Well, the lottery for a free bottle of Limu is over! I am disappointed to say that I did not get close to the 25 entries required for the lottery to take effect. I was hoping there would be more interest, but that is just how it goes I suppose. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the handful of you that took the time to post an entry. I really enjoyed reading your comments.
Until my next post. Have a nice Ash Wednesday!
I have decided to extend the lottery by two weeks (ending 02/16/2007), and reduce the number of required entries to 25. Hopefully we will get there. Good luck!!
Since we are in the beginning of a brand new year, I think it will be fun to start the year off with an Original Limu contest…or should I say lottery. The prize will be one unopened bottle of Original Limu delivered to your doorstep absolutley free. So, if you have always wanted to try the product but have been a little skepticle, here is your chance.
To enter this lottery you do not have to buy a ticket, all you have to do is submit a comment to this post explaining what you plan to do this year to live a more healthy life. The lottery will run until Wednesday, January 31st at midnight, at which time I will select a winner at random from the submitted comments. The winner will be announced on this blog, and also notified via email. The only requirement that must be met in order for the lottery to take place is that I must receive 100 submissions before February 1st.
So what do you have to loose? Take a few moments to share what you plan to do to become more healthy, and you will be entered for a chance to win. Good Luck!!
Study of fucoidan’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial activity could also mean it has therapeutic value for preventing heart disease by bolstering immunity. If, as some research suggests, C-reactive protein (CRP) is elevated from viral or bacterial activity, prevention of such an invasion could enhance our ability to lower our cardiovascular disease risk.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are assessing whether there is a possible connection between Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria known to cause stomach ulcers. The bacterial infection is thought to be a precursor to gastric cancer and heart disease. The study, which will look at H. pylori and the incidence of heart disease in African-Americans, should have implications for the population at large.
Scientists have found that fucoidan inhibits the adhesion of H. pylori in the gut, again, giving it a potential role in cardiovascular-disease prevention. In studies, fucoidan’s anti-viral activity was shown to be effective against herpes simplex and HIV.
Hello everyone! I am sorry that I have not posted in a couple of weeks. I have been away on business and am just getting to where I can spend some time doing some limu-related research. Below is a little information on controlling pollution in the body…
One of the most intriguing characteristics of limu is its ability to bind heavy metal and radioactive pollutants. Alginate, another limu component, naturally absorbs radioactive elements, heavy metals and free radicals. It has the unique ability to bind hevy metals and radioactive elements to its own molecules. Because the alginate cannot be broken down by bile or saliva and cannot be absorbed by the body, it is secreted from the body with the heavy metals and radioative substances.
Researchers at the Gastrointestinal Research Lab at McGill University in Montreal demonstrated that limu has chelating abilities, meaning it can inhibit the absorption of lead, cadmium and radioactive strontium, one of the most hazardous pollutants.
Researchers say 80 to 90 percent of strontium 90′s radioisotopes could be removed from the intestinal tract in the presence of seaweed. So much strontium 90 has been released by nuclear explosions, power plants and nuclear weapons facilities that it is believed that every person has detectable levels in their bone tissue, and many cancers are attributed to this contamination.
I apologize that I have not posted in a couple of weeks. I have been out of town on business and this is the first opportunity I have had to side down and punch out a post. Anyway, here is some information I found on Limu and Hypertension…enjoy!
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is considered another major risk factor for heart attack or stroke, especially when coupled with other risk fators, including elevated cholesterol and diabetes (blood-sugar disorders). A study from the University of Goteborg, Sweden, noting a dietary approach is often recommended for mild hypertension, found that a seaweed preparation was effective in decreasing sodium and increasing potassium intake in 62 middle-aged patients with mild hypertension. This is a significant finding. One of the drugs that is often prescribed for high blood pressure is a potassium-sparing diuretic. Adding limu to your diet could help keep your blood pressure stabilized, according to this research, and could help lower it if you have mild hypertension.
Limu has also been found to help in weight control as it is high in fiber and low in calories, meaning it can satisfy your hunger pangs without being a pain to your waistline.
Limu’s health benefits clearly extend to heart health. Incorporated into your daily diet as a major component of your fruit and vegetable choices can keep your ticker working by lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure, maintaining optimal blood-sugar levels, bolstering your immune system against invading viruses and bacteria and helping control your weight.
