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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

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041154_fish_oils_scientific_study_science_fraud.html#ixzz2Z2wTFV7a
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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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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Scientists explain mechanism how vitamin E helps prevent cancer

Scientists explain mechanism how vitamin E helps prevent cancer

Monday, June 17, 2013 by: John Phillip



(NaturalNews) Past bodies of research have suggested that vitamin E is an important nutrient in the age-old battle against many forms of cancer. A number of poorly constructed studies over the past five years have concluded that supplementation with vitamin E not only provides no health benefits, but may actually increase the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. As a result of the mainstream media's desire to trumpet any type of negative information regarding natural compounds to prevent disease, many people remain cynical and avoid supplementing with the correct form of this crucial nutrient.

A team of researchers from Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center, publishing in the journal Science Signaling have identified an elusive anti-cancer property of vitamin E that has long been presumed to exist, but has been effectively buried under volumes of bad scientific evidence. Researchers working with prostate cancer cell lines demonstrated that one form of vitamin E inhibits the activation of an enzyme that is essential for cancer cell survival. The loss of the enzyme, called 'Akt,' led to tumor cell death.

Vitamin E influences enzyme action to help prevent cancer development

Lead study author, Dr. Ching-Shih Chen explained "This is the first demonstration of a unique mechanism of how vitamin E can have some benefit in terms of cancer prevention and treatment." Chen and his team reviewed many past studies based on synthetic forms of vitamin E that concentrated a dominant isomer of the nutrient, Alpha-tocopherol. There are eight total isomers or mirror forms of vitamin E that are required in natural ratios to be effective against cancer development. Many of the prior studies were doomed to failure before they started because they used synthesized compounds instead of balanced vitamin E isomers.

The research team, using a mouse model known to replicate human cell metabolism, tested different tocopherols and tocotrienols and found the gamma isomer of vitamin E exhibited the most potent anti-cancer activity. Gamma-tocopherol was found to be 20 times more effective than other forms of the vitamin in reducing the size of prostate cancer tumors.

This research suggests that gamma-tocopherol, working in concert with the full complement of vitamin E forms could help prevent and treat numerous types of cancer, especially those associated with a mutation in the PTEN gene, a fairly common cancer-related genetic defect that keeps the Akt enzyme active. Dr. Chen concluded "This is a new finding. We have been taking vitamin E for years but nobody really knew about this particular anti-cancer mechanism." Sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts and spinach are all excellent food sources of vitamin E. Health-minded individuals may also want to supplement with 200 to 400 IU of a full-spectrum form daily to take advantage of the cancer fighting benefits of this misunderstood vitamin.

Sources for this article include:

http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/silenceakt.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/osu-ssh031413.php
http://www.nutraingredients.com
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130314175659.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

Top 10 health reasons to eat chocolate

Top ten healthy reasons to eat chocolate

Saturday, June 15, 2013 by: Carolanne Wright



(NaturalNews) Good news for all you chocolate lovers out there, new research has found this divine food has even more health boosting advantages than previously recognized. Not only does it enhance both cardiovascular and mental well-being, but it also lowers body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance. However, before consuming chocolate with wild abandon, it's important to discern between the different varieties - and choose only superfood grades for ultimate benefit.

Food of the gods (and mere mortals too)

Relished for over 3,000 years, chocolate (also known as cacao in its purest form) has been used as a potent tonic, aphrodisiac and mighty food across cultures and continents. The ancient Aztecs raised cacao worship to new levels, reserving it for royalty and specific ceremonies. Europeans stumbled upon the delights of this strange 'almond' while exploring the New World and quickly adopted it as a remedy for fevers, mental fatigue, tuberculosis, poor digestion and gout. Fast forward to the present day and modern research has uncovered still more health enhancing features of this magical bean.

Live your bliss with chocolate

Containing a cornucopia of beneficial compounds, cacao has been shown to alleviate a wide-range of health complaints. But to reap the benefits, only high quality chocolate will do. Focus on raw, organic, dark cacao. And remember, the higher the percentage of chocolate, the lower the sugar. Below are some of the perks associated with this tasty superfood.

