Researchers Find Major Green Tea Ingredient Kills Cancer Cells, Spares Healthy...
ScienceDaily (1997-12-18) -- In continuing studies of cancer preventing compounds in green tea, researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have found an ingredient that kills cancer cells, while sparing healthy cells. Investigators tested the ingredient, called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, on cancerous human and mouse cells of the skin, lymph system, and prostate, and on normal human skin cells. In the test tube, it led to apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in the cancer cells, but left the healthy cells unharmed.
Findings appear in the December 17 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks -- With The Right Diet...
ScienceDaily (Sep. 27, 2007) — These supplements, acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid, are continuing to be studied in work with humans, and scientists believe they may provide a new approach to the neurodegeneration and cognitive decline common with aging.
Dietary Supplements Make Old Rats Youthful, May Help Rejuvenate Aging Humans, According To UC Berkeley Study...
ScienceDaily (Feb. 19, 2002) — Berkeley - Two dietary supplements straight off the health food store shelf put the spark back into aging rats, and might do the same for aging baby boomers, according to a study at the University of California, Berkeley, and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. "With the two supplements together, these old rats got up and did the Macarena," said Ames, also a researcher at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). "The brain looks better, they are full of energy - everything we looked at looks more like a young animal."
Vitamin K shows potential in the fight against wrinkles...
19/10/2007 - Research suggests that vitamin K plays a role in protecting skin elasticity and may help protect against skin aging and the development of wrinkles. Recent studies have linked vitamin K to the elasticity of skin in patients suffering from pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), an inherited condition resulting in severe wrinkling of the skin on the face and body. Although the link between vitamin K and normal levels of skin wrinkling seen in healthy populations is unknown, scientists suggest that these studies illustrate that the vitamin is involved, in some capacity, in the skin's elastic qualities.
Packing a Punch Vitamin D May Play a Role in Preventing Cancer, Heart Disease and Other Ailments...
We've known for decades what vitamin D can do for your bones. Kids who don't get enough vitamin D get rickets. Adults who are deficient in D also can develop brittle, misshapen bones. In this job, vitamin D is cast in a supporting role; it's main function is ensuring calcium is absorbed into the bones and muscles. But it turns out we might have been selling D short. An avalanche of research over the past few years suggests vitamin D might play a role in preventing other diseases, independent of calcium:- A Harvard study of more than 30,000 women published in May found premenopausal women with the highest vitamin D intake had 35 percent less breast cancer than those getting the least vitamin D.- Another Harvard study in 2006 found white people with the highest levels of vitamin D had a 62 percent lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis.- In a study published earlier this month, researchers in Nebraska found women who got 1,100 international units of vitamin D every day lowered their risk of any cancer by 77 percent. This study was small - just 1,179 women - but it was the most rigorous yet to examine vitamin D's impact on health. Other studies point to a protective effect against cancers of the colon, prostate, ovaries, pancreas and kidney, as well as heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, arthritis and other illnesses.
Fight the Effects of Aging with Alpha Lipoic Acid...
By Dr. Allen S. Josephs M.D.
05/31/2007 There was a recent conference, entitled "Diet and Optimum Health," sponsored by the Linus Pauling Institute that took place at Oregon State University. One of the key nutrients discussed was alpha lipoic acid (ALA). In animal and human studies, this compound has been shown to slow the aging process, improve blood flow, enhance immune function and promote healthy blood sugar and many other functions. Dr. Tory Hagen, a researcher at Linus Pauling Institute, noted, "the evidence suggests that lipoic acid is actually a low-level stressor that turns on the basic cellular defenses of the body, including many of those that naturally decline with age." He further added, "In particular, it tends to restore levels of glutathione, a protective antioxidant and detoxification compound to those of a young animal. It also acts as a strong anti-inflammatory agent, which is relevant to many degenerative diseases. "Researchers at Oregon State University now believe that ALA does not work directly on cells but rather indirectly, "kick starting" declining cellular function. Hagen adds, "Our studies have shown that mice supplemented with lipoic acid have a cognitive ability, behavior and genetic expression of almost 100% detoxification and antioxidant genes that are comparable to that of young animals. They aren't just living longer, they're living better - and that's the goal we're after." I couldn't agree more with Dr. Hagen. I've been a big advocate for ALA for many years. I routinely recommend it, along acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC), to my patients with poor peripheral nerve function. Patients will frequently present with pain and numbness in their feet which, in many cases, can be improved with these important nutrients. Unfortunately, modern medicine offers no alternative to actually help restore peripheral nerve function as these nutrients have been demonstrated to do in animal and human studies. There was a study published several years ago where aged rats were given a combination of ALC and ALA1. Not only did these rats perform in a more youthful fashion, when their brains were autopsied, it actually showed regeneration of brain neurons and tissue. Whether this happens in a similar fashion in humans has never been firmly established, although ALC and ALA have been put into the category of anti-aging nutrients. ALC works by providing fuel for the cell via the Kreb's cycle and promotes healthy mitochondrial function in a manner similar but complimentary to coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). ALA, CoQ10 and ALC combined are the three most powerful anti-aging nutrients you can take that promote healthy energy, cellular health, cardiovascular health, healthy blood sugar and optimal neurological health.
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