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Health Nugget - Carotenoid Intake is Linked with Longer Cancer-Free Survival in Breast Cancer Patients

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on November 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A recent study reported in the Cancer Epidemiological Biomarkers & Prevention Journal showed a positive effect of high carotenoid intake on recurrence-free survival in breast cancer patients. Compared with women whose carotenoid levels were among the lowest, subjects whose levels were in the top two-thirds experienced a 33% lower risk of recurrent or new primary breast cancer.

The researchers concluded that the longer-term exposure to a high vegetable and fruit dietary pattern along with nutritional supplementation that promotes higher plasma carotenoid concentration may improve prognosis and survival in breast cancer patients.

 

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

Health Nugget - Vitamin Supplementation Improves Bone Quality in the Elderly

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on November 24, 2011 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A study reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in April of 2009 showed that supplementation with a multivitamin raised micronutrient concentrations, improved bone quality, and reduced the risked of falling.  Ninety-two elderly individuals living in Australia were assigned to take a multivitamin or placebo and then were followed for six months.  The multivitamin group achieved significantly higher blood levels of vitamin D, vitamin B12, and folate when compared to the placebo group.  The multivitamin group also had significantly higher bone density measured in the heel and a trend toward a 63% lower likelihood of falling.

I personally feel that those elderly individuals who consume the cellular nutrition I recommend, which contains the optimal or advanced levels of supplementation, would receive even greater benefits.  It is never to late to begin supplementing a healthy diet.

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Health Nugget - The Severity of Asthma in Children is Associated with Low Vitamin D Levels

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on November 19, 2011 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Researchers at Harvard Medical School reported a link between low vitamin D levels and the severity of asthma in children. They studied 616 children with asthma aged 6 to 14 who lived in Costa Rica. Lung function and markers for asthma were measured along with their vitamin D blood levels. They found that 28% of the children had insufficient vitamin D levels of less than 30 ng/ml. Lower vitamin D levels were associated with increased allergy markers and risk of being hospitalized for any cause or using anti-inflammatory medications during the previous year.

The researchers noted that this study suggests that there may be added health benefits for those who take vitamin D supplementation. This is even more concerning when you consider that this study was done in Costa Rica where these children are exposed to more sun and that almost a third still had very low vitamin D levels.

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

 

Health Nugget - Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on November 16, 2011 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Previously, there have been several studies that showed you can actually reverse or at least improve hardening of arteries by consuming 3 ounces of pomegranate juice daily. Now a recent study shows that consumption of pomegranate juice slows further increases in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) among men previously diagnosed with prostate cancer.

In this study, which was reported in the Journal of Urology in April 2009, 46 men with rising PSA counts after treatment for prostate cancer received 8 ounces of pomegranate juice. The “doubling time” of their PSA (the time it took for their PSA levels to double) slowed from 15 months to 54 months. This was strong evidence that there was significant slowing of the progression of their prostate cancer.

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Health Nugget - Vitamin D and Calcium May Protect Against Diabetes

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on November 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and reported in the Journal of Nutrition (March 2009), consumption of calcium and vitamin D may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These researchers looked at participant’s calcium and vitamin D status and their level of inflammation and oxidative stress. Those participants with the highest levels of vitamin D and Calcium had the lowest levels of inflammation and oxidative stress. This has led the researchers to conclude that these individuals would have a decreased risk of developing diabetes, since inflammation and oxidative stress is higher in patients who go on to develop diabetes.

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

 

 


Health Nugget - Vitamin D and Calcium May Protect Against Diabetes

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on November 6, 2011 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and reported in the Journal of Nutrition (March 2009), consumption of calcium and vitamin D may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These researchers looked at participant’s calcium and vitamin D status and their level of inflammation and oxidative stress. Those participants with the highest levels of vitamin D and Calcium had the lowest levels of inflammation and oxidative stress. This has led the researchers to conclude that these individuals would have a decreased risk of developing diabetes, since inflammation and oxidative stress is higher in patients who go on to develop diabetes.

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

Health Nugget - Folic Acid may be Protective against Alzheimer???s Dementia

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on November 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

According to research scientists at the National Institute of Aging, unrepaired DNA damage among brain cells may cause them to undergo natural cell death (apoptosis). This process can lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s dementia. Since elevated homocysteine levels can accentuate this process, consuming higher levels of folic acid, which lowers homocysteine levels, could be protective. There is a lot of research that is being recommended to actually see if supplementing folic acid along with other B vitamins may protect neurons against this damage from homocysteine. In the meantime, it is a good idea to be taking supplements that contain good quantities of folic acid (1,000 mcg), vitamin B 6 (50 mg), and vitamin B 12 (250mcg).

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

Health Nugget - Drugs are just not Enough

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on October 29, 2011 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A recent study published in the influential British Lancet Journal has revealed a very concerning finding. More than 2,300 subjects have been followed for years in regards to preventive treatment for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol with the use of drugs. In spite of aggressive medical treatment in this group blood pressure and heart disease have remained high. Even though cholesterol levels have been slashed in half, the frequency of heart disease has not really been affected in this group.

What is even more disturbing is the fact that obesity increased from 25% to 38% during the 15 years this group has been followed. Meanwhile, the frequency of type 2 diabetes increased from 17.4% to 28%. The investigators noted that simply trying to control risk factors without addressing the underlying cause of the disease (insulin resistance) is futile; we need to invest in prevention. The only way to really have successful prevention is to firmly establish new, healthier lifestyles that improve insulin resistance (www.releasingfat.com)

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Health Nugget - Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on October 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A recent article in the journal Circulation reported that those individuals who adhered to a Mediterranean style diet had a significant reduction in deaths due to heart attacks or strokes in women. Nearly 75,000 women who are participating in the Nurses’ Health Study were evaluated for the type of diet they were eating. Those who adhered to the Mediterranean style diet, which is characterized by a high intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole foods, fish, nuts, legumes, and primarily monounsaturated fats did much better.

Over two decades of follow-up, women whose scores were in the top 20% in regards to following this type of diet had a 29% lower risk of having a heart attack, 42% lower risk of having a fatal heart attack, and a 31% lower risk of having a fatal stroke, compared to women whose scores were the lowest. This is just another good reason to learn how to eat a healthy diet that contains those good low-glycemic carbohydrates, good fats, and good proteins. This is what is taught in my 12-Week Healthy for Life Program located at www.releasingfat.com.

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Health Nugget - Lutein May Improve Vision

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on October 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We have known for several years that lutein supplementation helps prevent macular degeneration. However, a recent study involving thirty-seven healthy young men and women showed improved vision with lutein supplementation. Each had used computers for a minimum of 10 hours per day for the past two years. There was a small improvement in vision in the group that took 12 mg of lutein. Contrast sensitivity in their vision was also tested and there was significant improvement in the supplementation groups. Since the body cannot synthesize carotenoids, it is becoming more and more evident that supplementing lutein and other carotenoids is a very wise health decision.

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