Cardiovascular - Of all the known edibles, cacao ranks the highest in beneficial antioxidant polyphenols that curb heart disease. A study at the University of California Department of Nutrition in Davis demonstrated the superior properties of a cacao rich beverage on platelet aggregation, thereby curbing heart harming blood clots. Even moderate consumption of cacao can reduce stroke risk and blood pressure while lowering cholesterol.

Brain - A wealth of mood-modifying elements, cacao has a positive effect on the mind. Theobromine, phenethylamine (PEA) and anandamide present within chocolate stimulate the central nervous system while promoting positive, clear, and some claim, blissful mental states. Cacao also encourages production of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin which soothes depression, anxiety and irritability.

Diabetes prevention - A small Italian study at the University of L'Aquilia discovered that participants who consumed the equivalent of a candy bar's worth of dark chocolate over the course of 15 days reduced insulin resistance by almost half. According to lead researcher Claudio Ferri, M.D., "Flavonoids increase nitric oxide production. And that helps control insulin sensitivity."

Stress reduction - As reported in Women's Health Magazine, "Swiss scientists (who else?) found that when very anxious people ate an ounce and a half of dark chocolate every day for two weeks, their stress hormone levels were significantly reduced and the metabolic effects of stress were partially mitigated."

Sun protection - Rich in skin protecting flavonols, dark chocolate is a smart choice. British researchers discovered that participants who consumed nutrient dense cacao over the span of three months had significant reduction in the speed of developing sunburns.

Lower BMI - Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that out of 1,000 Californians between the ages of 20 and 85, those who consumed chocolate on a regular basis had lower body mass index ratings. Dr. David Katz of Yale University remarks in the Huffington Post, "antioxidants might play a role in reducing inflammation, and that dark chocolate in particular might help balance the hormones that facilitate weight control."

Looking for more benefits? Cacao also boosts cognitive ability, reduces tooth decay, calms coughs and improves vision.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.medicinehunter.com/cocoa-health-miracle

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/030603_cacao_medicine.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/benefits-of-chocolate?page=9

http://www.fitday.com

https://lovingearth.net/growers/4/royal-criollo-cacao-xoconusco

http://www.healthdiaries.com

About the author:
Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website www.Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.



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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Vitamin C can kill every virus known to mankind

Vitamin C can kill every virus known to mankind

Friday, June 14, 2013 by: Jonathan Landsman



(NaturalNews) If you suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness, achy joints and muscles, bleeding gums or leg rashes - you could be vitamin C deficient. Everything from the common cold to cancer can't resist the healing power of vitamin C. In fact, there is not a known virus that can survive in the presence of this essential antioxidant.

If you would like to learn more about the health benefits of vitamin C; the best way to consume vitamin C supplements for disease prevention plus much more - don't miss the next NaturalNews Talk Hour with Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Thomas Levy.

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How does vitamin C help to kill unwanted viruses and prevent disease?

Vitamin C expert, Dr. Thomas Levy says, "vitamin C is referred to as an antioxidant that donates or gives up its electrons. On the other hand, a toxin, infection or anything that causes a medical symptom in the body is a result of oxidative stress or due to a lack of electrons." So, it's really quite simple, if our body lacks enough electrons - we will get sick.

This is the easiest way to understand why a healthy diet - rich in fruits and vegetables (loaded with vitamin C) - does help us to literally prevent disease. Eating enough vitamin C, antioxidant-rich foods make it virtually impossible for our body to experience cellular inflammation. And, remember, inflammation is an essential component to just about every chronic, degenerative disease - including cancer.

Vitamin C has been shown to help detoxify lead, kill cancer cells plus much more

According to the work of Linus Pauling and the Linus Pauling Institute, vitamin C therapy has been shown to prevent, even reverse serious health condition, like cancer. Generally speaking, the Linus Pauling Institute recommends that healthy men and women eat "at least five servings (2? cups) of fruits and vegetables daily" - which provides about 200 mg of vitamin C. Obviously, if you suffer from any chronic disease, greater amounts may be required and not just orally.

