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Health Nugget - Prostate Cancer May Be Delayed by Green Tea

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on January 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A study done at the Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center showed green tea extract in capsule form may delay the progression of prostate cancer. Green tea contains the polyphenols galloocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is known to have antioxidant properties. Twenty six prostate cancer patients received 4 capsules of the green tea extract daily for one month prior to surgery. The researchers found that the polyphenols in the extract lowered levels of proteins that tumors need to grow. This led the researchers to conclude that green tea extract in supplements and capsules may slow or delay the progression of prostate cancer.

Thank you to Dr Ray Strand for allowing us to publish this information. 

Health Nugget - Reduced Vitamin E Levels Linked to Increased Inflammation

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on January 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A study reported in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that reduced levels of vitamin E predicted poor quality of life and increased inflammation in older men and women. Those participants who had lower vitamin E levels had increased levels of inflammatory markers and C - reactive protein (CRP). Researchers concluded that there was a clear association between vitamin E levels and inflammatory pathways in the elderly. Those elderly patients who had the highest vitamin E levels had a significantly higher quality of life. I feel supplementing with vitamin E is important for all ages.

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Health Nugget - Low Levels of EPA found in Cold-Water Fish Increased Mortality in the Elderly

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on January 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Researchers in Norway followed 254 frail patients with an average age of 82 years who were admitted to a hospital. They measured EPA levels (eicosapentaenoic acid) on their hospital admission. EPA is present in oily or fresh-water fish and is referred to as an essential fat. They then followed this group for 3 years. Those participants whose EPA was in the top 75% averaged half the risk of dying from all causes when compared with those whose levels were in the lowest 25%. The authors conclude that a moderate dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids in the elderly reduces their overall mortality if they become acutely ill. I feel that studies like these also adds a positive light on supplementing your diet with high-quality, purified fish oil that contain EPA along with DHA.

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Health Nugget - Sulforaphane found in certain Vegetables Protects Diabetics

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on January 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Researchers have been aware for years that high sugar levels create a tremendous amount of free radicals, which damage the sensitive lining of arteries called the endothelium. A nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts called sulforaphane protects against this damage. Researchers found that sulforaphane increased antioxidant levels and reduced inflammaiton, which significantly reduces the damage of these high blood sugars to the endothelium in diabetic patients. These findings build upon the established health benefits one receives when they consume cruciferous vegetables and nutritional supplements that contain sulforaphane.

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Health Nugget - Higher Vitamin D Levels May Decrease Risk of MS

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on December 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In an article published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry in July of 2008, the authors propose a protective role for vitamin D against the development of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). These researchers observed that the incidence of MS declines as vitamin D from sunlight and vitamin D intake increases. Areas of the world that have higher dietary intake of vitamin E also have a lower incidence of MS.

When you consider the strong reduction in the risk of MS that has been associated with having higher serum levels of vitamin D3 before the age of 20, the authors suggest that vitamin D supplements may provide a protective benefit if administered to adolescents and young adults. It is also a good idea to have adolescents and young adults check their vitamin D levels (serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels). Remember, I like to see this level ideally above 60 ng/ml and at least above 50 ng/ml. Supplementing with 1200 to 2500 IU of vitamin D is also a great idea.

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Health Nugget - Walnut Consumption Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on December 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Large clinical trials have consistently shown a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk and mortality associated with increased nut consumption. Walnuts are unique in the fact that they contain a high amount of polyunsaturated fats when compared to other nuts that are primarily high in monounsaturated fatty acids. In a meta-analysis of thirteen different clinical trials reported in the July 2009 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers found that a diet high in consumption of walnuts significantly decreased total and LDL cholesterol levels. This review article also showed that high dietary walnut intake decreased markers of inflammation and had no adverse effect on overall weight. These changes were felt to be the reason why walnut consumption decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Health Nugget - Diabetes is Increasing Dramatically in Asia

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on December 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In a review article reported in the May 27, 2009 edition of JAMA the incidence of type 2 diabetes throughout Asia is increasing dramatically. In a disease that was once felt to be a disease of the West, over 110 million individuals in Asian were living with type 2 diabetes. This number is projected to grow to over 380 million in just 15 short years. The most concerning thing that the frequency of diabetes is being found in the young and middle aged

When I was speaking to a group of doctors in Malaysia approximately 2 years ago, they told me that the incidence of type 2 diabetes was nearly 10% already in their adult population. They shared with me that they were not even able to get enough dialysis units to meet the demand for dialysis in this group of patients. It was obvious to me that one of the main problems was their consumption of more and more refined grains, especially Jasmine rice which has a glycemic incidence of 115.

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Health Nugget - Mediterranean Diet Decreases Risk of Alzheimers

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on December 13, 2011 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Consumption of a Mediterranean-type diet has been shown to decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and protect cognition. In two separate clinical trials reported in the August 12, 2009 edition of the JAMA elderly patients that adhered more consistently to a Mediterranean style diet had a significant health benefit in protecting their cognitive function. The important characteristics of a Mediterranean diet is the intake of large quantity of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains and legumes, increased intake of monounsaturated fat primarily from olive oil, along with decreased intake of saturated fat. This is the diet that is promoted in my Healthy for Life Program located at www.releasingfat.com.

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Health Nugget - Tea Intake may Lower Stroke Risk

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on December 7, 2011 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A study was reported in Stroke journal in February of 2009 that showed daily consumption of green or black tea reduced the risk of having a stroke. Researchers reviewed nine studies from six countries involving over 200,000 individuals. Pooled data revealed that drinking three or more cups of tea per day was associated with a 21% lower risk of stroke when compared with the consumption of less than one cup per day. The mechanism for a reduction in the risk of stroke included beneficial effects of tea polyphenols and acid theanine contained in black and green teas on cardiovascular health.

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Health Nugget - Zinc Supplements Associated with Reduced Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on December 2, 2011 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The journal of Nutrition and Cancer recently published findings that showed a positive link between the intake of zinc supplements and a reduced risk of advanced prostate cancer. Researchers evaluated over 35,000 participants and followed them for four years. They found that 830 participants developed advanced prostate cancer. There was a weak positive link observed between those patients who took zinc supplementation and developed prostate cancer. However, there was a 66% decreased risk in patients who took 15 mg of zinc per day in developing advanced prostate cancer

There are studies that show that only about 8% of patients who have prostate cancer actually die from their prostate cancer. Therefore, it makes sense to try to avoid advanced or more serious prostate cancer by consuming zinc in supplementation.

Thank you to Dr Ray Strand for allowing us to publish this information.