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Positive Impact Of Omega 3 Fish Oil On Cognitive Functionin​g

Demonstrates Ability To Improve Cognitive Functioning, Memory and Health Of The Brain

Research Scientists Studied Supplementation With Omega 3-Rich  Fish Oil Capsules…

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center have found crucial positive associations between Omega 3 fish oil supplements and cognitive functioning as well as differences in brain structure between users and non-users of fish oil supplements.

The findings suggest possible benefits of fish oil supplements on brain health and aging.

The results were reported at the recent International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, in Paris, France.

The study was conducted by research scientists at the Rhode Island Hospital Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center. Data for the analyses was obtained from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a large multi-center, NIH-funded study that followed older adults with normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s Disease for over three years with periodic memory testing and brain MRIs.

The study included 819 individuals, 117 of whom reported regular use of Omega 3 fish oil supplements before entry and during study follow-up. The researchers compared cognitive functioning and brain atrophy for patients who reported regularly using these supplements to those who were not using fish oil supplements.

Compared to non-users, use of fish oil supplements was associated with better cognitive functioning during the study. However, this association was significant only in those individuals who had a normal baseline cognitive function and in individuals who tested negative for a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease known as “APOE4” consistent with previous research.

The key finding is that there was a clear association between fish oil supplements and brain volume. Consistent with the cognitive outcomes, these observations were significant only for those who were “APOE4” negative.

The researchers report “In the imaging analyses for the entire study population, we found a significant positive association between fish oil supplement use and average brain volumes in two critical areas utilized in memory and thinking (cerebral cortex and hippo-campus), as well as smaller brain ventricular volumes compared to non-users at any given time in the study. In other words, fish oil use was associated with less brain shrinkage in patients taking these supplements during the ADNI study compared to those who didn’t report using them.”

The researchers conclude, “These observations should motivate further study of the possible effects of long-term fish oil supplementation on important markers of cognitive decline and the potential influence of genetics on these outcomes.”

The team included researchers from The Miriam Hospital and the Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Gonvatana and Cohen), and Department of Behavior and Social Sciences (Dunsiger).

Rhode Island Hospital, a member hospital of the Lifespan health system in Rhode Island

Story Source:
Lifespan (2011, August 17). Fish oil’s impact on cognition and brain structure identified in new study.

 

This article is for informational and  educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical  advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult with your doctor or healthcare  professional for medical and nutrition advice.

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Fuel Your Heart For Optimal Health and Long Life!

CoEnzyme Q10 Fuels Your Heart… It’s Also A Powerful Antioxidant and Energy Booster!

Demonstrates Ability To Support Optimal Heart Function and Keep It Pumping Strong  

Your heart is essentially the “engine” that is powering your entire body, and on average it needs to beat about 100,000 times a day to get its job done. That means it will beat billions of times over the course of your life. Sounds like a lot of work and strain on the heart muscles? It certainly is, which is why taking care of your heart and keeping it strong is the key to maintaining a healthy heart and a long life.

What Fuels Your Heart?
Your heart is fueled by CoEnzyme Q10, the nutrient critical to many body functions. CoQ10 is a cellular energy booster and powerful antioxidant. Essential to your body’s energy-producing process. CoQ10 is found throughout your body, but is most concentrated in heart muscles because of the high energy demands.

When your heart has the high levels of CoQ10 it needs, it works efficiently. But when levels become low, your heart strains to do its job, and ultimately your entire body suffers. Less than optimal heart function can result in fatigue, pain and decreases in mental functions, lack of enegy and lowered immune function.

Why It’s Important To Include CoQ10 In Your Daily Nutritional Healthcare Regimen…
According to leading experts who are on the leading edge of natural healthcare, it’s critical to supplement with CoQ10 as you get older. After the age of 30, nature’s levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish. By the age of 50, your CoQ10 levels may be too low to support optimal heart function. By age 70, your levels can become so low they can actually accelerate aging. Aside from aging, loss of CoQ10 is caused by stress, illness or the use of certain medications such as statins.

Statin drugs are the worst culprit. It is now estimated that 1 in 3 adults over age 50 take a statin medication. By taking a statin drug to help their heart, they may be draining their heart of the very fuel it needs for optimal health.

The Benefits of CoQ10 Are Simply Too Good To Ignore…

Energizes your heart and helps keep it pumping strong.

 

Boosts brain power and helps provide mental clarity.

 

Provides cellular energy and helps fight common fatigue.

 

Fights off harmful free radicals that accumulate in your body through natural processes.

