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Strong muscles are important for the health of not only one’s body and minds but also the quality of life.  One way to keep muscles in shape is with strength training. When performing muscle-strengthening exercises, it is very important for have the right postures because wrong form can do more harm than good.  Below are some guidelines to help you to avoid injury and keep your program on track.

  • Always warm up and cool down properly.
  • Use proper form to avoid injuries and maximize gains.
  • Breathe out when you are lifting or pushing; breathe in as you slowly release the load or weight. Never hold your breath while straining.
  • Don’t lock your joints; always leave a slight bend in your knees and elbows when straightening out your legs and arms.
  • Don’t be so eager to see results that you risk hurting yourself by exercising too long or choosing too much weight. Remember to rest muscles for at least 48 hours between strength training sessions.
  • If you’ve been sick, give yourself one or two days off after recovering. If you were ill for a while and try to get back to your routine, start with lighter weights or less resistance when you first resume exercising.
  • Strength training exercises should not cause pain while you are doing them. If an exercise or movement causes significant pain, stop doing it! When performing an exercise, stick with a range of motion that feels comfortable. Over time, try to gradually extend that range.
  • Listen to your body and cut back if you aren’t able to finish a series of exercises or an exercise session, can’t talk while exercising, feel faint after a session, feel tired during the day, or suffer joint aches and pains after a session.

 

SEATTLE, Washington – Considered one of the largest organic co-op stores in US, PCC Community Markets has become the most recent retail partner for Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits by Seattle Gummy Company (SGC).

PCC (https://www.pccmarkets.com/) began as a food-buying club of 15 Seattle families in 1953. Since then, the company has grown into the largest organic and natural focused grocery stores in the region. PCC is dedicated to preserving local farmland and partnering with Northwest producers and ranchers.

As the only USDA certified organic vitamin gummies on the market, Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits double as a convenient snack. Unlike traditional vitamin supplements, each pack of Functional Fruit contains one serving of fruit plus a daily dose of vitamins all in a convenient, on-the-go package.  At just 90 calories, Functional Fruit provides a new, all natural and convenient way of taking daily vitamins. Instead of swallowing a bunch of pills, consumers now can snack on a pouch of delicious organic fruit while knowing that their daily vitamin needs are being met.

Functional Fruit products come in three flavors: Blueberry, Pomegranate and Peach Mango.   All products are rich in the fruits’ natural antioxidants and fibers, contain no added sugar, no artificial flavor, no artificial sweetener, no artificial coloring and is certified as organic by USDA.  They are now available at checkout counters at all PCC stores.

More information about Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits product can be found at https://seattlegummy.com/product/functional-fruit/.

About SGC: SGC is an R&D focused developer of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical gummy products. The company specializes in formulating Functional Gummy® products combining the wealth of the in-house knowledge in pharmaceutics, chemistry, western medicine and herbal medicine. The company provides performance gummies® inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine including MOCCA SHOTS™, ENERGON QUBE™, FUNCTIONAL FRUIT®, and SEATTLE BEAUTY®.

To learn more, visit https://seattlegummy.com, contact [email protected], call 206-257-0464, or join at https://seattlegummy.com/be-an-informed-member/.

SEATTLE, Washington – The 2018 Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF) has successfully closed its 2018 SVIEF conference on September 30th 2018 at Santa Clara Convention Center.  Attracting over 10,000 attendees, SVIEF2018 conference was designed to be intense and informative two-day event with the theme of ” Converge & Exchange” featuring Global Blockchain Summit, AI & Venture Investment Summit, SVIEF Star Startup Competition, China U.S. Youth Leaders Summit, SVIEF Tech Night and the SVIEF Expo.  The conference features luminaries including Judy Chu, congresswoman for California, and Lisa Gillmor, major of City of Santa Clara.  In addition, 50+ industry elites including Kaifu Lee, Chairman of Sinovation Ventures, and Andrew Gu, Founder of Danhua Capital, spoke at the conference. Meanwhile 150 hottest startups with technologies from block chain, AI, ecommerce, IoT, crypto currency, automation to green technology, med-tech and health displayed their latest technology and product at the SVIEF Expo and competed for a spot as a 2018SVIEF-STAR.

