Sunday, May 17, 2009

Help the body control inflammation and you age gracefully and lower your chance for chronic disease...

Inflammation is the body’s response to cellular injury. It is a natural process that has both harmful effects as well as beneficial ones. Without this process our bodies could not survive. Inflammation represents a protective response designed to rid the body of the initial cause of cell injury and the consequences of that injury. Cell injury may occur due to trauma, genetic defects, physical and chemical agents, tissue necrosis, foreign bodies, immune reactions, and infections, as well as nutritional deficiencies, especially anti-oxidants.

We don't think much about the process until we get sick or when we get old and it's effects become more obvious. As a way to bring your awareness of the aging process closer to home, please watch this short video.
Ageing Process in 40 seconds - Amazing video depiction.

What you consume in the way of food and drink, as well as what supplements you decide to take or not take, can have a profound effect in lowering inflammation and aiding the body to heal from it's process.
An anti-aging, anti-inflammatory program would include adopting a diet closer to our ancestors, eliminating modern foods that are not natural to our genetic makeup. Most anti-aging experts recommend additional supplementation.

All the benefits of the articles and studies I have listed in this week's HealthBlogger can be achieved by adopting the following program.

The Ideal Diet - Not only an anti-inflammatory diet, it's what our ancestors ate.

Follow The Glycemic Index - The Glycemic Index is a numerical system of measuring how fast a carbohydrate triggers a rise in circulating blood sugar - the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response.

NSI Synergy CardioLift® Multi-Vitamin - A complete multi with therapeutic levels of phytonutrients that can turn good genes on and bad genes off.

Omega-3 EPA and DHA - Our diet contains too high of levels of Omega 6's, which come from vegetable oils and processed food and are pro-inflammatory. Omega 3's correct this imbalance and are anti-inflammatory in nature.

Nattokinase - Women have low levels of heart disease compared to men during their child bearing years. This is because monthly menstruation keeps blood viscosity levels at optimal levels. Studies show that as many as 95% of all heart attacks could be prevented by keeping the blood thin and free from blood clots.

I have been using and recommending NSI formulated supplements like the ones above for many years. I also formulate my own line.
NSI was founded with the goal of helping to educate health-conscious consumers about the importance and benefits of proper nutritional supplementation. NSI's Synergy line of multi-vitamins offers a superior value compared to mass-marketed brands and contains optimal forms and amounts of nutrients.
They are formulated by medical doctors who believe in prevention and like me, keep up with the latest research in nutritional science.
Why NSI Synergy Multi-Vitamins? - Video

Enjoy this weeks studies and articles and begin a preventative lifestyle program as you would an insurance program for your car our house. It makes sense, and there is valid science behind it.

Remember it is never too late to become younger...


Omega-3 Fish Oils Reduce Mortality from All Causes ...
Fish oils—omega-3 fish oils, to be exact—are highly beneficial to human beings: they’re among our hearts’ best friends (see the sidebar). Ever since this was first surmised, in the 1970s, the evidence for the role of these fish oils in protecting us from cardiovascular disease—and from other diseases as well, including dementia, the metabolic syndrome, and perhaps cancer—has continued to mount. The medical literature now contains thousands of papers dealing with innumerable aspects of the effects of omega-3 fatty acids (which are components of the fish oils) on human physiology, especially as it pertains to cardiovascular disease.

Not So Sweet: Over-consumption Of Sugar Linked To Aging...
We know that lifespan can be extended in animals by restricting calories such as sugar intake. Now, according to a study published in the journal PLoS Genetics, Université de Montréal scientists have discovered that it's not sugar itself that is important in this process but the ability of cells to sense its presence.
The research team found that the lifespan of yeast cells increased when glucose was decreased from their diet. They then asked whether the increase in lifespan was due to cells decreasing their ability to produce energy or to the decrease in signal to the cells by the glucose sensor.

The Truth about MSG, Monosodium Glutamate and NutraSweet, Aspartic Acid, found in commercial foods... - A VIDEO YOU MUST SEE... DON'T MISS THIS...
What effects does MSG have on diet, obesity, health and food cravings? Because MSG is absorbed very quickly in the gastrointestinal tract (unlike glutamic acid-containing proteins in foods), MSG could spike blood plasma levels of glutamate. Glutamic acid is in a class of chemicals known as excitotoxins, high levels of which have been shown in animal studies to cause damage to areas of the brain unprotected by the blood-brain barrier and that a variety of chronic diseases can arise out of this neurotoxicity.

Processed Meats Raise Leukemia Risk, Vegetables Lower It...
(NaturalNews) A diet high in cured meats may lead to a 74 percent higher risk of childhood leukemia, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the journal BMC Cancer. Researchers examined the dietary habits and leukemia rates among 515 Taiwanese children and youths between the ages of 2 and 20. A total of 145 leukemia patients were included in the study, and each was compared with two healthy participants of the same age and sex. The scientists used detailed dietary questionnaires to determine participants' intake of cured meats including bacon, ham, hot dogs, dried salted duck, salted fish and Chinese sausage. For leukemia patients, cured meat intake was calculated for the time period before the onset of the disease; for healthy patients, intake was calculated for the beginning of the study.

