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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Magnesium - the miracle mineral?

Magnesium - the miracle mineral?

Saturday, August 10, 2013 by: Derek Henry

 

(NaturalNews) There are a number of factors implicated in the disease process, and many of them can be traced back to a deficiency in minerals. This is not hard to believe, due to the current state of our overall soil conditions, which have a very poor mineral content. So if we decide to take a mineral, which one do we choose? It appears magnesium should be at the top of the list, as it could quite possibly be the panacea to many health problems.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency

It is estimated that 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Some core symptoms that indicate you are deficient include:

- Heart disease
- Muscle cramping
- Diabetes
- Stress and sleep disorders
- Bowel disease
- Osteoporosis

Vital in hearth health and musculature function

A study by George Washington University found that magnesium deficiency led to increased inflammation in the body, affecting blood vessels, cardiovascular, and intestinal tissues. Cardiovascular tissue inflammation can lead to heart disease because it increases oxidative stress, while intestinal inflammation causes digestive disorders.

Magnesium deficiency also decreases lipid metabolism and increases blood pressure, negatively impacting the health of the arteries and eventually causing atherosclerosis. Research shows that adding 365 mg of magnesium to the diet twice daily for six months can reduce the likelihood of experiencing exercise-induced chest pain.

Magnesium also influences the peristaltic action of the intestinal system, which facilitates proper bowel movements. Adequate levels of magnesium can assist faster transit time through the GI tract, which in turn helps reduce the risk of bowel disease.

Balances blood sugar

With the consumption of a high sugar diet and being overweight or obese for 10 to 15 years, often comes the condition of type 2 adult onset diabetes.

A review from the journal Biological Trace Element Research reports that magnesium plays an important role in metabolizing carbohydrates, while influencing the activity of hormones that control blood glucose levels. Low magnesium can cause insulin resistance, which could result in the kidneys being unable to retain magnesium during periods of hyperglycemia, creating a magnesium deficiency and subsequently, diabetes.

Magnesium has certainly been implicated in keeping blood sugar in balance, promoting the production of insulin, opening the cells up to receive insulin, and allowing glucose into the cells.

Relieves stress and improves sleep

A recent study of people with poor sleep quality, as conducted by the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index, found that taking a magnesium supplement decreased chronic inflammatory stress levels and improved sleep quality.

Researchers suggest that adding magnesium to their diets decreased the participants sympathetic nervous activity, effectively reducing stress and allowing them to relax.

Maintains strong bones

Calcium is often pointed out as necessary for stronger bones, but it means little if you don't have adequate levels of magnesium and vitamin D.

Magnesium activates cellular enzyme activity, allowing the body to convert vitamin D into its active form to help with calcium absorption and bone building. Magnesium aids the release of the hormone calcitonin, which helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues and back into the bones.

It should be noted that magnesium is also positively identified in helping with a number of other critical processes including brain function, muscle building, metabolic action, and digestion.

It appears that the addition of adequate magnesium to your diet can help you overcome several well-known health conditions. Choose quality supplements as well as a diet full of leafy green vegetables, seaweed, nuts/seeds, and cacao, and start experiencing the benefits of this 'miracle mineral'.

Sources for this article include:

http://organicconnectmag.com

http://www.charlespoliquin.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
Motivated by his own story of being sick and crippled at age 30 to healthy and pain free 5 years later, Derek is passionate about helping people get on track in a fraction of the time it took him on his own journey. Actively engaged in the research of natural healing for over 5 years, Derek has spent over 2500 hours (and growing) studying and collaborating with top minds in nutrition and utilizes that extensive knowledge to help people overcome their own health challenges.

Derek is currently a Master Health Coach and writer of over 200 natural health articles, some of which are featured at his primary website, http://healingthebody.ca/. Derek specializes in specific nutritional and wellness protocols, from simple lifestyle transitions to complete overhauls.



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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Red Wine nutrient resveratrol blocks melanoma

Red wine nutrient resveratrol blocks melanoma - Natural News Science

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) The health benefits of resveratrol are almost too numerous to count. This polyphenolic antioxidant compound, which is found naturally in red wine and grapes, has been shown to help fight the aging process, promote a healthy heart, and boost cellular energy output, among many other benefits. And specifically with regard to cancer, resveratrol has been shown in at least 10 scientific studies published in recent years to help ward off melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that more than 75,000 new cases of melanoma emerge every year in the United States, and roughly 10,000 people die from the condition annually. The disease usually first shows up in the form of a mole or other oddly pigmented skin or tissue, including tissue found in the eyes and intestines, and spreads from there. And conventional medicine's only solution to melanoma is to blast it with chemotherapy or radiation.

But the science shows that there is another, safer option to not only prevent melanoma, but also to treat it without causing harmful side effects. Numerous peer-reviewed studies show that resveratrol not only blocks the growth and spread of melanoma, but also disrupts the activation and expression of certain proteins and other substances that feed and sustain this pervasive type of skin cancer.

Resveratrol possesses an amazing array of anti-cancer properties and mechanisms, studies show

A 2005 study published in the journal, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, for instance, found that grape-derived resveratrol has an anti-proliferative effect on melanoma cancer cells -- anti-proliferative means that it blocks tumor cells from growing and spreading. Researchers from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at New York Medical College found that resveratrol has a unique ability to suppress cell growth in at least two different varieties of melanoma (http://science.naturalnews.com).

Three years later, in 2008, at least four separate studies also found that resveratrol, especially when injected for maximum bioavailability, inhibits the growth and spread of melanoma. One study out of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW-M) found that both oral and peritumor injection of resveratrol can help treat uveal melanoma (http://science.naturalnews.com), while another study out of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) identified a different mechanism by which resveratrol fights melanoma, in this case by disrupting a nitric oxide-generated feedback loop (http://science.naturalnews.com).

"These data suggest that resveratrol can inhibit tumor growth and can induce apoptosis (cell death) via the intrinsic mitochondrial pathway and that by further increasing bioavailability of resveratrol the potency of the [nutrient] can be increased, leading to tumor regression," wrote the authors of the UW-M study. "The nontoxic nature of the [nutrient] at levels needed for therapy make resveratrol an attractive candidate for the treatment of uveal melanoma."

Anti-cancer properties of resveratrol have been replicated in numerous scientific studies

Beyond this, a handful of other studies published in both 2010 and 2011 arrived at similar findings, affirming that resveratrol is, indeed, a powerful anti-cancer nutrient. Since replication is a key aspect of the scientific process, this cohort of data on the anti-cancer effects of resveratrol provides solid evidence that supplementation with therapeutic doses of this powerful nutrient may help prevent and treat melanoma, and thus curb a widespread public health epidemic.

"RESV (resveratrol) shows promise as a novel therapeutic in the management of melanoma for its selective anti-tumor activity in vitro," wrote the authors of a 2010 study on resveratrol that was published in The Journal of Surgical Research (http://science.naturalnews.com).

To learn more about resveratrol and how it may help in the prevention and treatment of melanoma, be sure to check out NaturalNews Science:
http://science.naturalnews.com

Sources for this article include:

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://www.cancer.gov

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Scientists discover exact mechanism for how broccoli fights deadly cancers

Scientists discover exact mechanism for how broccoli and crucifers fight deadly cancers

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

NaturalNews) Scientists have been mounting evidence to support the cancer-fighting abilities associated with consuming broccoli and other members of the crucifer family for more than a decade. Past studies have shown that this super-food family directly influences the expression of more than 400 genes immediately after eating the tasty vegetables. Further research bodies have also shown that broccoli consumption can play an important role in lowering the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, and yet to date, the precise metabolic pathway for disease prevention has largely been unknown.

A team of research scientists from Britain's Institute of Food Research have published the results of their work in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition to explain how metabolic modifications brought about by consumption of high-glucoraphanin broccoli may be behind the suggested health benefits and cancer-fighting ability of the cruciferous vegetable family. Scientists noted that this study provides the first evidence from human studies for a possible mechanism behind the suggested ability of glucosinolates, including glucoraphanin found in broccoli, to reduce the risks of chronic diseases and cancers.

Broccoli and crucifer compounds rejuvenate critical mitochondrial function to prevent chronic illnesses

Researchers fed a special cultivar of broccoli, a combination of wild and commercially available broccoli that contains high levels of glucoraphanin, to nineteen volunteers each week for three months. They compared the first group to two other groups eating the same diet, except one consumed commercially available broccoli and the third ate none of the crucifer. The team observed that those eating the glucoraphanin-rich vegetable showed signs of an improved metabolism.

