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Anti-Aging Developments - June 2011


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Stawberries a Super Fruit for Fighting Cancer

In the latest issue of 2nd Opinion, Dr. Robert J Rowen urges readers to eat more strawberries but to be careful to try and find organic fruit as the commercial version is heavily sprayed with chemicals.

Dr. Rowen talks about the role of strawberries as a powerful cholesterol fighter, but the focus of his message is new findings that these luscious fruits might be “a powerhouse cancer preventive and treatment”. Apparently as study undertaken by Ohio State University found that by feeding patients suffering with precancerous esophageal lesions a concentrated strawberry powder, these lesions regressed in 26 of 29 patients.

As only 8% of those diagnosed with cancer of the esophage survive more than five years, which is the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, this news will bring hope to millions. The good news is magnified by the fact that the method of prevention is totally safe, nutritious, and inexpensive. The strawberry concentrate fed to the patients participating in the study contains nine of the best nutrients for taming inflammation, at levels up to three times higher than other supplements and can eliminate inflammation from every part of the body rapidly. Strawberries are therefore a powerful nutrient also for bringing relief to those suffering from arthritis, and any other condition caused by inflammation.

Dr. Rowen warns that people with acid reflux have an increased risk of developing cancer of the esophagus and those with a diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus have a very high risk of developing the disease. He encourages these patients to eat more strawberries but says that benefits of strawberries also extend to other cancers and believes we should all eat strawberries as a preventative for cancer of all types. He explains that it is the bioflavonoids in strawberries that attacks the cancer and says that other super fruits with this ability include pomegranates, acai and gogi berries, all of are readily available.

The strawberry powder used here was a 10x concentrate but Dr. Rowen says that he has no doubt that fresh strawberries will prevent cancer just as well, especially if a lot are consumed. However, as mentioned above he cautions that strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed crops, so adviser consumers to ensure that any product they use is organic.

(Source: Dr. Rowen’s Second Opinion Newsletter)

The Top 13 Foods You Should Buy Organic

Anti-Aging Developments, 24 June, 2011 -- The Eating Well Website’s most recent e-news says that apples have now knocked celery out of first place as the foodstuff the most contaminated by pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group. The site give details of the “Dirty Dozen” most contaminated fruits and vegetables, according to the working group. These are the ones you should consider buying from a reputable organic source suggests the website.

Here are the top 12, starting with the most contaminated by pesticide residues:

    • APPLES
    • CELERY
    • STRAWBERRIES
    • PEACHES
    • SPINACH
    • NECTARINES
    • GRAPES
    • SWEET BELL PEPERS
    • POTATOES
    • BLUEBERRIES
    • LETTUCE
    • KALE/COLLARD GREENS

If you can't afford to buy organic or identify an easy source, make sure you thoroughly wash all your fruit and vegetables to remove as much pesticide residue as possible.

(Source: Eating Well website, June 2011)

Tasty Beans Help Fight the Bulge

Anti-Aging Developments, 24 June, 2011 --This week's issue of RealAge Newsletter encourages summer eating to be based around beans rather than more calorific proteins.

"Plan that summer picnic around bean salads instead of brats and you may enjoy a smaller waist" says the report, uring readers to eat more beans and pulses in order to lose weight this summer.

The article says that recent research has found that people who eat a lot of meat tend to gain more pounds in the long term up to an extra pound a year. But a diet with the same number of calories -- just less meat -- would not have caused the same weight gain, according to the research. However, RealAge says that the reasons for this are not clear. However the data suggests that it might be because of the unsaturated fat to be found in meat products.

More research is needed to find out why eating beans instead of meat equals less weight gain. In the meantime RealAge encourages its readers to favour plant-based food over over meat as a protein source.

Beans make an excellent substitute to meat because of their low fat content and high fiber content. They are both protein and fiber rich and help keep hunger pangs at bay, while containing healthy phytochemicals.

(Source: Real Age website, June 2011)

Lose weight with these Super Liquids

Anti-Aging Developments, June, 2011 -- There are three liquids that can help keep your appetite under control if you use them on a daily basis, according to the RealAge Website, and they are water, skim milk and olive oil.

