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Thursday, August 31, 2006

One Soda per Day Adds 15 Pounds per Year

A new review of available research pinpoints exactly how much soft drinks and other sugary beverages contribute to weight gain and obesity in the United States. Just one extra can each day can add as much as 15 pounds to your weight over the course of a single year.

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health reviewed 30 nutritional studies conducted over the past four decades which revealed a number of other facts, including a one-year intervention study showed that reducing the intake of soft drinks in school-age children reduced the incidence of excess weight and obesity.

Consider stevia as an alternative zero-calorie, zero-glycemic sweetener.

View details of these soft drink sugar obesity studies.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Mediterranean Diet Protects Vascular System

Elderly adults who consume a diet rich in fish, olive oil, fresh vegetables, and vitamin E experience a reduced risk of blood vessel obstruction in the extremities, or peripheral arterial disease, according to a research team in Italy.

A greater intake of olive oil, was associated with decreased risk, with intake of 34 grams or more per day decreasing risk by more than 60%. Greater blood levels of beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL) also were associated with reduced risk of peripheral arterial disease; in fact, each 10-mg/dL increase in HDL produced a 24% lower risk. Furthermore, vitamin E intake dramatically lowered risk, with each 7.7 mg of vitamin E consumed daily producing a dramatic 63% risk reduction.

View details of this mediterranean diet peripheral arterial disease study.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E Reduce ALS Risk

A diet rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E may reduce the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to Dutch researchers. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disorder.

132 patients with definite or possible ALS and 220 healthy controls participated in the study. ALS patients had markedly lower omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin E intake than did controls. For both nutrients, the highest intake (compared to the lowest intake) was associated with a 50-60% reduction in the risk of ALS.

There are a number of good fish oils on the market, but one of the best new ways to get omega-3 polyunsaturated fats is from krill oil.

View details on this omega-3 fatty acid vitamin E ALS study.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Curcumin Delays Onset of Senility

Curcumin, a constituent of turmeric, is an antioxidant, and reports have suggested that it inhibits the build-up of beta-amyloid plaques in people with Alzheimer's.

Those people who consumed curry "occasionally" (once or more in 6 months but less than once a month) and "often" (more than once a month) had better cognitive function results than those who only ate curry "never or rarely."

View details of this curtumin turmeric senility study.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Vitamin D and Calcium Reduce Diabetes Risk

High intake of vitamin D and calcium may reduce the risk of type II diabetes in women, according to a large long-term study.

Women who took the highest amount of vitamin D in the form of supplements had a 13% reduction in their risk for type II diabetes compared to women who took the least vitamin D. Women who had the highest intake of calcium from supplements had an 18% reduction in their risk of diabetes compared to those with the lowest calcium intake.

For vitamin D plus calcium together, those women with the highest combined intake had the lowest risk of diabetes—a 33% reduction compared to women with the lowest intake of these nutrients. Seems such an easy way to reduce the risk of diabetes complications- blindness, nerve damage, sexual disfunction, foot ulcers, stroke and more.

View details of this vitamin d calcium diabetes risk study.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Non-Smoking Related to Better Vision

Degeneration of the central portion of the retina can lead to poor vision and blindness, a disease known as age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

Increased intake of fish reduced the risk of vision degeneration, particularly for those who ate two or more servings of per week. Dietary omega-3 fatty acid intake was inversely associated with this poor vision, reducing risk by about 45%.

So, if you are at risk for AMD, you should increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and decrease your intake of omega-6. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega 3 is 2:1, not the 20:1 or even 50:1 ratio found in some American diets. That means you should eat more fish, omega-3 fish oils including krill oil.

View more details of this omega-3 fatty acid AMD study.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Chromium Picolinate Reduces Weight, Fat, and Abdominal Fat Gain

29 adults suffering with elevated blood sugar were randomly assigned to receive the pharmaceutical drug sulfonylurea plus 1,000 mcg of chromium picolinate per day, or the drug plus placebo.