The scientists determined that a compound commonly found in crucifers, known as sulforaphane, improved the chemical reactions inside mitochondria, the power source for our cellular machinery. The study found that glucoraphanin helped 'retune' metabolic processes in the cells that get disrupted as we age. Lead author, Dr. Richard Mithen commented, "We think this provides some evidence as to why people who eat diets rich in broccoli may keep in good health... mitochondria are really, really important, and when they start to go wrong it leads to many of the diseases of aging."

The nutritionists performing the study recommend eating broccoli two to three times a week. Other health-promoting members of the cruciferous vegetable family include Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower. Dr. Mithen concluded "We think it is significant because it shows in humans a measurable effect on our metabolism, which is central to our overall health and could explain the diverse range of beneficial effects many observational dietary studies have shown previously." It is important to note that while this study used a specially concentrated type of broccoli to produce the stated results, consumption of commercially available broccoli and crucifers have been shown to exhibit similar anti-cancer properties when eaten over a longer period of time.

Sources for this article include:

http://news.ifr.ac.uk

http://www.ibtimes.com

http://www.nutraingredients.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.





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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Probiotics may save patients from deadly chemotherapy

Cancer breakthrough: Probiotics may save patients from deadly chemotherapy; antibiotics may cause chemo to be fatal

 

Thursday, August 01, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger



(NaturalNews) If you or someone you love is facing the possibility of cancer or chemotherapy, make sure they read this story. Breakthrough new science conducted at the University of Michigan and about to be published in the journal Nature reveals that intestinal health is the key to surviving chemotherapy.

The study itself is very difficult for laypeople to parse, however, so I'm going to translate into everyday language while also offering additional interpretations of the research that the original study author is likely unable to state due to the nutritional censorship of medical journals and universities, both of which have an anti-nutrition bias.

The upshot is this: A clinical study gave mice lethal injections of chemotherapy that would, pound for pound, kill most adult human beings, too. The study authors openly admit: "All tumors from different tissues and organs can be killed by high doses of chemotherapy and radiation, but the current challenge for treating the later-staged metastasized cancer is that you actually kill the [patient] before you kill the tumor." (See sources below.)

Chemotherapy is deadly. It is the No. 1 cause of death for cancer patients in America, and the No. 1 side effect of chemo is more cancer. But certain mice in the study managed to survive the lethal doses of chemo. How did they do that? They were injected with a molecule that your own body produces naturally. It's production is engineered right into your genes, and given the right gene expression in an environment of good nutrition (meaning the cellular environment), you can generate this substance all by yourself, 24 hours a day.

The substance is called "Rspo1" or "R-spondon1." It activates stem cell production within your own intestinal walls, and these stem cells are like super tissue regeneration machines that rebuild damaged tissues faster than the chemotherapy can destroy them, thereby allowing the patient to survive an otherwise deadly does of chemo poison.

As the study showed, 50 - 75 percent of the mice who were given R-spondon1 survived the fatal chemotherapy dose!

The cancer industry needs to find a way to stop killing all their customers

The problem with the cancer industry today is that all the conventional cancer treatments keep killing the patients. This is bad for business. So the purpose of research like the R-spondon1 research mentioned here -- which was funded by a government grant -- is to find ways to keep giving patients deadly doses of high-profit chemotherapy without actually killing them. You slap a patient with a dose of R-spondon1 (sold at $50,000 a dose as a patented "drug," of course), dose 'em up with a fatal injection of chemotherapy, and then thanks to the R-spondon1 you get a repeat cancer customers instead of a corpse.

That's called "good business practices" in the cancer industry, which is so far best known for turning patients into body bags rather than actually curing cancer.

(Yes, there is a reason why most oncologists would never undergo chemotherapy themselves. They know it doesn't work on 98% of all cancers.)

Probiotics are likely the key to generating your own R-spondon1

Before I discuss why these findings are so important for followers of natural health and nutrition, let me first offer a disclaimer. The research mentioned here was conducted on mice, not humans, so it isn't full proof that the same mechanism works in humans. Nevertheless, the reason mice are used for such research is because they are nearly identical to humans in terms of biology, gene expression, endocrine system function and more.

Furthermore, even though this study used an injection of R-spondon1 as the "activator" of gene expression in endothelial cells of the intestinal lining, in truth your cells already possess the blueprint to produce R-spondon1 on their own. In fact, human intestines are coated with a layer of epithelial cells that are regenerated every 4-5 days in a healthy person. This is only possible through the activation and continued operation of intestinal stem cells, a normal function for a healthy human.

And what determines the health of those stem cells more than anything else? Their local environment which is predominantly determined by gut bacteria. If your gut bacteria are in balance, the gene expression of your epithelial cells is normal and healthy. If your gut bacteria are out of whack, so to speak, the gene expression of your epithelial cells will be suppressed, thereby slowing or halting the regenerative potential of your intestinal cells. This is why people who have imbalanced intestinal flora also suffer from inflammatory intestinal conditions such as Crohn's, IBS and so on.

Thus, probiotics are a key determining factor in the ability of your intestines to maintain the appropriate gene expression for the very kind of rapid cellular regeneration that can help your body survive a fatal dose of chemotherapy.

Meat and dairy cause devastating gut flora imbalances that may increase susceptibility to chemotherapy drugs

This may also explain why people who eat large quantities of processed meat, cheese and dead, pasteurized dairy products -- especially when combined with starchy carbohydrates and processed sugars -- are far more likely to die from chemotherapy than people who eat more plant-based diets. (There isn't yet a source to substantiate this claim, but it's something I've noted from considerable personal observation. You may have noticed it too among your own family members who have undergone chemotherapy treatments. Those with the worst diets seem to have far higher fatality rates.)

Those who consume processed meat and dead dairy have their intestines filled with fiber-less, difficult-to-digest proteins that are putrefied and sit in the intestines for 2 - 5 days, typically. Dietary sugars and carbohydrates then feed the bacteria fermentation process, resulting in the rapid growth and replication of sugar-feeding bacteria that displace the kind of healthy flora which best protect intestinal wall cells.

This imbalance, I suggest, increases susceptibility to chemotherapy toxicity while simultaneously impairing the ability of the patient to absorb key nutrients that protect healthy cells from the toxicity of chemo drugs. This may explain why patients who heavily consume meat, cheese and dairy diets tend to die so easily when exposed to chemotherapy.

But there's something even more alarming about all this that everyone needs to know...

Antibiotics may also set you up to be killed by chemo

Although the research did not directly address this question, its findings seem to indicate that the kind of gut bacteria "wipeout" caused by antibiotics could prove fatal to a chemotherapy patient.

This is especially worrisome because many cancer patients are simultaneously prescribed antibiotics as they undergo chemotherapy. This could be a death sentence in disguise. While neither the antibiotics nor the chemo directly kill the patient, the combination of sterilized gut bacteria and highly-toxic chemotherapy drugs could multiply the toxicity and prove fatal. The death certificate, however, will say the patient died from "cancer," not from the chemotherapy which is usually the actual cause of death.

And yet, every single day in America, patients who are taking antibiotics are subjected to multiple courses of chemotherapy. This may quite literally be a death sentence for those patients.

There's also a self-fulfilling death spiral at work in all this: following the first round of chemotherapy, many patients suffer from weakened immune system that result in symptomatic infections. Physicians respond to this by prescribing antibiotics, resulting in the patient undergoing subsequent rounds of chemotherapy with "wiped out" gut flora. So the chemo causes the problem in the first place, and then the response to the problem by western doctors makes the next round of chemo fatal. This is a self-fulfilling death spiral of failed medicine.

Oncologists seem to have no awareness whatsoever of the importance of gut bacteria in allowing patients to protect their own healthy cells from the devastating effects of chemotherapy drugs. Many oncologists, in fact, actively discourage their patients from taking any sort of supplements during chemotherapy out of an irrational, anti-scientific fear that such supplements may "interfere" with the chemo and make the treatment fail.

This is one of the many ways in which oncologists get cancer patients killed.

Takeaway points from this article:

• New research shows that a substance generated by intestinal stem cells allows subjects to survive an otherwise fatal dose of toxic chemotherapy.

• Healthy gene expression of intestinal cells allows them to naturally produce protective molecules that support and boost cell regeneration.

