Monday, 30 April 2018

Ginkgo biloba extract helps improve biomarkers in patients with type 2 diabetes

Ginkgo biloba extract helps improve biomarkers in patients with type 2 diabetes

Thought I would share this article today from designs for health on the benefits of Ginkgo Biloba extract and the impact it has on reducing HBA1c, fasting glucose, insulin, and waist circumference.

"There are many different cofactors that can improve dysglycemia such as zinc, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and vanadium. According to a study published earlier this month, researchers demonstrated that Ginkgo biloba extract can significantly reduce HA1c, fasting glucose, insulin, BMI, and waist circumference.This study included 60 patients ranging from 25 to 65 years of age with type 2 diabetes who had a glycemic status uncontrolled by metformin alone. These individuals were randomized to treatment of 120 mg/d of ginkgo extract or placebo for 90 days. Biomarkers were assessed at baseline and at 90 days, including HA1c, fasting glucose, insulin, waist circumference, and visceral adiposity index (VAI).As a result, the ginkgo extract significantly reduce HA1c, fasting glucose, insulin, and waist circumference. Treatment with ginkgo combined with metformin decreased BMI significantly after 90 days.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Bronze at Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Bronze at Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship

We would like to congratulate Bruno on his bronze medal at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship yesterday. It wasn't the result he had work so hard for but he should be very proud of his efforts.

Bruno lost by refs decision in the semi finals and many people feel that it went the wrong way. Bruno would never say that and will just take it in his stride as he is the ultimate professional and wouldn't want to make excuses or take anything away from his competitor. This is why he is such a champion of a bloke and continues to have success throughout his career and life. 

Bruno's preparation for this competition was really good. He is one of the hardest working athletes I have ever met. A lot of people see the results but not the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. If someone spent a day in his life I think they would be shocked as to what it takes to reach this high level. All the jiu-jitsu training sessions, the strength work in the gym, the extra conditioning work, the discipline to stick to a nutrition plan and weight cut, pushing through painful injuries, all those things are the things only Bruno and a few people close to him get to see. He more than likely has a broken wrist and hurt his knee late in the preparation but despite all this goes on with his business like nothing is wrong and still performs so well at a world level. I have the upmost respect for Bruno and all he does. There are few people in the world that are like this and it is why he is such a great person to be around.

This was the last time Bruno will compete in Abu Dhabi after having competed there 8 times. He has had great success and it has been a great experience working with him from 2016 to date. Bruno is the first world champion we have ever worked with and for me that 2016 gold medal he won was one of the greatest things in my life. I still get goose bumps thinking about it and remember being awake for close to a full 24 hours because I was so excited and proud. In 2017 Bruno won goldwithout a single point being scored on him. That is an amazing achievement. He is a great athleteand human being.

This is a post from Bruno after the competition. What a great record he has at this event.

"Third place at World Abu Dhabi Pro 2018.
It was not what I worked for but I am happy to say goodbye this way, it been a amazing journey to be part of it Competing 8 World Pro but now is time for different adventures, I will competing on edge of the mats to help my students achieve their dreams .
Thanks a lot @uaejjf to invest in our sport .
5 trials wins
3 Golds Master Black Belt
2 Bronze Adult Black Belt
1 bronze Master Black
@sjjacrowsnest @totalhealthperformance @discountactivenutrition @coachpirri @amazonpower @zrteamoficial @crossfitactive @cryoclinicsaustralia
#sjja #builtunderpressuređź’Ž #dreambig #uaejjf #jiujitsu #bjj @ Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates"

Knowing Bruno he will come home, recover a bit, and be back into training focusing on World Masters in August. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Silver at Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Silver at Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Congratulations to Simon Chandra on his silver medal at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Simon performed really well and was beaten in the final in a really close match. 

He worked really hard and had his first real weight cut leading into the event. Speaking with Simon he said he felt really good on comp day and that his grips felt strong. This is really good to hear as for us the biggest part of his preparation is making weight and feeling strong. If we mess this up and he doesn't make weight then he doesn't get to compete for a world championship and wastes his time and money travelling overseas. Even if he makes weight but we didn't plan it properly it could severely hamper his performance in the competition. Fortunately all our planning went according to plan and gave Simon the best chance of winning his second world title. 

I know he will be back again next year hungry to win another world title.