Seattle Gummy Company (SGC) CEO, Dr. Connie Wan, presented the latest technology from SGC. Gummy Zero® products formulated with the proprietary Trulinose™ technology have attracted intense interests from investors and judges.  Explaining Gummy Zero based drug pipeline, Dr. Connie Wan used Mocca Shots®, the highest caffeine loading product on the market, to showcase the flexibility and capability of SGC’s API-complexing technology.  Noting that the caffeine in Mocca Shots™ works 5x faster because ingredients are absorbed through mouth mucosa, by-passing the normal digestive process, Dr. Connie Wan explains, “as a result, next to an IV, Mocca Shots are the fastest way to deliver caffeine directly into the blood stream.” Applying the same technology, SGC has finished formulating several OTC drug products. The company is expecting the approval of its first allergy gummy by the FDA next year.

After several rounds of judging and voting, SGC was awarded the second place as one of the most innovative companies in the competition.  “We are very excited to be a SVIEF-STAR,” said Dr. Connie Wan, “beating out all those blockchain and AI companies means that nothing can overshadow an amazing technology like Gummy Zero, which, I believe, will have a fundamental impact on how people take and think of medicine.”

About SGC:SGC is an R&D focused developer of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical gummy products. The company specializes in formulating Functional Gummy® products combining the wealth of the in-house knowledge in pharmaceutics, chemistry, western medicine and herbal medicine. The company provides performance gummies® inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine including MOCCA SHOTS™, ENERGON QUBE™, FUNTIONAL FRUIT®, and SEATTLE BEAUTY®.

To learn more, visit https://seattlegummy.com, [email protected],call 206-257-0464, or join at https://seattlegummy.com/be-an-informed-member/.

SEATTLE, Washington – Xiamen is one of the earliest four special economic zones established in China. Its economic openness and average growth rate have long been ranked among the largest cities in China, and World Bank chose is as a “top investment environment city”.  Open and diverse cultural heritage and unique natural conditions, Xiamen won the “International Garden City”, “United Nations Habitat Award”, “National Civilized City” and many other awards.

In order to further expand the visibility and influence of overseas and attract high-level talents to return to China for entrepreneurial development, Xiamen city government and the Xiamen National Torch Hi-tech Zone Management Committee jointly created the 2nd China (Xiamen) Overseas Business Competition, which was hosted by the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum this year.  The 2018 competition focused on the integration of various innovative and entrepreneurial resources such as policies, funds, industries, markets, and talents to make strong market competition.

Over 120 technology startups from all over the United States joined the competition. After several preliminary rounds held throughout August, the top 30 companies competed for three top prizes at the final round held in Silicon Valley on September 28th 2018.   In the final round, the companies were grouped into three technological fields: Artificial Intelligence and Automation, Blockchain, and Life Sciences, each group being judged by a panel of expert judges.

Seattle Gummy Company (SGC) CEO, Dr. Connie Wan, presented the latest technology from SGC. Gummy Zero® products formulated with the proprietary Trulinose™ technology have attracted intense interests and questions from the judges.  Explaining Gummy Zero based drug pipeline, Dr. Connie Wan used Mocca Shots®, thehighest caffeine loading product on the market, to showcase the flexibility and capability of SGC’s API-complexing technology.  Noting that the caffeine in Mocca Shots™ works 5x faster because ingredients are absorbed through mouth mucosa, by-passing the normal digestive process, Dr. Connie Wan explains, “as a result, next to an IV, Mocca Shots are the fastest way to deliver caffeine directly into the blood stream.”  Currently, SGC has finished formulating several OTC drug products. The company is expecting the approval of its first allergy gummy by FDA next year.

After tallying the scores from the judges, SGC won the first place as the most innovative company in the competition winning the maximum bonus of $10,000.  In addition, SGC qualified for the technology incentive plan by Xiamen government and has the opportunity to receive up to 10 million RMB of entrepreneurial support funds.

“We are very excited to win the top prize,” said Dr. Connie Wan, “Xiamen is one of the most innovative, open and beautiful cities in China. China market is a big part of SGC’s business planning in the coming year.  We are honored to be considered for funding under the city/s talent plan beating out all those blockchain and AI companies.   We look forward to sharing our amazing Gummy Zero technology with Chinese consumers.”

