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Should you take L-Carnitine?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here is a good article about it:


I recently started taking it as I had read of it's benefits from several sources. Does anyone have experience with L-Carnitine?
I would love to hear about it.


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MRSKATEDUVALL 9/23/2014 9:28AM

    I take it, my natrropath approved it.

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DONEGIRL 9/4/2014 5:21AM

    Interesting paper but there are some glaring omissions -e.g. they don't say how the levels of carnitine in the subjects compared to the recommended reference range. Were they deficient and if so then it's not surprising that they improved following supplementation. It's also hard to believe that people of this age could gain over 8 pounds of muscle- that takes quite a lot of work! In fact the Table in the paper refers to total fat-free mass, not muscle- could be water! But look at their bloods- fantastic values. Clearly, keeping weight, glucose (4.7 mM) and cholesterol ( 4.8 mM) down is a big factor in living longer.
Here's the abstract of another paper you might be interested in which suggests that it is the carnitine, not the saturated fat in meat that is associated with atherosclerosis. It shows that carnitine is processed by gut flora to a compound called TMAO which is known to increase the risk of CVD. Now there is an area that is going to become more important and interesting - gut flora and its effect on health. emoticon

Intestinal microbiota metabolism of L-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis.

Koeth RA1, Wang Z, Levison BS, Buffa JA, Org E, Sheehy BT, Britt EB, Fu X, Wu Y, Li L, Smith JD, DiDonato JA, Chen J, Li H, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Warrier M, Brown JM, Krauss RM, Tang WH, Bushman FD, Lusis AJ, Hazen SL.

Nat Med. 2013 May;19(5):576-85. doi: 10.1038/nm.3145. Epub 2013 Apr 7


Intestinal microbiota metabolism of choline and phosphatidylcholine produces trimethylamine (TMA), which is further metabolized to a proatherogenic species, trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). We demonstrate here that metabolism by intestinal microbiota of dietary L-carnitine, a trimethylamine abundant in red meat, also produces TMAO and accelerates atherosclerosis in mice. Omnivorous human subjects produced more TMAO than did vegans or vegetarians following ingestion of L-carnitine through a microbiota-dependent mechanism. The presence of specific bacterial taxa in human feces was associated with both plasma TMAO concentration and dietary status. Plasma L-carnitine levels in subjects undergoing cardiac evaluation (n = 2,595) predicted increased risks for both prevalent cardiovascular disease (CVD) and incident major adverse cardiac events (myocardial infarction, stroke or death), but only among subjects with concurrently high TMAO levels. Chronic dietary L-carnitine supplementation in mice altered cecal microbial composition, markedly enhanced synthesis of TMA and TMAO, and increased atherosclerosis, but this did not occur if intestinal microbiota was concurrently suppressed. In mice with an intact intestinal microbiota, dietary supplementation with TMAO or either carnitine or choline reduced in vivo reverse cholesterol transport. Intestinal microbiota may thus contribute to the well-established link between high levels of red meat consumption and CVD risk.

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DIANESKATZ 8/16/2014 1:12PM

    I take it because Dr Atkins recommends it for weight loss in his VITA- NUTRIENT SOLUTION book. But then Dr Oz said not to take it on one of his shows. Well, I'm a believer in Atkins so I still take it. I'm on depakote meds which deplete carnitine..another reason I take it.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 8/16/2014 12:03PM

    Very interesting1 Thanx for sharing!

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WOUBBIE 8/14/2014 1:59PM

    I've looked at it a couple of times, but I'm a big meat eater, so I figure I'm probably getting more than enough in my meals.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2014 11:02AM

    Sorry no experience, but seems like a good idea.

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Is gluten-free a fad?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I wanted to share this short video which clarifies some rumors that had started spreading on the internet:



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CAROLSMOM1 8/14/2014 1:20PM

    Thank you so very much for posting this, Birgit! Just goes to show that what one reads in print is not necessarily true or honest. We are fortunate to have someone with knowledge and a good brain to debunk that study.

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WOUBBIE 8/14/2014 12:24PM

    Oh my, I thought that people were just expressing the inevitable backlash against new thinking, I didn't realize that the misinformation was being spread by yet another misinterpreted study!


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VEG954 8/13/2014 10:12PM

  All I know is that being gluten free is working for me.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/13/2014 5:34PM

    All I can say is, with the way they conducted the study I am confounded to explain how it could have even been published. I'd love to know what their p value (reliability rating).

Thanks for this. And it is NOT a fad!

