Nutritional Decline and need for Limu

Nutritional Decline

Blog Written by Andrew Maas


Our nation and our food is in a nutritional decline.  As statistics continue to increase in diet related deaths and diseases it is time we make a change in our lives for the better.

Leading Causes of Death link

(Diet and inactivity are leading risk factors for causes of death shown in bold.)

1. Heart Disease
2. Cancer
3. Stroke
4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 123,550
5. Accidents 93,592
6. Diabetes
7. Pneumonia and Influenza 67,024
8. Alzheimer’s Disease 49,044
9. Nephritis 37,672
10. Septicemia 31,613
11. Suicide 28,332
12. Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis 26,219
13. High Blood Pressure
14. Pneumonitis 16,659
15. Homicide 16,137

Unhealthy eating and inactivity contribute to 310,000 to 580,000 deaths each year according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

I think we all know how important diet is, but what difference does it really make?

“Men with the lowest amount of vitamin C have a 62% increased risk of cancer and a 57% increased risk of dying from any cause.“ Vitamin C status and mortality in US adults. Loria CM, et al. Am J Clin Nutr 72:139-45, 2000.

“Lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the incidence of cataract by 22%.” A prospective study of carotenoid and vitamin A intakes and risk of cataract extraction in US women. Chasan-Taber L, et al. Am J Clin Nutr 70:509-16, 1999.

“People with low levels of retinol, beta-carotene, vitamin E and selenium are more likely to get cancer.” Serum retinol, beta-carotene, vitamin E and selenium as related to subsequent cancer of specific sites. Comstock GW, et al. Am J Epidemiol 135:115-21, 1992.

“Supplemental vitamin D reduces the risk of colon cancer by half compared to dietary vitamin D which reduces it 12%.” Calcium, vitamin D, and dairy foods and the occurrence of colon cancer in men. Kearney J, et al. Am J Epidemiol 143:907-17, 1996.

“The area of China with the lowest micronutrient intake has the highest rate of cancer. Supplementation with vitamin E, selenium and beta-carotene lowers the rate.” Vitamin/mineral supplementation and cancer risk: internationaal chemoprevention trials. Blot WJ. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 216:291-6, 1997

We can see the effects of improper nutrition.  Our bodies are very complex systems and proper diet gives our bodies the nutrients that we need in order for it to perform at a proper level.  This maintains wellness and fights disease.

Unfortunately as we look at the modern American Diet we see a lack of nutrients.  In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009, 67.5 percent of adults ate fruit less than two times daily and 73.7 percent ate vegetables less than three times per day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
only 11% of Americans meet the USDA’s guidelines for eating 5-9 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables daily. CDC data indicates:
  • 93% of Americans don’t enough vitamin E
  • 56% don’t get enough magnesium
  • 31% don’t get enough vitamin C
  • 12% don’t get enough zinc
  • Many seniors lack B vitamins
  • Many people are low on vitamin K, fiber, Vitamin A, calcium, and potassium

Another major striking element is that even if we increased our intake of conventional fruits, vegetables and grains we would still be lacking nutrients due to a decline in nutritional value in most foods.

A landmark study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in theJournal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. Davis and his colleagues chalk up this declining nutritional content to the preponderance of agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition.

According to the report, Still No Free Lunch, food scientists have compared the nutritional levels of modern crops with historic, and generally lower-yielding, ones. Today’s food produces 10 to 25 percent less iron, zinc, protein, calcium, vitamin C, and other nutrients, the studies show. Researchers from Washington State University who analyzed 63 spring wheat cultivars grown between 1842 and 2003 found an 11 percent decline in iron content, a 16 percent decline in copper, a 25 percent decline in zinc, and a 50 percent decline in selenium.

Which means we would have to consume twice as much bread to get the same amount of selenium as we did 100 years ago.

Nearly half the calcium and vitamin A in broccoli, for example, have disappeared. Collards are not the greens they used to be. If you’re eating them for minerals and vitamin A, be aware that the vitamin A content has fallen from 6500 IUs to 3800 IUs. Their potassium has dropped from from 400 mg to 170 mg. Magnesium has fallen sharply-57 mg to 9. Cauliflower has lost almost half its vitamin C, along with its thiamin and riboflavin. Most of the calcium in pineapple is gone-from 17 mg (per 100 grams raw) to 7. And the list goes on and on. Link

The nutrients in food enable the cells in our bodies to perform their necessary functions. This quote from a popular textbook describes how the nutrients in food are essential for our physical functioning.

“Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development and maintenance of body functions. Essential meaning that if a nutrient is not present, aspects of function and therefore human health decline.

When nutrient intake does not regularly meet the nutrient needs dictated by the cell activity, the metabolic processes slow down or even stop.”