About SGC:SGC is an R&D focused developer of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical gummy products. The company specializes in formulating Functional Gummy® products combining the wealth of the in-house knowledge in pharmaceutics, chemistry, western medicine and herbal medicine. The company provides performance gummies® inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine including MOCCA SHOTS™, ENERGON QUBE™, FUNTIONAL FRUIT®, and SEATTLE BEAUTY®.

To learn more, visit https://seattlegummy.com, [email protected],call 206-257-0464, or join at https://seattlegummy.com/be-an-informed-member/.

SEATTLE, Washington – Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits by Seattle Gummy Company (SGC) has been named as one of the most innovative new products at the 33rd annual Natural Products Expo East (https://www.expoeast.com), held on September 12th-15th in Baltimore, New York.  Recognized as the epicenter of consumer demand and innovation in food, beverage, supplements and ingredients, this year’s show hosted more than 2000 companies and attracted more than 9,000 attendees.

SGC, as a first exhibitor, showcased its organic multivitamin line, Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits.  As the only USDA certified organic vitamin gummies on the market, Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits double as a convenient snack.  Unlike traditional vitamin supplements, each pack of Functional Fruit contains one serving of fruit plus a daily dose of vitamins all in a convenient, on-the-go package.  At just 90 calories, Functional Fruit provides a new, all natural and convenient way of taking daily vitamins. Instead of swallowing a bunch of pills, consumers now can snack on a pouch of delicious organic fruit while knowing that their daily vitamin needs are being met.

The innovative concept of Functional Fruit attracted intense interests from the distributors and buyers at the expo.  At the end of the show, Functional Fruit products were named as one of the more innovative new products at the Expo (http://healthyhelperblog.com/top-trends-products-from-expo-east-2018/).

Functional Fruit products come in three flavors: Blueberry, Pomegranate and Peach Mango.   All products are rich in the fruits’ natural antioxidants and fibers, contain no added sugar, no artificial flavor, no artificial sweetener, no artificial coloring and is certified as organic by USDA.

More information about Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits product can be found at https://seattlegummy.com/product/functional-fruit/.

About SGC: SGC is an R&D focused developer of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical gummy products. The company specializes in formulating Functional Gummy® products combining the wealth of the in-house knowledge in pharmaceutics, chemistry, western medicine and herbal medicine. The company provides performance gummies® inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine including MOCCA SHOTS™, ENERGON QUBE™, FUNCTIONAL FRUIT®, and SEATTLE BEAUTY®.

SEATTLE, Washington – Considered one of the hottest coffee shops in Seattle, Cherry Street Coffee House has become the most recent retail partner for Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits by Seattle Gummy Company (SGC).

Cherry Street Coffee House (https://www.cherryst.com/) is a family owned and operated business that has been serving the Seattle community since 1997. In addition to great coffee and distinct food, Cherry Street’s biggest focus is developing a genuine sense of community among its customers.  The coffee house aims to provide a place “where no one is a stranger, conversation is encouraged, and every day starts with ‘Good Morning’”.

As the only USDA certified organic vitamin gummies on the market, Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits double as a convenient snack.  Unlike traditional vitamin supplements, each pack of Functional Fruit contains one serving of fruit plus a daily dose of vitamins all in a convenient, on-the-go package.  At just 90 calories, Functional Fruit provides a new, all natural and convenient way of taking daily vitamins. Instead of swallowing a bunch of pills, consumers now can snack on a pouch of delicious organic fruit while knowing that their daily vitamin needs are being met.

Functional Fruit products come in three flavors: Blueberry, Pomegranate and Peach Mango.   All products are rich in the fruits’ natural antioxidants and fibers, contain no added sugar, no artificial flavor, no artificial sweetener, no artificial coloring and is certified as organic by USDA.  They are now available at the checkout counters at all Cherry Street Coffee House stores.

More information about Functional Fruit Multivitamin Fruit Bits product can be found at https://seattlegummy.com/product/functional-fruit/.