• Probiotics may protect and support the intestinal stem cells that help cancer patients survive toxic chemotherapy. (More studies needed to explore this and document the impact.)

Antibiotics may be a death sentence when followed by chemotherapy.

• Oncologists need to consider the risks and benefits of postponing chemotherapy in patients who are simultaneously taking antibiotics. The combination may be deadly. Conversely, they need to consider the benefits of encouraging chemotherapy patients to take probiotic supplements before beginning chemotherapy treatment.

Sources for this article include:
http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/21613-digest-this-cure-for-cancer-ma...

http://science.naturalnews.com/2007/2940322_R_spondin1_a_novel_intest...

http://science.naturalnews.com/2009/2043215_Stem_cells_self_renewal_a...


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Chlorella protects against cadmium poisoning

Chlorella protects against cadmium poisoning: NaturalNews Science

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) One of the most powerful cleansing and detoxifying "superfoods" known to man, chlorella is a fascinating single-celled algae variety that offers a plethora of unique benefits for human health and nutrition. And one such benefit, as illustrated in a 2008 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, is its ability to expel toxic cadmium from the body and prevent it from poisoning the liver and other vital organs.

Researchers from South Korea's Hanyang University learned this after testing the effects of chlorella on groups of Sprague-Dawley rats exposed to cadmium (Cd). The team divided 40 rats into four groups, three of which were exposed to 10 parts per million (ppm) of cadmium. The first of the three groups was given no chlorella (Cd-0C), while the second and third were given five percent chlorella (Cd-5C) and 10 percent chlorella (Cd-10C), respectively. The fourth group was assigned as a control.

After evaluating the health of the rats after eight weeks -- all rats had unmitigated access to water during this time -- the team observed that the Cd-0C group, which was given no chlorella, had the lowest overall body and liver weight, a clear indicator of poor health. This same group of untreated rats was also observed to have significantly higher hepatic concentrations, or concentrations of poison in the liver.

Conversely, cadmium-exposed rats given chlorella had much lower levels of poison in their livers compared to the Cd-0C group, illustrating the power of chlorella to protect this vital organ from damage. Chlorella was also shown to stimulate the expression of metallothioneins, or MTs, which bind with metallic compounds like chlorella and help remove them from the body.

"[T]his study suggests that C. vulgaris (chlorella) has a protective effect against Cd-induced liver damage by reducing Cd accumulation and stimulating the expression of MT II in (the) liver," wrote the authors in their abstract.

You can read the full study abstract at NaturalNews Science:
http://science.naturalnews.com

A similar study published in the journal, Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, in 2009 found that chlorella also helps to reduce the oxidative stress caused by Cd poisoning. Researchers from Ewha Womans University, also in South Korea, discovered that CD-poisoned rats treated with chlorella fared better than untreated rats in terms of lipid peroxide concentration, superoxide radical generation, and xanthine oxidase activity.

You can read the results of this study here:
http://science.naturalnews.com

Chlorella can also help improve insulin resistance, lipid metabolism

Among its many other benefits, chlorella has also been shown by credible science to help improve both insulin resistance and lipid metabolism. Rats fed a high fat diet along with chlorella were shown in the first instance to better process and metabolize these fats, while rats in the latter instance handled sugar intake better when also supplemented with chlorella.

"The cell wall of chlorella is generally considered the thing that just grabs on to almost any toxin in the body, whether it is heavy metals, pesticides, organic chemicals," said Dr. Hank Liers, chief formulator of products sold by Health Products Distributors, Inc., in a 2007 interview with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. "I think there are more research papers on chlorella than any substance known."

You can learn more about this substance by visiting the NaturalNews Science page on chlorella, which contains hundreds of scientific studies on the benefits of chlorella:
http://science.naturalnews.com

Sources for this article include:

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.naturalnews.com


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Vitamin D may hold the key to aggressive breast cancer prevention

Vitamin D may hold the key to aggressive breast cancer prevention and treatment

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by: John Phillip



(NaturalNews) Breast cancer strikes more than one-quarter of a million women in the U.S. each year, taking the lives of nearly 40,000 annually. While age, lifestyle, diet and physical activity all play a significant role in development of the disease, an estimated 15 percent of women fall victim due to genetic susceptibility. Current treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy, though extensive research clearly demonstrates that natural compounds, including vitamin D may play an effective role in the prevention and even treatment of breast cancer.

Researchers from Saint Louis University have discovered a molecular pathway that contributes to triple-negative breast cancer, an often deadly and treatment resistant form of cancer that tends to strike younger women. Publishing in The Journal of Cell Biology, scientists identified vitamin D and some protease inhibitors as possible new therapies. Additionally, the study team discovered a set of three biomarkers that can help to identify patients who could benefit from the treatment.

Scientists know that women who are born with BRCA1 gene mutation are at increased risk for developing breast and ovarian cancers within their lifetime and the tumors that arise are frequently the triple-negative type. Genetic expression has been identified as the primary pathway that allows tumor cells to grow unchecked. The study team identified how vitamin D plays a role in turning off this pathway, providing a safe and effective strategy to fight these types of tumors.

Vitamin D alters gene expression to prevent deadly mutations and lower breast cancer risk

The researchers sought to identify specific genes that either express or suppress the production of proteins that ultimately protect or promote the development of cancer cells. Each cell contains an extensive array of mechanisms designed to protect DNA integrity and prevent passing potentially damaging mutations to the next generation of daughter cells. BRCA1 is a well known tumor suppressor gene, as it helps repair DNA double-strand breaks, helping to prevent the initial phase of breast cancer lines. Loss of the BRCA1 gene repair ability greatly increases the risk of developing cancer.

The study team identified a critical DNA repair factor known as 53BP1 that becomes impaired with BRCA1 gene degradation, and determined that treatment of BRCA1-deficient tumor cells with vitamin D restores high levels of 53BP1, which results in increased genomic instability and reduced proliferation. The team determined that treatment with a combination of vitamin D and PARP inhibitors could represent a novel therapeutic strategy for breast cancers with poor prognoses.

Extensive research over the past decade has clearly shown that sub-optimal levels of vitamin D greatly increase the risk of many forms of cancer, as the prohormone unlocks the necessary blueprint to accurate cellular replication and elimination of mutations. This important study is among the first to identify vitamin D as a key to prevention and even treatment in the most resistant cases of triple-negative breast cancer lines. Most women will want to ensure they maintain optimal vitamin D blood levels between 50 and 70 ng/mL (higher for those fighting the disease) for protection against this deadly form of breast cancer.

Sources for this article include:

http://jcb.rupress.org/content/200/2/187
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/slu-vdh012213.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130122142911.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.



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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Treat your high cholesterol and clogged arteries naturally with curcumin

Treat your high cholesterol and clogged arteries naturally with curcumin: Research

Monday, July 22, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) The humble spice that gives curry powder its characteristic yellow color may hold the key to helping people lower their cholesterol and fight heart disease naturally, research suggests.

The spice in question, turmeric, has a long history of use as a traditional medicine across Asia. In recent years, Western scientists have conducted numerous studies on turmeric and the trio of yellow pigments that it contains known as curcuminoids. The curcuminoids (sometimes simply called "curcumin," after the most famous of the three) are antioxidant polyphenols known to function as potent anti-inflammatories.

According to a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis in 2004, turmeric extract may reduce the susceptibility of LDL ("bad") cholesterol to oxidation, an important step in the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Turmeric extract also reduced overall LDL and total cholesterol levels. Notably, the study found the most benefit to turmeric extract at a lower rather than a higher dose.

Another, more comprehensive, study was conducted by French researchers in 2008, presented at the American Heart Association's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Annual Conference in 2009 and published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in 2012. Mice predisposed to develop atherosclerosis were fed either a control diet or the same diet plus curcumin supplements for four months. At the end of this time, researchers found 26 percent fewer fatty artery deposits in the mice fed the curcumin-enhanced diet. Fewer atherosclerotic lesions were seen in these mice. In addition, the researchers found that curcumin seemed to actually change the expression of genes related to plaque buildup in arteries.

Turmeric outperforms cholesterol-lowering drugs?

Another study on mice predisposed to heart disease was conducted by researchers from Kyungpook National University in South Korea and published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in 2011. In this study, the mice were fed a high cholesterol diet that was supplemented either with curcumin, the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin or a placebo. After 18 weeks, the researchers found that just like lovastatin, curcumin lowered blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, while increasing levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol. It also led to changes in gene expression that could be expected to reduce the risk of artery damage and heart disease.

