Saturday, June 07, 2008

Nutrition in the news...

Daily Vitamins Could Prevent Vision Loss Among Thousands...
ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2003) — If every American at risk for advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) took daily supplements of antioxidant vitamins and zinc, more than 300,000 people could avoid AMD-associated vision loss over the next five years, according to results of a new government study led in part by researchers at Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute.

Cinnamon and Chromium Counteract the Metabolic Syndrome...
If you own a dog or a cat, you probably love your furry friend dearly and consider it to be as much a member of the family as anyone else. Naturally, you want the best for your pet so as to ensure a long, healthy, happy life. Now suppose your veterinarian told you about a disease that could seriously undermine your pet’s health and increase the chances of its premature demise. And suppose the vet mentioned that the signs and symptoms of this disease were the same as those of a deficiency in a certain nutrient in your pet’s diet. What would you do?
Silly question. You would, of course, make sure that Fido or Fluffy got adequate amounts of that nutrient. But would you show as much concern for your own health as that of your beloved pet? Oddly, many people don’t. While lavishing care on their pets (and their kids, of course), they give themselves short shrift in the health department. Their concern for others at the expense of their own well-being may seem noble to some, but it’s unnecessary and ultimately foolish.
What would it take to get their attention? Perhaps a statement such as the following, by Dr. Richard A. Anderson, a research chemist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, MD:1
"The signs and symptoms of Cr [chromium] deficiency are the same as those for the metabolic syndrome, i.e. elevated fasting glucose [blood sugar], elevated TAG [triacylglycerols, aka triglycerides, or fats], low HDL [high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, the “good cholesterol”], hypertension, and visceral obesity. The hallmark sign of Cr deficiency is impaired glucose tolerance, and there have been numerous reports of beneficial effects on individuals with impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 diabetes".

New Research on the Health Benefits of Green Tea...
In laboratories around the globe, green tea is sparking tremendous excitement as new health applications keep being discovered.
The most active green tea constituent is called epigallocatechin gallate. This unique flavonoid favorably alters pathways underlying pathological processes such as cancer,1-4 cardiovascular disease,5,6 diabetes,7 obesity,8 and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.9-11 All of this points to green tea as a broad-spectrum nutrient that may promote long life.4,12
Green tea is consumed routinely in Asian populations, who have greater longevity and lower mortality rates for diseases that are prevalent in Western society.
Given the huge scientific literature supporting the positive role of green tea in preventing neurodegenerative diseases, not to mention its benefits in helping to prevent cancer and other diseases, as well as its lack of toxicity, there is ample reason for consuming green tea poly-phenols on a regular basis.
In this article, we have interviewed international scientists on their current research into the myriad life-extending and life-enhancing benefits of green tea.

Black tea compounds may protect against diabetes...
Compounds in black tea may be able to mimic insulin and help prevent diabetes, suggests new research from Scotland.
Compounds in black tea called theaflavins and thearubigins were found to be able to mimic the effects of insulin, according to the results of the study published in the journal Aging Cell. The study looks set to add to an ever-growing body of science linking consumption of the beverage to a wide range of health benefits, including lower risk of certain cancers, weight loss, and protection against Alzheimer's.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Way To Improve Heart Health...
While a heart-healthy diet has become synonymous with plenty of fruits and vegetables and little fat and cholesterol, there’s more to the story. Omega-3 fatty acids should be part of a heart-healthy diet, too, according to the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

Curcumin Reduces Heart Enlargement and May Prevent Heart Failure ...
Eating curcumin, a natural ingredient in the spice turmeric, may dramatically reduce the chance of developing heart failure, researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the Toronto General Hospital have discovered.In a study entitled, “Curcumin prevents and reverses murine cardiac hypertrophy,” published in the February edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found when the herb is given orally to a variety of mouse models with enlarged hearts (hypertrophy), it can prevent and reverse hypertrophy, restore heart function and reduce scar formation.

Pine bark extract's osteoarthritis potential expanded...
Supplements of French maritime pine bark extracts may reduce the pain associated with arthritis of the knee by about 55 per cent, suggests a new study.
Moreover, the randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 156 patients with osteoarthritis and using the pine bark extract, Pycnogenol, indicated an improvement in all osteoarthritis symptoms by 56 per cent, according to data published in the journal Phytotherapy Research.

Are You Destined for Diabetes?...
What is diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic health problem stemming from elevated blood sugar. The body’s metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats lead directly to the production of glucose, otherwise known as blood sugar. Glucose is needed to supply energy to every cell in the body. If glucose levels become too elevated, it presents a toxic danger to every organ in the body.In the case of type 1 diabetes, the person experiences a deficiency of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that transports glucose into cells.In the case of type 2 diabetes, the cells are resistant to insulin, blocking the blood sugar’s entry into the cells. This type of diabetes, often referred to as “adult-onset diabetes”, is actually growing at alarming rates among children, who also reflect a growing obesity epidemic. While children were once only associated with type 1 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) now estimates that up to 45% of newly diagnosed children and teens have type 2 diabetes. The Center for Disease Control predicts that at least one out of every three Americans born after 2000 will develop diabetes.

Twenty Miracles of Resveratrol...

Cut Down on Sugar and Carbohydrates to Improve Health...
Have you ever eaten a big meal and then felt really hungry an hour later? You may feel like you never want to eat again, only to be feeling like you need a snack a short while later. You may find that it is often carbohydrate foods you are dreaming of, like bread, pasta, biscuits, or sugar.This is probably a sign that your body is experiencing fluctuating blood sugar levels. When your body is continually in this state for long periods of time, it can lead to diabetes, obesity, depression, and a whole range of other health issues. In fact, fluctuating blood sugar levels is the number one sign of aging.

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