Heart attacks can be avoided, but once you have one your life is considerably changed. This major muscle needs tender loving care with high nutrition and regular workouts, because once it fails, recuperation is not easy, if attainable at all. Patients living with heart failure must endure constant monitoring, treatment with anti-coagulants, and constant fear of another heart attack or sudden death.
Fucoidan appears to inhibit smooth muscle cell activation; a process that plays a role in plaque formation. Smooth-muscle tissues are a type of nonstriated muscle found in the walls of hollow organs, including blood vessels. Smooth muscles move matter inside the body through contraction, which generally operates without thought or nerve stimulation.
Scientists have found that fucoidan helps inhibit smooth-muscle cell activation. This is important for the prevention of restenosis- plaque buildup that renarrows an artery previously cleared by a procedure like angioplasty.
I just received an email asking…”what is the shelf life of Original Limu?” This is a very good question and something that I have not really thought about.
Original Limu will last up to a year if stored unopened at room temperature. If opened, the product should be refrigerated and will last for a few months.
Keep those questions coming!
As stated in a couple of my other posts, the main reason for this blog is to provide a resource people can visit to learn more about Limu. My goal is to develop a community like atmosphere where anyone can come and hopefully learn something about the product. In order to gather information I do a lot of research on my own, but this blog would be dead in the water if not for those readers that send me information that they have come across. Sharing of information can only add value to this blog and it is something I really appreciate.
With that being said, yesterday I received an email containing a link to a very interesting site about Glyconutrients. Since Limu has glyconutrient implications, I think the site is very informative.
Here is a list of nutrients found in Limu…
Saccharides – Glyconutrients (Essential Sugars)
- Alginic Acid
- Uronic Acid
- Aspartic Acid
- Glutamic Acid
- 24-Methylene Cholesterol
- B1 (Thiamin)
- B2 (Riboflavin)
- B3 (Niacin)
- B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
- B9 (Folic Acid)
- Beta Carotene
Here is a tidbit of information I found…enjoy…
Limu contains no less than 77 elements, including vitamins C and E and several B vitamins, selenium, beta-carotene, protein, iodine, calcium, and iron. But the key nutrient of limu attracting the most attention is the glyconutrient fucoidan, which, according to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, consists of these elements – alpha (1,2) or alpha (1,3) 4-0 sulfated-L-fuctose, galactose, xylose and glucoronic acid. Other names often used synonymously with fucoidan are fucans and fucoidans.
Fucoidan, which was first isolated from brown algae in 1913, is the subject of more that 650 scientific investigations. Scientists are looking at its potential use in a number of treatment areas, including those for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, virology, immunology, inflammation and arthritis, bacterial and fungal infections, ulcers, burns and wounds, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol and others.
The customer service representatives at the Limu Company are great.
Yesterday I received a case of Original Limu that was packaged in a strange looking box unlike the other cases I have received. Upon opening the box I found that a bottle was missing because it evidently broke during shipment and was repackaged at some point along the way. I called customer service, told them the situation, and in a matter of minutes was told that another bottle was on the way at no cost to me.
Way to go Limu Company…as a customer, there is nothing better than dealing with an exceptional customer service department.
One of the most exciting areas in fucoidan research is a human clinical trial slated to begin in December 2006 assessing a fucoidan-based product that will be used as an anti-HIV microbicide. A news release on the trial states, “This product will be designed to augment existing treatments, and provide a nontoxic, controlled method of reducing HIV levels in the gut and serum.”
The treatment will be designed for adjunctive use with existing HIV therapy. University of South Carolina researchers will undertake the trial with the results expected in November 2007. “USC’s initial studies, utilizing whole Undaria pinnatfida [a native Japanese kelp cultivated for human consumption] demonstrated significant efficacy in reducing serum HIV levels and boosting the CD4 count in human treatment-naive HIV patients. The new study will aim to capitalize on these initial positive findings and provide data to support the progression of a formulated fucoidan microbicide into clinical studies.”
I received an email a few minutes ago in which I was asked, “how much limu should I drink for cancer?” It is a good question, just like all the questions I get, but one that I honestly do not know the answer to. I tend to think that the same amount should be taken no matter what the ailment. I personally drink 4 ounces a day, 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. I know people who drink more and others who drink less. I suppose it all depends on personal preference.