The researchers concluded, "This study demonstrates that chromium picolinate supplementation in subjects with type 2 diabetes who are taking sulfonylurea agents significantly improves insulin sensitivity and glucose control. Further, chromium picolinate supplementation significantly attenuated body weight gain and visceral fat accumulation compared with the placebo group."

View details of this chromium picolinate abdominal fat study.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

CLA Causes Fat and Weight Loss During Holiday Season

A new study suggests that Tonalin® CLA could have long-term health benefits by preventing weight and fat gain commonly experienced by adults during the November-December holiday season, and in the normal aging process.

The findings showed that participants taking conjugated linoleic acid safely reduced their body fat mass by 2.2 pounds and their body weight by 1.3 pounds. In comparison, those in the placebo group gained 1.5 pounds of body fat mass and 2.4 pounds of body weight during the months that are especially problematic for overweight individuals.

View details on this CLA fat and weight loss holiday study.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Autism, Abnormal Blood-Vessel Function and Oxidative Stress

Researchers discovered that children with autism showed signs of abnormal blood-vessel function and damaging levels of oxidative stress compared to healthy children. The children with autism possessed levels of biochemicals that indicate the presence of constricted blood vessels via the endothelium with a higher tendency to form clots.

Researchers measured levels of a chemical byproduct of free radicals attacking fat cells and found that patients with autism possess nearly double the level of oxidative stress than that measured in healthy controls.

Autism is a complex neurological disorder and oxidative imbalance is one feature of the autistic syndrome. Several lines of evidence support the hypothesis that oxidative imbalance may also play a role in this disease: autism is characterized by an impaired anti-oxidant defense system, higher free-radical production, and improvement of behavioral symptoms after taking anti-oxidants.

Read details of this autism abnormal blood vessel function antioxidant study.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Vitamin E, Selenium and Carotenoids Improve Skin Health

German researchers report that the antioxidants vitamin E, selenium, and carotenoids - lutein, lycopene and beta-carotene - improve various aspects of skin health and reduce the effects of skin aging.

Subjects supplemented with the antioxidants experienced a significant increase in skin density and thickness. In addition, roughness, scaling and wrinkling of the skin improved in subjects receiving the antioxidants. In the placebo group no changes were found for any of the parameters.

View details of this vitamin E selenium lutein lycopene beta-carotene skin study.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Omega-3 Fish Oil and Exercise Reduce Weight

An Australian study has determined that daily doses of fish oil containing omega-3 fats can, when combined with exercise, act as an aid to weight loss.

68 overweight and obese people were divided into four groups: one that took fish oil but did no exercise, one that exercised (45-minute walks or running three days a week) but took no fish oil, one given both, and one given neither.

Those who both took fish oil and exercised lost an average of 4.5 pounds over the course of the study, even though they were given no dietary restrictions. None of the other groups lost any weight at all. The combination worked because the omega-3s increased fat-burning ability by improving the flow of blood to muscles during exercise.

Read details of this omega-3 fish oil exercise weight reduction study.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Omega-3 Fish Oil Helps Stabilize Irregular Heartbeats

As a common heart disorder that affects more than 2.2 million Americans, atrial fibrillation is one of a number of heartbeat disorders called arrhythmias.

While conventional medical treatments for arrhythmias include prescription medications, surgery, and pacemakers, research has started to find a safer and more natural alternative in the form of 4 grams of omega-3 fish oil and 1 gram of vitamin C per day because of their ability to help decrease heart rate and normalize certain segments of the electrocardiogram (ECG).

Researchers found that higher intake of tuna or other broiled or baked fish was associated with a lower heart rate, a more normal ECG, and that these effects were elicited with fish oil intake of at least 300 mg per day.

View details on this omega-3 fish oil arrhythmia study.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Magnesium Associated With Reduced Inflammation

A number of supplements, including omega-3 fish oil, krill oil, fiber, and vitamin E, have been found to decrease inflammation. A new study in the May 2006 issue of Nutrition Research has established that magnesium may also help reduce inflammation.