"Long-term curcumin treatment lowers plasma and hepatic cholesterol and suppresses early atherosclerotic lesions comparable to the protective effects of lovastatin," the researchers concluded. "The anti-atherogenic effect of curcumin is mediated via multiple mechanisms including altered lipid, cholesterol and immune gene expression."

Turmeric for your heart and health

Lowering cholesterol and fighting arterial disease are not the only ways that turmeric improves the health of your heart, or of your body as a whole. In a trio of studies published between June and October 2012, researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that curcumin supplements improved two measures of heart health (vascular endothelial function and arterial compliance) as much as an aerobic exercise program, while a combination of the two lead to even more dramatic benefits. A combination of curcumin and exercise was also found to significantly slow age-related degeneration in the heart.

Studies have also suggested that turmeric and curcumin can help fight infection, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and numerous forms of cancer.

The body absorbs curcumin best from turmeric root (which is more commonly consumed in the West ground up, as a spice), rather than from supplements. As seen in the 2004 study, evidence suggests that the greatest health benefit comes from consuming curcumin and other "nutraceuticals" at low doses over a long period of time, rather than from short-term, high dosage schedules.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/40414

http://www.naturalnews.com/040330_turmeric_heart_health_curcumin.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22058071

http://www.atherosclerosis-journal.com

http://science.naturalnews.com/curcumin.html


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041306_turmeric_curcumin_clogged_arteries.html#ixzz2arVqgLsy



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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fish Oil Reduces Breast Cancer Risk: Research

Fish oil reduces breast cancer risk: Research

Sunday, July 21, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) Women who consistently take fish oil supplements are significantly less likely to develop breast cancer than women who do not take fish oil, according to a 2010 study conducted by researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

"This study is one of the largest studies that have come out showing that there may be role for fish oil in the prevention of cancer, specifically breast cancer," said Lorenzo Cohen of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, who was not involved in the study.

One-third lower risk

The researchers interviewed 35,016 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 76 who were taking part in the larger Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) study. Participants answered questions about how recently they had taken fish oil supplements, how frequently they took them, and how long they had been taking them.

The researchers found that women who regularly took fish oil supplements were 32 percent less likely to develop ductal breast cancer than women who did not regularly take fish oil. The protective benefit was most apparent among women who had been taking fish oil for an average of 10 years.

Ductal breast cancer, which forms in the milk ducts, is the most common form of breast cancer. The study found no effect of fish oil consumption on the less common lobular breast cancer, which forms in the milk glands. No protective benefit was seen from other supplements study, including the natural menopause remedies black cohosh, dong quai, St. John's wort and soy.

Potent anti-inflammatory properties

It remains unclear exactly what effect the fish oil has on the development of breast cancer, particularly since other studies have not found a connection between fatty fish consumption and lower cancer rates. Some researchers believe that for anti-cancer properties to be effective, fish oil must be consumed in quantities higher than is feasible from fish consumption alone (hence the benefits seen in women who were taking supplements).

One mechanism by which fish oil may help protect against cancer is its potent anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation is believed to play a role in the development of many chronic diseases, including cancers.

"Fish oil, in general, is a very good anti-inflammatory agent, and inflammation plays a role in cancer development," said fish oil and cancer researcher Peiying Yang of M.D. Anderson, who was not involved in the study.

Fish oil is especially high in omega-3 fatty acids, an essential nutrient that has been proven to lower the risk of heart attack and death. Omega-3s in fish oil have also been linked to improved cholesterol levels, regulation of abnormal heartbeats, and improved mental and cognitive health.

Because the quality of fish oil supplements can vary widely, Cohen cautioned consumers to purchase only from a reputable manufacturers.

"Some products may be contaminated with heavy metals," he said. "If you are not going to get fish oil from the fish itself, do appropriate homework to make sure you choose a reputable product."

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/39134

http://abcnews.go.com

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Walnut Eaters Reduce Risk of dying from heart disease or cancer

Walnut eaters reduce risk of dying from heart disease or cancer by nearly fifty percent

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

(NaturalNews) Heart disease and cancer in all their different forms take the lives of nearly three-quarters of all men, women and children in the US each year. Yet thousands of well constructed research bodies have shown that most chronic diseases can be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes including diet, smoking, physical activity and exposure to toxic household and environmental pollutants through our early and middle adult years. Specific foods and nutrients such as resveratrol, curcumin, green tea and leafy greens have demonstrated specific properties that help to prevent and fight cardiovascular disease and cancer, and should be included as part of your regular daily diet and supplement plan.

A research study team based in Spain has published the result of their research in the journal, BMC Medicine that explains that those who eat nuts more than three times a week had a reduced risk of dying from cancer or cardiovascular disease than non-nut eaters. To conduct their research, scientists looked at the effect on the prevention of cardiovascular disease when the participants were put on a Mediterranean diet with extra nuts and extra virgin olive oil, compared with a control group following a low-fat diet.

Raw nuts, especially walnuts help lower blood pressure and blood lipids to thwart chronic disease

The scientists analyzed more than 7,000 people aged between 55 and 90 years, and divided them into two groups based on adherence to a Mediterranean style diet that included nuts, and especially walnuts, or those following a low-fat diet. The team found that people who eat more than three servings of nuts (1 serving equal approximately one ounce) a week had a 55 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 40 percent reduced risk of death from cancer.

Lead study author, Dr. Jordi Salas-Salvad commented "How nuts are able to prevent premature mortality is not entirely clear, nor why walnut should be better for you than other nuts. Walnuts have particularly high content of alpha-linoleic acid and phytochemicals..., along with fiber and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, may contribute to their healthy effect." Past studies have demonstrated that walnuts in particular are a beneficial part of a healthy diet and are the best source of antioxidants, containing twice the amount as normal nuts.

Researchers also note that people who ate nuts had a lower body mass index and smaller waist. Further, this group was found to be more physically active and less likely to smoke. The study authors conclude "Questions about specific constituents, amount, duration and type of nuts to be consumed remain to be elucidated. Meanwhile, we might need to focus on the question of how to better promote nut consumption in the population and sustainably integrate it into the daily diet." Nutrition experts recommend replacing one daily serving of fruits and vegetables with a one ounce serving of raw nuts to significantly lower the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer.

Sources for this article include:
http://www.biomedcentral.com
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263331.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130715202458.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New MRI research reveals cancer cells thrive on processed sugar

New MRI research reveals cancer cells thrive on processed sugar

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, your dietary habits could be significantly adding to your risk of developing cancer. New research published in the journal Nature Medicine has confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors, so much so that the future of cancer screening could rely on scanning the body for sugar accumulation.

Scientists from University College London (UCL) in the U.K. made this discovery after experimenting with a new cancer detection method that involves utilizing a unique form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). After sensitizing an MRI scanner to look specifically for glucose in the body, it was revealed that cancer tumors, which feed off sugar, light up brightly as they contain high amounts of sugar.

"The new technique, called 'glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer' (glucoCEST), is based on the fact that tumors consume much more glucose (a type of sugar) than normal, healthy tissues in order to sustain their growth," explains a recent UCL announcement, noting that tumors appear as "bright images" on MRI scans of mice.

Traditionally, cancer screenings have involved the use of low-dose radiation injections to identify the presence of tumors, which makes sense as radiation is another known cause of cancer. The things that trigger and promote cancer development and spread, in other words, can also be used by doctors to detect it inside the body. And now sugar can officially be added to this list.

"The method uses an injection of normal sugar and could offer a cheap, safe alternative to existing methods for detecting tumors, which require the injection of radioactive material," says Dr. Simon Walker-Samuel, lead researcher of the study from the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI).

Interestingly, it was also noted by the study's senior author that the amount of sugar in "half a standard sized chocolate bar" is all it takes to effectively identify the presence of tumors using the glucoCEST method. This is astounding, as it suggests that even relatively low amounts of sugar have the potential to promote cancer proliferation.

Many cancer tumors respond directly to insulin produced by sugar consumption

The UCL study is hardly the only one to have identified a connection between processed sugar consumption and diseases like cancer. Other research, including that being currently being conducted by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), confirms that the bulk of chronic illnesses prevalent today are caused by sugar consumption.