How much Limu do you drink each day?
Here is some information that I found regarding Limu and allergies…
A study from Japan found that mice given fucoidan got relief from pulmonary inflammation, suggesting the protein’s use for treating allergies. Another study, conducted by the biomedical group Takara Shuzo Co., also in Japan, which has been conducting a number of fucoidan studies, found there was suppression of the production of Immunoglobulin (lgE), which is known to cause allergies such as hay fever and allergic rhinitis, in mice that orally ingested fucoidan.
Another Japanese study from the School of Allied Health Sciences, found that fucoidan augments type 1 T helper cell response in mice, a finding that may mean it could be useful as a treatment for allergic inflammation.
Although this is my blog and I can write about whatever I want, I would like to try to gather your thoughts on which direction to take this blog. After all, my goal is to try to create a community of people that are interested in learning about Original Limu.
What would you like to discuss or learn more about…arthristis, cancer, blood pressure, ordering, distributing? I will admit that I have some topics that I know I want to discuss, but I am more than willing to go in any direction. The main ingredient of a good community is input from its members.
If you have any thoughts feel free to post a comment. Rememeber, all thoughts, big and small, count. I would like to see how large of a list we can compile.
The use of fucoidan as a possible new cancer therapy is eliciting interest from the scientific and medical communities. More than 50 studies show the glyconutrient is showing activity in breast, gastric and lung cancers, as well as leukemia. Most of the studies are still taking place in animals, but the exploration is yielding some interesting and potentially therapeutic findings.
Fucoidan’s anti-tumor activity appears to be anti-angiogenic. Anti-angiogenesis is the creation of new blood vessels and is a hot topic in anti-cancer therapy. Anti-angiogenesis is the method to cut off a tumor’s blood lifeline through drugs or other substances, and according to the American Cancer Society, without blood, tumors cannot grow much larger than the eye of a needle.
Consider what researchers at Fukuoka University in Japan found after they investigated whether fucoidan could counter cancerous tumors through anti-angiogenesis. They found that both natural fucoidan and over-sulfated fucoidan appear to block blood vessel formation, which usually accompanies the growth of malignant tissue – known as angiogenesis – in cancerous tumors. “These results indicate that the anti-tumor action of fucoidan is due, at least in part, to its anti-angiogenic potency and that increasing the number of sulfate groups in the fucoidan molecule contributes to the effectiveness of its anti-angiogenic and anti-tumor activities,” the Fukuoka University researchers conclude.
Cutting off a tumor’s blood supply is one way of fighting cancer. Another way is to get cancer cells to die through a process called apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Apoptosis occurs naturally in the life cycle of a cell. When cancer begins taking over cells it makes them grow out of control, rather than dying at their proscribed time. Fucoidan has been found in several studies to promote apoptosis in cancer cells.
This is only the third post in my informational series, but it seems to me that the applications for Original Limu are endless.
Fucoidan has potential anti-coagulant and anti-thrombin (anti-blood clotting) activity. This is important because the drugs currently used to treat and prevent clot formation are difficult to use and can be dangerous if not monitored closely. This area is among the most studied for fucoidans, with no less than 50 studies on the subject as evidenced by a National Library of Medicine PubMed search (www.pubmed.gov). The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Instituates of Health.
I received an email asking if I had any information regarding Limu and Alzheimer’s disease. I did a little research and found the information below in the October 2006 issue of Breakthroughs in Health.
Two studies from Canada show that fucoidan may be a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s disease. One study found that fucoidan was able to block amyloid-plaque-induced neurotoxicity. The other found that because fucoidan acts as a complement inhibitor, it could show efficacy against several chronic degenerative-disease processes such as atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction and Alzheimer’s disease.
I would like to thank those of you who have emailed me your questions. I will do my best to find as many answers about Limu as I can.
My second week of drinking limu is almost over and all I can say is I feel great! I feel like I am gaining more energy everyday. Because of this I have been able to jog longer distances at increased speeds. On top of that, I jumped on the scales this morning, and to my amazement I have lost 7 pounds since I started drinking Original Limu. I believe the weight loss can mostly be credited to jogging, but I have noticed that I do not crave as many mid-morning and afternoon snacks as I used to.
I sure am glad I decided to try this drink.