About SGC: SGC is an R&D focused developer of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical gummy products. The company specializes in formulating Functional Gummy® products combining the wealth of the in-house knowledge in pharmaceutics, chemistry, western medicine and herbal medicine. The company provides performance gummies® inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine including MOCCA SHOTS™, ENERGON QUBE™, FUNCTIONAL FRUIT®, and SEATTLE BEAUTY®.

To learn more, visit https://seattlegummy.com, contact [email protected], call 206-257-0464, or join at https://seattlegummy.com/be-an-informed-member/.

If you need one more excuse for your cocoa/chocolate addition, here it is: scientists from the University of Cambridge found that higher levels of chocolate consumption have been associated with a 37% reduction in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, 31% reduction in diabetes and a 29% reduction for stroke.

Previous research has shown that cocoa products appear to have a positive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect on heart health. A Cambridge study analyzed the results from seven previous studies involving more than 114,000 participants who consumed cocoa products including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate bars, chocolate drinks and chocolate snacks. The Cambridge analysis found a significant association between increased consumption of these cocoa products and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.

Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death worldwide and will kill nearly 23.6 million people by 2030 according to World Health Organization.  It is well known that heart diseases are largely preventable through lifestyle changes including diet. Cocoa products, as popular as they already are worldwide, may provide a convenient and popular way of helping prevent these illnesses.

Thanks for reading.

Dr. Connie Wan

Journal Reference: Buitrago-Lopez, A., Sanderson J. et al. Chocolate consumption and cardio metabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis, British Medical Journal 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4448 (published 29 August 2011)

Push-ups and sit ups could add years to your life according to a study of over a large population led by the University of Sydney.  The research, published in the American Journal of Epidemiologytoday, is based on a pooled population sample of over 80,306 adults with data drawn from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Survey, linked with the NHS Central Mortality Register.

This largest study to compare the mortality outcomes of different types of exercise found that exercise promoting muscular strength may be just as important for health as aerobic activities like jogging or cycling.  The data shows that people who did strength-based exercise had a 23 percent reduction in risk of premature death by any means, and a 31 percent reduction in cancer-related death.

The World Health Organization’s Physical Activity Guidelines for adults recommend 150 minutes of aerobic activity, plus two days of muscle strengthening activities each week.  However, the popular message on exercise has been focusing on “get moving.”  This study prompts expanding the kinds of exercise to beyond traditional aerobic activities for long-term health and wellbeing.

The analysis also showed that exercises performed using one’s own body weight — such as triceps dips, sit-ups, push-ups or lunges — without specific equipment were just as effective as gym-based training.   The take home message is that everyone can do classic exercises in their own home or local park and potentially reap the same health benefits as working out in a gym.

The key findings from the study are:

  • participation in any strength-promoting exercise was associated with a 23 percent reduction in all-cause mortality and a 31 percent reduction in cancer mortality.
  • own bodyweight exercises that can be performed in any setting without equipment yielded comparable results to gym-based activities.
  • adherence to WHO’s strength-promoting exercise guideline alone was associated with reduced risk of cancer-related death, but adherence to the WHO’s aerobic physical activity guideline alone was not.
  • adherence to WHO’s strength-promoting exercise and aerobic guidelines combined was associated with a greater risk reduction in mortality than aerobic physical activity alone.

Thanks for reading.

Dr. Connie Wan

Journal Reference: Emmanuel Stamatakis, I-Min Lee, Jason Bennie, Jonathan Freeston, Mark Hamer, Gary O’Donovan, Ding Ding, Adrian Bauman, Yorgi Mavros. Does strength promoting exercise confer unique health benefits? A pooled analysis of eleven population cohorts with all-cause, cancer, and cardiovascular mortality endpointsAmerican Journal of Epidemiology, 2017; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwx345

A growing body of compelling scientific research has suggested that controlled fasting pattern, named “Intermitted fasting,” could have beneficial health and weight loss effects. There are several forms of intermittent fasting plan, among them 5:2 diet and 16:8 diet are most well-known.

The most popular form of intermittent fasting is the 5:2 diet. This eating strategy involves a normal (albeit still healthy) diet for five days of the week, and extreme calorie restriction for the remaining two days.

