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Health Nugget - CoQ10 Improves Endothelial Function in Statin-Treated Diabetics

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on October 17, 2011 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

It has long been known that statin drugs not only block the production of cholesterol, but also the production of CoQ10.  There is a high use of statin drugs in diabetics because they are so prone to heart disease.  Australian researchers administered 200 mg of CoQ10 to type 2 diabetics who were also receiving a statin drug and compared the results to those who receive a sugar pill.  Those patients who received the CoQ10 showed significant improvement in their arterial function when compared to those that did not receive the CoQ10.  They actually analyzed arterial dilation and markers of oxidative stress and found them to be significantly improved in the CoQ10 group.

These findings support the fact of previous reports that showed CoQ10 reduces oxidative stress and improves endothelial function.  However, in diabetic patients who are receiving statin drugs that reduce the amount of CoQ10 these patients can produce supplementation with CoQ10 is definitely warranted.

 

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

Health Nugget - Green Tea Helps Prevent Periodontal Disease

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on October 13, 2011 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

According to a study just completed in Japan, daily intake of green tea helps reduce the risk of periodontal or gum disease. The study looked at nearly 1,000 middle-aged Japanese men who initially underwent periodontal exams. Follow up exams showed that those individuals who consumed the higher levels of green tea had a significant decrease in periodontal or gum disease. Those consuming at least one cup of green tea daily had the best results.

Previous research indicates that green tea catechins inhibit periodontal bacterial growth and also exert an antioxidant effect that inhibits inflammation.

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

 

 

Health Nugget - Zinc helps Prevent Diabetes in Women

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on October 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Over 80,000 women were followed for the past 25 years in regards to their zinc levels and zinc intake. The researchers found that those women who had the highest levels of zinc had about an 18% decreased risk of developing diabetes than those women with the lowest zinc levels. The researchers recommended that we should consider higher levels of zinc intake via supplementation. In addition to its role in diabetes prevention, zinc is crucial for immune and eye health.

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

Health Nugget - Higher Vitamin D levels are Associated with Better Outcomes in Prostate Cancer Patients

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on October 6, 2011 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

There was a recent study published in the February, 2009 edition of the British Journal of Cancer that investigated vitamin D levels in prostate cancer patients. They found that prostate cancer patients that had a medium-high level of vitamin D (20 to 32 ng/ml) had a 66% increase in survival rate and those who had a high level of vitamin D (greater than 32 ng/ml) had an 80% increase in survival compared to those with a low level of vitamin D (less than 20 ng/ml).

This is a pretty amazing study when you realize that I recommend that you should have at least a vitamin D level over 50 ng/ml and ideally over 60 ng/ml. This is just another good reason to be sure that your vitamin D levels are optimal. Obviously, if you have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you should get your vitamin D levels checked right away.

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

 

Health Nugget - Calcium Intake Decreases Risk of Cancer

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on October 3, 2011 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that total calcium intake is related to the development of cancer, especially in women. They followed an elderly population for years and determined their total intake of calcium from their diet and supplementation. Among women, the overall cancer risk of cancer decreased as the total intake of calcium increased up to 1300 mg/day. Gastrointestinal cancers decreased in both men and women who had the highest intake of calcium. Women saw a decrease of 23% and men a decrease of 16% of gastrointestinal cancers. The risk was especially low for colorectal cancers.

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

Health Nugget - Compound in Broccoli (Sulforaphane) Protects Against Asthma

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on September 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In a recent issue of clinical Immunology, researchers at UCLA report that a compound in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli sprouts (sulforaphane) may help protect against inflammatory diseases it causes like asthma and hayfever. T he researchers found a two- to three-fold increase in antioxidant enzymes in the nasal airway cells in study participants who ate preparations of broccoli sprouts. This was shown to decrease inflammation in the participant’s airways. Dr. Riedl stated that this strategy may offer protection against inflammation in our airways and offer potential treatments for these diseases.

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

 

 


Health Nugget - Higher C-Reactive Protein may Signal Higher Cancer Risk

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on September 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We are all now familiar with the fact that elevated C-Reactive Protein levels, which is an indication of inflammation in our arteries and bodies, is a very important indicator of increased risk of heart disease. More than 10,000 Danish citizens participated in a long-term study (up to 16 years) that showed that individuals with a baseline CRP value greater than 3 mg/L were 30% more likely to develop cancer. The individuals with elevated CRP at the time of their diagnosis of cancer did poorly and had a dramatically higher risk of early death.

The 12-Week Healthy for Life Program located at www.releasingfat.com was shown in a clinical trial under the guidelines of the FDA at the University of Colorado Medical School to decrease the CRP levels in the participants by 27%. Healthy lifestyles (Healthy Diet, Modest Exercise, along with Supplementation) will significantly decrease your risk of both heart disease and now cancer.

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

Health Nugget - Soy Consumption Decreases Risk of Prostate Cancer

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on September 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A recent review of all the studies that have looked at soy intake and prostate cancer was just reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (April 2009). The researchers reviewed 15 epidemiologic studies that had previously looked at soy intake and prostate cancer. They concluded that the intake of soy foods is associated with a reduction in prostate cancer. Here is another study that shows a positive health benefit of having soy in your diet. I always recommend the highest quality soy and to be sure you balance the intake of soy with intake of other sources of protein. In other words, you don’t just want to have soy as your only source of protein in your diet.

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

 

Health Nugget - Higher Dietary Calcium and Magnesium Intakes Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on September 16, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Diet and lifestyles play a primary role in the development of diabetes. This study looked at over 60,000 Chinese women and their dietary intake of calcium and magnesium. The researchers noted that the higher the intake of calcium and magnesium the lower the risk of the participant to develop type 2 diabetes. This study supports the hypothesis that calcium and magnesium play a protective role in the development of type 2 diabetes. This is why I always recommend that my patients not only eat a healthy diet, but also supplement this diet with optimal levels of calcium and magnesium. 

 

Villegas R, et al. Dietary calcium and magnesium intakes and the risk of type 2 diabetes: the Shanghai Women’s Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;891059-67

 

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Health Nugget - Higher Vitamin C Associated with Lower Blood Pressure

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on September 13, 2011 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

There were 242 participants in a clinical trial that looked at blood pressure and vitamin C blood levels. They were divided into four groups from the lowest to the highest levels of vitamin C in their blood. Blood pressure declined significantly the higher the vitamin C blood levels were. There have been other studies that have shown that blood pressure improves the higher the blood vitamin C is. However, this study gives more evidence for the supplementation with vitamin C even from early adulthood. Block G, et al. Vitamin C in plasma is inversely related to blood pressure. Nutr J. 2008 Dec 17;7-35.

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