Protein, Collagen and Calcium

Sunday 23 June 2024

This post shares with you the ingredients and benefits of the 3 main building blocks our body needs - protein, collagen and calcium.

1. Protein

Proteins are essential for the development of our health across all ages. While animal proteins are considered to be the best dietary protein source, there has been a paradigm shift towards plant-based protein around the world. Studies associate it with lower risk of heart disease and obesity. Soy protein has emerged as one of the most popular plant-based options as it is considered as a complete source of essential amino acids.

Jia Hor Soya Protein:

a) Isolated soya protein - can be easily assimilated and utilised by our body.

b) Lecithin - capable of reducing the build-up of body fats. It is especially beneficial for pregnant mothers as it can promote good developmental growth of the foetus's brain functions.

c) Papain (papaya enzyme) & Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) - capable of breaking down large protein molecules to enhance their digestion and assimilation.

2. Collagen

Collagen is a structural protein that forms connective tissues in our body. Hydrolyzed collagen is collagen that has been broken down into smaller chains for easier digestion.

Vitaking is a bio-technology product containing hydrolyzed collagen, lemon verbena and D-Ribose. Lemon verbena is a herb known for its ability to relieve inflammation, and help the functions of our digestive system and liver. The benefits of Vitaking include:

a) Preserve skin radiance and healthy glow, delay and improve the signs of skin aging like wrinkles.

b) Promotes healing and growth of muscle tissues after exercise.

c) Alleviate inflammatory symptoms and relieve arthritic pains caused by physical exertion and movement.

d) Strengthen bone functions, help repair joint cartilage tissues and reduce the stiffness and pain caused by aging joints.

3. Calcium

Our bones are also storage banks for minerals, especially calcium. In the process of bone metabolism, old bone are removed and replaced by new bone tissues every day. Calcium helps to build and maintain bones and it needs vitamin D for better and more effective absorption into the body. Calcium supplements come in handy when we don't get sufficient supply of these 2 important nutrients from our diet.

Jia Hor Calcium Plus Tablets contains:

a) Purely natural concentrate of dairy calcium, which is extracted from cow's milk.

b) Vitamin D3, which is capable of catalysing the assimilation and utilisation of calcium to help preserve the normal density of the bone mass and calcification of the skeletal system.

c) Casein phosphopeptide (CPP) which is readily absorbed by the intestinal tract and minimises the precipitation of calcium in the digestive system to help facilitate the absorption.

(Source: SH Magazine July 2022)

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Bits & Bites #238 - Success: The Things That Shape Your Behaviour

Sunday 2 June 2024

Cellar 18

There are 3 times when we should hold back from making decisions:

(i) When we are angry.
(ii) When we are confused.
(iii) When we are distracted.

Because we are not fully focused and thus likely to make decisions that we will regret later.
In order to do something well, it is not only about having knowledge. Most importantly, it's about being able to Focus. This is something that can be learnt.


When you are aware, you will know what to do and what not to do.

1) Edible Food
When we always eat unhealthy food just because we like the taste, our body becomes disturbed. Over the long-term, it will cause us to fall sick.

2) 5-Sense Impression
This refers to your sense of sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. What you 'put' into your body and mind will create an impression on you and shape your behaviour and your thoughts of others.

3) Volition
The capability of making conscious choices. The act of exercising your power over what you want to do and having the wisdom to make the right decisions.

4) Consciousness
Most of our mind is concealed in the sub-conscious. Think of it as good seeds and bad seeds hidden deep inside. Be mindful to only water the good seeds - such as emotions like caring, loving, compassion, happiness, honesty etc. and you will be rewarded with a positive life.


Many people stop learning after they leave school or university.

Going to seminars or talks is a very good way to help you continue learning and improving, re-aligning you back to your goals, reminding you and guiding you to make the right decisions.

Aoki Tei

This post is part of a series sharing Bits of mishmash on health, my business and life in general, which I find inspirational, enlightening or enriching. And Bites of delicious food I have enjoyed.

