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“Live Long and Prosper” with ketones & polyphenols

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Distinguished doctor and medical researcher Dr. Steve Gundry says polyphenols aid in everything from heart health to gut health and weight loss. Why? Based on his research, Dr. Gundry discovered these polyhenols facilitate caloric bypass, enabling the mitochondria in our body to ignore excessive amounts of food, and bypass converting them into stored fats (1).

More than 8,000 polyphenols are out there, and they are divided into four main categories: flavonoids, stilbenes, lignans, and phenolic acids, according to a May 24, 2022 article (2).

Ketones created by our liver are even more effective than the polyphenol foods, in fact the most effective at signaling caloric bypass, but helps all your cells work better, according to the National Institute of Aging.

Dr. Gundry discovered medium chain triglycerides (MCT) naturally found in certain foods, can never be converted to fats and can only be converted to ketones. Both Columbia and McGill Universities confirmed studies that individuals who consume increasing amounts ketones showed significant decreases in body fat and weight. He found that communities that consume large amounts of — goat cheese sheeps milk, acacia, and coconut oil — each of which are among the largest sources of MCTs, are also among the longest living communities in the world (1).

Top sources of MCTs are coconut and coconut products - coconut oil, coconut butter and full fat coconut milk; palm kernel oil; and in lesser amounts- butter, milk, yogurt and cheese 3).

Top sources of polyphenols include Herbs and Spices such as ginger and turmeric, Cocoa, and berries such as blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries (2).




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