Research has shown that as little as 10 mg of vitamin C per day can eliminate the threat of scurvy. Naturally, diseases like cancer and heart disease require much larger quantities. But, the main point is that health problems like, cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, gout, high blood pressure and stroke can all be treated with vitamin C therapy.

If you would like to learn more about the health benefits of vitamin C; the best way to consume vitamin C supplements for disease prevention plus much more - don't miss the next NaturalNews Talk Hour with Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Thomas Levy.

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This week's guest: Thomas Levy, M.D., J.D., internationally recognized vitamin C expert

Discover little known truths about the use of vitamin C to kill viruses plus much more - Sun. June 16

Dr. Thomas E. Levy is a board certified cardiologist and has written six books on health-related issues. Most of his work has centered on how to restore and maintain good health in the face of the many different forms of toxicity that all of us face, typically on a daily basis. He no longer has a clinical practice of medicine and cardiology. Rather, he limits himself to research and writing at this time, and he is currently working on his seventh book, Death by Calcium: The Supplement that Kills.

Most of his work over the last ten years has centered on the importance of maintaining a healthy antioxidant status in the body. His work currently is focusing on the importance of liposomal technology as a way to optimally deliver vitamin C, glutathione, and other nutrients into the body orally, appearing to even surpass the bioavailability seen with the intravenous administration of these antioxidants.

If you would like to learn more about the health benefits of vitamin C; the best way to consume vitamin C supplements for disease prevention plus much more - don't miss the next NaturalNews Talk Hour with Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Thomas Levy.



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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Omega 3 fats from fish oil slash the risk of developing diabetes

Omega-3 fats from fish oil slash the risk of developing diabetes

Thursday, June 13, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

(NaturalNews) New and undiagnosed cases of diabetes continue to rise at epidemic rates, with as many as one in three men, women and children projected to be affected by the metabolic disorder by 2025. The high circulating blood sugar levels associated with diabetes significantly raise the risk of developing a host of chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and dementia. Fortunately, you can protect yourself by including any of a number of naturally occurring nutrients while eliminating excess sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet.

Diabetes develops and progresses as a result of decreased cellular sensitivity to the effects of insulin, as the hormone slowly becomes less effective in its ability to usher sugar out of the bloodstream for use as energy. Over the past decade, researchers have identified a handful of natural compounds that are demonstrated to increase the sensitivity of insulin and lower the risk developing diabetes and related diabetic complications.

Fish oil supplements increase adiponectin levels to help fight diabetes progression

A research study team from the Harvard School of Public Health has published the findings of a meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism that explains how widely-used fish oil supplements modestly increase amounts of a hormone that is associated with lower risk of diabetes and heart disease. The scientists determined that omega-3 long-chain fats raise levels of adiponectin in the bloodstream. Adiponectin is an important hormone that assists metabolic processes like glucose regulation and the modulation of inflammation in the body.

To conduct this study, researchers developed a meta-analysis including 14 randomized, placebo-controlled studies that analyzed the consumption of fish oil of an omega-6 fat substitute (placebo). Six hundred and eighty-two participants were treated with fish oil and 641 were given placebos, consisting of olive and sunflower oils. Individuals taking fish oil increased their adiponectin levels by a statistically significant 0.37 ug/mL. This is the first study to analyze data from prior trials to determine that fish oil consumption increases adiponectin in humans, consequently lowering the risk of developing diabetes.

The lead study author, Dr. Jason Lu concluded "results from our study suggest that higher intake of fish oil may moderately increase blood level of adiponectin, and these results support potential benefits of fish oil consumption on glucose control and fat cell metabolism." Many past studies have shown that fish oil supplementation can significantly lower the risk associated with cardiovascular disease and sudden death from a heart attack. This meta-analysis demonstrates that taking a standardized, distilled fish oil supplement (1,200 to 2,400 EPA/DHA daily) can help thwart development of diabetes and related complications.