When looking at magnesium and inflammation, researchers found that those taking at least 50 mg of magnesium supplements daily were 22% less likely to have elevated CRP levels. Those who didn’t meet the RDA requirements for magnesium were 40% more likely to have elevated CRP levels.

Read details on this magnesium inflammation study.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Flavonoids Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk by 40%

A diet rich in certain flavonoids, from eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by over 40 per cent, says a large observational study from Italy.

After adjusting the results for sex, age, family history of colorectal cancer, BMI, energy intake, education, alcohol consumption, and physical activity, the researchers calculated that the highest intake of flavonols was associated with a 46 per cent reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer, compared to people in the lowest intake group.

This large study supports not only the potential anti-cancer activity of certain flavonoids, but highlights further the five-a-day message for a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

View details of this flavonoid colorectal cencer risk study.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Omega-3 Fish Oil Provides 24-Hour Control of Circulating Fat Levels

The current healthcare system only monitors fasting triglyceride levels by blood sampling after an overnight fast despite clinical evidence that postprandial (after meal) surges in fat (triglyceride) levels markedly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease. This research study evaluated the effect of supplementation with DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil on blood triglyceride levels throughout the 24-hour period.

A significant overall reduction in the circulating triglyceride levels by 29-34% during the 24-hour monitoring was found with DHA/EPA supplementation relative to controls. These findings indicate that DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acid supplementation taken daily in the morning or evening on a regular basis, can provide 24-hour risk reduction of blood triglyceride levels before, between, and after meals.

View details on this omega-3 fish oil lipid and triglyceride levels.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Fish Help Maintain Heart Rhythm

Eating fish or fish oil has a beneficial effect on the electrical system of the heart, which may help prevent life-threatening heart rhythm disorders, according to a new report.

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of Harvard Medical School analyzed data from 5,096 adults enrolled in the Cardiovascular Health Study to investigate the link between dietary intake of fish omega-3 fatty acid and features seen on electrocardiograms.

Intake of tuna or other broiled or baked fish at least once a week or intake of 1 gram/day fish oil was associated with a slower heart rate than was eating these fish less than once a month.

View details of this omega-3 fatty acid fish oil heart rhythm study.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Calcium Supplementation Reduces Blood Pressure

While inflammation is a significant contributor to high blood pressure, another significant contributor is calcium levels in the body, because of calcium’s role in muscle function. Low calcium levels can disrupt muscle function such as that in your arteries, impairing their ability to relax. Now a new study has found that calcium can play a significant role in helping you maintain normal blood pressure levels.

Researchers concluded that "an adequate intake of calcium should be recommended for the prevention of hypertension."

View details of this calcium supplementation blood pressure study.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Levels Predict Suicide Risk

Low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and a high ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids predicted suicide risk in subjects with depression who were not taking medication.

Researchers determined if risk of future suicidal behaviors could be predicted by measuring the subjects’ level of essential fatty acids including DHA, a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil. Researchers discovered that subjects with a low percentage of docosahexaenoic acid and a higher omega-6/omega-3 ratio were more likely to be in the group who attempted suicide.

View details of this omega-3 DHA suicide risk study.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Folic Acid Reduces Inflammation

Folic acid can lower levels of the inflammatory marker C-Reactive Protein (CRP). Furthermore, folic acid can improve insulin sensitivity and lower homocysteine in overweight individuals.

Researchers investigated the effect of folic acid supplementation on insulin sensitivity and markers of inflammation in overweight healthy subjects.

Subjects receiving folic acid supplementation showed a reduction of homocysteine and an improvement of insulin sensitivity. This treatment was also associated with a significant drop in the circulating concentration of inflammatory markers such as interleukin-8 and C-reactive protein.

View details of this folic acid inflammation study.

