Archive for October, 2011

Breaking News on Omega-3

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Watsonville, CA (October 18, 2011) Worried that your omega-3 enriched foods are not delivering adequate levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids? Fortify your own food easily with Nordic Naturals® new Omega-3 Fortify™, a revolutionary food and water-soluble omega powder with zero hint of fish. This convenient, neutral-flavored formula can be used as a soluble drink mix or a topping on virtually any food. Each single-serving stick pack contains 500 mg of EPA+DHA and is the perfect addition to meals, snacks, and drinks.

Available in 7 or 30 count boxes, Omega-3 Fortify contains micro-encapsulated cod liver oil in powder form, an important source of omega-3 nutrition that supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response, along with critical support for a healthy heart, joints and immune function. A convenient alternative to soft gels and liquids, simply pour, mix and enjoy within 15 minutes of preparation.

According to Keri Marshall, MS, ND, Nordic Naturals Chief Medical Officer, “We found that many people were complaining that their store-bought enriched foods were not delivering significant amounts of EPA, only DHA, and they liked the idea of not having to take supplements. Added to yogurt, dressings, juice, applesauce—anything that is not too hot—Omega-3 Fortify allows customers to fortify their favorite foods without changing taste or texture.”

Convenient single-serving packets are an ideal solution for travel, making omega-3 fish oil available any time and anywhere, while providing endless options for easy consumption of essential nutrients.

Omega-3 Fortify is in the natural triglyceride form for optimal absorption and is guaranteed pure and fresh through the company’s patented nitrogen processing. All fish oils used in Nordic Naturals’ products surpass the strictest international standards for purity and freshness. Certificates of Analysis are available upon request.

Since 1995, Nordic Naturals has been the industry leader in fish oil supplementation, setting standards of excellence in the areas of purity, freshness, taste, and sustainability. With their reputation for efficacy and potency, Nordic Naturals fish oils and EFA blends are regularly chosen for study by independent research institutions and universities. Fifteen published scientific studies have been completed and more than 30 are currently underway. Distributing to over 30 countries on 6 continents, Nordic Naturals offers over 150 products in a variety of flavors, concentrations, and delivery forms. Call 800.662.2544 or visit www.nordicnaturals.com.

Ginger supplement may reduce colon inflammation and cancer risk, suggests study

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties may play a role in reducing inflammation in the colon, possibly reducing the risks of developing colorectal cancer, according to new research.

Check out:

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Product-Categories/Phytochemicals-plant-extracts/Ginger-supplement-may-reduce-colon-inflammation-and-cancer-risk-suggests-study

Vitamin D

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

This article taken from the August, 2011, Life Extension Magazine. For the complete story go to http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/mag2011_08.htm

In order to absorb calcium from the diet or from supplements, the human body requires vitamin D. For years, we believed that promoting calcium absorption from the intestinal tract was the chief function of vitamin D.33 But over the past decade there has been an explosion of scientific discoveries about vitamin D’s multiple roles throughout the body.34 We now recognize that vitamin D functions as a hormone, with receptors located in at least 35 different tissue types.34,35 That means the body’s overall requirement for vitamin D is much greater than we originally realized.33,36

With regard to bone health, vitamin D not only promotes calcium absorption but also its proper deposition in bone tissue, where it helps maintain the skeleton’s basic function as scaffold and protector of soft tissues.37 Elsewhere in the body, vitamin D acts at its specific receptors to promote immune function, subdue inflammation, reduce arterial calcification, enhance cardiac function, improve brain and nerve tissue performance, and even prevent cancer by regulating the cell replication cycle.34,38,39 Conversely, vitamin D deficiency is associated with not only bone diseases, but also cardiovascular disease, the metabolic syndrome, cancer, immune suppression, and autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease.37,39-42

Despite the renewed scientific interest in vitamin D’s impact on human health, the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency remains high.43 Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is synthesized in the skin from sunlight exposure and then converted into the active form, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (calcitriol), by the liver and kidneys.37 But even in sunny Southern California, where one would expect most people to have sufficient vitamin D levels, almost 20% of people in one study had low vitamin D3 levels in their blood.44 In less sun-exposed regions, deficiency rates in excess of 50% have been documented.35,45

And remember that “deficiency” means exceedingly low levels of vitamin D. In aging individuals who don’t take at least 5,000 IU per day of vitamin D, approximately 85% have insufficient or “less-than-optimal” blood levels of vitamin D (measured as 25-hydroxyvitamin D).46

The combination of our increased knowledge about the importance of vitamin D throughout the body, and the widespread lack of adequate levels, has resulted in a rapidly growing international call for increased vitamin D intake.33,45,47

Many experts in the field recommend supplementing with doses of 2,000-10,000 IU per day in order to achieve optimal total-body vitamin D status for optimal skeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, immunological, and metabolic health.45,48-50

Walnuts – A Super Food

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Walnut trees have been cultivated for 1,000s of years, coming from India and brought to the U.S. through England, hence the name English walnuts.

Walnuts are a good brain food because of the high concentration of omega-3. The brain consists of of more than 60% structural fat, and for the brain to function well, omega-3 fats need to be a proper part.

A study done at Purdue University has shown that children with low concentration of omega-3 fatty acids have a higher percentage of learning disorders, and showing behavioral problems. Many studies show the variety of problems with low omega-3 fatty acids.

And now if you talk about the health benefits of walnuts the FDA says it’s an illegal drug. Go figure!

What Sweeteners Should You Use

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

In spite of the fact that the FDA has cleared as being safe so many commercial sweeteners they are unsafe and may cause cancer. In earlier years the government warned against them but now they say they are safe. Whose pocket are they lining? Look at the dangers of corn syrup. You wouldn’t know it with all the big time TV ads today.

What Sweeteners are Safe to Use?

Fortunately, there are a few safe, natural sweeteners available. Here’s a list of our top picks for sweetening your diet and recipes:

Barley Malt Syrup

Blackstrap Molasses

Brown Rice Syrup

Date Sugar

Evaporated Grape Juice

Evaporated Whole Cane Juice

Honey

Maple Syrup Granules

Stevia

Calcium

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Calcium accounts for only 1 to 2% of adult human body weight and more the 99% of total body calcium is found in teeth and bones. The remaining 1% is used in our electrically active tissues such as nerve and muscle. There it plays a signaling role. As we age we see a progressive decrease in the amount of calcium in our bones. So it is necessary to consume a readily-absorbed form of calcium.

Not all calcium is alike. Dicalcium malate is an especially rich source of elemental calcium since it is comprised of two calcium molecules attached to each malic acid molecule. Calcium bis-glycinate consists of calcium chelated to the amino acid glycine, which allows it to be easily absorbed and utilized by the body.

When you buy calcium supplements make sure that one or both of these forms of calcium are in the list of ingredients. Otherwise you may just be wasting your money. Unfortunately most TV ads don’t say which form is in their brand they’re selling. They only say they’re the best. They may be but be sure you know what you’re getting.

Info from Life Extension, August 2011