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Monday, March 31, 2008

Omega-3: Take it to Heart - and Mind!

MANY MEN ARE DEPRIVED of Omega-3 fatty acids. Why does this matter? Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to good health - research proves that not only can they promote brain function - according to the FDA, they may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Research suggests Omega 3's support healthy joints and muscular mobility and even regulate mood levels.

Where do Omega 3's occur naturally? The most widely available source of Omega-3 nutrition is in fish oil, specifically cold water 'oily fish.' But in terms of richest nutritional concentration, seed oils top the list (in fact, seed oils are up to 6x richer in Omega-3 fatty acids than most fish oils). Chicken eggs also have high concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acids. So if you're eating a diet that's rich seeds, nuts, whole grains, fish and eggs, you're likely getting some great Omega-3 fatty acid nutrition.

The American Heart Association recommends that we consume foods rich in Omega-3 at least twice a week. Since fish get Omega-3 fatty acids from algae, farmed fish don't often have the necessary amounts of this nutrient. To ensure you're receiving the necessary Omega-3 fatty acids from a pure source, (distilled of hazardous PCB, toxins and mercury particles) MenScience has developed a pharmaceutical-grade Omega-3 EPA/DHA fatty acid (Omega-3 Supplement Formula), a nutritional vitamin pill that is as an excellent source of this nutrient.

Men's Health recently covered the Omega 3 topic in an article, 'Eat More Fish to Cheat Death' and a staff writer who sampled the MenScience supplement was so impressed with his results, was inspired to produce a video on the subject. He recently requested more of our Omega-3 Supplement Formula.
Men's Health takes Omega-3 fatty acids to heart and mind - do you?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Acne's Bestest Treatment - Acne Treatment System

I have a cousin, Tony, who suffered from severe acne since his early teenage years. He was always trying out the best acne creams doctor's would recommend him. I always remember how he was continuously changing his diet, the soap-bar he used to wash his face with, the towel to dry his face, and I know a lot people that had acne and would do the same. Often, our customers have trouble learning about real acne treatments and trusting them, and I think Tony's struggle is one that many people live with throughout their lives - trying acne cures. Are you looking for the bestest acne treatment?

Whether you believe it or not, the ingredients contained in real acne products set the difference and its effectiveness with others. By using prescription-grade acne ingredients, some acne treatments can eliminate acne permanently. (This is what our Acne Treatment System does, it gives you an acne-free complexion)

The best part of it all, is that you'll be able to make a smarter decision choosing acne products when you learn to recognize which are the most effective acne ingredients. When you savvy what different acne products do to your skin, you can create your own treatments - you-ll be able to combine different products confidently after evaluating them, and knowing their individual benefits. The following task explores how you can treat your acne blemishes with acne medications and clear your skin from acne on your findings.

Review Task: Reality check on the facts about acne

1. Find your old notepad and peaceful spot where you can be by yourself. Answer these questions:

  • Do you pop acne pimples thinking they will go away?
  • How often do you wash your face?
  • What type of environment do you work in?
  • Do the acne creams you use contain Benzoyl Peroxide, and is it prescription-grade?
  • Do you give your skin enough time (at least 4 weeks) to allow acne products to work their magic, or do you just get desperate after 5 days?
  • Do you think that just by working out and sweating those toxins your skin is getting cleansed?
  • Do you believe that acne is a bacteria?
  • Do you stress a lot about acne?

2. Compare your actual acne treatment with your vision of effective acne treatments. You'll probably be appalled to learn that you are treating your acne prone skin with acne products that don't have the right ingredients. You might keep hoping these will give you results soon, but most of the time they're just damaging your skin even more. Maybe your skin is nagging or irritated. You probably have been changing your diet, but haven't considered replacing your acne treatment system. Your face is the best test of your acne treatment products: If they haven't cleared your skin and eliminated acne after months of applying them, then shouldn't you consider changing them?

3. Becoming ingredient savvy. In the previous task, you stumbled on the kind of acne treatments you want. Now that you have compared your method to eliminate acne with an effective one, you need to get to work. Make up your mind to improve your acne treatment and clear your skin from acne by using simple steps.

An easy way to do this exercise is to compare acne product ingredients as you would compare those laptop features. Ask yourself, "What does Glycolic Acid do to my skin? What acne products contain this ingredient? Can Tea Tree Extract benefit my acne healing process? What are comedogenic products" You'll probably find yourself confused about so many terms. How do you choose the right acne products? Will any of them be harsh on your skin? When you start comparing all of the different products you will begin to develop your own acne treatment to eliminate acne permanently and have an acne-free complexion. Write down your acne ingredient picks, and find products that contain them.