You can watch a presentation from Dr. Lustig entitled Sugar: The Bitter Truth here:
http://youtube.com

As far as cancer is concerned, hormones produced by the body in response to sugar consumption also feed cancer cells. This means that every time you down a soda or eat a piece of cake, your body produces certain chemicals that tell cancer cells to not only start taking up sugar, but also to grow in size and spread.

"What we're beginning to learn is that insulin can cause adverse effects in various tissues, and a particular concern is cancer," says Dr. Lewis Cantley, head of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) at Harvard University, as quoted during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes.

"If you happen to have a tumor that has insulin receptors on it, then it will get stimulated to take up the glucose that's in the bloodstream," he adds. "So rather than going to the fat or to the muscle, the glucose now goes into the tumor, and the tumor uses it to grow."

Sources for this article include:

http://www.mdtmag.com

http://cancerdefeated.com

http://youtube.com

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Omega 3 supplements provide an effective protective shield against skin cancer

Omega-3 supplements provide an effective protective shield against skin cancer

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

(NaturalNews) Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, walnuts, seeds and supplements have been shown to effectively protect against many forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia, as the long-chain fats are preferentially channeled to form cell wall membranes that fight systemic inflammation and boost the body's immune response. The typical diet is dangerously deficient in omega-3 fats, as they become rapidly degraded through food processing and are grossly imbalanced with omega-6 fats to create a metabolic environment that has been shown to promote disease.

New evidence has recently been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by a research team from The University of Manchester in the UK that demonstrates how taking omega-3 fish oils could help to protect against skin cancer. A study team has just carried out the first clinical trial to examine the impact of the fish oils on the skin immunity of human volunteers.

Omega-3 fat supplementation improves innate immune response to help prevent skin cancer

By analyzing the effect of omega-3 fats on 79 healthy participants, researchers found that taking a regular dose of fish oils boosted skin immunity to the sun by lowering sunlight-induced suppression of the immune system, known as immunosuppression, affecting the body's ability to fight skin cancer and infection. Lead study author, Dr. Lesley Rhodes noted "This study adds to the evidence that omega-3 is a potential nutrient to protect against skin cancer... they suggest that a continuous low level of chemoprevention from taking omega-3 could reduce the risk of skin cancer over an individual's lifetime."

Volunteers for the trial took a daily four gram dose of omega-3, equivalent to about one and a half portions of oily fish, and were then exposed to the either eight, 15 or 30 minutes of summer midday sun using a special light machine. The supplemented group was then compared to a second group taking a placebo. Researchers found that immunosuppression was 50 percent lower in people who took the supplement and were exposed to eight and 15 minutes of sun compared with people who did not take the supplement.

The team concluded "Skin cancer has been one of the fastest growing types of cancer, and numbers will likely continue to increase. It is always exciting to see research that generates such promising results, and we look forward to seeing future developments in this area." In light of the multiple functions and diverse type of disease processes that are prevented by omega-3 fat supplementation, nutrition experts recommend daily intake of 1,200 to 2,400 mg (combined DHA and EPA omega-3 fats) to promote optimal health and longevity.

Sources for this article include:

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/97/3/646
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=9593
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130226092002.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Omega 3 fats from fish found to significantly lower the risk of breast cancer

Omega-3 fats from fish found to significantly lower the risk of breast cancer

Friday, July 12, 2013 by: John Phillip



(NaturalNews) Breast cancer is among the most common forms of the disease among women, accounting for 23 percent of total cancer cases and 14 percent of cancer deaths in the US. Many prior peer-reviewed research studies have shown that dietary and lifestyle interventions are most effective in preventing, and in some cases even treating breast cancer, and can provide similar degrees of protection against many cancer lines. The primary polyunsaturated omega-3 fats (n-3 PUFAs), EPA and DHA, are known to be involved in chemical and electrical messaging in the brain, assist by regulating blood vessel activity and promote optimal functioning of the immune system.

A team of researchers based in China have published the results of their work on omega-3 fats and breast cancer risk in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), asserting that a high intake of fatty acids found in fish is associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk of breast cancer in later life. To conduct their study, scientists reviewed and analyzed a cohort of 26 studies from the United States, Europe and Asia involving over 800,000 participants and over 20,000 cases of breast cancer.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids promote natural cancer cell death to lower disease risk

After breaking down all of the data points to determine the impact of the long-chain fats on breast cancer risk, the researchers determined the difference between the lowest and highest category of marine polyunsaturated fatty acid intake was associated with a 14 percent reduced risk of disease. Further, for every 0.1 gram per day increase in the consumption of omega-3 fatty acid from fish, the risk of breast cancer decreased by 5 percent.

These results clearly demonstrate a significantly lowered risk that affects the development of breast cancer and future progression of the disease. The study authors concluded "Our present study provides solid and robust evidence that marine n-3 PUFA are inversely associated with risk of breast cancer. The protective effect of fish or individual n-3 PUFA warrants further investigation of prospective studies.", and went on to state that their findings "support a protective role of marine n-3 PUFA on the incidence of breast cancer."

Scientists understand from past studies that the omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA, are preferentially accumulated in cell membranes, and help prevent cancer development by increasing the transfer of nutrients and oxygen to the cell nucleus. As DHA fats metabolize, toxic metabolites are produced that kill cancer cells. Researchers believe that this mechanism is responsible for the cancer risk reduction found in this study. Health conscious individuals will want to eat several servings of fatty fish each week or supplement (1,200 to 2,400 mg combined EPA/DHA) daily to lower the risk associated with breast cancer and other lines of the disease.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f3706

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262612.php

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130627190653.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Eight evil genius ways to fake a vitamin study (and scare consumers into being afraid of fish oils)

Quackity quack: Eight evil genius ways to fake a vitamin study (and scare consumers into being afraid of fish oils)

 

Thursday, July 11, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger



(NaturalNews) Quackity quack, the quacks are back, and this time they're targeting fish oil supplements, claiming that taking fish oils raises your risk of prostate cancer.

Hogwash. This is just another case of pure fearmongering quackery by the anti-vitamin crowd. Remember: All these people attacking vitamins are the very same people who are on the take from Big Pharma. Remember, too, that companies like GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have already been convicted of multiple felony crimes by the U.S. Department of Justice. And today in China, GSK was caught yet again engaging in widespread bribery and criminal fraud.

See the Natural News story: GlaxoSmithKline admits to criminal pharma fraud in 3 billion dollar case

Do you honestly think these companies wouldn't fake a bunch of studies (and pay off a bunch of researchers) in order to try to discredit vitamins, superfoods and fish oils?

So here's how they do the quackity quack dance: Seven ways they fake vitamin studies to scare people into being afraid of lifesaving nutrition:

Quack science trick #1) Run the vitamin study on people who are already diseased

I've seen this numerous times, with vitamin studies being done on people who are in critical care situations with heart attacks, for example. On their death beds, they're given things like vitamin E, so that when an alarmingly high percentage of them die, the quacksters can blame the vitamins!

If you really dig deep into many of these fearmongering studies that try to discredit vitamins, you'll find they were conducted on people who were already about to croak. ...or quack.

Quack science trick #2) Run the vitamin study using synthetic, low-quality vitamins made by pharmaceutical companies

Here's another favorite tactic: Instead of using high-quality fish oils or vitamin E, researchers source the most low-grade, synthetic chemical crap they can find. Then they call it vitamin E, or fish oils, or whatever they want.

It turns out there are no rules whatsoever regarding the vitamin labels researchers can use to describe substances. They can literally take human sewage sludge, dry it into a powder, encapsulate it into a pill, then call it a "vitamin B-12 supplement."

And then -- OMG! -- vitamin B-12 has been "scientifically" found to make people sick! See how easy it is?

Quack science trick #3) Kick everybody out of the study whose health improves

When real vitamins are used for these studies (which is rare), they tend to make people experience improved health outcomes. So what quack researchers do to make sure their study results look really scary is to kick all the healthy people out of the study, thereby "shaping the data" into whatever results they want.

How do you kick healthy people out of a study? You simply find their record in the study spreadsheet or database and then hit delete. It's that simple. And it happens every day in the quacked-up, fraud-infested "science" being paid for by Big Pharma in order to try to discredit vitamins (and thereby make people default to prescription medications instead).

Quack science trick #4) Just fabricate all the data

Why bother even recruiting people into a study? As Big Pharma researchers have already been caught doing over and over again, all you really have to do is fabricate the entire study by inventing all the data.