Sources for this article include:

http://jcem.endojournals.org

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/260921.php

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130522130955.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

Vitmain B3 fights superbug infections naturally: study

Vitamin B3 fights superbug infections naturally: Study

Thursday, June 13, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer


(NaturalNews) As researchers continue the hunt for ways to stem the growing threat of the lethal superbug MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), one safe and easy remedy may be going overlooked: Vitamin B3, also known as niacin.

S. aureus is a natural part of healthy human skin and nose flora, but can cause infection if it is able to enter the body through a tear in the protective membranes. While many staph infections are fairly minor, serious cases can cause symptoms such as abscesses, boils and even necrosis (cell death, or "flesh-eating"), blood infections (sepsis) or pneumonia. Due to its resistance to antibiotics, MRSA is especially dangerous and now kills 19,000 people per year in the United States.

Vitamin B3 boosts immune system, kills staph cells

But staph infections may be prevented and eliminated by high doses of vitamin B3, according to a 2012 study conducted by researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

The study stemmed from ongoing research into the components of the human immune system that help the body fight off infection. Researchers had previously discovered that a molecule known as C/EBPe appears to be responsible for some of the immune system's bacteria-fighting capability, and that people who lack C/EBPe are more prone to staph and other bacterial infections. Research has also shown that vitamin B3 increases the body's expression of C/EBPe.

In order to further explore this connection, the Cedars-Sinai researchers looked at both human blood and living mice. They found that mice who were deficient in C/EBPe were, as expected, more vulnerable to staph infection, but that when expression of C/EBPe was increased, the infection cleared more quickly.

Examining the role of vitamin B3, the researchers found that mice who were deficient in the vitamin suffered more severe infections. When mice were given high doses of vitamin B3 before being exposed to the bacteria, however, an infection still developed but cleared much more quickly.

The scale of this response "indicates that there's a dramatic inhibition" of bacteria caused by vitamin B3, researcher Adrian Gombart said.

When mice were treated with vitamin B3 after infection, the infection also cleared much more quickly. This only occurred, however, in mice that had adequate levels of both vitamin B3 and C/EBPe at the start of the study.

A new, safe treatment for MRSA?

In human blood, vitamin B3 triggered an immune response that quickly produced an attack on the staph cells and led to the infection being cleared. The vitamin treatment was particularly effective against antibiotic-resistant staph strains, the researchers found.

Vitamin B3 apparently strengthened the white blood cells called neutrophils, which specialize in engulfing and destroying bacterial cells. It's possible that vitamin B3 activates special bacteria-killing genes in the body, Gombart said.

"This could give us a new way to treat staph infections that can be deadly, and might be used in combination with current antibiotics," Gombart said. "It's a way to tap into the power of the innate immune system and stimulate it to provide a more powerful and natural immune response."

Combining vitamin B3 treatment with antibiotics might be an effective way to clear out hard-to-treat infections and slow the evolution of drug-resistant strains, he suggested.

"When there are multiple points of attack, it's always harder to develop resistance," he said.

Because the vitamin doses used in the study were so high, and because niacin may cause liver damage in extreme concentrations, a vitamin B3 treatment would need to be prescribed and administered by a doctor, Gombart said.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/40409

http://www.sciencecodex.com

http://www.livescience.com/22759-vitamin-b3-staph-infections.html

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

B Vitamins help reduce brain shrinkage

B vitamins help reduce brain shrinkage and may prevent Alzheimer's disease

Saturday, June 08, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

(NaturalNews) Alzheimer's disease is pathologically characterized as a reduction in brain volume, commonly referred to as shrinkage, as well as amyloid protein tangles that prevent efficient communication between neurons by altering chemical and electrical signaling. Fortunately, many natural nutrients (curcumin, resveratrol, vitamin D3) have been identified by researchers over the past decade that effectively cross the blood-brain barrier to counteract reduced brain volume and naturally clear protein clumps that threaten memory retention and normal cognitive well being.

