Archive for March, 2010

More Vitamin D Needed

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Dr. John J. Cannell, Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, after reviewing scientific literature concealed for years behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War found that the Germans and Russians had observed marked seasonal variations in athletic performance. In summer the athletes could run faster, jump higher, and lift greater weights. This finding led East German and Soviet athletes to take Vitamin D supplementation.

Professor Holick of Boston University found out that a brief exposure of noon-day summer sun delivered 10,000 to 25,000 units of vitamin D to the exposed body. Other studies showed that 30 minutes of exposure produced up to 50,000 units of vitamin D. Blacks take 5 to 10 times longer because of skin pigmentation. Other studies showed no toxicity to this exposure.

Does Fast Food Make Us Impatient

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Researcher Chen-Bo Zhong of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, says, “Fast food represents a culture of time efficiency and instant gratification. The problem is that the goal of saving time gets activated upon exposure to fast food regardless of whether time is a relevant factor in the context.”

New research suggests fast food promotes a general sense of haste.

All the answers aren’t in yet but researchers suggest that exposure to fast food reinforces an emphasis on impatience and instant gratification.

This story is on Yahoo, live science.

Madwoman Gluten Free Bakeshop

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

For those with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance or food sensitivities, I have found a store right here in Minneapolis that will help you find products for your table.

Madwoman Gluten Free Bakeshop, 4747 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

And for those who want to buy online they can simply go to http://www.madwomanfoods.com/

As with many beginnings there was this boy who had Celiac Disease and a parents determination to find a better way. So now we have a store in town to buy “real food”.

Stop in or call and tell them Al sent you.

Omega-3 May Protect Healthy Men from Chest Pains

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010


The heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have been well-documented beginning in the 1970s. bringing us up to date we see the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have been linked to improved blood lipid levels and reduced blood pressure and heart rates.

Now a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition reports that increased intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may reduce the risk of angina and chest pains.

Recently I was told to increase my daily intake of omega-3 to 4 grams a day since I had a cardiac arrest three years ago.

Olive oil component could avert Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

In findings published in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, US scientists explain how this naturally occurring compound, oleocanthal, beneficially alters the structure of highly toxic proteins known as ADDLs.

The researchers explain that ADDLs bind within the neural synapses of the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and are believed to directly disrupt nerve cell function, eventually leading to memory loss, cell death and global disruption of brain function.

‘Binding of ADDLs to nerve cell synapses is thought to be a crucial first step in the initiation of Alzheimer’s disease,’ said the lead research William L. Klein.

‘Oleocanthal alters ADDL structure in a way that deters the protein from binding to synapses.

Read the report in www.nutraingredient-usa.com, October 20, 2009


Friday, March 12th, 2010

Omega-3 May Combat Mouth Bacteria, Boost

Oral Health by Stephen Daniells

The dental health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids may include anti-

bacterial effects, extending the benefits beyond inflammation, says

a new study from the University of Kentucky.

Omega-3 fatty acids of marine and plant origin were found to have

strong anti-bacterial activity against a range of oral pathogens,

according to findings published in Molecular Oral Microbiology.

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ALA

(alpha-linolenic acid), as well as their fatty acid ethyl esters could

inhibit the growth of oral pathogens, including Streptococcus

mutans, Candida albicans, and Porphyromonas ginigivalis at

relatively low doses.

“To date, this is the first study to demonstrate the significant

antibacterial activity of omega-3 fatty acids and their esters against

oral pathogens,” wrote Dr Brad Huang and Dr Jeff Ebersole from the

Center for Oral Health Research at U of K’s College of Dentistry.

www.Nutraingredients.com

The Immune System and Vitamin D

Monday, March 8th, 2010

In Nature Immunology, Copenhagen-based researchers said low levels of vitamin D may reduce our immune system’s ability to react to infection.

Vitamin D is necessary to trigger T cells, the immune systems killer cells, into action. If the body is low on vitamin D the T cells remain dormant and inactive.

This is just one more reason to increase you vitamin D.

Go to www.nutraingredients-usa.com, March 8, 2008 for the whole story.

Misinformation

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Statin drugs are heavily used and over-prescribed because of misinformation and pharmaceutical promoted advertising, which isn’t always in favor of the customer. High doses of statin drugs are frequently unnecessary and pharmaceutical companies never suggest alternatives like Co-Q10 to offset the depletion by statin drugs. Depletion of Co Q10 can cause brain damage and loss of memory, so if you must take a statin drug you also must take Co Q10 to balance the loss.

I have been off of statin drugs for 18 months now and feel healthier than when I was taking Lipitor.

Niacin

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

The New England Journal of Medicine, November 2009, reported on a widely publicized study that found niacin was more effective at shrinking artery plaque than a billion-dollar blockbuster called ezetimibe, the active ingredient in the cholesterol drugs Zetia and Vytorin.

Check out alternative ways to health rather than get trapped into artificial drugs for a lifetime.

Benefits of Omega-3

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Increased intakes of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenonic acid) may improve mental function in middle age people, suggests a new study from the US.

Read the whole article in www.nutraingredients-usa.com, March 1, 2010

I get my Omega-3 from Nordic Naturals because their standards are above the European requirements for purity and those standards are above the US standards. Check out their website: www.NordicNaturals.com