Anti-Vitamin C Study Seriously Flawed and Misleading ...
(NaturalNews) A recent study published in Cancer Research (2008; 68:8031-8038) warned that high doses of vitamin C could harm cancer patients by making chemotherapy drugs ineffective. But now a detailed report in the current issue of the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies explains that the anti-vitamin C study was not only flawed but didn't actually use a form of vitamin C used in humans.In the current Alternative and Complementary Therapies Medical Journal Watch column, nutrition expert Jack Challem has dissected, step by step, the inaccuracies in the Cancer Research study which concluded vitamin C given to mice or cultured cells treated with common anti-cancer chemotherapy agents hampered those drugs' anti-tumor effects. In a statement to the media, Challem pointed to two main problems with the study. First, the researchers did not use vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Instead, they used an oxidized form of vitamin C known as dehydroascorbic acid -- a compound that is not used as a dietary supplement in people.

Cocktail of Pharmaceuticals Found in the Fish Caught Near Major U.S. Cities ...
(NaturalNews) Pharmaceutical pollution is out of control, polluting the waterways of our world to such a disturbing degree that now even the fish are carrying detectable levels of pharmaceuticals in their own bodies! A study conducted by Baylor University researcher Bryan Brooks, and published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, examined fish caught near Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia and Orlando, testing them for residues of pharmaceuticals. And what did the results show? That fish are contaminated with a chemical cocktail of prescription medications!

Ginkgo Reduces Brain Damage from Stroke by 50 Percent...
(NaturalNews) Ginkgo biloba extract may reduce the brain damage and neurobehavioral dysfunction from a stroke by 50 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins Institutions and published in the journal Stroke. "Our results suggest that some element or elements in ginkgo actually protect brain cells during stroke," researcher Sylvain Dore said. " If further work confirms what we've seen, we could theoretically recommend a daily regimen of ginkgo to people at high risk of stroke as a preventive measure against brain damage."

Pinpointing Role Of Insulin On Glucagon Levels...
Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center have shown for the first time that insulin plays a key role in suppressing levels of glucagon, a hormone involved in carbohydrate metabolism and regulating blood glucose levels.

Pomegranate’s anti-inflammatory effects strengthened...
A polyphenol-rich pomegranate extract may reduce inflammation, and positively effect chronic disease risk, according to results of a new cell study from the US.
Findings published in the open access Journal of Inflammation suggest that a polyphenol-rich pomegranate fruit extract (POMx) acts by inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines at a gene expression level.

Natto enzyme may boost heart health in at-risk people...
Nattokinase, an enzyme extracted from fermented soy, may reduce levels of compounds linked to blood clotting, and cut the risk of heart disease in people at-risk of the disease, suggests new research from Taiwan. After two months of supplementation, the researchers noted that levels of fibrinogen, factor VII, and factor VIII had fallen by 9, 14, and 17 per cent, respectively, in the healthy individuals; by 7, 13, and 19 per cent, respectively, in the CVD risk group; and 10, 7, and 19, respectively, in the dialysis patients.

You are what your mother eats: High GI diets may give obese kids...
Snacking on foods with a high glycaemic index like white bread and chocolate during the later stages of pregnancy may increase the likelihood of obesity in the offspring, says a new study.
High GI snack diets during the third trimester of pregnancy were associated with heavier birth weight in the offspring, and a higher rate of growth of the new-borns, suggests new research with sheep published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Walnuts May Prevent Breast Cancer...
Walnut consumption may provide the body with essential omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols that reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 100th Annual Meeting 2009.
"Walnuts are better than cookies, french fries or potato chips when you need a snack," said Hardman. "We know that a healthy diet overall prevents all manner of chronic diseases."

Vitamin D levels linked to asthma severity...
Not getting enough vitamin D may increase asthma severity in children, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at 616 children with asthma. Each child was assessed for allergies, lung function and vitamin D levels. The study found that children with low vitamin D levels were significantly more likely to have been hospitalised for asthma in the previous year and were more likely to have regularly used inhaled asthma medication. Those children were also more likely to be dust-mite sensitive. “This study suggests that there may be added health benefits to vitamin D supplementation,” the researchers said.

Resveratrol Found to Treat Fatty Liver Disease...
(NaturalNews) The naturally occurring plant chemical resveratrol -- made famous for its role in the health benefits of red wine -- may not only prevent but even reverse the dangerous buildup of fat in the liver caused by alcohol abuse." Our study suggests that resveratrol may serve as a promising agent for preventing or treating human alcoholic fatty liver disease," the researchers from the University of South Florida Health Sciences Center in Tampa wrote in the American Journal of Physiology -- Gastrointestinal and Live Physiology.

Antioxidant Found In Berries, Other Foods Prevents UV Skin Damage That Leads To Wrinkles...
Using a topical application of the antioxidant ellagic acid, researchers at Hallym University in the Republic of Korea markedly prevented collagen destruction and inflammatory response – major causes of wrinkles -- in both human skin cells and the sensitive skin of hairless mice following continuing exposure to UV-B, the sun's skin-damaging ultraviolet radioactive rays.

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