Drug Marketing injures Patients

Shockingly, a mainstream study by researchers at Stanford University School of medicine and University of Chicago say that these “lack strong evidence that the drugs will actually help. Yet, drugs in this class may cause such serious effects as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, and cost Americans billions of dollars.”

 

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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…)

Quercetin Lowers Respiratory Inflammation, Activates SIRT1

In a recent study, mice were given toxins to produce lung damage that mimicked chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema.  Quercetin1 treatment for 10 days significantly improved the lungs, reducing free radical damage and inflammation.  It also upregulated the longevity gene SIRT1—this is the first time quercetin has been shown to activate this gene.

While many current and former smokers wind up with COPD, many others are suffering from excess pollution and various common chemical exposures. When the lungs become a weak spot, they are more susceptible to infections that can linger. It is also more difficult to get oxygen into your body, handicapping health at a fundamental level.

When the researchers blocked SIRT1 activation, quercetin was no longer able to protect the lungs. This is a novel finding and indicates an additional potent mechanism by which quercetin may help extend the survival of stressed cells in your sinuses and lungs.

 

Byron Richards, CCN

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

Magnesium Supplementation Improves Sleep in Adults and Children

Several new studies show that magnesium supplementation helps improve sleep.

In the first study in adults over age 51 it was found that 320 mg of magnesium1 could lower inflammation (C reactive protein) along with helping to improve sleep.  In a second study of children ages 5-12 with attention deficit disorders it was found that a supplement containing only 80 mgs of magnesium2 was able to improve focus and was especially helpful in correcting sleep problems in these children.

It is known that magnesium helps reduce inflammation in the brain, which in turn should help your brain sleep better.  These two studies lend documentation to the frequently observed benefit of magnesium; assisting with sleep reducing the general feeling of inflammatory wear and tear.

 

Byron Richards, CCN

Branch Chain Amino Acids Promote Lower Body Weight

Branch chain amino acids, which are very high in whey protein, not only help maintain muscle but also assists in maintaining a better body weight. A new study of 4429 men and women ages 40–59 found that the lower their intake of dietary branch chain amino acids1 the more likely they were to be overweight.

The branch chain amino acids are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Leucine has been the subject of a great deal of attention in recent times as it is found to improve healthy insulin signaling. I explained this in detail back in December of 2008 in my article, How Protein Helps Weight Loss.

This new study adds to evidence from a large human sample on the importance of branch chain amino acids assisting with in weight management.  As an extra benefit, it also boosts muscle building when you exercise.

 

Byron Richards, CCN

DHA Supplementation Improves Cholesterol Quality

Overweight individuals typically have problems with excess fat blobs (triglycerides) and elevated cholesterol.  A new study shows that DHA1 lowers triglycerides and improves the quality of both LDL and HDL.

This study is interesting in part because no attempt was made to help the participants lose weight.  In the overweight condition, excess triglycerides cause leptin resistance as well as gumming up LDL and HDL cholesterol, reducing their functional quality, creating a higher risk for heart disease progression.  This study demonstrated that DHA could change the health of HDL and LDL to a higher quality even in the presence of being overweight.

I should point out,  the process of weight loss improves the quality of many issues relating to heart disease.  Clearly, the benefits of DHA in terms of helping weight loss and cardiovascular benefits, will be greater if weight loss occurs at the same time it is being taken.  This study shows, it is even protective for the person who is stuck in a weight rut.

 

Byron Richards, CCN

Why Exercise-Induced Asthma is Linked to Obesity

A new study has demonstrated for the first time that as your body mass rises your risk for exercise-induced asthma1 rises.  Seventy-one percent of obese people have exercise-induced asthma. This is important because it demonstrates that weight gain progressively chokes off normal oxygenation of your body and proper oxygenation of your body is a core fundamental principle of health. (more…)

Fiber Helps Lower Cholesterol and Boosts Weight Loss

A new 12-week study compared taking psyllium fiber1 (55 grams of fiber per day) to a healthy diet (31 grams of fiber per day) as well as to a healthy diet plus psyllium fiber (59 grams of fiber per day), with a control group (20 grams of fiber per day).  The research showed that boosting fiber intake beyond the level found in a healthy diet offered a significant improvement, with the best improvement seen by adding fiber to a healthy diet. (more…)