Can changing my diet late in life lower cholesterol and prolong life?

Yes, a study from the University of Maryland shows that 
eating a healthful diet after age 70 increases your chances of 
reaching 80 by 24 percent (Journal of the American Dietetic 
Association. February, 2011).  
         The study followed 2,582 people ages 70 to 79 for 10 years.  
They were categorized as 1) those who ate a healthful diet of mostly 
fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, whole grains, and nuts; 
2) those who ate high-fat (dairy and meat); and 3) those who ate a 
lot of sugar and flour (doughnuts, cakes, cookies, etc.)  Meat and 
cheese are rich sources of calories, saturated fat and cholesterol 
that increase risk for heart attacks and strokes.  Sugared drinks 
and foods made with sugar or flour raise blood sugar and are also 
sources of excess calories that increase risk for diabetes and 
heart attacks.  Compared to those who ate a healthful diet, the 
high-fat eaters were 40 percent more likely to die, and the 
high-sugar group was 37 percent more likely to die.

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The vital role of Antioxidants in achieving optimal health and longevity

Let’s start with a basic truth: There are NO magic bullets! For over 40 years, I have taught tens of thousands of people the benefits of natural healing, including how to slow down, stop and reverse dis-ease. Although there is no one way or one pill that will ever help anyone achieve optimum health, there are basic tenets we must understand in order to accomplish our health goals. (more…)

Vitamin D – A Gene-Regulating Super Nutrient

one study with 2100 female twins showed that having adequate vitamin D extends life by five years

Patients with Parkinson’s were 55% more likely to be low in vitamin D.

Some of the newer colon cancer research finds that vitamin D turns on death signals in colon cancer cells and works synergistically with calcium to help prevent colon cancer cells from spreading.

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Resveratrol Reduces Alzheimer’s Brain Plaques

Resveratrol has received considerable attention for its anti-aging properties involving the activation of the SIRT1 gene.  Another aspect of resveratrol function is to activate the production of friendly nitric oxide in your brain. This offers a way to prevent the cascade of free radical damage that leads to plaque formation. (more…)

Fish Oil Supplementation Boosts Muscle

The loss of muscle during aging is invariably associated with a decline in health.  A new study with older adults has found that supplementation with fish oil1 (DHA and EPA) can improve the synthesis of muscle protein.

The essential fatty acids, especially DHA, are well known for their role in cardiovascular health.  In addition to becoming part of the structure of cell membranes everywhere in your body, it is now recognized that they activate a wide array of genes.  This new study indicates that some of the genes that are activated help preserve muscle providing an anti-aging benefit.

 

Byron Richards, CCN

Homocysteine Related to Plasma Vitamin C Levels

In a recently published study, researchers investigated the role of antioxidant vitamins in lowering homocysteine. Homocysteine is a sulfur containing amino acid, and reduced levels of homocysteine are associated with cardiovascular health. Previous research has shown that vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid support the maintenance of healthy homocysteine levels. (more…)

Phase I and II detox pathways

Detoxification is the process in which the body eliminates or neutralizes toxic substances. Toxins come from various sources including the air, diet, drugs, alcohol, smoking, as well as metabolic by-products. Thus, lifestyle factors play a significant role in the accumulation of toxins. The build-up of toxins results in cellular damage, and eventually chronic disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that almost half of American adults have at least one chronic disease. Chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S.1

The body utilizes several routes of detoxification including the skin, lungs, kidneys, liver, and intestines. What’s important to keep in mind is that there are two pathways by which the body detoxifies harmful substances and it’s essential to support both of these pathways in order to detoxify effectively. Supporting only one of the detoxification pathways can actually do more harm than good. (more…)

Hormones and the heart

In the eyes of holistic physicians, hormones are the “fountain of youth” in the human body. Their job is to regulate the functions of different tissues and organs as well as blood pressure control, reproductive function, body mass, immune function, cognitive performance, how we deal with stress and so much more. Hormones are chemical messengers that are released from one area of the body to communicate a signal in another area.

The hormonal “orchestra” must stay in balance in order for the tissues that they regulate to function optimally and stay in harmony. When hormones become depleted or imbalanced (from aging, stress, pollutants, lifestyle) we begin to experience serious health issues.

While the majority of information about hormonal health tends to focus on reproductive function and conditions associated with PMS, menopause and andropause, other areas of the body are just as greatly affected.

The heart is one organ that hormone balance has a direct effect upon. Newer research is exploring how inadequate hormone levels negatively affect heart health, and how achieving hormone balance can offset this. (more…)