A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides fresh evidence of the power of anthocyanin-rich fruits (blueberries, apples, and pears) in lowering a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D).
The large, prospective study evaluated the association between consumption of flavonoid-rich foods and the incidence of T2D based on data collected from three landmark studies:
Nurses’ Health Study, or NHS (which followed 70,359 women between 1984-2008);
NHS II (which followed 89,201 women between 1991 and 2007); and
The Health Professionals Follow-up Study (which followed 41, 334 men between 1986-2006).
Only data from subjects who were free of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer at baseline was evaluated. Of these, the researchers documented 12,611 incident cases of type 2 diabetes.
What Are Anthocyanins?
Anthocyanins are compounds found in plants, especially berries, that give these plants their bright colors. They are a subclass of flavonoids, plant-based compounds with wide-ranging health benefits, including antiviral, anti-allergic, antiplatelet, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant properties. Just how flavonoids affect the body is still the subject of research; possible explanations include improved blood vessel function and anti-inflammatory effects.
Previous studies have demonstrated the antioxidant benefits of anthocyanin-rich foods. This particular study is the first in which researchers compared diabetes risk and consumption of anthocyanins and other flavonoid subclasses.
The researchers found that subjects who consumed higher amounts of anthocyanins, (mainly blueberries, apples, and pears) had a significantly lower risk to develop T2D. No significant associations were found for total flavonoid intake or other flavonoid subclasses.
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Source: Wedick NM, Pan A, Cassidy A, et al. Dietary flavonoid intakes and risk of type 2 diabetes in US men and women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Feb 22 [epub ahead of print].
When Recruiting, Make People Feel Great About Themselves
When you’re recruiting prospects, you’ll inevitably meet some people who appear confident and self-assured, some who appear shy and retiring, and every demeanor in between. As many successful network marketers know, first impressions may not always be the best indicators of who will or won’t succeed in this industry.
An individual who looks like he/she can sell anything may look self-assured on the outside but feel quite differently on the inside. Meanwhile a shrinking violet may have a passion for healthy living and nutrition that makes others want to follow her lead.
One of the keys to successfully recruiting new associates is finding out or to find out what makes them feel good about themselves. Look for what they do well or are passionate about. Then show them how working with you can give them:
More time to do what they like doing best
The independence to live by their values
Extra money to pursue their dreams
A wise man once said, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” That can be said about direct selling. Turn prospects into associates by helping them find their passion, then showing them how being an independent business owner can help them achieve their dreams.
Vice President of Marketing
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