Any questions? Email me at Happy to help. I am an Authorised Distributor of Shuang Hor.

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Irregular Periods, Infertility and PCOS

Sunday 12 May 2024

Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with fluid that are found in the ovaries.They are usually harmless and will disappear naturally on their own. However, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affect a woman's health. It is one of the most common causes of irregular periods and infertility. 

Any woman can get PCOS and they usually become aware of it when they are trying to conceive. Some factors that contribute to PCOS include insulin resistance (which increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes) and higher levels of male hormones.

When should you suspect you might have PCOS?

> Irregular or no menstrual periods, or abnormal spotting.

> Obesity where these women tend to gain weight even when they seem to be on a well-controlled diet.

> Infertility.

> Facial acne, excessive body hair and hair loss, usually caused by higher levels of male hormones.

> Acanthosis nigricans, which are patches of dark, velvety and thickened skin patches, located along the neck creases, underneath the breast or along the groin.

How is PCOS diagnosed?

The most commonly used method is the Rotterdam Criteria, which requires the woman to have at least 2 out of 3 of the below symptoms:

> Have very few periods or no periods at all.

> Have a polycystic ovary.

> Have high levels of male hormones.

What to do if you have PCOS?

PCOS is usually not life-threatening, but women with PCOS might be at risk of uterine cancer as the inner lining of their uterus can become very thick due to the non-shedding caused by irregular menstruation.

> Infertility

Some methods used: ovulation induced via medication, fertility treatments like IUI or IVF, laparoscopic ovarian drilling as a last resort.

> Excessive body hair

Hormonal treatment or physical treatment eg waxing, depilatories and electrolysis.

> Irregular menstrual period

One of the most natural drug-free treatment is to reduce body weight. But this is easier said than done as PCOS is caused by imbalances in hormones, making it difficult to lose weight and easy to pile back on the kilos lost. 

Incorporate a healthy diet (which helps lower blood sugar level and prevent ischaemic heart disease) and sufficient exercise to reduce the symptoms of PCOS, regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce the risk of developing uterine cancer.

(Source: Having irregular periods? StarHealth, 8 May 2022)

What else can you do?

The best natural herb I know that is able to regulate our body functions and hormones is Lingzhi / Ganoderma. It is known for its dual-regulating ability whereby it enhances the "too-low" and brings down the "too-high" in our body, including blood pressure, immune responses, blood sugar and of course, hormones, to a healthy level.

I will let the Testimonies do the talking..

> Click here for a testimony of How to Eliminate Ovarian Cysts Without Operation.

> Click here for 4 more Testimonies on Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts and Miscarriage.

> Click then scroll to the end of this rather long post for the Testimony of how I have personally helped a lady with PCOS to conceive her 2nd child.

How to order?

Lingzhi can help control the undesirable symptoms and signs of PCOS.
Our nutritionist recommends these 2 types:

(i) YKi : Maintain immune-endocrine-nervous system stability, hence is able to address gynaecological problems of males and females eg. infertility, uterine fibroids etc.

(ii) YKK/S : Modulate male and female hormones which are secreted from the adrenal cortex. 

Due to complexities of the hormonal system, as YKi and YKK contain all ingredients of Lingzhi fruiting body from both YK-01 and YK-02 species, together they can achieve positive hormone regulation effect.

Click on this link to register and then you can proceed with your order.

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Exclusive: Guide to Selecting Ganoderma Products

Sunday 28 April 2024


Shuang Hor has made great technological advancements, particularly in developing and improving the Ganoderma range of products, especially Target Lingzhi, which is able to give us better results in a shorter period of time. In April 2024, Shuang Hor has organised a much needed seminar to help us understand better how to select Ganoderma products. 

