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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Study Suggests Antioxidants Do Not Interfere with Cancer Radiation Treatment

It has been a longtime concern that antioxidant supplements, due to their ability to protect tissues from free radicals, could also protect cancerous tumors from the intended destructive effects of ionizing radiation when taken before or during treatment.

Lead author Timothy Birdsall, ND, commented, "In cancer treatment today, we have to look beyond the traditional focus of treating only the tumor. The integrated, whole person approach to cancer is highly valued, so much so that cancer patients and their caregivers are seeking out complementary or alternative therapies on their own."

"This study provides evidence that antioxidants as a complementary therapy in cancer treatment do not interfere with external beam radiation therapy," he concluded.

View more information on this antioxidant adjunct cancer radiation treatment study.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Linked to Low Rates of Depression

Australian researchers found omega-3 fatty acids are the most promising nutrient for alleviating the symptoms of depression.

“A review of epidemiological data suggests that there is a link between depression and fish consumption, and although it is true that correlation is not causation, there is evidence that fish and fish oils may be protective against depression,” wrote lead researcher, Dianne Volker.

Fish oil from cold water marine fish contains a high concentration of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Neptune krill oil is another important source of DHA and EPA.

View details on this omega-3 fatty acid depression study.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Link Between Obesity and Inflammation

Research conducted at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center in Houston identifies a molecular link between obesity and inflammation that could lead to new therapies to prevent diabetes and heart disease. Research presented this week at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions shows that a high fat diet draws inflammatory cells into fat tissue, which prevents the tissue from storing the fats we eat. When the tissue can not store these fats, they end up in the liver and muscle, which in turn causes diabetes and heart disease.

“The results of these studies provide additional evidence that new therapies which block the initial inflammation in fat tissue may help prevent or treat disorders related to obesity such as diabetes and heart disease,” Ballantyne said.

View details on this obesity inflammatin study.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Omega-3 Reduces Colon Cancer Risk 85%

A diet rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 85 per cent, suggests a new study from Japan. But high consumption of saturated fatty acids (SFAs) could increase the risk by a whopping 700 per cent, said Japanese researchers.

Metabolism of fatty acids produces compounds called prostaglandins, which can be either pro- or anti-inflammatory. The prostaglandins derived from omega-3 fatty acids are said to be anti-inflammatory and may protect against the development of cancer, while prostaglandins derived from omega-6 fatty acids, like AA, are proposed to be pro-inflammatory.

Read details of this omega-3 colon cancer risk study.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

My Recommendations for Healthy Hair Growth

After years of experiencing hair loss commonly known as male pattern baldness, and experimenting with various ways to enhance hair growth, I have developed these 5 recommendations that work for me. They also make sense. My 5 recommendations for healthy hair growth:

  1. Use a shampoo and conditioner which contain no petrochemicals such as lauryl sulfate.
  2. Use a shampoo that contains Chinese herbs such as he shou wu, with a tradition of promoting hair growth.
  3. If your public water supply uses chlorine to kill bacteria, use a shower water filter to reduce chlorine exposure on your scalp (and lungs).
  4. Take a robust multivitamin containing antioxidants and ginkgo biloba to promote general health and micro-circulation.
  5. Take MSM to promote hair growth from within.

View details and reasons for my recommendations for healthy hair growth.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Folic Acid Reduces Colon Cancer Risk

Earlier research has found there is a 30% to 40% reduced risk of colon cancer in individuals consuming high dietary folate compared with those with low dietary folate. Building on these findings, researchers fed 57 mice a control diet containing folic acid and fed 80 mice a “folate-deficient diet” for 12 to 14 months.

They found that none of the mice on the control diet had intestinal tumors. However, 25% of the mice on the folate-deficient diet had at least one tumor.

The researchers concluded that “dietary folate deficiency can initiate tumors in the intestine.”

View details on this folic acid colon cancer risk study.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Folic Acid Reduces Homocysteine Which Reduces Heart Disease and Stroke

The scientific evidence is strong enough to justify using folic acid as a cheap and simple way of reducing heart disease and strokes, say researchers in the November 2006 British Medical Journal.

The conclusion that homocysteine is a cause of cardiovascular disease explains the observations from all the different types of study, even if the results from one type of study are, on their own, insufficient to reach that conclusion, say the authors. Since folic acid reduces homocysteine concentrations, it follows that increasing folic acid consumption will reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

View details of this folic acid homocysteine heart disease and stroke study.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Soft Drinks Increase Risk of Pancreatic Cancer 91%

Sweetened foods and drinks increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to a study published November 2006 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Soft drinks and sugar in processed foods and coffee are among the most common ways the risk is increased.