Researchers from the University of Oxford, publishing the result of a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have determined that high-dose B-vitamin treatment can slow the atrophy of specific brain regions that are a key component of the Alzheimer's disease process commonly associated with cognitive decline. Prior studies have identified elevated levels of the protein amino acid known as homocysteine with significantly increased risk of depression and development of dementia. Homocysteine is a toxic breakdown compound that is elevated in the blood due to a diet high in animal proteins, and also contributes to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

B vitamins lower homocysteine levels to help prevent brain shrinkage, dementia and heart disease

Elevated homocysteine levels persist when intake of the B vitamins, folic acid and B-12 are limited, commonly seen with a diet high in animal protein and lacking in vegetables and fruits. To conduct the study, scientists evaluated 156 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment. Eighty participants were given a combination of vitamin B-12 (500 mcg), B-6 (20 mg) and folic acid for a period of two years. A second group received placebo pills.

Researchers found that those receiving the B vitamin treatments demonstrated significantly less brain shrinkage as compared to the placebo group. Lead study author, Dr. David Smith commented "In those with high homocysteine levels... disease shrank eight times more slowly in those taking B vitamins than in those on the placebo... this is strongly indicative that the B vitamins may be substantially slowing down, or even potentially arresting, the disease process in those with early stage cognitive decline."

The research team noted that this is the first Alzheimer's disease treatment shown to potentially arrest the advancement of pathology and symptoms, with no toxic pharmaceuticals or side effects. Dr. Smith concluded "This makes the need for early screening for the first signs of cognitive decline from the age of 50... our study shows that those with a homocysteine level above 10mcmol/l, which is about half of all people over age 65, potentially may benefit with reduced brain shrinkage by taking high dose B6, B12 and folic acid." Men and women over the age of 35 should have their homocysteine levels checked annually, and supplement daily with a high potency B-vitamin complex to dramatically lower the risk of developing dementia and cardiovascular disease.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/05/16/1301816110.abstract

http://www.medicaldaily.com

http://www.nutraingredients.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 Free 48 page copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Reduce blood pressure naturally with Vitamin C

Reduce blood pressure naturally with vitamin C: Study

Friday, June 07, 2013 by: PF Louis

 

(NaturalNews) In 2012, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine conducted a systemic meta-anaysis of 29 different studies on the effects of vitamin C for reducing high blood pressure (BP), entitled "Effects of vitamin C supplementation on blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials."

The the studies' median daily dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) used was 500 mg (not really very high) for a median duration of eight weeks. Those median dosages actually ranged from 60 mg to 4,000 mg daily among the 29 trials analyzed, while trial sized ranged from 10 to 120 participants, and the median duration of eight weeks covered a range of two to 26 weeks.

The vitamin C mechanics that inspired this meta-analysis was the ability of ascorbic acid to increase intracellular tetrahydrobiopterin involved with the production of nitric oxide (NO), which helps dilate blood vessels as well as improve endothelial (outer layer of blood vessels' inner walls) strength and elasticity.

The meta-analysis concluded that the studies showed significant reductions in BP overall, and were even more significant among those with high blood pressure (HBP) with both lower systolic and diastolic numbers. (BP numbers explained, source below)

Of course, their conclusion was to have "further long term studies before vitamin C could be recommended as a deterrent or adjunct for treating high BP," a handy phrase that keeps Big Pharma from putting researchers on unemployment rosters.

Linus Pauling already knew this and more

Linus Pauling is the biochemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1954 with his pace setting research that included inorganic and organic chemistry in addition to his work with vitamin C. Amazingly, there are some who continue to marginalize his work and debunk the merits of vitamin C.

Here's what Pauling had to say about vitamin C and heart health in 1992:

"...we can get almost complete control of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes by the proper use of vitamin C and lysine. It can prevent cardiovascular disease and even cure it. If you are at risk of heart disease, ...or if you have had a mild heart attack yourself, then you had better be taking vitamin C and lysine."

Linus Pauling recommended equally high doses of lysine and vitamin C to create two cardiovascular strengthening situations. Despite all the widespread LDL cholesterol blather, there is a subtype of cholesterol that causes most arterial inflammation, which is lipoprotein A or Lp(a). Consuming healthy omega-3 fats actually lowers Lp(a).

