been shown to be even more effective at decreasing fat stores.


Forskolin comes from the herb coleus forskohlii, a traditional Indian herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. It also plays an important role in fat-burning within fat cells. Oral forskolin supplements have been shown to reduce bodyfat while boosting testosterone levels. Topical forskolin creams have also helped study subjects lose subcutaneous fat when used consistently for four weeks.


Caffeine is probably the most clinically studied and most commonly used oral supplement for fatburning. A study as far back as 1979 found that caffeine is also well absorbed through the skin, as evidenced by increased urine levels of caffeine after topical administration in humans. Because of caffeine's high permeation through the skin, it's used medically in certain conditions for increasing delivery of caffeine in the body. Topical caffeine applications also increase blood flow -- important for burning fat since limited blood flow can be a limiting factor in fat usage.

Anti-Fatigue Value of Liver the Old School Bodybuilding Staple

From Universal Nutrition:

Uni-Liver a high-protein nutritional source for athletes. Uni-Liver is an exceptionally pure, natural product derived from prized grass-fed Argentinian cattle, which have been raised without steroids, hormones, or pesticides. One of the most nutritious supplements available to all bodybuilders, Uni-Liver is very high in important amino acids and rich in key vitamins and minerals, including heme iron, riboflavin, folic acid and B12. Freed of fat, water and connective tissue, Uni-Liver is quickly flash frozen to -18?C. Each 30 grain tablet provides 1950mg of liver (1600mg of protein). Uni-Liver has been a classic staple of hardcore bodybuilders for over 15 years. Certified BSE-free.


The Strange Case of Liver Tablets – James Heathers – Medium

500 Tablets
Serving Size2Tablets(60grain)
Servings Per Container250
Amount Per Serving% DV*
Vitamin B61mg50%
Vitamin B125mcg85%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
** Daily Value (DV) not established.
Typical Amino Acid Profile
Grams Of Amino Acids In 100g Of Liver.
Essential Amino Acids
L-Leucine (Branched Chain Amino Acid)5911mg**
L-Isoleucine (Branched Chain Amino Acid)3121mg**
L-Valine (Branched Chain Amino Acid)4196mg**
Non-Essential Amino Acids
L-Aspartic Acid5796mg**
L-Glutamic Acid11137mg**
† The L-Tryptophan in this product is naturally occuring in the protein. It is not added or manufactured.
†† Conditionally essential amino acid. The amino acids in this product are naturally occuring from the protein source. They are not added or manufactured.
Other Ingredients:
Desiccated Bovine Liver, Whey (Milk), Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Lecithin (Soy). Made In A GMP Facility That Processes Milk, Soy, Egg, Peanuts.
Ingredient Notes:
The Dessicated Bovine Liver In Each 30 Grain Uni-Liver Tablet Is Extracted From Pure, Grass, Argentine Beef Liver That Is Certified BSE-Free.

Directions For Uni-Liver: As a dietary supplement, take 2 tablets with each meal. Daily intake can be increased gradually to 4 or 6 tablets per each meal.
Warnings: Keep out of reach of children. Before beginning any program, consult your health care practitioner.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.