High Homocysteine Levels Associated with Depression

Subjects given vitamin supplements had a significant overall improvement in their poor mental health, reported a study published in the journal Biologic Psychiatry in August 2006. Homocysteine levels were measured in this group. Forty two of the patients had homocysteine levels of greater than 15. Half of them were subsequently supplemented with vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid, or placebo, for three months in a study that was randomized, double-blinded and then crossed over. It was found that homocysteine levels declined with vitamin therapy.

View details on this homocysteine vitamin B, folic acid depression study.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Curcumin and Quercetin Reduce Polyp Number by 60% and Size by 50%

Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an intestinal disorder characterized by the development of hundreds of colorectal adenomas and eventual colorectal cancer.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the Cleveland Clinic evaluated the efficacy of the combination of supplements curcumin and quercetin to reduce adenomas in patients with FAP. The study was published in the June 2006 journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

At the end of the six-month trial, all five individuals had a decreased number and size from baseline of these abnormal growths in the colon. The growths decreased in number on average by about 60% while the size of the growths decreased an average by over 50%. No side effects were seen from the administration of these nutrients.

View details on this curcumin quercetin pre-cancerous polyp study.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Berry Extracts Fight Cell-Damaging Effects of Radiation

Radiation, such as X-rays, can affect cells of the body, causing gene mutations that can be passed on to future generations. In addition to permanent genetic defects, ionizing radiation can cause cancer, precancerous lesions, benign tumors, cataracts, skin changes, and congenital defects. Everyday exposure to ionizing radiation is found in a wide range of occupational settings, including health care facilities, research institutions and manufacturing settings.

A new study has found that increasing your intake of berry extracts helps fight the cell-damaging effects of radiation. The researchers concluded “blueberry and strawberry diets, high in antioxidants, provide protection against harmful radiation effects” and “the antioxidant diets and the different polyphenols in these fruits might be acting in different brain regions to produce their beneficial effects.”

View details of this berry extract radiation study.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lutein Lowers Inflammatory Markers and Coronary Artery Disease

Researchers obtained blood samples from 89 patients with coronary artery disease.

Researchers found that inflammatory proteins, including C-Reactive Protein and IL-6, were significantly higher in the acute coronary syndrome patients compared to controls, Concerning carotenoids, both the acute coronary syndrome and Stable Angina patients had significantly lower levels of lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin compared to controls. Finally, levels of lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin were significantly correlated to coronary artery disease.

The researchers stated “our main finding was the significantly lower plasma concentrations of carotenoids in patients with coronary artery disease” and that their role in CAD may lie in helping strengthen the immune system.

View details of this lutein, zeaxanthin inflammatory marker and corronary artery disease study.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Fish Oil Better Than Statins at Improving HDL Cholesterol

A study has shown that omega-3 fish oils are more effective than the statin drug Lipitor in positively affecting the levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol in obese and insulin-resistant men. HDL cholesterol protects against atherosclerosis by removing excess cholesterol from arterial cells, and low HDL levels can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly for those who are obese or insulin resistant.

The omega-3 fats in fish oil will influence your HDL cholesterol levels far more safely and effectively than taking a prescription drug for the rest of your life -- and for a small fraction of the cost, typically even less than the copayment to purchase the expensive medications. And, as the study above indicates, you can take a high-quality fish or krill oil that is chock full of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

View details on this omega-3 fish oil versus statin for HDL cholesterol study.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Magnesium Supplements Reduce Children's Asthma

A new study has found that children and adolescents with asthma who are given magnesium supplements experience less symptoms, use less medication, and experience a number of other beneficial effects.

After two months, the researchers found that the children taking the magnesium supplements (300 mg/day) had, on average, 28 percent fewer days of severe asthma. The magnesium supplements were also associated with a reduction in the use of salbutamol of almost 40 percent.

View details of this magnesium children's asthma study.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Low Fat Diet Increases ARM; High Omega-3 Fatty Acid Reduces ARM Risk

In a recent study, 2335 elderly patients were screened for early (dry) and late (wet) age-related maculopathy (ARM), or age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The screening showed that low fat diets (less than 27% calories from fat) including low unsaturated fat, increased the likelihood of dry ARM by 50 -70%. Contrary to previous studies, high unsaturated fat intake did not correlate with increased incidence of early or late ARM. In fact, diets high in n-3 unsaturated fats decreased the incidence of late ARM by 60%.