Take the case of Dr. Scott Reuben as a prime example. This "superstar" Big Pharma researcher took a bundle of money from Pfizer and other drug companies ($420,000 in all), then proceeded to fabricate dozens of studies which were then published in "peer-reviewed" medical journals. The Wall Street Journal even reported on all this, along with hundreds of other media outlets.

Dr. Reuben was ultimately found to have been faking pro-pharma research data for 13 years. Quackity quack! And he's not alone. In fact, the faking of research to discredit vitamins while downplaying the serious health risks of pharmaceuticals is routine across the industry.

And the medical journals are all in on the scam, too, because they're all financially supported by drug company ads! Quackery has never been so profitable...

Quack science trick #5) Combine vitamins with pharmaceuticals, then blame the vitamins

Here's another popular ploy used by researchers to discredit vitamins: In addition to giving study subjects a vitamin pill, also give 'em something really toxic such as a statin drug.

But don't mention the statin drug in the study; just focus on how many people were "harmed by the vitamin." Sure, the subjects got sick, but no one is ever told the real reason why.

Are there researchers who will LIE like this in "scientific" studies? Umm... do politicians break campaign promises? Of course they do. Anything to get money or power.

Quack science trick #6) Find a source of cheap vitamins contaminated with heavy metals

Heavy metals like arsenic can also be readily found in some low-grade, cheap sources of nutritional supplements (often made by drug companies, it turns out).

For example, cheap sources of calcium are often contaminated with lead. Cheap sources of seaweeds are often contaminated with arsenic. Cadmium is also easy to find in certain low-grade supplements. Somehow, apparently as if by magic, researchers always manage to find the most heavily-contaminated made-in-China supplements to use in their quack smear studies (which are really engineered smear campaigns).

Notice, by the way, that they never disclose the actual metals content of their supplements. Rarely do they ever disclose the country of origin, either. That's because they're sourcing these "poison pills" from China, and actually searching for the most toxic pills they can find.

Quack science trick #7) Play mind games with study subjects

Many studies that are claimed to be "double-blind" really aren't. The researchers secretly know exactly which study subjects are receiving the pills vs. placebo.

And in the case of these vitamin researchers -- who actually set out from the start to discredit vitamins and fish oils -- they can then proceed to influence the results by playing mind games with the patients.

For example, they can tell the people who receive placebo that they're actually receiving "the good stuff" and should expect to get better. Their minds make it real, and they get better, thereby discrediting the vitamin itself which looks overshadowed by placebo.

Or they can tell the people receiving the vitamin that they are actually "receiving a placebo," so they shouldn't expect to get any better. Their minds make it real, downplaying the biochemical benefits of the vitamin, thereby making the vitamin look useless.

They use the same mind games all the time to show positive results from prescription medications. In fact, the placebo effect is the only thing really going for many prescription drugs such as antidepressants.

Quack science trick #8) Package the pills in a toxic capsule, or use toxic excipients or fillers

Here's how the recent study bashing fish oils was probably pulled off: the fish oil CAPSULE can be specially formulated to contain highly-toxic hormone-disrupting cancer-causing chemicals such as BPA.

You can actually formulate fish oil capsules to contain "plasticizers" by sourcing them from a factory in China. They will be glad to manufacture fish oil capsules with 10,000 times more BPA than they might normally have, thereby slamming the prostate gland with a cancer-causing, tumor-growing hormone chemical that's well known to cause cancer.

This will never be detected because nobody working at the medical journals (nor in the mainstream media) actually conducts any quality control tests on the substances used in the study. They just assume the researchers are acting with integrity... and that's often not the case.

Formulating fish oil pills to cause cancer is a no-brainer, especially if you've got financial connections to the same global drug cartels that are running bribery schemes in countries like China -- and this was just confirmed yet again by the Chinese Government.

Read more and see for yourself:

China says GSK executives have confessed to bribing doctors
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jul/11/glaxosmithkline-china-...

GlaxoSmithKline staff 'confess' to China bribery charges
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/pharmaceuticalsandche...

GlaxoSmithKline executives face China bribery probe
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23265958

Big Pharma criminality no longer a conspiracy theory: Bribery, fraud, price fixing now a matter of public record
http://www.naturalnews.com/036417_Glaxo_Merck_fraud.html

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Higher vitamin D levels help slash risks associated with high blood pressure

Higher vitamin D levels help slash risks associated with high blood pressure

Thursday, July 11, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

(NaturalNews) High blood pressure or hypertension is a primary contributing factor in the development of cardiovascular disease and death from a heart attack. Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in industrialized countries, yet millions have no idea they have elevated blood pressure readings that place them at increased risk of illness and an early demise. Nutrition researchers have identified a wide array of natural compounds and nutrients that benefit heart health, but only one stands out above all the others: Vitamin D.

A research group from the University College London in the UK has published the results of their work described as the world's largest study to examine the link between vitamin D levels and hypertension. Released in the European Society of Human Genetics, scientists have found that low levels of Vitamin D can be a major cause of hypertension. The study included a meta-analysis of 35 related works, including more than 155,000 participants from different parts of Europe and North America.

Small increases in vitamin D blood saturation levels can significantly lower high blood pressure risks

The scientists conducting this study noted that vitamin D deficiency is a very common problem in the Western world due to increasing obesity rates known to cause vitamin D deficiency. Researchers used genetic variations, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (or SNPS), as markers to measure the participant's vitamin D levels and test for an association with blood pressure.

The team found that for every 10 percent increase in vitamin D3 blood concentrations, the risk of developing hypertension decreased by 8.1 percent. Many people have clinically depressed vitamin D concentrations, often 30 to 50 percent lower than optimal, placing them at extraordinary risk for high blood pressure and related vascular disorders. Simple elevating vitamin D blood saturation levels from 30 to 50 ng/mL would equate to lowering the risk of becoming hypertensive by more than half. The study authors concluded that their study "strongly suggests that some cases of cardiovascular disease "could be prevented through vitamin D supplements or food fortification."

People obtain vitamin D by consuming foods, through supplements or by exposure to the sun. Food sources are sparse and unreliable, and our ability to convert vitamin D through sun exposure becomes severely limited after the age of 40. Daily supplementation is inexpensive and proven to raise blood levels in a relatively consistent manner. Most adults require 2,000 to 5,000 IU each day, and will need to have a simple 25(OH)D blood test twice a year to ensure optimal readings of 50 to 70 ng/mL are achieved.

Sources for this article include:

https://www.eshg.org/474.0.html

http://www.emaxhealth.com

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262007.php

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Suppressed nutritional secrets to preventing disease

Suppressed nutritional secrets to preventing disease

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 by: Rich Stossel



(NaturalNews) Today we know more about vitamins, minerals and nutrition in general then ever before, but at the same time there are various elements of the media and medical community that want to keep everyone in the dark about the true role and power that vitamins play in our health and life.

It's been known since the turn of the last century that the cause of nearly all degenerative diseases as well as the weakening of the immune system that makes one susceptible to communicable diseases is deficiencies of various key nutrients or total lack of them altogether.

Of course this knowledge has been carefully and cleverly hidden from the public for over one hundred years now since they can't have people learning that they can be healthy merely by taking the right nutrients and the right amounts of each. That's why as is the case with vitamin C and many other vitamins, the RDA for most nutrients is pathetically low and barely enough to keep you alive, let alone for you to be healthy and strong.

The war against natural medicine

Since the mid 1800s, the naturopathic doctors have ceaselessly and constantly come under attack by the MDs and organized medical community. As the mechanized view of the body and the germ theory of disease began to become more accepted along with the belief that chemicals and drugs were the way of the future, the attacks became more frequent, bold and progressed to outright lies at times. That's because the MD, with his surgical procedures, chemical drugs, fancy concoctions and useless medical terminology had much more potential for financial gain than did the naturopath or "country doctor". They saw the country doctor as a threat to their growing influence and livelihood as well. In fact the medical terminology that doctors use was created precisely to make the average person feel ignorant and stupid and to keep people from ever trying to diagnose or cure themselves.