Most at risk were those who drank soft drinks; those who drank them twice a day or more had a 91 percent higher risk than those who never drank them at all.

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

Read details on this soft drink and sugar pancreatic cancer risk study.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lipoic Acid and NAC Reduce the Damaging Effects of a High-Fat Diet

The antioxidants alpha-lipoic acid and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) reduce the damaging effects of a high-fat diet, according to a rodent study published in the November-December 2006 journal Nutrition.

Researchers explored the effect of antioxidants on blood lipid metabolism. All of the damaging effects triggered by the high-fat diet were reduced in the NAC- and lipoic-acid-treated groups. In addition, the higher the antioxidant capacity of the animals, the lower the atherosclerotic index.

View details of this high-fat diet, alpha-lipoic acid and n-acetyl cysteine study

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dr. Perricone's 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity: The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Strong Cardiovascular and Kidney Disease Connection Established

The new results suggest that, for the 60 percent of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients who are initially free of heart disease, CVD risk is substantially higher than suggested by the Framingham Risk Equation. 35 percent of the men and 37 percent of the women with end-stage renal disease experienced some type of CVD event over an average of two years' follow-up.

No wonder hydrosoluble Coenzyme Q10-Q-gel has proven beneficial for both end-stage renal disease and cardiovascular disease patients.

Read details on this cardiovascular and kidney disease connecton.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Omega-3 DHA Reduces Alzheimer's and Dementia Risk

Individuals who have higher levels of a fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in their blood may have a significantly lower risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a report in the November 2006 issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish and fish oil. Neptune krill oil is another important source of DHA and EPA.

Researchers found that men and women in the quartile with the highest DHA levels had a 47 percent lower risk of developing dementia and 39 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than the other three quartiles with lower DHA levels.

Read more about this omega-3 DHA alzheimer and dementia study.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Risk Factors Associated with Healthy Age 85 Identified

Avoiding health risk factors in midlife such as smoking, being overweight, excessive drinking and hypertension is associated with a longer and healthier life in men, according to a study in the November 15 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The probability of survival to age 85 years is as high as 69 percent with no risk factors and as low as 22 percent with 6 or more risk factors. The probability of exceptional (healthy) survival to age 85 years was 55 percent with no risk factors but decreased to 9 percent with 6 or more risk factors.

Read about these risk factors associated with aging men.

Omega-3 Fish Oil Reduces Colon Cancer Risk by 40%

Men who ate fish five times a week or more had a 40 percent lower risk of developing colorectal cancer compared to men who ate fish less than once a week, according to a new analysis of data from 22,071 participants in the Physicians’ Health Study.

The researchers looked at four different categories of fish consumed - tuna fish, dark meat fish (salmon, sardines, bluefish, etc.), a general fish category, and shellfish including shrimp, lobster and scallops - and asked how many times the participants ate them on average during the previous year.

The researchers believe the health effects of fish consumption in relation to colorectal cancer may lie in their content of the omega-3 fatty acids that can inhibit the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme. This enzyme acts as a mediator of inflammatory responses thought to be associated with cancer development.

View details of this omega-3 fish - colon cancer reduction study.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Cola Implicated in Bone Mineral Loss in Women

Avoiding drinking cola - both regular and diet - may prevent bone loss and osteoporosis, according to new research from the longest-running population study in history.

Colas contain phosphoric acid, which has been shown to interfere with calcium absorption, and may contribute to calcium loss from the bone by raising blood acidity. Bone then contributes calcium to the blood to maintain a normal acid/alkaline balance in the blood.

Women who are concerned about osteoporosis should avoid cola beverages, and instead drink water, milk, and fruit juice.

View details of this cola bone mineral density study.

Grape Seed Extract Decreases Colon Cancer

A new study has found that grape seed extract (GSE), of which 300 mg per day has recently been found to help curb a worldwide high blood pressure epidemic, may also help maintain colon health.

The researchers found that the higher the dosage, the greater the effect on the colorectal cancer cells. The researchers also found that GSE exerted this effect by stopping replication of the cancer cells, thereby theoretically stopping the cancer cells from spreading in humans.

Read details of this grape seed extract colon cancer study.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Anti-Oxidants for 70 - 98% Pain Relief

Researchers found that antioxidants practically eradicated pain-like behavior in nearly three-quarters of mice with inflamed hind paws.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, substances that damage cells. A handful of studies published in the last 10 years suggest that free radicals may also contribute to chronic pain.

The researchers reported a 70- to 90-percent reduction in pain-related behaviors during the acute phase, and a 78- to 98-percent reduction in such behavior during the tonic phase. “We were surprised to see such a major decrease in pain in the mice, particularly during the acute phase,” Stephens said. “The antioxidants seem to preempt pain-like behavior.

