Bios Life 2™ - Studies reveal that fiber can block the synthesis of cholesterol in the body as well as prevent the re-absorption of bile acids in small intestine. There is also documentation to suggest that soluble fibers may help reduce the absorption of glucose in the gastrointestinal tract. Bios Life 2® is a unique fiber complex of guar gum, locust bean gum, pectin, oat fiber, and gum acacia.
By consuming a diet that's low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fruits and vegetables along with Bios Life 2 a good source of dietary fiber-you may lower your blood cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. Bios Life 2 features a proprietary matrix of fibers under patent Nos. 4,883,788 and 4,824,672 for the "Method and Composition for Reducing Serum Cholesterol."
Another important ingredient in Bios Life 2 is ChromeMate®, a special form of the essential nutrient chromium. Chromate contains oxygen-coordinated, niacin-bound chromium (polynicotinate), which is a highly bio-available form of this nutrient.
In addition, BiosLife2™ can help reduce your appetite by giving you a pleasant, feeling of being full when taken approximately 10 to 15 minutes before meals. Bios Life 2 is a natural way to curb your appetite while feeding your body with important nutrients needed for multiple body functions. Bios Life 2 ™also contains antioxidant vitamins C and E, which have been determined to provide protection of the cells from free radical damage. It also supplies key nutrients like beta-carotene, calcium, zinc, and a complex of B vitamins that advances the body's overall health and well-being.
Fiber involves an array of substances indigestible by the human intestine, whereas proteins, fats and carbohydrates are almost entirely absorbed in the small intestine. Dietary fiber consists of insoluble and soluble components.
Insoluble fiber, found in fruits and vegetables, . It is found in the tough, chewy texture of foods such as wheat kernels, nuts and popcorn and mainly in the cell walls in the form of strands that give structure to plant tissue.
Soluble fibers are found in grains and legumes and give the creamy texture to certain cereals. Soluble fibers can absorb water (hydrophilic) and form jelly-like masses that act as solids and are instantly fermented by intestinal bacteria. Soluble fibers help improve bowel transit time and have a lubricating effect on the intestine.
Soluble fibers may lower cholesterol levels by preventing the re-absorption of bile acids from the small intestine. To replace the reduced bile acids, cholesterol is drawn from the body, thereby lowering its cholesterol supply. Second, the fermentation process in the intestine manufactures short-chain fatty acids that block the synthesis of cholesterol.
Q. What kind of chromium is in Bios Life 2?
A. ChromeMate®, a patented, highly bio-available form of niacin-bound chromium (chromium polynicotinate), is found in Bios Life 2. Chromium is an essential trace mineral required for normal protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism. ChromeMate contains less than 2 milligrams of niacin and will not cause skin flushing or other side effects associated with high levels of niacin.
Q. We've been hearing much about the benefits of barley fiber, an ingredient in Bios Life 2™, and the beta glucans it contains. What are beta glucans and what are the advantages?
A. Beta glucans are the soluble dietary fiber part of barley and oat bran. They have received a lot of attention in the news due to scientific studies identifying them as the ingredient in barley and oat bran that is capable of lowering serum cholesterol and activating the immune system.
Q. Will I experience any side effects with the consumption of Bios Life2™?
A. The addition of fiber supplementation to a diet that is low in fiber may cause occasional diarrhea or constipation. If diarrhea occurs, reduce the amount of Bios Life 2 and re-introduce it slowly into your diet. I.E. use one-half the amount or 1.5 teaspoons per serving. Because fiber absorbs water, constipation may happen. If you experience constipation, be sure to increase your water intake and reduce the amount of Bios Life 2®. Then, gradually add BiosLife2 into your diet. Fiber requires water to work and a basic diet should contain eight or more glasses of water a day.
Q. What does the U symbol stand for on the Bios Life 2® Natural label?
A. The coveted U symbol on the Bios Life 2® Natural label indicates that the product is certified by the Orthodox Union of Rabbis. This symbol assures you that Bios Life 2® Natural meets the stringent criteria to be certified as a kosher product.
Q: I noticed that Bios Life C ™ AND Bios Life 2™ is sweetened with (Sucralose). What is Sucralose and is it safe?
A: Sucralose, a low-calorie sweetener, is the sweetening ingredient used worldwide in more than 4,000 food, beverage and nutritional products. The safety of sucralose has been confirmed by leading medical, scientific, and regulatory authorities around the world including; the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Joint (Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization) Expert Committee on Food Additives, European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food, Health Canada, and Food Standards Australia/New Zealand. For more information about Sucralose visit, www.sucralose.org.
Q: Many pharmeuctial drugs produce potentially dangerous side effects. Are there any adverse side effects associated with Bios Life 2™?
A: Bios Life2® and Bios Life C™ (formerly known as Bios Life Complete) have been clinically tested on numerous occasions. No adverse side effects were ever reported or measured in test participants.
Q: Stevia vs Aspartame for the sweetner... what is the difference?
A: Go to Stevia Versus Aspertame
Q: What kind of scientific studies have been done on Bios Life 2™ to prove it's effectiveness?
A: Check out the published abstract from the Cleveland Clinic Trial:
Click here for Cleveland Clinic Trial on Bios Life 2™
NOTE: It is recommended that any medications be taken at least one hour before or four hours after consuming Bios Life 2 to avoid impeding absorption. Taking this product without adequate fluids can result in complications.
Haack VS, Chesters JG, Vollendorf NW, Story JA, Marlett JA; Increasing amounts of dietary fiber provided by foods normalizes physiologic response of the large bowel without altering calcium balance or fecal steroid excretion, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 53706, USA, Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1998 Sept., 68:3, 615-22
Djousse L, Ellison RC, Zhang Y, Arnett DK, Sholinsky P, Borecki I; Relation between dietary fiber consumption and fibrinogen and plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1: The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Family Heart Study, Evans Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine 02118, USA. email@example.com, Am. J. Clin. Nutr., 1998 Sept., 68:3, 568-75
Preuss HG, Jarrell ST, Scheckenback R, Lieberman S, Anderson RA; Comparative effects of chromium, vanadium and gymnema sylvestre on sugar-induced blood pressure elevations in SHR, Department of Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center; Washington, D.C.20007, USA, J. Am. Coll. Nutr., 1998 April, 17:2, 116-23
Note: Current ingredient listing reflects US formula.
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