Saturday, February 23, 2008

Reverse aging effects by improving mitochondrial function...

As science begins to unravel the mechanisms of life and death at the cellular level, ongoing research throws a spotlight onto the mitochondria. The mitochondria not only sustain life by generating energy, but end life by triggering programmed cell death (apoptosis). Indeed death and degeneration begin in the mitochondria as cellular respiration declines and “cellular suicide” increases. Mitochondria hold the key to cellular life and death. Mitochondrial aging depletes vitality, but mitochondrial rejuvenation may help to restore it. There are specific nutrients that improve mitochondria function and when taken regularly, have dramatic effects on health, energy and improved fat burning at the cellular level. Orthomolecular Formulations has a proven formula called OM Extend that combines all the most important nutrients, like the ones described in the below studies, to restore cellular function. It is based on the latest research on Metabolic Syndrome, Anti-Aging and Antioxidant protection.


Lipoic acid and carnitine combo show diabetes potential...
18-Feb-2008 - A combination of lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine may boost the function of mitochondria - the cell's power stations - suggests research with implications for diabetes and obesity.

More support for L-Carnitine combo against ageing...
17-May-2006 - A combination of two common dietary supplements, L-carnitine and alpha-lipoic acid, could reduce oxidative stress associated with ageing and boost energy production, says new research - adding to previous reports. After 60 days of supplementation, the researchers found that the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in the older rats was significantly higher than in younger and middle-aged rats. Supplementation with the L-carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid combination reduced the level of ROS by 28 per cent, compared to placebo.
Supplementation with either compound independently only reduced the level of ROS by about nine per cent. Similar benefits were observed for other markers of the ageing process including lipid peroxides and protein oxidation due to the combination supplement.
"Our study strongly suggests that supplementation of mitochondrial metabolites, carnitine and lipoic acid may prevent mitochondrial damage and restore mitochondrial function during ageing process," said the researchers.

Green Tea and the “Asian Paradox”...
There is a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer in Asia where people smoke heavily, which may be accounted for by high consumption of tea, particularly green tea, according to a review article published by a Yale School of Medicine researcher.
“We do not yet have a full explanation for the ‘Asian paradox,’ which refers to the very low incidence of both heart disease and cancer in Asia, even though consumption of cigarettes is greater than in most other countries,” said Bauer Sumpio, M.D., professor and Chief of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery. “But we now have some theories.” He said one theory is that the average 1.2 liters of green tea consumed daily by many people in Asia offers the anti-oxidant protective effects of the polyphenolic EGCG. EGCG may prevent LDL oxidation, which has been shown to play a key role in the pathophysiology of arteriosclerosis. EGCG also reduces the amount of platelet aggregation, regulates lipids, and promotes proliferation and migration of smooth muscle cells, which are all factors in reducing cardiovascular disease, he said.

Green tea found to significantly reduce risk of death, heart disease...
NaturalNews) A Japanese study found that drinking green tea can lower the risk of death from a variety of illnesses, including cardiovascular disease. The Tohoku University study -- started in 1994 -- looked at 40,530 healthy adults aged 40 to 79 who lived in Northeastern Japan, where roughly 80 percent of people drink green tea and more than half drink three or more cups daily.
Over the course of the 11-year study, people who drank five or more cups of green tea per day had a 16 percent lowered risk of dying from any cause and, during the seven-year follow-up, had a 26 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease when compared to people who drank fewer than one cup a day. The study found no association between green tea consumption and death from cancer.

Green Tea Nutrient EGCG Blocks Diabetes-Promoting Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup ...
(NaturalNews) While new research suggests that beverages containing high fructose corn syrup may increase a person's risk of contracting diabetes, the same study has also found evidence that a chemical in tea vastly counterbalances the cell-damaging effect of the sweetener. Researchers discovered that beverages made with high fructose corn syrup contain high levels of reactive carbonyls, a free radical linked to tissue damage, the development of diabetes, and the occurrence of diabetes complications. When they added a chemical naturally occurring in tea to the beverages, however, the levels of reactive carbonyls drastically decreased.

Coenzyme Q10 A Vital Energy Nutrient...
(NaturalNews) Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat soluble compound best known for its vital function in the production of energy inside cells. It is concentrated in the part of the cell that churns out energy, the mitochondria. A lesser known function of CoQ10 may be its powerful antioxidant activity in cell membranes and in lipoproteins like LDL cholesterol. Cardiologist, congestive heart failure (CHF) researcher and international CoQ10 expert, Peter H. Langsjoen, MD, FACC says that "The heart muscle uses more energy than any other organ in our bodies". Skeletal muscle, the brain, the liver and gum tissue are also big energy consumers. These organs and tissues require optimal amounts of CoQ10 for optimal energy production for optimal health.Cells use enzymes to break down chemical bonds in molecules to produce energy. Importantly, enzymes just can't perform without their supporting cast of coenzymes. Many vitamins and CoQ10 are coenzymes and without them energy production is impaired. According to Dr. Langsjoen, "CoQ10 is a coenzyme for three large enzyme systems that are essential for 90% of cellular energy production".

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Good health to all of you...

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