Cholesterol in your skin converts the sun's UVB rays into the early phase of manufacturing vitamin D. It is also a major component of cell wall structures, neurotransmitter myelin sheathing, and brain matter. So healthy non-processed fats, especially high omega-3 fats should be a substantial part of our diets.

Statin drugs such as Lipitor reduce cholesterol so effectively that they invite dementia and other neurological issues as well as heart attacks! Little attention is paid to Lp(a) because there are no patented drugs to remove it. Lp(a)is usually from poorly metabolized processed carbohydrates, especially HFCS.

Lp(a) is the devilishly heavy, sticky subtype cholesterol molecule that's able to slip under blood vessels' weakened endothelium coating to create ruptures. Lysine binds with Lp(a) molecules and hauls them away.

Vitamin C is a major factor for creating collagen, a substance that promotes flexible strengthening of endothelium layers inside blood vessels. So lysine carts away Lp(a) while vitamin C strengthens and elasticizes blood vessels' endotheliulm.

Creating blood vessels that are stronger with higher elasticity while eliminating inflammatory molecules also contributes to lowering HBP without side effects. View the info-graphic at the bottom of the Linus Pauling article below.

Sources for this article include:

Linus Pauling article with info-graphic http://www.heartdiseasecauseandcure.com/the-pauling-therapy.html

Dr. Lam's Lp(a) natural elimination explained further http://www.drlam.com/opinion/Lp%28a%29.asp

More on lipoprotein A (Lp(a) readings http://www.drsinatra.com/lpa-cholesterol-guidelines

Meta analysis full text: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/95/5/1079.full

Meta anlayis abstract summary: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/40211

Outside the box non-orthodox treatments of HBP: http://voices.yahoo.com

Acupuncture for HBP study abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17548730


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Diabetes is linked to acute thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency

Diabetes is linked to acute thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency

Thursday, June 06, 2013 by: Paul Fassa

 

(NaturalNews) Stuart Lindsay is a PharmD (PhD in pharmacy) who contributed an article to orthomolecular.org entitled "Confessions of a Frustrated Pharmacist." He wrote of his frustrations of being ostracized from members of the medical community as he became aware of how drugs weren't working to cure much of anything.

Orthomolecular medicine is the appropriate application of high dosage nutraceutical supplements for treating diseases.

Stuart was observing people on pharmaceutical drugs not getting better, and he was hearing vitamin users talk of their improved health conditions. He began reading more about supplements and questioning his superiors at the pharmacist's graduate school he was attending.

He managed to obtain his PharmD degree despite his occasional conflicts and disagreements with the teaching staff. (1)

Then he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His vision was good and other common type 2 diabetes symptoms were not unbearable. His main symptom of concern was the neuropathy affecting his feet, sometimes numb and sometimes painful.

The frustrated pharmacist takes another path

Realizing the pain pills for his feet and other drugs prescribed by his doctor wouldn't help his condition, Stuart decided to go with his non-mainstream medical research and use supplements.

After researching several studies, most importantly UK Dr. Paul Thornalley's theory of diabetes as an acute thiamine deficiency, Stuart started taking 300 mg three times a day using benfotiamine, a fat soluble or lipid form of thiamine.

Having researched Dr. Thornalley's theory of diabetes being an acute thiamine deficiency and other supporting studies, he started a regimen of vitamin and mineral supplements.

He told his doctor that if it didn't work out, he'd succumb to the doctor's list of prescribed drugs, which included pain killers and statin drugs. But that didn't happen. Within a week the intense foot pain was gone, and withing three weeks all peripheral neuropathy sensations had ceased.

They would come back when he stopped taking them, but at least he wasn't suffering from the side effects of expensive drugs. Diabetics lose thiamine with their usually increased urination issues.

Stuart states, "If you go to PubMed and enter the keywords 'thiamine deficiency' and 'diabetes' you will get dozens of references that describe how many symptoms of diabetes are caused by a thiamine deficiency it generates." (2)

Dr. Dach concurs

Dr. Jeffrey Dach, a holistic MD based in South Florida, concurs with Stuart's decisions except for one item, Stuart's rejection of Metformin, which Dr. Dache asserts is a rare "good drug" for diabetics.