The invited speaker was Ms Pei-Chin Chung, a Dietitian with Double Crane Group in Taiwan. Below are her credentials: 

  • Bachelor of Science, Taipei Medical University, School of Nutrition and Health Sciences.
  • Master of Science, Taipei Medical University, School of Nutrition and Health Sciences.
  • Specialist Dietitian of Renal Nutrition, Obesity and Sports Nutrition.
  • Professional Health Food Engineer.
  • Senior Professional and Technical Certified Dietitian.
  • Zumba instructor.
I have divided Ms Chung's presentation into 2 posts (due to the length). The complete posts are published in my Private Blog. 

Note: The info in my Private Blog is reserved exclusively for my Consumers and Business Partners only.

Part 1 focuses on:

> The differences in the manufacturing process between Basic and Target Lingzhi - the proprietary technology of Target Lingzhi which is the mycelium fermentation.
> How to choose between Basic and Target Lingzhi.
> Evidence proving the safety of Shuang Hor Lingzhi.
> Evidence proving the effectiveness of Shuang Hor Liingzhi.

This is the link:

Part 2 presents in detail:

> The benefits of YKCYKBYKK/S and YKi.
> How to select which Target Lingzhi to take for which disease and why.
> 2 testimonies.

This is the link:

Ms Chung's clear presentation has imparted invaluable knowledge to us, giving us more clarity on how to optimise the usage of Target Lingzhi, which gives higher efficacies, swifter results and is able to help more people.

If you are already authorised, just click on the relevant links above.. and happy reading.

However, if you are not already a consumer of Shuang Hor products, but are interested to find out more, drop me an email at for an appointment. I am happy to answer your questions so you can decide whether you want to give Target Lingzhi a chance to help protect your health.

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Ganoderma Research: Combined effects of Lingzhi and Gefitinib (Iressa) improves Lung Cancer

Sunday 7 April 2024

This article is sourced and translated from Ganoderma Magazine (Issue 88). It is a report of a scientific study concluding that the combined therapy of Lingzhi triterpenoids and Gefitinib (sold under the brand name Iressa) improves lung cancer and reduces toxicity.

Lung cancer ranks among the most common primary cancer worldwide and is a leading cause of deaths amongst men and second amongst women. 

There are 2 types of lung cancer:

(i) Small cell lung cancer 

(ii) Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Advances in medical discoveries and technologies have improved the therapeutic methods for lung cancer. Gefitinib (trade name: Iressa) is a targeted drug commonly used to treat late-stage metastasis NSCLC and other cancer, like breast cancer. However, after 10 to 16 months of therapy, patients normally develop resistance to the drug thereby frustrating the treatment process.

Therefore, seizing the effective curative period of Gefitinib is crucial to the control of the metastatic cancer cells. At the same time, reducing the side effects of the drugs would enable the patients to be in a better state to fight the illness and reverse the situation. A joint study by the Dept of Oncology, Yantai Hospital of TCM and School of Medicine, Tibet University, found that the combination of Lingzhi triterpenoid and Gefitinib therapy increases efficacy and reduces toxicity. The study, which was headed by Wei Liu, is titled Ganoderma Triterpenoids attenuate tumour angiogenesis in lung cancer tumour-bearing nude mice, and was published in Pharmaceutical Biology in 2020.

The Experiment

Human lung cancer cells (A549) were cultured and then injected into immune-deficient mice (BALB/c). When the tumor grew to around 6-8 mm in diameter, the mice were randomly divided into 4 groups and administered for 14 days in the following manner:

(i) Saline group (control) - intragastric injection with saline daily.

(ii) GLT group - intragastric injection with Lingzhi triterpenoids (1g/kg daily).

(iii) GEF group - intraperitoneal injection with gefitinib (15mg/kg daily).

(iv) GLT + GEF group - combination of (ii) and (iii).

The mice were sacrificed and analysed on the 15th day.

The Results

It was found that the tumor volume of GLT, GEF and GLT+GEF groups were significantly lower than the Saline (Control) group. The inhibition rates of the tumors were GLT 37%, GEF 43% and GLT+GEF 52%. This suggested that although GLT and GEF may inhibit the rate of tumor growth individually, the combined effect is higher. The inhibition was due to the accelerated apoptosis of cancer cells and at the same time inhibiting tumor angiogenesis.