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Purslane - a wild food that could feed the world

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Purslane is considered a weed in the United States by most people. But it is also considered a culinary delight by more and more people and it is eaten in many countries around the world. It has a lot of great nutrients and it grows in almost any soil, any climate and it multiplies easily in many ways. Once established it's about as hard to get rid of as morning glory or dandelions, but given that we benefit from eating why would you want to get rid of it?

We just tried this as a salad and it has as much bite as raw kale or cabbage but a very pleasant and relatively mild flavor.
Look for it in driveways and empty dirt lots. It succulent (fleshy) leaves remind a little of Jade plants.
Here is the nutrition data for it:

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MJREIMERS 7/29/2014 8:10PM

    It sounds yummy. I just wish I could identify all the "good weeds." Although, most of my family members would not eat it. Although, my oldest daughter would! Thanks for the information!

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WOUBBIE 7/26/2014 2:05PM

    Hunh! I never knew what that was called, although, to be honest, I don't know what MOST of our "weeds" are called. As a kid I used to grow one of its fancier cousins, Portulaca Grandiflora, in a flowerbed next to our kitchen door. Who knew it was edible?!

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SHOTOKIDO 7/24/2014 11:13PM

  Very interesting!

Thanks for sharing this. emoticon

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CHEBBA 7/24/2014 6:44PM

    Donkey's years ago I bought a wonderful paperback book called 'Hedgerow Cookery'. It didn't cost much but it is one of my favourite 'food' books. It's out of print now and the one copy I found for sale was astonishingly expensive! Purslane is featured in it along with loads and loads of other things; you would love it, it's 'right up your street'.

If you ever find this book and can afford it, it's a real gem. Purslane added to a breakfast savoury galette or pancake adds a bite and the satisfaction from using 'food for free' is wonderful.

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MISSM66 7/24/2014 5:35PM

    I haven't seen this here but I saw it in Greece that where I eat it in salad and I like it, can you get it to buy from the vegetable market? emoticon

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VEG954 7/24/2014 5:25PM

  Have used in salads without the family knowing that they were weeds.
They are tasty and peppery.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/24/2014 12:39PM

    Very interesting! Thanks! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 7/24/2014 7:46AM

    Now your wild plants A lot can be eaten and can help us survive in hard times

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HAWKTHREE 7/24/2014 6:35AM

    Thanks for the food for thought!

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JSTETSER 7/24/2014 6:12AM

    I will look for it.
Interesting post!

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_RAMONA 7/24/2014 1:33AM

    THANK YOU! This sounds great.. I love foraging, LOL!


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MCFITZ2 7/24/2014 1:26AM

    Looked it up after starting your blog. I think I have pulled it out of my flower beds, but will take it to cooperative extension for identification before eating it. Just to be sure. emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 7/24/2014 12:45AM


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Free summit - growing your own food

Monday, July 07, 2014

It starts today and all you have to do is sign up and look at the videos every day.



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WOUBBIE 7/8/2014 11:47AM

    OK. I'll bite, though I hate farming about as much as I hate cooking, lol!

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SANDRALEET 7/8/2014 9:10AM

    I have been doing that for years

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/8/2014 1:09AM

    Thanks! emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/8/2014 1:08AM

    Thanks! emoticon

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Toxic apples?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

I eat apples very rarely because of the high sugar levels but at least make sure they are always organic.
Here is another reason:


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NOWYOUDIDIT 5/2/2014 8:17AM

    Thanks Birgit! emoticon

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SKATER787 5/1/2014 10:49PM

    My baseline glucose is high and the spike from food wasn't that great of which an apple is included with every meal. I think if I add more fat, that will lessen the spike more so I don't see the apple as an enemy, at least for myself.

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DJ4HEALTH 5/1/2014 8:25PM

    Our government just does not care if it causes cancer and other problems they just want the money and a way to kill us off. They keep letting the EPA keep toxins in and on our foods but stop foods that have been around for centuries and not harmful from getting to us. Soon they will stop us from growing our own food and make the big farms that are bad for you because there is no nutrients in them be our only source of food. They just want to control the people.

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DOVESEYES 5/1/2014 8:11PM

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SIEGRID 5/1/2014 7:18PM

    I live in Quebec, Canada and in apple country. We just go pick our own, no pesticides, they are banned here.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/1/2014 3:37PM

    Yes, that is one thing that IF I buy, it is organic.

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SANDRALEET 5/1/2014 1:49PM

    Money and looks more important then health

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PASTAFARIAN 5/1/2014 1:00PM

    As I understand this, DPA addresses browning of the skin (not the flesh). So is it sufficient to discard the peel? (Yes, I understand that it would be far preferable to buy apples without DPA!)

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/1/2014 12:55PM

    Thank you for posting this article.

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