– Perspectives in Nutrition, Wardlow and Insel

Our bodies need the complexity of vitamins and minerals to function.  It is not necessarily about supplementing one vitamin without others for instance Calcium cannot work without Vitamin D.   Magnesium is necessary for some 300 reactions in the body, it is used by every organ in the body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys. It contributes to teeth and bones as well as activating enzymes, contributing to energy production, and helps regulate calcium, copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients.

So what do we do?

For starters we need a kick-start.  We need to shift our focus to a new lifestyle.  While a shift to a diet rich in vegetables and fruits will bring about a nutritional tsunami. The sad truth is most Americans take food like drugs.  Americans pump their bodies full of refined sugars and carbohydrates that mimic nutrition and gives us temporary highs.

Dr. David Reuben, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition says, “…white refined sugar-is not a food. It is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways. Its true name is sucrose.The chemical formula for cocaine is C17H21NO4. Sugar’s formula again is C12H22O11. For all practical purposes, the difference is that sugar is missing the “N”, or nitrogen atom.

If we have a deficiency of just 1 mineral in our bodies such as magnesium we may possibly find ourselves with fatigue and brain fog.  Our body through improper conditioning tells us we are hungry.  We quickly grab a sugar filled soda, energy drink, candy bar, or some other high processed sugar filled snack.  The sugar lifts our mood and gives us a temporary hit, not unlike a drug.  During the refining process, 64 food elements are destroyed. All the potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphate, and sulfate are removed. The A, D, and B, vitamins are destroyed and what we are left with is a dangerous downward spiral that will continue until we start getting proper nutrition.

A majority of people fail in switching to a healthy diet, because they will begin to go through withdrawals getting off their sugar drug.  We need  a process and stepping stones that give us natural energy, health and longevity.

No where is this more evident in the world today then in Okinawa Japan.  Okinawa is considered a Blue Zone.  Which means it has one of the highest concentrations of people that live over 100 years old. Not only that, but they also live an extra 10 years longer without disability.  When Dr. Suzuki, the Principal Investigator of the OCS, first began his studies, he found an unusual number of centenarians to be in extraordinarily healthy shape. They were lean, youthful-looking, energetic, and had remarkably low rates of heart disease and cancer-even stomach cancer, which claimed many mainland Japanese. And they enjoyed the longest life expectancy in the world. By 1995, according to Japan Ministry of Health and Welfare life tables, Okinawan life expectancy had even surpassed the absolute limits of population life expectancy estimated by the Japan Population Research Institute and many biodemographers (see Fries JF. New England Journal of Medicine 1980;303:131-5

But that is all beginning to change in the younger generations.  Why?  While the traditional diet in Okinawa was primarily vegetables and seaweed which is rich in nutrients the younger generation is moving towards an American diet.  Most Americans have heard of Okinawa because after world war II Okinawa was under United states administration for 27 years.   Okinawa continue to have a United states presence after it was given back to Japan, but not without incidence.  The first Mcdonalds opened in 1976 in all of Japan in Okinawa. Today it has the top number of fast food establishments in the country, 8.19 for every 100,000 residents.

In a Japanese public health and nutrition survey into obesity levels, released for the first time this year, Okinawa topped the national rankings, with 45.2 percent of all adult males aged 20 to 69 classed as obese with a BMI of 25 or over.

Experts say that the generation that grew up eating American food is now reaching middle age overweight and at risk from diabetes. They also have a steady increase in heart related diseases and certain types of cancer.  Almost 30 per cent of Okinawan men die before reaching 65, and nearly half of men in their forties are obese.

As the increase in high saturated fats and sugars continues to be consumed the traditional diet of seaweed has decreased by 2/3rds.

Many scientists and experts are looking at Okinawa as a microcosm of whats to come if the world continues down this dietary death march.

So if we can get a supplement rich in dietary nutrition it may begin to restore our bodies to actual energy.  Limu which is made from sphaerotrichia divaricata or Kusa-Mozuku as it is called in Japan may be just the kick-start our bodies need to wean ourselves off of our dietary drugs such as saturated fats and refined sugars. With over 70 Essential vitamins and Minerals including the Super Nutrient Fucoidan it is something our body desperately needs.  Limu is processed in a patented chemical free extraction process and is made in a bio-available form which means our body can actually absorb the nutrients.  Marine based plants which are not subject to depleted soil, harsh pesticides and fertilizer are still in their natural states.  Lets take a lesson from what the typical American diet has done to one of our worlds most important blue zone.  Replacing a meal of junk food with Limu-lean may be a start of a new lifestyle where we feel better, look better and even think better.  There is no doubt that the complexity of our bodies needs the vitamins and minerals found in Limu products.  These vitamins and Minerals in their complexity and natural forms cannot be found in any land based plant.  And the isolation of any vitamin or mineral is not the way our body was designed to operate.  Just 4 oz a day and you could be on your way to More energy, better sleep, increased immune system and so on.  So what are you waiting for?

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