What is Angiogenesis?

Angiogenesis is the process through which new blood vessels grow from existing blood vessels. In order to survive, tumors need to continuously grow new blood vessels to link to existing blood vessels for oxygen and nutrients. This also explains how cancer cells tend to spread (metastasize) to the surrounding tissues and other parts of the body. Therefore, the density of micro-vessels (microvascular) in the tumor tissues will be key to the continuous growth of tumors.

The study made a histological (immunohistochemical) analysis of the tumor tissues of the various group. Quantifying the analysis showed that GLT and GEF groups had lower microvascular density (MVD) than the control group, indicating inhibition of tumor angiogenesis. However, the efficacy was much better when GLT was combined with GEF.

The Side Effects

The mice were weighed on the 1st, 8th and 15th day of the study. The results showed, after the 8th day, the weight of:

- The GEF group dropped significantly.

- The GLT group was stable.

- The GLT+GEF group maintained closer to that of normal healthy mice.

This indicated that the combined therapy of GLT+GEF reduces the side effects of GEF as weight is normally an indicator of well being.

In their observation of the mice, the study found that:

- The GEF group showed signs of agitation and drowsiness, reduced physical activity, decreased feeding and dull skin colour. This could be due to the effects of administrating GEF.

- The GLT+GEF group showed no obvious agitation and drowsiness, accessed water and food without difficulty, and exhibited improved skin color compared to the GEF group.

The results indicated that GLT played a role in alleviating the effects caused by GEF.


The study showed that Lingzhi triterpenoids do not affect the efficacy of Gefitinib but enhanced it.

Note: The study did not dwell into the details of the Lingzhi triterpenoids being used and what was the effective content. The dosage of 1g/kg used in the study was high, but one should note that the study is for a short duration and the researchers would like to know the results within a short span of time. A reasonable dosage is necessary for Lingzhi to take effect in this kind of situation

(Source: Shuang Hor Video Depository, 19/12/2021)

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When the liver fails

Saturday 16 March 2024

Our liver is the largest solid organ in our body and performs over 500 essential functions.

Some of the important Functions include:

i) Produces albumin

Albumin is a protein that keeps fluids in our bloodstream from leaking into surrounding tissue. Albumin also binds and carries hormones, vitamins and enzymes throughout our body.

ii) Produces bile

Bile is a fluid that aids the digestion and absorption of fats in our small intestine.

iii) Regulates blood clotting

Blood-clotting coagulants are created utilising vitamin K, which can only be absorbed with the help of bile.

iv) Filters blood

All the blood leaving our stomach and small intestines have to pass through the liver, which then extricates and removes toxins, by-products and harmful substances such as bacteria.

v) Regulates amino acids

Our liver ensures that amino acid levels in our bloodstream remain optimal. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.

vi) Regulates glucose

Our liver removes excess glucose from our bloodstream and stores it in the form of glycogen. If our body needs extra energy, it converts the glycogen back into glucose.

vii) Stores essential vitamins and minerals

The liver stores vitamins A, D, E, K and B12, as well as iron and copper.

If your liver fails, then all these functions will diminish progressively. There are 2 types of liver failure:

> Acute liver failure, where the symptoms occur within 6 months.

> Chronic liver failure, which can take years to develop. Some symptoms include fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, blood in stools and vomiting.

As the liver failure advances, the Symptoms become more severe:

> Jaundice, due to build-up of too much bilirubin in your blood.

> Extreme fatigue.

> Disorientation, confusion and changes in sleep pattern.

> Hepatic flap, where the person has tremors and inability to keep his wrists extended when the arms are outstretched.

> Ascites and edema.

> Weight loss.

> Itchiness.

> Bruising and bleeding, due to lack of blood-clotting factors.

> Red palms and spider naevi on the skin, due to blood vessel malformations.

> Large spleen, due to increased pressure in the portal vein because there is increased resistance to blood flow in a damaged liver.

Why does the liver fail?

3 causes of acute liver failure are:

> Hepatitis B.