 

This article is for informational and  educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical  advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult with your doctor or healthcare  professional for medical and nutrition advice.

Gymnema Sylvestre

Stop The Desire For Sweets

A plant mostly found growing wild in the tropical forests of India, Gymnema Sylvester has long been used as a treatment for both type I and type II diabetes. This amazing herb has been used by Indian healers for nearly 2000 years as part of the Ayurvedic traditional system of medicine. In ancient times, gymnema was known as ‘gurmar’ — a Sanskit word which literally means ‘sugar destroyer’— because Ayurvedic physicians observed that chewing a few leaves from this herb suppressed the sweet taste of sugar.

Gymnema is effective at blocking the taste of sugar because its molecular structure is so similar to sugar that it can fill the receptor locations on the taste buds for one to two hours.
This prevents the taste buds from being able to taste any sugar molecule in food. Gymnema won’t affect food from tasting good, but it will suppress the desire for sweets.
This herb seems to enhance glucose control. A study published in 1986 suggests that the extract of gymnema can significantly increase liver and pancreatic function, which is why it has been used for centuries in cases of diabetes, obesity, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, allergies, anemia, and osteoporosis.

Several studies have shown the reduction of glucose-reducing drug for most diabetics after 6 to 18 months of taking gymnema. And it has been reported that with the help of a few other herbs and a proper diet, some diabetics have completely stopped taking their pharmaceutical drugs.
The amazing characteristic of this herb is that it exerts its blood sugar lowering effects only when needed. If you are not diabetic but are looking to curb your sweet tooth, try taking this herb to help beat the sugar habit.

Ref: 1. Today’s Herbal Health by Louise Tenney MH
2. Encyclopedia of Herbs by Dr Terry Willard
3. Diabetes and Hypoglycemia by Michael Murray ND

Note:

The information presented here is for educational purposes only and not intended to replace professional medical care when required. Always consult a qualified
healthcare practitioner for disease diagnosis, therapy choice, medicine
selection and dosage.

Beating Winter Colds

Sooner or later Most of us succumb each winter to a cold or two. You know the signs – your head feels foggy, concentration wanes and then comes the coughing, sneezing, sore throats and ever running nose.

By Amanda Ursell

A sure-fire prevention for the common cold has eluded the multi-national drug companies desperate to hit the jackpot with a way of zapping cold viruses in their tracks.

However all is not lost. Maybe we cannot completely stop ourselves from picking up the occasional cold, but good nutrition and extra boosts with certain vitamins, minerals and herbal products have shown themselves to be a potentially effective and natural way of boosting our immunity against attacks and combating the severity of symptoms and the number of days they hang around.

The Importance of Fruits and Vegetables

When it comes to good nutrition, following the government’s recommendation to eat nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day is one of the best strategies to outwit the 200 odd viruses that can trigger a cold  infection.

Dark green vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, and mangoes are packed with a wide range of antioxidants. Apricots and pumpkins are especially helpful, main lining our bodies with the orange super nutrient beta carotene.

Beta carotene is important because we convert this antioxidant into Vitamin A, a nutrient that is crucial for keeping the linings of our noses and throats in good condition, helping them to physically block the entry of viral cold invaders we breathe in from other people.

Others fruits and vegetables like oranges, grapefruit, berries, kiwi and peppers are great for Vitamin C. This powerful nutrient has been shown to mobilize macrophages, white blood cells in our blood that literally engulf and disarm enemy viruses, including those that cause colds. Not only this, but Vitamin C has its own specific anti-viral properties.

In fact, evidence of Vitamin C‘s cold-fighting abilities was proven way back in the 1980s. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin at Madison revealed symptoms to be significantly milder in people taking 500 milligrams of Vitamin C supplements four times a day than those not supplementing; while other scientists showed doses of 1 to 2 grams a day helping to both reduce susceptibility to common colds and lessen severity and duration of symptoms.

Detoxification

When I was a child I was raised by my grandparents. And we lived out off of the highway back in the woods. Since we live out off of the highway my grandfather had a garden and my grandmother had chickens. So our veggies were pure, no preservatives or anything artificial. The chickens were not injected with hormone so our food was basically pretty natural.

However we had to get detox before summer and winter came around. My grandparents gave us cod liver oil for detoxification. I did not like it at that time because the fish oil smelled like fish and the oil tasted bad. But now I know that it was good for me and a good thing to do.

The detoxing kept us healthy and I don’t remember getting sick. Today we have herbal products to detox our bodies gently and safely.