The AMA is all about doctors

The American Medical Association (AMA) was formed in 1847 specifically to protect the profits and practices of doctors, the MD, not the "country doctor" who they came to view as backwards and outdated. Of course they know that the methods and cures of the country doctor were far better, cheaper and safer than the drugs and surgery approach of the "medical doctor", also known as the "Slash and Burn" method, but it was all about the profits, so if the AMA was going to represent any group they knew that the MDs offered them the greatest chance at profits, growth and power. The AMA is a union created specifically for doctors, NOT patients, not to find cures, not to prevent disease, but to protect the profits of doctors. Just like any union, its job is to protect the jobs and income of its members. The AMA is not the wonderful, benign or righteous agency that it tries to convince the world that it is.

Western medical establishments know that nutrition prevents disease and cures most non-communicable diseases. Nutrition can also help to fight communicable diseases too. That's why they work so hard to suppress this knowledge; it's also why they're working so hard to get nutrients like vitamin c labeled as a "drug". They haven't yet, but they're not giving up on this either.

Most doctors will not tell you the power of nutrition, even if they believe in it themselves. This is why it's always best to educate yourself as much as possible on this subject and take control of your own health.

Sources for this article include:

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price

Pottenger's Cats: A study in nutrition by Francis Marion Pottenger.

http://www.examiner.com

About the author:
Rich is a network engineer and longtime practitioner of Chinese martial arts, medicine and chi-gung for over twenty six years. Having learned many Chinese health and healing arts from old world gung-fu and healing masters and practitioners, he has helped many people to overcome their health issues and achieve their fitness goals. Through diligent study and experience he has taken this knowledge even further over the years including reading scores of books on Chinese medicine, health, chi theory, science, physics, nutrition, supplements, meditation, martial arts, and many other subjects. Utilizing the web, health and fitness videos, newsletters, articles, teachings and lectures, Rich is passionate about spreading the true knowledge of health, healing, fitness and spiritual truths. I'm proud to be writing articles for NaturalNews.com You can read many articles, hear audio interviews, and learn more about the highly praised Chinese Health and Fitness video by visiting Chinese Health and Fitness.com





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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Treat your rheumatoid arthritis naturally with curcumin

Treat your rheumatoid arthritis naturally with curcumin: Research

Sunday, July 07, 2013 by: PF Louis



(NaturalNews) Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a manifestation of joint inflammation. There are numerous turmeric and curcumin studies that have confirmed either turmeric or its isolated main active ingredient curcumin works to minimize inflammation.

A March 2012 study in India used 45 human subjects with active RA and separated separated them into three groups.

One group was given 500 mg daily of curcumin only, another group was given dicoflenic sodium only, a pharmaceutical NSAID (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug) prescribed for arthritic pain, and the third group was given a combination of turmeric and dicoflenic sodium.

The curcumin-only group testing amassed the highest improvement scores, prompting the researchers to conclude: "Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of cucurmin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic. (1)

That last phrase, "the need for future ... trials" appears in every conclusion this author can remember reporting. How many trials does it take create to publicly endorse a natural remedy? And how does one have access to the thousands of early phase trials and their conclusions?

Enter GreenMedInfo.com

Sayer Ji, Greenmedinfo (GMI) founder pointed out in 2011 that there are 1,800 peer reviewed studies done internationally on turmeric. Turmeric as a plant has over 1,000 phytonutrient compounds, but according to Sayer Ji, "... the medical field always attempts to isolate the magic bullet compound, in the case of turmeric it's curcumin."

Amazingly - at the time of Sayer Ji's YouTube presentation, April 3 2011, there were 3,934 studies on curcumin. (YouTube source 2 below)

According to Sayer Ji, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine, contribute to PubMed, which is GreenMedInfo's source for creating their database.

But you'd be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and left in the dark with NIH's stated "official" opinions meant to restrict attention to the medical mafia's "standard of care" and away from natural remedies.

For example - with turmeric, the NIH states it may possibly be effective for GI disorders while stating there is insufficient evidence of effectiveness for a whole list of diseases, including RA!

GreenMed's data base allows anyone to observe the numbers of turmeric or any other natural substance's clinical or lab trials and even indexes them according to the disease, pharmacological actions, and type of testing, human, animal or in vitro (petri dish and test tube).

This allows one to see the preponderance of evidence with testing and go to the specific medical or science journal abstracts after narrowing the search down. As a member of GreenMedInfo for a small monthly fee, you can dig even deeper into individual studies.

The FDA drug trial approach is systemically flawed to favor big money

Only Big Pharma corporate groups are willing and able to foot a big bill for total research, from in vitro through three phases of human trials, to obtain patent proprietorial rights for a drug.

It's usually a drug that often mimics a natural ingredient or can be synthesized from one, granting the corporation exclusive marketing rights for up to two decades. (3)

Interestingly, a newsletter that features FDA policies, proceedings, and policing rarely mentions healing. The focus is on business policies, patent rights, and other legal matters. Yes folks, medicine is big business with a white coat and black hat.

Naturopaths and supplement providers need not apply. They can't play this game, and they cannot even promote healing properties of herbs used for thousands of years effectively.

The FDA protects Big Pharma's big bucks and even gets a piece of the action for every drug it approves after accepting only Big Pharma's drug trial reports.

"Evidence based research" is the priestly phrase that commands the medical profession and holds the public in awe while ignoring and marginalizing years of empirically proven efficacy and safety for millions of humans.

You can determine your own preponderance of evidence for natural substances with GreenMedInfo.com.

Sources for this article include:

(1) http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/40221

(2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2AZOMu0bVA

(3)http://www.naturalnews.com

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Two more reasons to take turmeric

Two more reasons to take turmeric: It protects your heart, fights autoimmune disease

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer



(NaturalNews) You may already have heard that turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer food, but did you know that it can also help protect your heart and fight autoimmune diseases?

In a study published in the journal Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin in 2011, researchers from Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences in Japan found that three weeks of supplementation with the turmeric compound curcumin significantly improved cardiac health in male rats who had been given an injection to induce an autoimmune disease of the heart (autoimmune myocarditis). The rats supplemented with curcumin also showed a reduction in the area of the heart covered by inflammatory lesions and a reduction in the heart's weight-to-body-weight ratio.

"Our results indicate that curcumin has the potential to protect against cardiac inflammation through suppression of IL-1beta, TNF-alpha, GATA-4 and NF-kB expresses, and may provide a novel therapeutic strategy for autoimmune myocarditis," the researchers wrote.

Turmeric has the distinction of being both one of the most widely used culinary spices and traditional medicines in the world. Its benefits have been well studied by Western scientists, who attribute much of its disease-fighting prowess to a trio of naturally occurring yellow-orange chemicals called the curcuminoids (and sometimes known simply by the name of the most famous of them, curcumin).

As good for your heart as exercise

Turmeric is not just good for the hearts of people with autoimmune myocarditis; in fact, several studies conducted by researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan suggest that it may be as beneficial for your heart as aerobic exercise!

In a pair of studies published in the journals Artery Research and Nutrition Research in September and October 2012, respectively, the researchers found that women who took a curcumin supplement showed as much improvement in two measures of heart health (vascular endothelial function and arterial compliance) as women assigned to a moderate aerobic exercise training program. An even greater benefit was seen, of course, in those who took the supplements and engaged in the exercise program as well.

In another study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension in June 2012, the researchers found that a combined exercise and curcumin program significantly slowed age-related degeneration in the heart.

Turmeric battles hard-to-treat autoimmune conditions

Because turmeric is such a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, numerous studies have been conducted to see whether it could be effective in reducing the severity of inflammation-based autoimmune diseases.

In autoimmune diseases, the body is attacked by its own immune system. These diseases are still poorly understood, and most of them have no known cause or cure. Common autoimmune diseases include type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, myocarditis, thyroiditis, uveitis, systemic lupus erythromatosis and myasthenia. An estimated 5 percent of the world's population suffers from an autoimmune disease.

According to a research review published in the journal Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology in 2007, curcumin has been shown to reduce the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis in humans or animals. As expected, symptomatic relief comes, at least in part, from the regulation of inflammation pathways.

It should be noted that the body absorbs curcumin most effectively from turmeric root, rather than from supplements. In addition, the maximum benefit to nutraceuticals typically comes when they are consumed at low doses over a long period of time. Nevertheless, at least one trial suggests that daily curcumin doses of up to 8 g might be safe for up to four months or longer.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/39835

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.jointmints.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/040330_turmeric_heart_health_curcumin.html

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Omega 3 fatty acid compound found to halt cancerous tumor growth

Omega-3 fatty acid compound found to halt cancerous tumor growth and metastasis

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by: John Phillip



(NaturalNews) Mainstream media sources continue to trumpet headlines about the decline in cancer rates leading many to believe that modern medicine has conquered this devastating disease through a systematic regimen of slashing, burning and poisoning. Yet nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year and more than 550,000 will die from the number two killer of men, women and children. These statistics should not be surprising as millions of unsuspecting individuals continue to avoid lifestyle modifications that have been shown to dramatically lower the risk of cancer.