Read details on this antioxidant pain relief study.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Magnesium Supplements Improve Bone Mineral Content

Past studies indicate that dietary magnesium intake and bone mineral density are correlated in adults, but, until now, no data from interventional studies in children and adolescents are available. Consequently, the authors of the current study sought to determine if magnesium supplementation in peri-adolescent girls enhances bone mass.

The results indicate that magnesium supplementation significantly increased hip bone mineral content in the pre- and early puberty group and in the mid to late puberty group.

Read details on this magnesium supplementation bone mineral content study.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Resveratrol Kills Cancer Cells

Researchers at the University of Virginia have discovered how resveratrol, the component derived from red wine, is able to kill cancer cells. Past studies also have revealed that resveratrol exhibits anti-cancer activity. But the mechanism behind its actions was not understood.

According to the researchers, because NF-kB can control inflammatory responses, NF-kB inhibitors like resveratrol may help control or prevent a number of other diseases. Researchers suspect that resveratrols ability to inhibit NF-kB may be the reason why studies have shown this nutrient may prevent heart disease, arthritis and autoimmune diseases.

View resveratrol cancer study details.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Resveratrol Protects Against Fungus and Yeast

A 2003 study indicates that trans-resveratrol, an antioxidant component of red wine thought to confer the beverages heart healthy effects, makes fruit stay fresher longer.

Previous studies have shown that resveratrol kills fungi on fruit and that it can fight diseases caused by yeasts and molds.

In this study, researchers set out to determine whether trans-resveratrol’s antioxidant properties could keep fruit fresher longer. They found that coating the fruit with resveratrol protected it from Botrytis cinerea, a common fungus. Dipping the fruit in resveratrol extended the shelf life of apples from two weeks to three months. The shelf life of grapes doubled after resveratrol treatment.

Read details of this resveratrol fungus study.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Omega-3 Fish Oil Reduces Coronary Death Risk by 36%

Researchers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found omega-3 rich fish oil reduces risk of coronary death by a stunning 36 percent and the rate of death by 17 percent.

Several studies have identified two long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), as likely playing a role in the associated lower rates of coronary heart disease with fish consumption.

Read details on this omega-3 fish oil coronary death risk study.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Resveratrol in Red Wine Reduces Risk of Colon Cancer 68%

Research presented at the October 2006 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology found that drinking 3 glasses of red wine per week can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 68%. It is believed that the resveratrol content in the red wine is the active component impacting this risk.

Researchers found that red wine dramatically reduced the risk of colorectal neoplasia (colon cancer) by 68 percent but white wine did not. The resveratrol content of wine is related to the length of time the grape skins are present during the fermentation process.

Researchers say this study suggests resveratrol in red wine may have a protective effect. Further, studies suggest that resveratrol may exert chemopreventive properties on colon cancer cells.

View details of this red wine resveratrol colon cancer risk study.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Resveratrol Improves Health and Lifespan 40%

Wall Street Journal reported that preliminary studies on the red wine compound resveratrol may extend animal life spans by as much as 40%! Resveratrol was also mentioned for its potential life-extending properties in an article about restricted-calorie diets in The New York Times.

The study conducted on mice by Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Aging researchers, finds that resveratrol negates the negative effects of a high-fat, high-calorie diet. “After six months, resveratrol essentially prevented most of the negative effects of the high calorie diet,” the researchers reported.

Read details of this important resveratrol health and lifespan study.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

New Book: Dr. Perricone’s 7 Secrets to Health, Beauty and Longevity, The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation

Dr. Perricone has announced the November 21, 2006 publication of his new book, Dr. Perricone’s 7 Secrets to Health, Beauty and Longevity, The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation.

The major topics of the book are:

Rejuvenate the bone and muscle in the face to restore youthful contours

Safely burn body fat, suppress appetite and prevent the loss of muscle mass

Learn more about Dr Perricone's 7 Secrets to Health, Beauty and Longevity, The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Blackberry Component Fights Cancer

Fresh blackberries contain a compound that may interfere with genes associated with cancer-promoting agents. The purified compound, cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G), inhibited growth and spread of skin and lung tumors in tests with laboratory mice.

The number and size of skin tumors were significantly reduced among mice that had been supplemented with C3G, when compared to those that had not, the scientists found.

View details of this blackberry cancer study.

Blueberries, Strawberries Increase Brain Function

Blueberries and strawberries may help slow the decline in learning and memory that often occurs as we age.

Rats in three groups of 20 each ate either a standard feed or feed with blueberry extract, or feed with strawberry extract. Compared to the aged rats on nonsupplemented feed, the aged-but-supplemented rats performed better in a test of their ability to find, and in some cases remember, a particular feature in their environment.

View details of this berry brain function study.