Detoxing helps cleanse the liver and colon so that these organs can continue to function properly the way they were made to. Detoxification is a good thing because we ingest so many toxins from everywhere, the air, water, chemicals, skin products, food, our work environment and the list goes on. And over time these toxins stay in our bodies which cause problems down the road.

Our immune systems get weaken because of the toxins being left in our bodies that have not been eliminated. Every person is different when it comes to eliminating waste. Some of us detox naturally by going two to three times a day and then there are the rest of us that need some help!

That help for me has been herbs not the ones that my grandparents used with the fish smell but different ones. Detoxification is real and a good practice now days to do.

Animal and Synthetic or Herbal Hormone Production – -Which do you want?

Our goal is to get the body to make new tissue. The new tissue or cells would be the hormones that your body’s glands, the (endocrine system) produce to help the body function.

Hormones are defined by all medical dictionaries as substances which are produced in glands. We are going to talk about the female hormone
called estrogen. Estrogen is the female hormone produced primarily in the female reproductive system. It has been found that the female hormone
production can be in balance even when the female body has had a hysterectomy.
This includes the ovaries, the tubes and uterus.

Science does not know where the estrogen production comes from,
but there is strong evidence to show that the rest of the endocrine system can
and does produce estrogen in the female body. Estrogen production is best in
those ladies that are whole and has not had the surgery.

Let’s look at the female hormone problem. The problem will be solved by either the scientific way or with natural common sense. The doctors of course, when there is a female problem would rather do surgery on the part of your body that do not work properly. And this doesn’t help because now you have to take synthetic hormones.

There are many chemical synthetics in the drug scene today. Many
natural doctors want to give you natural hormones which come from animals which are called protomorphogens. This means that the ovaries or other parts of the animals are ground up and animal estrogen is extracted from a horse, pig or a cow. We believe this to be a synthetic to the human body. This brings me to this question; Do I want the male hormone from a bull or horse?

It seems logical then that we would want our own hormones. The surgery, chemical synthetics, hormone substitutes from animals are not a valid long range solution to hormone imbalance and create a dependence on drugs.

The natural choice is to go back to food, exercise and healthy thinking. The human body was created to produce estrogen or testosterone if it gets the right food. If the body is only fed sugar coated cereals over a long period of time, how many hormones will it produce, not very many at all. The hormone production is decreased. If we used foods or herbs that have some history behind it to give the body a chance to produce its’ own hormones, this would be the natural choice.

For the female body, foods like red raspberry leaves, damiana,
oriental plants called ho shou wu, and dong quai, supply to the female body
those foods, those energies, enzymes, vitamins and minerals that the female
human body needs to produce its’ own estrogen.

New Study Reports Soluble Fibre May Reduce Belly Fat

Increased consumption or soluble fibre may reduce the amount of deep belly fat that people accumulate, according to new research. The study has been published in Nature’s Journal “Obesity” found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fibre eaten per day, deep belly visceral fat was reduced by 3.7 per cent over five years.

The researchers also reported that increased moderate activity resulted in a 7.4 per cent decrease in the rate of visceral fat accumulation over the same time. It is important to recognize that visceral fat is known to be more dangerous than subcutaneous found near the skin.

“Our study is valuable because it provides specific information on how dietary fibre, especially soluble fibre, may affect weight accumulation through abdominal fat deposits; “Making a few simple changes can have a big health impact.”said researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, USA.

The research team examined whether lifestyle factors, including diet and frequency of exercise, were associated with a five-year change in abdominal fat of people who are disproportionally at a higher risk for developing high blood pressure and diabetes and accumulating visceral fat.

The researchers reported that intake of dietary soluble fibre was associated with a decreased rate of visceral fat, but not the accumulation of subcutaneous fat;

“Results from the current study reveal that increased consumption of soluble fibre led to a decreased rate of visceral adipose tissue accumulation, suggesting that increased soluble fibre intake may be instrumental in slowing this natural progression,” said the researchers.

Fat Risk…
The negative effects of obesity has been associated with hypertension, blood lipid imbalances, insulin resistance, fatty liver disease, and type-2 diabetes.

“Studies indicate a direct relationship between levels of visceral adipose tissue and future risk of impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 diabetes,” they added.

“We [also] know that a higher rate of visceral fat is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes and fatty liver disease,” they emphasized.

The researchers noted that increasing dietary fibre has been specifically recomended to help fight weight gain, with many previous studies suggesting a link between fibre intake and levels of obesity.

Source: Obesity (Published online)
“Lifestyle Factors and 5-Year Abdominal Fat Accumulation in a Minority Cohort: The IRAS Family Study”

This article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult with your doctor or healthcare professional for medical and nutrition advice.

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