Several researches have examined the efficacy of the 5:2 diet. The research results have generally been promising suggesting that 5:2 diet leads to reductions in both body fat and insulin levels. Specifically, researchers have found that volunteers in these studies have, on average, reduced their weight by 4-6% after 12 weeks on the diet.

An alternative model for intermittent fasting emerged over the last few years is 16:8 diet, which many are suggesting is much easier to maintain than the 5:2 diet. The 16:8 diet limits a person’s food intake to an eight-hour stretch of the day. So, ultimately a person is fasting for a minimum of 16 hours every day.

A 2016 study into the effects of a 16:8 diet on young resistance-trained men found that, after just eight weeks, there were improvements in a variety of health-related biomarkers and a decrease in fat mass. To confirm the benefits of 16:8 diet in obese population, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) examined the diet and have found it to be an effective in weight loss.

UIC study involved 23 obese subjects with an average age of 45. The subjects were compared with a historical control group from a previous weight loss trial by the same research team. The subjects in the study were not given controlled diets but rather told to continue eating as normal but to limit their food intake to between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm. After 12 weeks the results showed that the 16:8 group seemed to instinctively have reduced their overall daily caloric intake by about 300 calories. Their overall body weight had also dropped by around 3%, compared to the historical control group.

UIC data suggested that the 16:8 diet is not as immediately effective for weight loss as 5:2 diet. But, this eating strategy is generally considered more sustainable on a long-term basis. Indeed, the researchers from the study noted that that were fewer people dropping off the study when comparing to other 5:2 diet studies.

More research is obviously necessary before we can have a better scientific perspective on the broader effects that different fasting patterns have on our overall metabolism, but the preliminary evidence is certainly promising.

Thanks for reading.

Journal Reference: Gabel, Kelseya, Hoddy, Kristin K., Haggerty, Nicolea, Song, Jeeheea, Kroeger, Cynthia M.; Trepanowski, John F., Panda, Satchidanandac, Varady, Krista A., Effects of 8-hour time restricted feeding on body weight and metabolic disease risk factors in obese adults: A pilot study, Nutrition and Healthy Aging, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 345-353, 2018, 15 June 2018

We have seen many health benefits of dark chocolate. For example, scientists have found out that dark chocolate can help feed the good bacteria in our gut to produce anti-inflammatory compounds; that the flavonols found in chocolate could ward off age-related memory decline; and that higher consumption of the treat has been linked to lower body fat levels. It has even been shown that dark chocolate plays a role in reducing diabetes as well as reducing cardiovascular disease and lowering the risk of stroke.

Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) just gave us one more reason to munch on dark chocolate — epicatechin monomers, a component in cocoa, could help fight type-2 diabetes by pushing certain cells to become insulin powerhouses.  Specifically, BYU researchers discovered that epicatechin monomers can increase the ability of beta cells to secrete insulin.

Inside the pancreas are regions where the body’s beta cells reside. When there is a spike in glucose, beta cells are responsible for secreting insulin directly into the bloodstream reducing glucose level. Beta cells also secrete a hormone called Amylin, which puts the brakes on the amount of glucose entering the bloodstream. In type-2 diabetics, however, the beta cells malfunction and are not able to do their jobs effectively.

In the BYU study, researchers placed mice on a high-fat diet. Then they gave the animals the cocoa compound. They found that the epicatechin monomers not only helped the rodents better deal with elevated blood glucose levels, but also decreased the extent of their obesity. Further investigation revealed that the increased insulin secretion in the presence of monomeric catechin corresponded with enhanced mitochondrial respiration, which suggests that the cocoa compounds improves the fuel utilization inside the β-cell.

Mitochondria are specialized structures inside cells that convert oxygen and nutrients into ATP, a small molecule used to transfer energy throughout the body.  What seem to be happening is that the cocoa compounds protected the beta cells by increasing their ability to deal with oxidative stress.  Essentially, epicatechin monomers are making the mitochondria in the beta cells stronger, which produces more ATP, which then results in more insulin being released.

Thanks for reading.

Dr. Connie Wan

Journal Reference: Rowley T.J.; Bitner, B.F. et al. Monomeric cocoa catechins enhance beta-cell function by increasing mitochondrial respiration, The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 49, pp. 30-41, November 2017