Nutrient Combo Improves Cognitive Function

A recent study from China shows that the combination of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene can enhance cognitive function in the elderly.

Changes in memory commonly occur as we age. Severe deterioration of cognitive skills, though, can indicate dementia—the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s affects more than five million Americans and experts expect that number to rise to 14 million by 2050. At this point, no cure exists, so prevention is key.

Researchers followed 276 elderly participants who received treatment with vitamins C, E and different doses of beta-carotene, or vitamin E alone. Using standard cognition and dementia tests, they determined that the combination treatment improved cognitive function, particularly with higher doses of beta-carotene.

Blood tests also revealed that the nutrient blend markedly reduced amyloid-beta (which are common in Alzheimer’s patients) and raised estradiol, a form of estrogen that protects neurons and even exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in the brain.

The researchers concluded, “Treatment with vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene results in promising improvements in cognitive function in the elderly.”

Reference:
Li Y, et al. Exp Ther Med. 2015 Apr;9(4):1489-93.

Pumpkin Seeds are Best Healthy Snack Food

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Looking for a healthy snack food the whole family can love? Breaking the salty snack food habit is one of the hardest parts of healthy eating, and getting children to give up salty snacks is almost impossible. But now you can replace them with a munchy-snack alternative that offers both great taste and great nutrition! Pumpkin seeds  are nutty tasting, crunchy, chewy, and slightly sweet. When sea salt, herbs or spices are added, they turn into a healthy snack food that would please the biggest junk food addict. (more…)

Vitamin D and Vitamin A Influences Lung Cancer Mortality

According to a study published in September 2012, serum vitamin D levels are associated with reduced mortality from lung cancer, and this relationship is modified by serum vitamin A levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the U.S. Approximately 28 percent of all cancer deaths are due to lung cancer. (more…)

Antioxidant Vitamins Help to Preserve Cognitive Function

Antioxidant Vitamins Help to Preserve Cognitive Function
Previously, a number of studies have suggested that Alzheimer’s Disease is neurodegenerative, and that antioxidants may protect against the loss of synapses in the brain.  Gabriele Nagel, from the University of Ulm (East Germany), and colleagues studied a group of men and women, ages 65 to 90 years, assessing subjects via neuropsychological testing, surveying their lifestyles, testing blood for vitamin levels, and calculating body mass index (BMI). The team selected 74 participants with mild dementia and compared them to a control group of 158 age-matched subjects. The concentration of vitamin C and beta carotene in the serum of the dementia patients was significantly lower, as compared to the control subjects. No difference in other circulating antioxidants (vitamin D, lycopene, coenzyme Q 10) was observed. Writing that: “Our findings suggest an association of vitamin C and beta carotene with dementia,” the researchers posit that it may be possible to influence the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease by modulating the person’s diet or dietary antioxidant consumption. (more…)

Nourish yourself with the ultimate superfood

Spirulina, literally the most nutritious food known, is an edible blue-green algae used all over the world for its nutritional and medicinal qualities. It is very common for people consuming Spirulina to experience a jump in energy and vitality. The reason is simple: Spirulina is a powerhouse of nutrition. This conclusion is supported by well over 400 studies conducted in various scientific institutions around the world.

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Whats really in your eggs

Today there are many labels on an egg carton meant to steer one to the best, most nutritious choice. But do these labels accurately describe what’s really in your eggs?

“Free-Range” or “Cage-Free” is a popular term meant to connote chickens living off the land with ample space to move about, plenty of sunshine, and fresh air. (more…)