The site says studies have shown that in addition to appetite control, drinking skim milk reduces calorie intake and helps to prevent weight gain. Compared to people who had fruit juice with their morning meals, those who had skim milk felt fuller for longer. Those who don't drink milk can buy a whey product instead, says the report.

Olive oil is also great for those who want to lose weight as it is full of oleic acid which curbs hunger. Other foods high in oleic acid include almonds, and avocados, canola oil, safflower oil and sunflower seeds.

Finally, numerous studies suggest that drinking water makes you feel fuller and eat far fewer calories throughout the day compared with people who don't drink enough. Also people who drink enough water are less likely to indulge in drinking sodas, coffee containing cream and syrups,and sugary sports drinks, says the report. A recent study found that drinking 16 ounces of water before each meal helped dieter lose more weight and faster than those who did not.

Water and food consumption patterns of U.S. adults from 1999 to 2001. Popkin, B.M. et al., Obesity Research 2005 Dec;13(12):2146-2152.

Water consumption increases weight loss during a hypocaloric diet intervention in middle-aged and older adults. Dennis, E. A. et al., Obesity 2010 Feb;18(2):300-307.

The lipid messenger OEA links dietary fat intake to satiety. Schwartz, G. J. et al., Cell Metabolism 2008 Oct;8(4):281-288.

Skim milk compared with a fruit drink acutely reduces appetite and energy intake in overweight men and women. Dove, E. R. et al., American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009 Jul;90(1):70-75.

(Source: Real Age website, June 2011)

Yoga can lighten your mood

Anti-Aging Developments, June, 2011 -- Yoga is great for lifting your mood because, in addition to loosening joints and toning muscles, it also boosts brain levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that helps take the edge off anxiety and eliminate bad moods. It might do this through stretching the vagus nerve which helps turn on your parasympathetic nervous system -- the part of your central nervous system that's responsible for boosting GABA, which makes you a feel happy and relaxed. By activating the vagus nerve, yoga activates a whole chain of feel-good events in your body.

Although all exercise releases feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, a recent study suggests yoga is better than walking at lifting people's moods. The study participants were divided into two groups. One practiced an hour of Iyengar yoga three times a week and the other group took part in three hours of intensive walking each day. The first group experienced greater jumps in GABA levels and felt happier, more tranquil, and more energized. Reference: Effects of yoga versus walking on mood, anxiety, and brain GABA levels: a randomized controlled MRS study. Streeter, C. C. et al., Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2010 New York

(Source: RealAge Website, June 2011)

Beet Juice for Brain, Circulation and Blood Pressure

Anti-Aging Developments, June, 2011 -- Get more blood flowing to your brain by drinking beet juice each morning. Beets are better than orange juice at breakfast time because they contain nitrates, that are converted into nitrites by bacteria in our saliva. And nitrites help our blood vessels to relax which aids the flow of blood and and oxygen to our brains. Research showed that drinking 16 ounces of beet juice with breakfast noticeably increased blood flow to the frontal-lobe region of the brain, an area where blood flow often suffers over time. Nitrites are also good for blood pressure. Other sources are celery, fennel, leeks, leafy greens, and cabbage. (Source: Real Age website,June 2011)

Tumeric Appears to Prevent Parkinsons and other Age-related Conditions

Anti-Aging Developments, June, 2011 -- A recent lab study showed that turmeric helps protect the brain against Parkinson's damage, so Indian and Thai curries containing the spice are good news for healthy aging. Researchers are actively seeking a cure to this debilitating disease which slowly destroys brain neurons that make dopamine.

This has wide-ranging effects because muscles need dopamine to function properly. Lack of dopamine effects walking, talking and even breathing- In a lab study, curcumin was shown to protect dopamine-producing brain cells by clamping down on a mutant Parkinson's protein that tends to kill off those cells.

However, more research is needed to determine whether eating curry and other turmeric-containing dishes could help protect brain cells. Animal research already suggests that curcumin may help guard against other inflammation-induced conditions. It has positive results for warding off arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, and even some cancers. So eating curry can protect you from a host of age-related diseases and give you great pleasure in the process.

(Source: Real Age website,June 2011)


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