High or low fat, per see, is not the issue. The type of fat is critical. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat from fish is anti-inflammatory. Omega-6 fats are pro-inflammatory. High omega-3 fat diets decrease the risk of ARM; high omega-6 fat diets increase the risk of ARM. Older studies did not differentiate between the type of fat included in a low- or high-fat diet, thus their often conflicting and confusing results.

View details on this low-fat omega-3 fatty acid diet age-releted maculopathy study.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Astaxanthin Offsets Cholesterol Damage Caused by Vioxx

Researchers report that astaxanthin can protect cholesterol against oxidation for patients taking Vioxx, the popular arthritis prescription drug that was pulled from the market in September 2004. It was found that Vioxx users had a 200% increased risk of having a heart attack. Research has found that this increased risk for heart attack is because Vioxx forms a reactive molecule not formed with other arthritis drugs, including celebrex, that is capable of causing cell damage and disrupting cell function.

Astaxanthin is one of the most common antioxidants found in the red pigment of crustacean shells (crabs, shrimp, krill) and salmon.

For the researchers, astaxanthin represents “a pharmacologic approach to block the oxidizing effects of Vioxx.”

View details of this astaxanthin cholesterol Vioxx study.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Folate and Vitamin B6 Boost Heart Health for Type-1 Diabetics

Children with type-1 diabetes could benefit from high-dose folate and vitamin B6 supplements to boost their cardiovascular health, according to a new clinical trial published in the journal Pediatrics.

“We have shown for the first time that, among children with type-1 diabetes and normal folate status, both high-dose folate and high-dose vitamin B6 normalize endothelial function within two hours, an effect that is maintained over eight weeks with high-dose folate and/or vitamin B6,” wrote the authors.

View details on this folate vitamin B6 heart study for type-1 diabetics.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Calcium Can Reduce Hypertension and Preeclampsia During Pregnancy

An increased intake of calcium may reduce the risk of hypertension and preeclampsia during pregnancy, according to a new review of clinical trials.

The review looked at 12 randomized controlled studies, one involving over 4,000 pregnant women in North America, and one study conducted by the WHO involving over 8,000 women internationally. Pregnant women with low dietary calcium who received at least 1.5 grams per day of calcium by mouth during the second half of pregnancy had a lower risk of hypertension and preeclampsia, and of severe complications including death, than women who received placebo treatment.

AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: Calcium supplementation appears to almost halve the risk of pre-eclampsia, and to reduce the rare occurrence of the composite outcome 'death or serious morbidity'.

View details of this calcium hypertension preclampsia pregnancy study.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Abdominal Distress

For some people, drinking just a can of soda or a bottle of lemonade can lead to abdominal cramping, bloating, pain, and diarrhea. Fructose intake has increased considerably in the United States, primarily as a result of increased consumption of high-fructose corn syrup and crystalline fructose.

More than half of the adults tested showed evidence of fructose malabsorption after 25 grams fructose and greater than two thirds showed malabsorption after 50 grams fructose. A single 12-ounce can of soda has 39 grams fructose, or as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

Consider Stevia as a 0 calorie, 0 glycemic, 0 fructose natural sweetener alternative.

View details of this high fructose corn syrup abdominal distress study.

Neptune Krill Oil Beneficial for Adult ADHD

Researchers announce positive interim results of the effect of Neptune Krill Oil on adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The 90-day interim NKO ADHD results show a statistically significant improvement in all three of the Barkley's Executive Function scores. Patients improved their ability to concentrate by 56.3%, their ability to manage money by 33% and their planning skills by 50%. Study participants took either 500 mg/day neptune krill oil or placebo.

View interim details of this neptune krill oil adult ADHD study.