He lists the supplements used with Stuart's nutraceutical approach:

* Benfotiamine thiamine - 300mg 3X daily
* Pyridoxal-5-phosphate - 100 mg daily
* Magnisium citrate - 300 mg 3X daily with meals
* Acetyl-L-Canitine - 1,000 mg between meals daily
* Buffered vitamin C - 2,000 to 3,000 mg with meals

Dr. Dach added a few of his own recommendations:

* Alpha Lipoic Acid
* Vanadium with Chromium
* Dietary Fiber
* Tocotrienol Vitamin E
* Exercise and weight reduction program, for which he advises to call his office

Dr. Dach concludes in his article linked below that benfotiamine thiamine should be included for all diabetes patients. He cites several academic sources in addition to his report on the diabetic symptom reduction by the "frustrated pharmacist". (3)

Both Stuart and Dr. Dach refer to the ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) five-year study failure that proved the opposite of their stated aim. (4) (5)

Essentially they're both saying diabetes or its symptoms are not completely handled by mainstream medicine, and that nutritional medicine does at least handle the symptoms that even lowering blood sugar doesn't.

Sources for this article include:

(1) http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n05.shtml

(2) http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n19.shtml

(3) http://jeffreydach.com

(4) http://www.diabetes.org

(5) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/07/health/07diabetes.html?_r=1&


About the author:
Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding others toward a direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom. You can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com








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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Seven Ways to get more super healing turmeric in your diet

Seven ways to get more super-healing tumeric in your diet

Thursday, June 06, 2013 by: PF Louis

 

NaturalNews) You probably know by now that turmeric has been acknowledged as a potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer substance. Turmeric is a rhizome with edible roots that grow underground horizontally. It's actually related to ginger and somewhat resembles it outwardly.

Turmeric's active ingredient, curcumin, is often extracted and used in many clinical studies for cancer and chronic inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis.

But there are ways to enjoy turmeric as a spice to please your palate and add its active ingredient, curcumin, as a daily part of your body's biological chemistry.

Regardless of recipe differences, keep in mind that for optimum curcumin absorption from turmeric, three basic elements are required: cooking heat, a touch of black pepper for nutrient absorbing piperine, and a healthy fat of your choice to protect the turmeric's curcumin from stomach acids before entering the small intestines.

You can choose one or two fats from the following cold-pressed or organic fat sources: Ghee, almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, almond milk, or goat and cow milk. Soy milk and Canola oil are not the best choices.

Easy ways to add more turmeric into your diet

(1) Turmeric can spice up your rice dishes. It's especially appropriate for organic white basmati or Indian "parboiled" rice. Parboiled white rice is often from India, and it is nutritious and digestible enough to be recommended by Ayurvedic doctors (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-parboiled-rice.htm).

By the way, Asian rices generally contain less arsenic than domestic rices.

Make sure the rice isn't overcooked or soggy, then lightly stir-fry the rice in a suitable pan with a cold-pressed organic oil of your choice sprinkled with black pepper. Add some chopped cilantro and/or whatever salivates your taste buds.

(2) Eggs can be fried or scrambled using butter or coconut oil with a liberal sprinkle of turmeric and sea salt. Don't forget the pepper.

(3) Spicy lentils. Use green or brown lentils that can be cooked in around a half-hour with a two-to-one liquid to lentil ratio. You might try organic vegetable stock instead of purified, fluoride-free water.

When the lentils are almost done, lightly stir fry-turmeric powder in ghee or coconut oil. Mix the turmeric and oil and with the lentils and some black pepper.

(4) You can create a similar dish with chick peas or garbanzo beans. If you use canned garbanzo beans, make sure they are organic and the cans are labeled BPA-free. But it's healthier and cheaper if you simply soak dry bulk organic chick peas in pure water overnight and boil them for a half-hour or so.