Many people would be amazed to know that there are a host of natural nutrients that have been scientifically validated to prevent, treat and halt the metastatic spread of some of the most invasive cancer lines. Researchers from the University of California Davis Health System have found that a product resulting from a metabolized omega-3 fatty acid helps combat cancer by cutting off the supply of oxygen and nutrients that fuel tumor growth and spread of the disease. They have published their findings in the prestigious journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Omega-3 DHA metabolite stops cancerous metastasis by halting blood supply to tumors

The bioactive long-chain omega-3 fat, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found in its free form in fatty fish and fish oil supplements, is broken down by the body into a metabolite form known as epoxy docosapentaenoic acid (EDP). Scientists know that tumor growth is promoted by the process of blood vessel formation called angiogenesis, and determined that by inhibiting this growth pattern, EDP reduces the growth and metastatic spread of tumors in a mouse model. This research provides the first scientific evidence about EDP's potent anti-cancer and anti-metastatic effects.

Lead study author, Dr. Guodong Zhang commented "Our investigation opens up a new understanding of the pathways by which omega-3 fatty acids exert their biologic effects... as far as we know, EDPs are the first signaling lipids that have been discovered to have such potent anti-cancer effects." Researchers found that as EDPs are broken down through normal body enzymatic metabolism, the metabolites of these lipids can act to suppress the growth of new blood vessels that are necessary to feed tumor growth.

The researchers also found that an imbalance of omega-6 fats to omega-3 fats that occurs in a diet high in sunflower and corn oils produces a metabolite known as arachidonic acid (ARA) that has the opposite effect of EDP. ARA increases angiogenesis and tumor progression and is a primary dietary cause of cancer development and metastasis. The study team concluded "Our results designate EDP as a unique mediator of an angiogenic switch to regulate tumorigenesis." Additionally the scientists have established a firm link between omega-6 and omega-3 fat ratios in the development of cancer. Nutrition experts recommend 1,200 to 2,400 mg of EPA/DHA from a distilled fish oil supplement to lower the risk from cardiovascular disease and cancer progression.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/7671

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/258560.php

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130402143944.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Treat your IBS naturally with Vitamin D: Research

Treat your IBS naturally with vitamin D: Research

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) A preliminary review of individual reports strongly suggest that high-dose vitamin D may be one of the most effective treatment yet discovered for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

IBS, also known as spastic colon, is a common disease with no known cause or cure. The disease is characterized by alternating periods of remission and flareups. Symptom flareups tend to be dominated either by diarrhea or constipation, but they can include either, as well as abdominal discomfort, pain and bloating. Many patients manage IBS through a combination of pharmaceutical and alternative therapies, but no therapy is consistently effective for all people.

Some of the strongest scientific evidence for the effectiveness of vitamin D treatments comes from a study conducted by researchers from the University of Sheffield, England, and published in the journal BMJ Case Reports in December 2012.

The paper begins by reporting the case of a 41-year-old woman who had suffered from "severe, diarrhea-predominant IBS" for 25 years, and who had received an official diagnosis approximately 20 years prior to the study. She had undergone treatments with anti-spasmodic drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants, and anti-microbial drugs, but none had any significant effect on her symptoms. Dietary therapies, including avoiding lactose and gluten, had provided more reliable symptom relief, but had not stopped her from having regular flareups. Likewise, she gained only minimal relief from other alternative treatments including colonic irrigation, counseling, hypnotherapy and the use of other supplements including aloe vera, caprylic acid, garlic oil, peppermint tea and probiotics.

Through social media, the woman learned that other sufferers head effectively used vitamin D3 as an IBS treatment.

"The patient now takes 2000-4000 IU vitamin D3 daily," the researchers wrote. "Dosage varies according to season, 2000 IU in summer and 3-4000 IU in winter. Since commencing this supplementation regime, the subject experienced significant improvement in symptoms and now experiences near normal bowel habits. In 3 years of supplementation, relapses only occur if supplementation is ceased."

Vitamin D supplementation also produced an end to her ongoing depression and anxiety problems, the researchers reported.

Abundant anecdotal support

Based on these remarkable results, the researchers decided to investigate similar reports. They searched the Internet for websites and forums where IBS patients reported their use of vitamin D. The researchers identified 37 separate IBS patients who reported the use of vitamin D. In 70 percent of these cases, the patients reported that vitamin D supplementation had led to improvements in their condition.

One patient said, "I... have had IBS for about 20 years... in August 2009...I began taking 3000 IU of Vitamin D... surely but slowly, I stopped having the crazy urgency to go, and began to have normal bowel movements... I then began taking 5000 IU of vitamin D a day... and since then ... I feel I have turned the tide."

Another said, "When my prescription [for vitamin D] ran out my doctor told me to take over the counter vitamins once a day again... The longer I was off the high dose vitamin D the sicker I got... the day after I started the high dose vitamin D, I felt better quickly."

According to IBS researcher Margherita T. Cantorna of Penn State University, IBS can actually cause vitamin D deficiency. As such, she recommends that all IBS patients have their vitamin D levels tested even if they are not considering vitamin D therapy.

Because vitamin D is fat-soluble and might be hazardous at the extremely high doses used for IBS therapy, Cantorna also recommends that patients refrain from self-treating, and instead consult their doctors to be issued a vitamin D megadose prescription.

(Natural News Science)

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/40529

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Why walnuts are the ultimate brain food

Why walnuts are the ultimate brain food

Saturday, June 08, 2013 by: Nanditha



(NaturalNews) The local pharmacy is promoting memory and mood-enhancing drugs. The advertisement says "if coffee is a socially acceptable drug, then why not this?" This is the age of instant gratification with a huge debate in tow about the ethics of peddling and consuming drugs for just about anything and everything.

The easy way out, as we well know, is never the best way out. The instant solution to anything is somewhat dubious in the face of ancient, grandmotherly wisdom especially for body, mind and soul.

Enter walnuts

Walnuts are the same shape as the human brain. So what's new here? Considered the ultimate superfood, walnuts are now being served up as brain medicine for many reasons, not the least of which is because they are replete with omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fatty acid to keep the brain functioning normally.
Research says that low omega-3 intake can be linked to depression and cognitive degeneration. Eating a fistful of walnuts regularly then can keep the spirits up and prop up the grey cells for good measure. What is more, walnuts are known to raise melatonin levels by a whopping three times, promising relief from sleeplessness and insomnia. So if you're tired of counting sheep at night and would appreciate a knock-out sleep instead, then consider ingesting a few walnuts as a pre-bedtime snack.

The walnut is also considered a potion of sorts for the heart - it reduces cholesterol and enhances heart health. This nut is a powerhouse of nutrients - manganese, copper, iron, calcium, phosphorus - the stuff of a good, healthy, happy body. Walnuts contain more antioxidants, folic acid and vitamin E than any other nut, and specifically black walnuts have the highest content (among nuts) of an amino acid called argenine which is essential for cell division and protein synthesis.

If you are struggling to win the battle of the bulge, then turn to this ubiquitous nut for help. Walnuts are full of healthy lean protein, polyunsaturated fats, and are a powerhouse of polyphenols. Walnuts are easy to incorporate into the daily diet. If eating an ounce of nuts a day is not your thing, however, then throw them in your oats, salads, pasta and rice dishes or discover and share new wholesome ways of eating this delicious nut.

It is reasonable to assume that a healthy diet is medicine for the body and soul - your ticket to health heaven, all things considered, in your own hands.

The term food pharmacy is actually a reference to a real thing - the well endowed kitchen pantry that has healing foods as a matter of course, with answers to many an ailment, not just the common cold. So if you are not a serious snacker, better become one and give the medicine corporations a run for their money.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.prevention.com

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

About the author:
Nanditha Prasad Ram is a consumer and health journalist and a practicing holistic therapist whose mission it is to inform, educate, empower and transform.
Her blog is available at http://www.bindumandalayoga.blogspot.in

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