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Acai is getting a lot of attention as a hot new ‘superfood’ thanks to endorsements from celebrity dermatologist Dr. Perricone, the multi-level marketing operation behind the over-hyped MonaVie, and other interests. ‘Superfood’ is a term a lot of people hadn’t ever heard until recently. But ‘superfood’ isn’t a technical or specific term, anyone can call anything a superfood. Cocoa powder, in particular organic unsweetened cocoa powder is a true superfood in every sense of the term.

First Coke and Pepsi, and now Dr. Pepper have all announced their intention to begin marketing drinks sweetened with stevia. Meanwhile, millions of people are wondering what the heck took them so long.

It happens to all of us. You run out of time before you run out of presents to buy. And even if you do have the time, the last thing you want to do at this time of year is get back in the car again and go off to do battle at the nearest mall or big box store. Well we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together great His & Hers Gift Baskets full of our most popular and natural bodycare products and fragrances. For little more than you’d pay for a bottle of cologne at the mall, an AllStarHealth Gift Basket will delight your recipient with whole basketful of gifts. And it even includes the cologne. But act quickly since supplies are limited!

Dear AllStarHealth.com,

Two friends and I are trying to win an office bet by losing 10 lbs each before 3 other coworkers do. We heard lecithin is really good for weight loss because it breaks up fat or fat cells. We want to order some if there’s anything to that. Is there?

Denise F.

Dear Denise,

Lecithin is a terrific natural superfood, almost like several supplements in one since it supplies a mixture of nutritious fats and certain B vitamins. Lecithin is used by the body in a few different ways, but most people use lecithin supplements specifically for cholesterol-support or brain-boosting. So, what about lecithin and weight loss?

You may have been hearing a lot about Acai (ah-sa-EE) berry supplements or acai juice lately. Quite a few AllStarHealth customers have asked us to comment on the new popularity and legitimacy of Acai supplements.

Dear AllStarHealth,

I need advice, please. I am trying to lose about 25 lbs. I do cardio 3 days a week and weights 3 days week. My friend was saying Casein protein was better than Whey protein powder for losing weight. When I went and read up on it, everyone seems to say whey is better because it absorbs faster. Is that true and does it make a difference which one I use?

Thanks,

Lisa Connors,

Springfield, MO

Dear Lisa,

It’s true that whey absorbs faster than casein protein, that’s the gist of it, but it’s not necessarily better for that reason. In fact, while people used to just use one type of protein powder, it’s very common now to see people using 2 or even 3 types to take advantage of the dfferences. They’re just more popular now than ever.

In general, whey is used anytime you want a fast-absorbing protein, not necessarily one that’s going to fill you up for a long time or sustain growth while you sleep. So for most people, whey is best for good for a breakfast shake, a preworkout shake, or post-workout shake.

Dear AllStarHealth,

One thing I’m still confused about with protein shakes is whether they are going to make you slimmer or bulkier?

Dear AllStarHealth,

We’re trying to avoid hydrogenated oils, which I understand are bad for your heart. I’ve noticed that the bars we buy have something called ‘fractionated’ oils. That doesn’t sound good! What are they and are they as bad for you as hydrogenated oils?

Thanks,

Del Garza

Dear Del,

Both fractionation and hydrogenation are ways of processing an oil to change the consistency and melting point. But fractionated oils are totally different than hydrogenated oils and don’t pose the same health risks.

Dear AllStarHealth,

You probably get this question around every Thanksgiving; what is it in turkey that makes people tired, is it really the tryptophan and everyone seems to suggest? I’ve tried taking tryptophan for insomnia and it didn’t seem to make me tired at all.

Thanks,

Frank Bucholz, Hanover, PA

A: The idea that it’s the tryptophan in turkey, and not other factors, that induces the post-meal drowsiness has been around for a long time now. It arose in the early 80′s when….

Q: I see you have a whole section of testosterone boosters. But I don’t really know how to pick one, and they all make some pretty tall claims. Heard good and bad things about them. I figure since you guys see what sells and what doesn’t, you’d have an idea about which is the best test booster?

Thanks,

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