Either way, coat the chick peas with plenty of turmeric powder, black pepper, and some sea salt mixed with an organic cold-pressed oil of your choice. Then lightly roast the mixture on a medium level oven setting for 15 to 20 minutes.

(5) A cooling turmeric summer elixir can be prepared by first boiling some turmeric root, letting it cool down somewhat, discarding the root and adding honey, lemon or lime, and a dash of ground turmeric with a pinch of black pepper. Pour over ice and enjoy.

(6) How about a smoothie? You can blend a half or a whole banana with some grated or powdered ginger, raw honey, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a teaspoon of bee pollen with two teaspoons of turmeric paste made by stirring turmeric over heat in ghee or coconut oil and black pepper.

Blend with activated almond milk. Dana will tell you how to make activated almond milk here (http://www.foodcoachnyc.com).

(7) Here's a convenient way to ensure your daily turmeric: Prepare a turmeric paste that you can refrigerate for several days and use to quickly prepare a "Golden Milk". Here's a show and tell for that (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYCQb2YNGt4).

Sources for this article include:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9206/10-ways-to-get-more-turmeric.html

http://honestcooking.com/sidelicious-colorful-vegan-turmeric-rice/

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/morerecipes/r/TurmericTea.htm

http://www.turmericforhealth.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYCQb2YNGt4

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Fish Oil fats protect brain against damage caused by a junk food diet

Fish oil fats protect brain against damage caused by a junk food diet

Friday, May 31, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

(NaturalNews) Medical nutrition scientists have written volumes that show how the nutrients from the foods we eat daily alter our genetic structure as well as the metabolism of every one of the trillions of cells in our body. Neurons in the brain are particularly susceptible to an accurately-delivered array of nutrients and critical omega-3 fats to help maintain memory, spatial learning and cognitive function.

A number of past studies clearly demonstrate that eating one high-fat junk food meal from the typical fast food restaurant measurably changes the expression of genes that help control the development and spread of cancer, and the retention of critical short term memories as well. In fact, the excessive sugar content and hydrogenated fats from junk foods are known to disrupt insulin levels in the brain and displace essential omega-3 fats needed to construct and maintain cell structure and assist electrical and chemical messaging.

A research team from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease has published the result of a study in the British Journal of Nutrition that shows how fish oils could minimize the effects that junk food have on the brain. Over the past decade, researchers have demonstrated that high-fat and high-sugar diets could disrupt neurogenesis, a process that generates new nerve cells. Diets rich in omega-3 fats help prevent these negative effects by stimulating an area of the brain that controls feeding, learning and memory.

Consuming fish or fish oil supplements supports normal hormone release after a junk food meal

In the largest study to date, scientists accumulated data from 185 studies showing that omega-3 fats from the diet play a significant role in stalling refined sugars and saturated fats' ability to inhibit the brain's control on the body's intake of food. The lead study author, Dr. Lucy Pickavance commented "Body weight is influenced by many factors, and some of the most important of these are the nutrients we consume. Excessive intake of certain macronutrients, the refined sugars and saturated fats found in junk food, can lead to weight gain, disrupt metabolism and even affect mental processing."

Researchers were able to determine that excess fats and sugars alter the secretion of critical hormones after eating that normally protect neurons and stimulate their growth. These hormones are prevented from passing into the brain by increased circulation of inflammatory molecules and a type of fat called triglycerides. The team found that omega-3 fats restore normal function by interfering with the production of these inflammatory molecules, suppressing triglycerides, and returning nerve growth factors to normal.

Dr. Pickavance concluded that fish oils "take the brakes off the detrimental effects of some of the processes triggered in the brain by high-fat diets. They seem to mimic the effects of calorie restrictive diets and including more oily fish or fish oil supplements in our diets could certainly be a positive step forward for those wanting to improve their general health." Eating fish several times per week or daily supplementation (1,200 to 2,400 mg) with a quality fish oil product will help neutralize the damaging effects of over consuming sugar and fat laden foods to preserve brain health.

Sources for this article include:

http://journals.cambridge.org

http://www.nydailynews.com

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130514101455.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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