> Drugs and toxins, including overdose of paracetamol, antibiotics and anti-depressants.

> Auto-immune hepatits.

3 causes of chronic liver failure are:

> Hepatitis B and C, which can lead to liver cirrhosis.

> Long-term alcohol consumption, which can lead to alcoholic liver cirrhosis.

> Haemochromatosis, a genetic condition that causes your body to absorb and store too much iron.

(Source: When the liver fails, StarHealth, 15 May 2022)

If you get liver failure, what can you do?

Looking for a long-term solution which has no side effects?

Click on this link.. Liver and Lingzhi

Yes, this brand of Lingzhi called Yung Kien Ganoderma (YK1) has received accreditation from the Health Ministry of Taiwan for 2 important functions:

(i) The ability to prevent or reduce liver inflammation and treat hepatitis.

(ii) The ability to generate healthy liver cells and help reduce liver cells death.

Our liver is so very important for our overall health. It is such a blessing to have a product by my side that is Proven to take care of my liver and is Safe to consume everyday. My family and I have been taking this Lingzhi for over 10 years. Why don't you give it a try..?

How to order YK1?

Click on this link and follow the easy instructions to proceed with your online order.

Email me at for advice on what dosage of YK1 is most suitable for your condition. I am an Authorised Distributor.

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Hip Fractures and Osteoporosis

Saturday 17 February 2024

Bone fractures in the elderly are almost always caused by weak bones from osteoporosis or a fall. It is common that hip bones are the ones that are fractured. If someone has a hip fracture and wants to be pain-free, he would have to be bed-ridden for 3-6 months. The bone may heal but it could be in a displaced position and he would be unable to walk properly and fall again. Also, staying for prolonged duration in a lying position can cause lung complications, pneumonia, blood clots, bed sores, etc. 

For that reason, doctors prefer hip fractures in elderly to be operated on. Unfortunately, surgery has many risks due to their age. Putting them under anaesthesia is also risky. Further, the elderly may be unfit for surgery if they have blocks in the arteries and their cardiovascular risk for hip replacement is very high.

In such cases, doctors can only pump them with painkillers and blood thinners to prevent strokes or deep vein thrombosis. They would likely need nursing care. It is a financial and emotional strain to their family.

Those who can undergo surgery would have to sit up within 3-4 days and undergo chest rehabilitation to enable them to breath well. By day 5, they have to be transferred to a wheelchair. It would be a very painful process during these 3 months. 

I have something that can help reduce inflammation and speed up recovery - Vitaking collagen. What is it? Check out this 40-second video..

Osteoporosis is inevitable

Women have a 5 to 1 ratio of suffering fractures, as compared to men. The risk is even higher after menopause as the decline in oestrogen makes the bones thinner. The worst hit areas are the hip joint, end of wrist and spine. Women are advised to build their bone mass to a high level when they are in their 20s to 40s, so that when they reach menopause, the bone mass does not drop to a critical stage.

How can you do that? 

Again, I recommend Vitaking. Its main ingredient is Collagen. Click on this article to find out how it functions and why it's a better solution than taking Glucosamine..

Bone renewal is a slow process and has to be combined with proper diet and exercise to work. There's a 40-50% risk of another hip fracture occurring within a year. The anti-osteoporotic drugs take at least 1 year to work. So if your hips are not strong and you are not changing your lifestyle or not doing physiotherapy, then it is going to happen again. Work on building muscles to prevent loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength.

Vitaking helps strengthen your bones, reduce body weight and improves cardiovascular functions. Click here for details..

Some ways to prevent falls

> Have a potty in the bedroom for night-time urination.

> Don't get up from lying to standing position too quickly as it will cause a drop in blood pressure, making you dizzy and fall.

> Install a dim floor light or keep the toilet light on.

> Keep the bedroom free from obstacles so you can move unobstructed.

> Get anti-slip floor mats.

> Remember to take your medications.

(Source: When the hips break, StarHealth, 19/6/2022)

How to order?

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