4. Have trust, regulate. You have to regulate the frequency of use for your acne treatment in order to cure acne. Always use acne products with care and consideration. Write a list of recommendations from the acne product manufacturers and have it handy. Renew your protocol for clearing acne every month for at least three months. With regular rehearsal, treating your acne blemishes becomes easier and you'll start to feel more relaxed.

The greatest advantage of becoming savvy in what acne products really work is knowing how to apply them and switch them as your acne-stressed skin needs it. Apply what you have learned about acne products and acne ingredients to develop your own acne treatments. What reduces your acne breakouts? What keeps your pores clear? What clears your pimples? It can be anything from using the right daily cleanser, a soothing face tonic, or applying a dermatologist recommended acne lotion to repair and condition acne stressed skin to help prevent scarring. Write a list of your favorite "acne ingredients". Make sure the list includes comedogenic ingredients (Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid - Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Salicylic Acid (BHA)) to reduce acne breakouts and treat acne effectively. Keep the list handy in case you need to review it.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

MenScience Dispels More Nutrition Myths



1. Brown Eggs are Better - FALSE. Eggshells have absolutely nothing to do with eggs' nutritional value - nor does it reflect on the quality, flavor or cooking - it just depends on the breed of the hen. With 13 vitamins and minerals and only 75 calories, eggs themselves, whatever their color, are great for you.

2. Skip Meals to Lose Weight Fast - FALSE. Your body is shocked into 'starvation mode,' so your metabolism slows to compensate for the deprivation - first, you'll eat more (consuming more calories) on your next meal because your famished and second, your body will store the calories because it thinks its starving. The best approach to fat loss? Eat small, healthy snacks frequently to boost metabolism and keep a balanced blood sugar.

3. Red Meats are Bad For You - FALSE. Red meat has been linked with increased risk of heart disease because it is higher in saturated fat, but lean means like poultry have equal amounts of saturated fat when the skin is left on. Red meat of itself isn't bad for you, as long as you choose a leaner cut. What is well known to help build lean muscle mass, however, is Conjugated Linoleic Acid.

4. Eating Right After Working Out Helps Recovery - DEPENDS. Strength athletes don't - endurance athletes do. Endurance athletes need to replace glycogen stores lost during exercise by eating or drinking something with a little protein or carbs. For strength athletes, protein won't help build muscle, so there's no need to eat immediately after working out.

5. Brown Bread is Whole Grain. - DEPENDS. Very often, brown dyes and additives are added to make foods appear to be whole grain. For the best grain choices, read labels. A good place to start is to look for the American Heart Association's distinctive red and white heart-check mark as it certifies the product as whole grain (having at least 51% whole grains by weight, meeting minimum daily dietary fiber content criteria as being low in saturated fat and dietary cholesterol). Also look for the 'Whole Grain Stamp;' created by the Whole Grains Council, it features a stylized grain sheaf on a golden yellow background with a black border. To have the general 'Whole Grain Stamp,' the product has at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving, whereas those with the '100% Whole Grain Stamp,' must contain at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving (without any refined grains).

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Health Everyday

FOR NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH, MenScience is spotlighting nutrition and debunking common diet and nutrition myths. Although you may not be eating much of anything for Good Friday - when you resume your regular diet - you'll want to know these nutrition facts!


1. Brown Sugar's Better than White - FALSE. Not so, it's a weight management myth. Brown sugar from grocery stores is just white sugar with molasses added. Sure, brown sugar has some more minerals, but the difference is so minute it's relatively insignificant. Consider using honey as a healthful alternative.

2. Avoid Carbs to Lose Weight - FALSE. The key message that many low-carb diets convey is that carbohydrates promote insulin production, which in turn results in weight gain. By thus reducing carbohydrate intake, it suggests that you automatically lose weight. Not so. Low carb diets force the body to begin burning stored carbohydrates (glycogen) as energy - when this happens - water is released. So you're not losing pounds, you're losing water weight. But they work! Yes, they do, because they're calorie restricted. As with any diet, consuming fewer calories results in weight loss. When dieting, and restricting calories, don't neglect nutrition - a great way to ensure you're getting all the vitamins you need is to take a supplement.

