Ginger and ALA Protect Liver

 

Ginger and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can help to prevent age-related changes to the liver, according to a recent study.

Antioxidants fight free radicals—highly unstable forms of oxygen that can lead to a variety of age-related diseases. Free radicals can also damage and age the organs, including the liver. In this study, researchers examined the effects of two antioxidant supplements—ginger and ALA—on liver alterations.

The researchers studied the livers of young (4 months) and older (24 months) rats. The livers of the older rats showed signs of both age and failure. However, these age-related changes improved significantly with both ginger and ALA supplementation, although ALA was more effective than ginger.

The researchers wrote, “Ginger and ALA appear to be promising anti-aging agents based on their amelioration of ultrastructural alterations in livers of old rats.”

Reference:
Mahmoud YI and Hegazy HG. Biotech Histochem. 2015 Nov 3:1-10. [Epub ahead of print.]

Ginger and ALA Protect Liver

How the Little Known Nutrient Alpha Lipoic Acid Kills Cancer Cells and Outperforms Chemotherapy

Alpha-Lipoic

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a virtually unknown nutrient. It is a naturally occurring thiol antioxidant, or simply stated, a sulfur containing chemical produced in plants and animals.1,2 It has been shown to have a remarkable ability to regenerate other major anti-oxidants and protect the body from oxidative stress. Research has also shown that it has the potential to outperform chemotherapy in its ability to reduce cancer cell formation; with little to no side-effects or collateral damage.

Alpha lipoic acid is found in food and many alternative health doctors use higher dose supplemental form to help those with diabetes, neurodegenerative conditions, auto-immune diseases, cancer, and heart disease. Alpha lipoic acid in supplemental form is also used to improve human performance in otherwise healthy individuals.

Where Do We Find Alpha Lipoic Acid? (more…)

Alpha-Lipoic Acid Aids in Weight Loss

 

A February 2015 study reveals that supplementing with alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) can help boost weight loss efforts. ALA is an antioxidant that fights free radical damage throughout the body. It is also vital for the production of cellular energy.

In this study, researchers wanted to evaluate ALA supplementation—with and without the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)—on healthy overweight or obese women following a reduced-calorie diet.

The researchers randomly assigned the women to receive EPA, ALA, or EPA+ALA. A fourth group served as the control. All the groups also followed a low-calorie diet.

Before and at the conclusion of the intervention, all participants had their weight, body fat, body composition, blood pressure, glucose, insulin, cholesterol and levels of leptin and ghrelin measured.

The results showed that the women who took the ALA, either alone or along with EPA, experienced significantly higher weight loss than the EPA group or control.

The researchers concluded, “The intervention suggests that ALA supplementation alone or in combination with EPA may help to promote body weight loss in healthy overweight/obese women following energy-restricted diets.”

Reference:
Huerta AE, et al. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Feb;23(2):313-21.

 

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Chronic Hepatitis C: The Hidden Epidemic

Definition of the Problem
On August 17, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations for testing all persons in the US born between 1945 and 1965 for hepatitis C infection.1 The Baby Boomer generation has been targeted because the CDC has determined that 75% of all chronic hepatitis C cases are between 47 and 67 years of age and the prevalence is five times higher in this age group than in any other.1

According to the Institute of Medicine, only 25% of those who are infected know their status and, given that there are an estimated 3.9 to 4.9 million persons living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the US, that means approximately 3 to 3.7 million American Baby Boomers currently have chronic hepatitis C and don’t know it.1,2 The majority of this group is believed to have been infected between 1980 and 1990, with an estimated 230,000 infections per year during that decade.4 By 1992, the year that sensitive assays for the identification of HCV were developed, the number of reported new cases had already declined by 78%, probably a result of a saturation of the drug-injecting population.5 The number of new cases has steadily declined each year since, and in 2010 there were only 17,000 new cases of acute infection.6,7 (more…)

,Multiple Sclerosis: Environmental Factors and Treatments – Part 2

Introduction
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disabling disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects approximately 400,000 people in the US. MS is characterized by relapsing and remitting neurological dysfunction associated with acute episodes of inflammation. Last month featured Part 1 of this two-part update on multiple sclerosis. Part 1 explored common and uncommon etiologies, including genetics, smoking, latitude, vitamin D, viruses, hormones, solvents, heavy metals, stress, celiac disease, and air pollution. Treatments related to these etiologies include smoking cessation, stress management, vitamin D supplementation, dietary changes, hormone therapy, detoxification, and chelation. Many people with MS utilize conventional drug therapies and explore integrative modalities as well. Surveys suggest that up to 70% of people with MS have tried one or more alternative medicine, or integrative medicine, treatments to help control their MS symptoms.1 In addition to treatments already discussed in Part 1, several other etiologies and integrative therapies for MS will be reviewed. (more…)

Chronic Hepatitis C: The Hidden Epidemic

Definition of the Problem
On August 17, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations for testing all persons in the US born between 1945 and 1965 for hepatitis C infection.1 The Baby Boomer generation has been targeted because the CDC has determined that 75% of all chronic hepatitis C cases are between 47 and 67 years of age and the prevalence is five times higher in this age group than in any other.1 (more…)

Lipoic Acid : Slow Aging and Repair Damage

Step by step researchers are documenting that lipoic acid protects every organ in the human body. The latest findings are that lipoic acid offers powerful protector against diabetic polyneuropathy and nephropathy (peripheral nerve disease and kidney disease resulting from damage to small blood vessels). It is also a great defender of brain tissue, and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective capabilities that make if effective in slowing the aging of the brain and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Other recent research shows that lipoic acid prevents the development and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and protects retina ganglion against glaucoma. (more…)

Hepatitis viral load correlates to glutathione levels

Abstract

Several recent scientific articles have found a direct correlation between Glutathione levels and viral activity for hepatitis B and C. When viral load increases, Glutathione decreases. Researchers from Germany report that adding NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) to HBV producing cells lines can reduce hepatitis viral load 50 fold. Glutathione is used by the liver to help break down toxins. Patients who have chronic infection for more than 90 days should ask their physicians to check their Glutathione levels. A test kit is available from ImmunoSciences Labs; contact information is included. An amino acid, L-Glutamine, can be used with Alpha Lipoic Acid and NAC to increase Glutathione levels. Chlorophyll also offers benefits to people with hepatitis and other infections. Instructions on how to use a special retention enema containing chlorophyll, water, and apple cider vinegar are provided. (more…)

Omega-3s may slash diabetes risk

The mainstream will tell you the only way to prevent diabetes is to cut down on fat — which only proves they haven’t been paying attention.

Carbs are the real enemy.

Some fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, can actually protect your heart — and two new studies confirm yet again that these essential oils can slash your diabetes risk. (more…)