Thursday, November 06, 2008

Nutrition in the news...

Dying for Lack of Sufficient Micronutrients...
While the terrain of his talk was familiar, Dr. Ames’s insights burrowed into the unacknowledged significance of adequate micronutrient supplementation. According to Ames, inadequacies in one or more micronutrients are widespread in the U.S. population and even greater around the world. Inadequacy is defined as being greater than two standard deviations below the Daily Value, for any of about 40 essential micronutrients (including minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids) that are required for proper metabolism. As examples, Dr. Ames pointed out that 56% of all U.S. residents are thought to be deficient in magnesium, and almost all Americans of African descent are believed to be deficient in vitamin D.

More Evidence for Cinnamon’s Effect on Blood Sugar...
According to the American authors of a recent study on the effects of cinnamon on the metabolic syndrome, the incidence of the syndrome in the United States is more than 26% of adults, or more than 50 million people.1 The authors also cite evidence that this dangerous condition increases the risk for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease up to 3-fold, and the risk for type 2 diabetes up to 5-fold.

Phenylalanine May Cheer You Up...
A susceptibility to depression has hung like a black cloud over mankind throughout history. During that time, men and women have applied endless ingenuity toward finding remedies that work. Some of them do work—sometimes, for some people. It’s an iffy proposition, and the challenge remains almost as great as ever. The advent of antidepressant drugs in modern times has been an undeniable blessing, but it’s one with some unpleasant strings attached. A more natural approach is to use nutritional supplements, which many people prefer because they’re largely free of adverse side effects, and they’re less expensive too. The amino acid phenylalanine has long been of interest because of its role in the production of dopamine and noradrenaline, two neurotransmitters that play key roles in the regulation of mood, especially with regard to our sense of well-being, i.e., our happiness. Significantly, deficiencies of these neurotransmitters in the brain are associated with depression.

Omega-3 Fats During Pregnancy Provide an Alternative to Anti-Depressant Drugs ...
The demands on a woman’s body during pregnancy often leave her feeling depleted, physically and emotionally. Depression is common among pregnant women. Concerns have been raised about possible harm from antidepressants which might affect both mother and child. Mothers-to-be and their health care providers often look for other choices than pharmaceuticals.Researchers at China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan noted a possible reason why many women experience depression during pregnancy, reports Reuters Health ( . Depression is often associated with lower levels of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).

Red Cabbage Found to Contain 36 Anti-Cancer Anthocyanins ...
Red cabbage contains 36 different varieties of anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids that have been linked to cancer protection, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Stop-Smoking Drug Linked to Suicide ...
The Veterans Administration (VA) is issuing a warning that the popular anti-smoking drug Chantix has been linked to an elevated risk of suicide. This warning comes months after the FDA first expressed concerns over the psychiatric effects of the drug.Chantix helps people quit smoking by simulating the effects of nicotine in the brain, while at the same time making real nicotine less effective. As early as November 2007, the FDA warned that many people were experiencing changes in emotions and behavior, including depression and suicidal thoughts, within weeks or even days of starting the drug. By February, the agency had strengthened its message, saying, "it appears increasingly likely that there may be an association between Chantix and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms."

Spirulina shown to prevent and treat cancers while boosting immune system function...
Nature can provide you with valuable weapons against cancer, but like all things, it's up to you to use them. Although the Japanese have known about and used spirulina for medicinal purposes for years, this form of microalgae is still not "mainstream" in American diets. Spirulina natively grows in alkaline, warm-water lakes. Demand for this whole food has sparked the cultivation of spirulina for commercial use in specially designed algae farms. As a result of this new distribution, you can buy spirulina supplements in your local health food store. Western medicine is finally taking note of spirulina's anti-cancer benefits, and you owe it to yourself to do the same.


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