3. Fruits and Veggies are better Unfrozen - FALSE. They're probably about the same - it just depends on how fresh - not how frozen - they are. Unfrozen fruits and vegetables lose nutrient and antioxidant levels during shipping and storage, whereas frozen veggies are picked ripe and flash frozen to retain nutrients, but when being prepared, they often lose equally as man nutrients - so they're about the same. To make sure you get enough antioxidants from your fruits and vegetables, you might want to consider Advanced Antioxidants.

4. Pork Makes you Porky - FALSE. Okay, so gorging on fatty sausage or ribs can be fattening - but pork tenderloin has very few calories. The calories equate to a similar-sized chicken breast.

5. Drink Eight, Eight Ounce Glasses of Water Per Day - DEPENDS. Not so - as featured in our March MenScience Newsletter, your needs depend on your weight and activity level, so to determine yours, some experts recommend dividing your weight (in pounds) by two. The resulting number is how many ounces you need on a typical day (Ex. A 200 pound man needs about 100 ounces).

Monday, March 17, 2008

Do You Feel Lucky... Well, Do Ya?


It's St. Patrick's Day - We hope you're not wearing green...
That's right - to the Irish - it's bad luck! As you prepare for your evening festivities, consider a few interesting St. Patrick's Day oddities like this one, along with some helpful tips to keep your skin looking great. To receive our newsletter, click here.

Strange, But True:
In Ireland, green is unlucky. Irish folklore holds that Green is the favorite color of faeries, unfriendly tricksters that steal people (especially children) away if they're wearing too much green!

Guinness' old advertising slogan, 'Guinness is Good for You,' is true! According to a recent BBC feature, Guinness 'may work as well as daily aspirin' in reducing the blood clots responsible for heart attacks. It's credited to the antioxidants in dark Irish stouts that researchers believe to reduce cholesterol deposits on arterial walls.

Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick, for whom we commemorate St. Patrick's Day, is not Irish. He's British born. Irish brigands kidnapped him as a boy and brought him to Ireland where he was sold into slavery; years later, he returned to Britain to build churches and Christianize the country.
Great Skin is More than Good Luck!

Remember to drink lots of water and moisturize before going out tonight. We suggest the rich, moisturizing Advanced Face Lotion because great both for protecting and repairing. When you return, clean grime away and reapply your moisturizer. Then, along with a cool compress to help reduce swelling, massage on a soothing eye cream to refresh and revive tired eyes and tackle dark circles. Don't forget our special this month - when you buy the Eye Rescue Formula to get rid of dark circles and puffiness, you'll get the eye gel mask too - for the special price of $40.00 (Just remember to type in IRISHEYES during checkout).

Friday, March 14, 2008

Congratulations to Chip - Our Valentine's Day Cash Prize Winner!


Congratulations to Chip of Manassas, VA, because he just won a $100 cash prize in our Valentine's Day Contest you're Sure to Love in our February Valentine's Day contest sweepstakes*!

Chip loves using the Microfine Face Scrub and Face Buff Brush, and also enjoys the Advanced Shave Formula and Daily Face Wash. We hope to learn more about Chip and his Valentine's Day experience in our April newsletter, in the Men of MenScience feature.
Since we base our informational newsletters on your feedback - your interests, hobbies, lifestyle and inquiries - your feedback is always welcomed. In fact, if you would like to be featured in a Men of Menscience Newsletter feature, please contact us and we'll make it happen!
*Contest Details
The contest officially began at 12:00 am EST on February 1, 2008 and ran until 11:59 am EST on February 29, 2008. Emails entries were accepted during this period and mail-in entries (postmarked by February 29, 2008 and received by March 7, 2008) were also included in the drawing. The complete contest rules can be found here.


Monday, March 10, 2008

Nutrition Myths Debunked


This is National Nutrition Month, and last Saturday (the 8th) was National Nutrition Day. Designed to ensure that Americans stay healthy by partaking of a wide variety of healthy foods and getting proper nutrition, this is certainly an important month for all. As nutrition is a key component of the MenScience philosophy, each week this month, our blog will have a spotlight on nutrition; specifically, debunking common diet and nutrition myths.

1. Sugar Causes Diabetes - FALSE. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes includes such elements as high-calorie diets, obesity and an inactive lifestyle - but sugar intake alone doesn't cause diabetes.

2. Fat is Bad for You - FALSE. We need fat- it helps such vital processes as nerve transmission and aids in our absorption of nutrients; further, it keeps our cell membranes intact. In fact, some fats are
excellent for you, such as the heart healthy Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

3. Avoid Fattening Nuts - FALSE. They are high in calories, so you'd be nuts to overindulge. But if eaten in moderation, nuts are an excellent source of healthy fats and plant sterols (proven to lower LDL cholesterol). In fact, in 2003, the FDA approved a health claim that suggested that
eating nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce heart disease.

