Saturday, February 02, 2008

Nutrition in the news...

I woke up this morning to see a local article saying that vitamin supplements were basically useless. These stories really bug me, because they are without scientific merit. It is pure propaganda from the AMA. Folks, I have been at this for over 30 years and have seen remarkable changes in people who begin to supplement the right nutrients from quality nutraceutical companies. I also realize that dietary change is the most important thing you can do to influence your overall health. Here are some studies that confirm this, that came out this month.


Is the Standard American Diet (SAD) Bad for Your Health?...
(NaturalNews) Extreme is a good way to describe the diet that most people in America subsist on. Many people wouldn’t look at the standard American diet, and call it extreme; many would just call it normal. But if you look at the diet close-up, we can see that it is pretty extreme, and certainly not healthy. The Standard American Diet usually consists of a myriad of processed carbs (cereals, breads, pasta, cookies, cakes etc.), processed meat products, and a few fruits and veggies. What you eat is the foundation of your health – so what is in this diet?This diet is high in many things, most of which your body doesn’t really need. It is full of hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup, phytic acid, acrylamide, sodium nitrate, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lacking in basic essentials such as vitamins, minerals.

Cold medicine scam finally exposed after decades of harming children...
(NaturalNews) Another example of outright quackery by pharmaceutical companies has finally gathered enough steam to achieve mainstream news coverage: Cold medicines are useless, say pediatricians who petitioned the FDA to ban the marketing of such products to children. Last month, an FDA advisory panel partially agreed with the recommendation, and voted to declare that such medicines should not be used in children younger than six.Notably, the FDA advisory panel still somehow believes the same useless medicines are perfectly fine to be used by children older than six (they struck down a vote to recommend blocking the use of such medicines in children aged 6 to 11). This is especially relevant given that the panel openly admitted that there is no evidence that cold medicines work in older children, either.

Four health changes can prolong life 14 years ...
LONDON (Reuters) - People who drink moderately, exercise, quit smoking and eat five servings of fruit and vegetables each day live on average 14 years longer than people who adopt none of these behaviors, researchers said on Tuesday. Overwhelming evidence has shown that these things contribute to healthier and longer lives, but the new study actually quantified their combined impact, the British team said.
"These results may provide further support for the idea that even small differences in lifestyle may make a big difference to health in the population and encourage behavior change," the researchers wrote in the journal PLoS Medicine.

Whole Grains Found to Stabilize Blood Sugar For up to Ten Hours...
(NaturalNews) When eaten as part of a breakfast with a low glycemic index, whole grains can help control blood sugar all day long, according to a study conducted at Lund University in Sweden. A breakfast with a low glycemic index even appeared to improve alertness and mental function.Anne Nilsson of the Unit for Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry tested the effects of four different types of whole grains and found that in a low glycemic index breakfast, whole grains regulated the body's blood sugar for up to 10 hours. The study suggested that the same effect could be gained from eating whole grains before bed.

Weighing nearly 400 pounds, man walks off half his weight...
Novak, who was approaching his 40th birthday, made it through the football game. As he ate two double-cheeseburgers and a milkshake, he began to think about the limitations of obesity and how it was keeping him from living a full life. Novak said the extra weight kept him from riding bikes with his kids. He dreaded doing anything physical like mowing the grass, shoveling snow or just moving -- period. Novak says even sleeping became difficult.
"When I was big, I could only sleep one way ... so I could support my belly," says Novak. "My back always hurt ... I could barely sleep and I remember always being tired."
The next day, Novak devised his own game plan and started his weight-loss journey.
He began simply by walking -- one mile a day and eating a low-carbohydrate diet of 15-30 grams a day. "I walked off my first 100 pounds," he says. "Walked it off, an hour a day. I lost 100 pounds in seven months."

Lipoic Acid Could Reduce Atherosclerosis, Weight Gain...
ScienceDaily (Jan. 17, 2008) — A new study done with mice has discovered that supplements of lipoic acid can inhibit formation of arterial lesions, lower triglycerides, and reduce blood vessel inflammation and weight gain -- all key issues for addressing cardiovascular disease. Although the results cannot be directly extrapolated beyond the laboratory, researchers report that "they strongly suggest that lipoic acid supplementation may be useful as an inexpensive but effective intervention strategy . . . reducing known risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis and other inflammatory vascular diseases in humans."

Green tea shows benefits against fatty liver...
22/01/2008 - Extracts from green tea may stop the build-up of fatty deposits in the liver, and offer benefits for this silent killer linked to obesity, suggests a new study with mice.
If the results can be translated to humans, green tea and its extracts could become a useful preventative in the development of fatty liver, a condition that is usually symptomless but said to increase the risk for liver inflammation, and ultimately results in liver failure. Fatty liver is reportedly on the rise in the US, with between one quarter and one half of Americans, and the prevalence if nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has increased in line with the ongoing obesity epidemic, state the researchers in the Journal of Nutrition.

Vitamin C linked to lower stroke risk: study...
07/01/2008 - Increased blood levels of vitamin C may reduce the risk of stroke by 42 per cent, suggests a large European-based study.
Increased levels of the vitamin, associated with increased intake of fruit and vegetables, were found to offer significant cardiovascular benefits among the 20,649 men and women taking part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer.The authors, led by Phyo Myint from the University of Cambridge, state that blood levels of the vitamin could be used as a biological marker of lifestyle used to identify people at high risk of stroke.

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Good health to all of you...

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