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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Probiotic Normalizes Most IBS Symptoms

The aim of this study was to compare the response of symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with ingestion of probiotic preparations.

For all symptoms, with the exception of bowel movement frequency and consistency, those taking Bifidobacteria probiotic experienced a greater reduction in IBS symptom scores; composite and individual scores for abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating/distention, and bowel movement difficulty were significantly lower than for placebo for those randomized to B infantis 35624 for most weeks of the treatment phase.

Read more study details here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Simultaneous Supplementation with Vitamin C and Iron Bad for GI Tract

Pairing up vitamin C and iron supplements could mean trouble for your stomach and intestines.

Although vitamin C aids iron absorption, taking the two supplements together could increase the risk of ulcers or aggravate inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Only take iron supplements if advised to by your healthcare provider and ask how to minimize interactions with foods and other supplements.

Co-supplementation of ferrous salts (iron) with vitamin C exacerbates oxidative stress in the gastrointestinal tract, predisposing individuals to ulceration, inflammatory disorders, and exacerbation of existing chronic disorders and may cause cancer.

Read more about this important study here. Read My Multivitamin recommendation here.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Acetyl L-Carnitine for Diabetic Neuropathy

The results from these two large placebo-controlled trials suggest that Acetyl L-Carnitine can relieve pain and improve nerve fiber regeneration and vibration perception in patients with diabetic neuropathy.

By some measures, a dose of 1,500 mg/day was more effective than 3,000 mg/day, but by other measures the higher dose was more effective. Therefore, if ALC is used to treat diabetic neuropathy, the dosage should be individualized according to the patient's response.

Read more study results here.

Adequate Vitamin D More Important than Calcium Requirement

Calcium intake of over 800 milligrams per day has been recommended for men and women, but obtaining this level from one's diet can be challenging . However, a report published in the November 9 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that taking over 800 milligrams calcium per day may not be necessary if one consumes enough vitamin D.

The authors concluded, "Our study suggests that vitamin D sufficiency may be more important than high calcium intake. Vitamin D may have a calcium sparing effect and as long as vitamin D status is ensured, calcium intake levels of more than 800 mg/d may be unnecessary for maintaining calcium metabolism. Vitamin D supplements are necessary to ensure adequate vitamin D status for most of the year in northern climates."

Read the study details here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Chromium Picolinate May Provide Cardiovascular Benefits in Pre-Diabetes

A study conducted at the University of Alberta, Canada shows daily use of chromium picolinate provides significant cardiovascular benefits in pre-diabetic rats that have insulin resistance. The study, presented at the 3rd World Congress on Insulin Resistance Syndrome in November 2005, is the first of its kind to show that chromium picolinate may improve endothelial function -- the overall health of the circulatory system -- and thus may limit macrovascular complications in pre-diabetes.

The study also showed an improvement in kidney function and in the severity of glomerular sclerosis in pre-diabetic rats treated with chromium picolinate, suggesting a potential renal protective benefit. This finding supports previous research demonstrating the safety of chromium picolinate and its potential benefits in liver and kidney functions.

Read more about the study here.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Homeopathic Anti-Snoring Medication Works

More than 40 million American adults snore. Habitual snoring afflicts 44% of adult males and 28% of females.

The study involved 90 men and women from the Portland area between the ages of 18 and 55 with uncomplicated medical histories. More than 79% of those in the treatment group, receiving the homeopathic remedy in SnoreStop, reported improvements in their snoring conditions at the end of 10 days. More than 43% of these patients reported snoring had been eliminated completely, or at least reduced significantly.

Read more information from the study here.

90% of Americans Carry Toxic Chemicals in their Bodies

The third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, issued in July 2005 by the CDC, shows that most people in the U.S., and especially children, carry a dangerous mixture of chemicals in their bodies.

The study documented the presence in humans of dozens of pesticides and toxic compounds used in consumer products such as cadmium, mercury, Chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that damages the nervous system, Phthalates -- chemicals used in fragrances, cosmetics, and soft plastics, which have been shown to alter male reproductive organs or to feminize hormones, Organochlorides such as DDT, which have been banned for decades, and many others.

The constant, chronic exposure to toxics from the time we are in the womb, is a major cause of chronic illness, including cancer, birth defects or abnormal development, brain or nervous system damage, hormonal and reproductive imbalances, and impaired immunity, to name just a few.

Of the most fundamental supplements for general health, My Recommendations include Yaeyama Chlorella for detoxification. Read more about the CDC study here.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Probiotic Normalizes Bowel Movements for IBS Patients

Good news for those with irritable bowel syndrome. A beneficial strain of probiotic bacteria called Bifidobacterium infantis has been found to stabilize bowel movement frequency in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who experience either constipation or diarrhea.

