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FUNOOKIE's ACTIVE COMPOUNDS & BENEFITS

The FunOokie is a functional food in the form of a cookie. A functional food is one that contains an active compound that provides health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals are the basic nutritional needs but there are other components in food that also contribute to your health.With each bite of a FunOokie, you receive benefits from the following active compounds:

CAROTENOIDS

BETA CAROTENE : Beta-carotene is used to decrease asthma symptoms caused by exercise; to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration (AMD); and to treat AIDS, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, infertility, Parkinson's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and skin disorders including psoriasis and vitiligo.

Some people who sunburn easily, including those with an inherited disease called erythropoieticprotoporphyria (EPP), use beta-carotene to reduce the risk of sunburn.

LUTEIN & ZEAXANTHIN : These are powerful antioxidantsthought to be crucial to healthy vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin protect the eyes from harmful high-energy light waves, such as some ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Studies suggest that high levels of lutein and zeaxathin in eye tissue are associated with better vision, especially in dim light or where glare is a problem. Diets rich in these two antioxidants appear to protect against age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

DIETARY FIBER

INSOLUBLE FIBER : It is considered gut-healthy fiber because it has a laxative effect and adds bulk to the diet, helping prevent constipation. It helps reduce risk of certain types of cancer and Type 2 Diabetes.

BETA-GLUCAN : Triggers a cascade of events that help regulate the immune system, making it more efficient. Theyalso stimulate lethal white blood cells (lymphocytes) that bind to tumors or viruses, and release chemicals to destroy them. So they can play a significant role in helping your body fend off, not only, the common cold and respiratory infections but also more serious diseases, including cancer.May reduce risk of CVD (Cardiovascular Disease).

SOLUBLE FIBER : …attracts water and form a gel, which slows down digestion. Soluble fiber delays the emptying of your stomach and makes you feel full, which helps control weight. Slower stomach emptying may also affect blood sugar levels and have a beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity, which may help control diabetes. Soluble fibers can also help lower LDL ("bad") blood cholesterol by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol.

FATTY ACIDS

MONOUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS (MUFA's) : MUFAs may lower your total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels but maintain or increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. MUFAs may also help normalize blood clotting. And some research shows that MUFAs may also benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control, which can be especially helpful if you have type 2 diabetes.May reduce risk of CHD.

POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS (PUFA's) : Evidence shows that eating foods rich in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease. PUFAs may also help decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. They may also protect against irregular heartbeats and help lower blood pressure levels.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS : Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. We need them for our bodies to work normally. Omega-3s are thought to play an important role in reducing inflammation throughout the body -- in the blood vessels, the joints, and elsewhere. However, omega-3 supplements (EPA/DHA) may cause the blood to thin and cause excess bleeding, particularly in people taking anticoagulant drugs.

CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID (CLA) : According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, CLA increases lean body mass while reducing overall body fat mass. The improved muscle to fat ratio is believed to stem from improved insulin sensitivity. Improved insulin sensitivity allows fatty acids and glucose to easily move toward muscle cells and away from fat issues, resulting in an increase of total energy in fat and muscle tissue. The increase of total energy in the cells enhances fat metabolism in muscle and fat cells leading to reduced body fat and increased muscle.

CLA improves immune system and showed promise in fighting breast, lung and prostate cancers by blocking the three stages or development of cancer cells, which are initiation, promotion and progression. CLA may help those with rheumatoid arthritis due to CLA's anti-inflammatory properties.

CLA prevents atherosclerosis by lowering LDL cholesterol and improving the LDL to HDL ratio, which reduces the production and depositing of plaque into the arteries.

FLAVONOIDS

ANTHOCYANINS : Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, a class of compounds with antioxidant effects. In addition to acting as antioxidants and fightingfree-radicals, anthocyanins may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits. In herbal medicine, anthocyanin-rich substances have long been used to treat a number of conditions (including high blood pressure, colds, and). Recent research suggests that anthocyanins may also help fend off major health problems, including heart disease and cancer.

CATECHINS/EPICATECHINS : Catechin is a type of polyphenol, which is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants destroy free radicals which can damage the body at the cellular level leaving the body susceptible to cancer, heart disease, and many other degenerative diseases. There are many kinds of polyphenols, but catechinsare the strongest of them all. They stopblood platelets from forming clots, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, and reducing stress, all of which ensure your heart and cardiovascular system stay healthy. In terms of fat loss with the daily intake of catechin, we can increase fat consumption in the liver leading to the decrease in body fat.

PROANTHOCYANIDINS : Proanthocyanidins are very strong antioxidants. They play a role in the stabilization of collagen and maintenance of elastin — two critical proteins in connective tissue that support organs, joints, blood vessels, and muscle.Studies have shown that proanthocyanidins act as anti-cancer and anti-allergic agents, and that they improve heart health. Proanthocyanidins protect against oxidative damage and could reduce the damage caused by tobacco smoking, pollution and free radical form in our body during normal metabolism.Many studies have shown that proanthocyanidins help to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and improve fat metabolism. Common antioxidants currently used are vitamin C and vitamin E; however, studies show that proanthocyanidins antioxidant capabilities are 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times more potent than vitamin E.[26]

QUERCITIN : Quercetin is a plant-derived flavonoid commonly taken as a nutritional supplement. Quercetin has been linked to supporting the immune system, clearing excess congestion, supporting bone health, and may aid in fighting mild allergy problems. It is also used in some weight control programs. Quercetin, like other flavonoids, is an antioxidant that travels throughout the body removing harmful free radicals.