4. Fruit-Juice Sweetened Foods are Better - FALSE. Experts agree that your body won't distinguish between regular sugar and processed fruit juice concentrate, and it won't derive any significant nutritional advantage from one over the other.

5. Fat-Free Salad Dressing is Always Best - FALSE. That's not always true. Such salad nutrients as lycopene and beta-carotene need a little fat to be absorbed. The operative word here is 'little'- as in a modest portion of olive oil or perhaps a small garnish of low-fat cheese, nuts or avocado slices - we're not suggesting you have salad with your blue cheese dressing soup.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Stop the Clock: How Men Can Stay Healthy, Fit and Strong at Any Age - Part 2

Did you read read Part 1 of my Stop the Clock: How Men Can Stay Healthy, Fit and Strong at Any Age series? If you didn't get a chance to read it, take a look at it right now before continuing. Read Part 1 first.

Good Nutrition & Hydration

Keeping your body healthy starts with a good diet, but did you know what you eat may also contribute to looking younger for longer periods of time? Antioxidants play a huge role in protecting against free radical damage, which leads to cellular breakdown.

  • Keep your diet regular. If you follow a regular eating schedule, you'll have less of a tendency to skip meals or overeat. You'll also avoid weight fluctuations, which can contribute to sagging skin and stretch marks.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods and follow a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables and fiber. Not only does fiber regulate the digestive system, it also helps lower cholesterol.
  • Drink lots of water. Hydration is important for your body because it helps flush out waste, metabolizes fat and transports oxygen to cells. Drinking at least 8 glasses of clear fluids a day is essential to maintaining good health.
Healthy Sleep

Sleep is the time your body uses to repair and rejuvenate, and lack of sleep can contribute to dark under-eye circles and devitalized, sagging skin.
  • A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that less than half of the 1,000 recipients reported having a "good night's sleep" every night, and 26% reported only getting a good night's sleep once or twice a month. Sleep deprivation reduces memory, decreases performance and gives one a fatigued appearance - not to mention that it's been linked to such severe health problems as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
  • Although it varies from person to person, men should get from 7-8 hours of good sleep a night to fully recharge their body and mind.
  • Make sure where you sleep is dark, comfortable, quiet and free of distractions.
Next week I'll talk about exercise and stress reduction. In the meantime if you start eating healthy and regulating your sleep, you'll be on the right path to staying young.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

One Book, Two Book, Three


Today, an estimated 45 million people are celebrating the 11th annual Read Across America Day, which is now celebrated annually on or around the birthday of the beloved children's storybook author, Dr. Seuss. It's amazing how much Dr. Seuss absolutely timeless style has influenced generations of readers. I don't know about you, but when I'm traipsing through the bookstore and come across a Dr. Seuss display, I can't help but have a warm, reminiscent smile cross my face. Frozen in time, his bizarre and eccentric characters stare back, and incredibly, they're just as magnificent as the when we were four feet high.

But today isn't just about Dr. Seuss - Read Across America Day is designed to excite enthusiasm for reading, especially amongst children. So let's remind the kids in our lives - whether they're our children or our relatives' kids - just how incredibly important reading is. Reading opens up the universe to children - the vast landscape of imagination and ideas have space to expand into new dimensions and worlds - ones just waiting to be discovered. Besides buying a few of our favorite books for future generations of kids to enjoy, there are some fun activity ideas outlined on the National Education Association website that help kids make reading a favorite pastime and not a chore.

When I was a kid, I loved the gamut of Dr. Suess' books, along with Where the Wild Things Are, and as I got older, the Nancy Drew Series, fairy tales and Archie comic books. I'll never forget those wonderful summer nights beneath the covers with a flashlight...

Thanks to my parents kindling a love of reading when I was a child, I remain an avid reader until this day. In fact, in February I just finished How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and Gap Creek, the latter of which was so compelling; I had a hard time putting it down. As a 'heads up,' if your eyes are smarting from late night reading (like mine are at the moment), try our Advanced Eye Rescue Formula to get rid of puffiness and dark circles. It works!
Share your favorite books when you were a kid - and tell us what you're doing to make the kids in your life read more... MenScience wants to know what books you recommend - chances are, we'd love to read them too!
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