For patients with very frequent or very few bowel movements, the bacteria had a significant effect in normalizing the frequency. This appears to be a unique finding since other agents used or tested in IBS have tended to have efficacy in either a diarrhea-predominant group or a constipation-predominant group, but not in both.

Read more about this IBS study.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

NIH Reports Glucosamine and Chondroitin Effective in Treating Osteoarthritis

Initial findings of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) conclude, "combination glucosamine and chondroitin is effective in treating moderate to severe knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA)."

Jason Theodosakis, M.D., a member of the steering committee for the $14 million NIH study, concludes: "The supplements glucosamine and chondroitin offer effective treatment to the millions of Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis. One very significant finding of GAIT is that the supplements actually outperformed the prescription drug for those with moderate to severe knee pain thus offering relief for those who need it most."

Read the announcement of the first presentation of the study here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Silicon Uptake is a Major Dietary Determinant of Bone Mineral Density (BMD)

Scientists have recently reviewed the major dietary sources of silicon from data collected in the Framingham offspring cohort study.

Silicon intake is significantly linked to bone mineral density. In fact, silicon's effect on bone density was as great as that reported for any other nutrient, such as calcium and magnesium.

Read more about this study and another describing New Evidence for the Important Role of Orthosilicic Acid (Silicon) in Bone Metabolism.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Compare Our Neptune Krill Oil to HerbaLife Tri-Shield™

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. of Quebec, in November 2005, announced that network marketer Herbalife International has launched a comprehensive heart health product line with Neptune Krill Oil (NKO) as the main ingredient. Core-Complex is a daily pack of supplements for heart health featuring Tri-Shield—Herbalife’s proprietary formula of NKO.

Tri-Shield™ softgels’ proprietary formula contains 100% pure Neptune Krill Oil (NKO®)†, which comes from a small shrimp-like crustacean harvested in the Antarctic. A 30 softgel bottle of HerbaLife Tri-Shield™, each softgel containing 300 mg Neptune Krill Oil, retails for $35.50.

Compare to our Source Naturals Neptune Krill Oil, which we sell for $14 for a 30-softgel bottle or $27 for a 60-softgel bottle, both with 500 mg softgels. The Source Naturals Neptune Krill Oil is from the same raw materials manufacturer - Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, Inc.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

CLA Has Protective Effect Against Colon Cancer

CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, is found in high-fat dairy food and beef. However, because many people have cut back on their intake of high fat dairy products, and cows raised on oats, barley and hay rather than grass contain far less CLA, people may not be ingesting enough of this valuable nutrient.

During the follow-up of nearly 15 years, 798 of the 60,708 women developed colorectal cancer. The researchers found that those with the lowest risk of developing colorectal cancer were the women who consumed 4 servings or more of high-fat dairy foods per day. The women who consumed less than 1 serving per day had the highest risk. Each increment of 2 servings of high-fat dairy foods per day resulted in a 13 percent reduction in colorectal cancer risk.

For more information on the study, click here.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Nutrient Triad Reverses Early Macular Degeneration

A combination of nutrients improves vision and reverses pathological changes in adults with early macular degeneration, according to a recent study conducted by Italian researchers.

While epidemiological studies have shown that an antioxidant-rich diet - including lutein and zeaxanthin - may help prevent macular degeneration, this new study demonstrates an effective nutritional treatment for the adverse effects of early macular degeneration.

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study enrolled 106 patients with bilateral macular degeneration. The subjects received either a nutrient combination or placebo for 12 months. The nutrient combination included 200 mg acetyl L-carnitine, 780 mg omega-3 fatty acids, and 20 mg coenzyme Q10 daily.

Treatment improved visual field defects in both eyes.

Read more study information here.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Melatonin May Protect Against Cell Phone Radiation

Brief exposure to radiation emitted by cell phones induces pathological changes in the skin and kidneys that may be attenuated by melatonin, report Turkish researchers.

Cell phones emit and receive radio frequency radiation in the same way that microwave ovens emit microwave radiation, but of a different frequency and power level. The biological impact of exposure to this radiation is a function of the time exposed and the power of the cell phone signal. Increased oxidative stress induced by radio frequency radiation may contribute to DNA changes and increased risk of certain cancers.

The study authors concluded that the antioxidant and free radical-scavenging properties of melatonin offer significant protection from the damaging effects of routine cell phone use, particularly on the skin and kidneys.

View the study results here.