Health Nugget - Sweetened Beverage Use Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on August 25, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Previous studies have already linked the use of sugar-sweetened beverages with greater weight gain and an increase risk of type 2 diabetes. Sweetened beverages included sugar sweetened carbohydrate and non-carbohydrate drinks along with sweetened juices. This most recent clinical trial looked at over 85,000 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and found that intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and heart disease. They concluded that regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease.

Fung TT, et al. Sweetened beverage consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease in women. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;89:1037-42

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Health Nugget - Antioxidant Supplementation May Reduce Risk of Diabetes

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on August 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In a new clinical trial, 48 overweight young adults that had signs of pre-diabetes were given a cocktail of antioxidants for 8 weeks. This cocktail included Vitamin E (800 IU), vitamin C (500 mg), and beta-carotene (10 mg). After eight weeks the patients had a significant increase in insulin sensitivity along with decreased oxidative stress. Their arteries also functioned much better with less inflammation.

Whenever I see studies that combine several different antioxidants rather than just looking at one particular one, I see much better results. This is why I always recommend the concept of cellular nutrition. Cellular nutrition is defined by taking a wide variety of antioxidants along with their supporting nutrients at these optimal levels that have been shown to provide a health benefit in our medical literature.

Vincent HK, et al. Effects of antioxidant supplementation on insulin sensitivity, endothelial function, and oxidative stress in overweight young adults. Metabolism, 2009 Feb;58(2):254-62

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Health Nugget - Vitamin C Intakes should be at least 10 Times Higher than RDA

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on August 19, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I have shared with my patients and those who read my books that RDA’s have nothing to do with chronic degenerative diseases. They were developed as the minimal amount required to avoid acute deficiency diseases like scurvy, rickets, and pellagra. Vitamin C is a perfect example. The body can’t manufacture vitamin C and it has to get it from our diet and through supplementation. Vitamin C is critical for proper immune function, prevention of oxidative stress, and prevention of DNA damage. Researchers who have looked at the RDA of vitamin C, which is 60 mg daily, have concluded that we need at least 10 times more or over 1,000 mg to receive a health benefit. The best way to achieve this goal is to eat a healthy diet that contains at least 6 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables and also to use supplementation.

Deruelle F, Baron B. Vitamin C: is supplementation necessary for optimal health? J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Dec;14(10):1291-8

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Health Nugget - Soy Protects against Colon Cancer

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on August 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

There is a lot of discussion on whether or not soy is good or bad for you. Well here is another study that shows that postmenopausal women that had regular soy consumption reduced their risk of developing colon cancer. This was a study that looked at over 68,000 postmenopausal women in China. The researchers noted a 30% reduction in the risk of developing colon cancer in those women who had the regular consumption of soy in their diet. Each increase of 5 grams of soy intake was associated with an 8% decrease risk in colon cancer.

The authors of the study concluded, “Given the fact that colon cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, the addition of soy protein intake is easy and could have major health implication in the prevention of this common malignancy.

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Health Nugget - Vitamin B Deficiency was Associated with Cognitive Impairment

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on August 13, 2011 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Elevated homocysteine levels and vitamin B deficiency is associated with cognitive impairment in mice. High levels of homocysteine in humans has been shown to increase the risk of cerebrovascular and Alzheimer’s dementia. They found that the mice that had a vitamin B deficiency and high homocysteine levels had microvascular changes in their brains. These findings shed some light on the fact that these microvascular changes may underlie the neurodegeneration that is associated with high homocysteine levels. This offers hope that supplemental B vitamins, which lower homocysteine levels, may be protective against cognitive ability and Alzheimer’s dementia.

Troen AM, et al. B-vitamin deficiency causes hyperhomocysteinemia and vascular cognitive impairment in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA2008 Aug 26;105(34):12474-9.

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Health Nugget - Vitamin B1 Helps Reverse Early Kidney Disease in Diabetics

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on August 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) has been shown to reverse early signs of kidney disease in diabetics in a recent study reported in the journal of Diabetologia. Diabetes significantly increases the risk of kidney disease. Forty diabetic patients that had signs of protein in their urine, which is an indication of early kidney disease received vitamin B1 in supplementation. The researchers observed a 41% decrease in protein being excreted by the kidney and 35% of the participants saw their kidney function return to normal. Dr. Rabbani stated, “This study once again highlights the importance of vitamin B1 supplementation in our diabetic patients.

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Health Nugget - Vitamin D Deficiency is a Risk Factor for Heart Disease

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on August 7, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A recent study review published in the American College of Cardiology details the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) in patients who have vitamin D deficiencies. They point out that vitamin D deficiency can lead to high blood pressure and thickening of the heart and blood vessels.

Vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized, emerging cardiovascular risk factor, which should be screened for and treated,” stated study co-author Dr. James O’Keefe. You want to have your physician run a 25-hydroxy vitamin D level on your blood and you want that level to be at least greater than 50 and ideally greater than 60.

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Health Nugget - Chromium and Antioxidants Improve Diabetes

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on August 4, 2011 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Thirty diabetic patients were given either chromium, chromium plus vitamin C and E, or placebo. After 6 months, the diabetic patients who received either the chromium or chromium plus vitamin C and E had significantly increased antioxidant status and significantly reduced insulin resistance, fasting blood sugars, and hemoglobin A1C (a test for diabetic control) when compared to those who received placebo.

This clinical trial again shows the health benefits for those diabetics who take chromium and antioxidants in supplementation. The authors concluded that these individuals saw significant improvement in oxidative stress and diabetic control.

Lai MH, Antioxidant effects and insulin resistance improvement of chromium combined with vitamin C and E supplementation for type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2008 Nov;43(3):191-8

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Health Nugget - Vitamin C Supplementation Lowers C-Reactive Protein

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on August 1, 2011 at 2:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Gladys Block, PhD, and her associates looked at nearly 400 participants who received vitamin C, vitamin E, or placebo for 2 months. They measured the amount of inflammation in the arteries by looking a blood test called C-Reactive Protein (CRP). Inflammation or elevated CRP is known to be a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. There was no effect for vitamin C in patients who had normal CRP levels; however, in those who had an elevated CRP, vitamin C users lowered CRP by .25 mg/L. This is the same level of reduction seen with statin drug treatment. Much of the clinical effectiveness of statin drugs is the fact that it lowers inflammation (CRP). Now simply supplementing with vitamin C accomplishes the same thing.

Block G, et al. Vitamin C treatment reduces elevated C-reactive protein. Free Radical Biol Med. 2008 Oct 10.

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Health Nugget - Low Antioxidant Levels Associated with Hardening of the Arteries

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on July 29, 2011 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (0)

A study looked at 220 men and women without a history of hardening of the arteries. Vitamin A, vitamin E, and Lycopene were decreased by over 50% in the participants who were found out to have hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) when compared to those who did not have any hardening of the arteries. The researchers concluded that regular intake of foods rich in antioxidant vitamins (nutritional supplementation) may slow the progression of hardening of the arteries and its consequences (heart attack or stroke).

Riccioni G, et al. Plasma antioxidants and asymptomatic carotid atherosclerotic disease. Ann Nutr Metab. 2008;53 (2):86-90

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