MINERALS

CALCIUM : May reduce risk of osteoporosis; Calcium provides small increases in thermogenesis, the body's core temperature. This may boost metabolism, which can prompt our bodies to burn fat.

MAGNESIUM : Magnesium plays a major role in nerve and muscle function, bone strength and circulation. It cannot be produced by the body, and therefore, must be obtained through food sources or supplements. Some studies indicate that up to 80 percent of Americans are lacking sufficient magnesium levels.

POTASSIUM : Potassium is a simple mineral with a crucial job: helping your heart beat. A hundred thousand times a day, potassium helps trigger your heart's squeeze of blood through your body. If you have high blood pressure, heart failure, or heart rhythm problems, getting enough potassium is especially important. Although potassium and cholesterol aren't directly related, eating a potassium-rich diet just might lower your cholesterol, too.

PHOSPHOROUS : The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays an important role in the body's utilization of carbohydrates and fats and in the synthesis of protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. It is also crucial for the production of ATP, a molecule the body uses to store energy. Phosphorus works with the B vitamins. It also assists in the contraction of muscles, in the functioning of kidneys, in maintaining the regularity of the heartbeat, and in nerve conduction.

PHYTOESTROGENS

LIGNANS : Extremely high in antioxidants and fiber, lignans offer great cancer-fighting properties. May prevent breast and prostate cancer, as well as, diabetes; promotes hair growth and offers menopausal relief. Lignanssupport maintenance of heart and immune health.

VITAMINS

VITAMIN A : A powerful antioxidant, vital for visual sight and acuity, Vitamin A is necessary for the integrity of skin and mucous membranes, as well as, for wound healing. Research studies suggest natural foods rich in Vitamin A help a body protect against lung and oral cavity cancers.

THIAMIN (VITAMIN B1): Vitamin B1 is responsible for converting sugar into energy. It is responsible for the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that relays messages to the muscles and nerves. It improves brain function by ensuring smooth functioning of the brain to help improve memory and concentration. Vitamin B1 helps relieve stress and also helps strengthen the protect nerves.

RIBOFLAVIN (B2) : Riboflavin is involved in vital metabolic processes in the body, and is necessary for energy production and normal cell function and growth. It is also crucial in helping other B vitamins undergo the chemical changes that make them useful. Emerging research shows that riboflavin can act as an antioxidant, potentially helping to prevent cancer and prohibit cholesterol buildup by controlling the proliferation of harmful molecules known as free radicals.

NIACIN (B3) : As a cholesterol treatment, niacin has strong evidence. Several studies have shown that it can boost levels of good HDL cholesterol and lower triglycerides as well or better than some prescription drugs. Niacin also modestly lowers bad LDL cholesterol. However, niacin is only effective as a cholesterol treatment at fairly high doses.

PANTOTHENIC ACID (VITAMIN B5) : Pantothenic acid is important for our bodies to properly use carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids and for healthy skin, as well as hormone synthesis.

OTHER HEALTHFUL COMPOUNDS IN FUNOOKIES:

Branch-Chain Amino Acids : Studies demonstrate they enhance release of certain hormones…that lead to reduced food intake and increased satiety. They optimizes lean body mass and increase median lifespan by up to 9 years.

Immunoglobulins : These are antibodies thatboost immune defense and they have been shown to help liver function with a resulting reduction in LDL cholesterol.

Lactoferrin : Fights infection caused by some viruses and fungi, including Candida. Has immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects and might prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
Glutamine : It is the most abundant amino acid in the body and has muscle building, gut healing, and immune boosting properties.
Tryptophan : An essential amino acid required for the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin which is a mood elevator. It also promotes feelings of calm and relaxation.Lack of serotonin is associated with depression.

Theobromine : The Latin translation is "Food of the Gods". It been found to dilate blood vessels, allowing increased blood flow. It works by acting on the nerves in the veins, and causing them to relax in order to allow more blood to flow. Theobromine has recently been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and reduceblood pressure.It also has a fairly strong diuretic effect and as such can be safely used to reduce bloating and lose weight. For this reason, combined with its mild stimulating effect, Theobromine offers benefits to endurance athletes, and will allow them to work at a high intensity for much longer than otherwise.
The potential of cocoa to beneficially impact 'good' [HDL] cholesterol levels may be linked to the theobromine content, says a new study from Unilever Research & Development Vlaardingen. http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Is-theobromine-responsible-for-cocoa-s-cholesterol-benefits

Phenylethylamine (PEA) : It is referred to as the love chemical because it is produced in our bodies when we fall in love. It increases release of acetylcholine a powerful brain chemical responsible for improving mood and may led to cognitive benefits. It is also responsible primarily for releasing and helping to potentiate the action of dopamine, a powerful brain chemical responsible for controlling mood and movement. Studies show PEA can relieve depression.