Anti-Aging Developments - March 2011
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New Study: Vitamins Alter Aging
The next time you hear some nay-saying doctor claiming that there is no evidence that vitamins actually do anything show him this
A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that multivitamins can keep you younger, longer. The study found that those who took a multivitamin daily had 5.1 percent longer telomeres than non-users.
Telomeres are the key to aging. And it’s not just your life span that’s affected… Short telomeres dramatically boost your risk of serious diseases. One study of 60 to 75 year olds showed those with short telomeres had a 300% higher death rate from heart disease and an 800% higher death rate from infectious diseases.
Discover how you can lengthen your telomeres and live better longer.
Onions and Garlic can Prevent Aching Joints
A report by RealAge suggests adding garlic, onions,leeks, shallots, scallions, and chives to garnish food in order to reduce osteoarthritis.
This is because these foods are all rich in allium. A recent study of women showed that those who ate lots of bulbs from the allium family showed less signs of osteoarthritis in x-ray tests. The study analyzed the diets of a large group of middle-aged adult twins and discovered a correlation between the consumption of allium rich food and less incidence of osteoarthritis of the hip.
In a separate study it was shown that allium rich foods contain a substance called diallyl disulphide which they believe can prevent cartilage damage.
So they suggest that as often as possible adding onions or garlic to your food when cooking, add garlic to pizzas, top baked potatoes with chives and add onions to your salads and sandwiches. Other foods which are good for your joints according to RealAge are green tea, leafy greens olive oil, salmon and strawberries. According to RealAge, a Mediterranean-style diet that emphasizes fruit, nuts, and veggies may help quiet inflammation and protect your joints.
Are Your Lungs Dying?
If you do nothing about it the cells in your lungs are dying off faster than you replace them. By the time you’re fifty, 40% of your lung capacity will be gone! This will rob you of your energy and strength. And it makes you an easy target for chronic disease…
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Dark Chocolate for a Healthy Heart
The Kuna people of the San Blas islands, off the coast of Panama, have a rate of heart disease that is nine times less than that of mainland Panamanians. The reason? The Kuna drink plenty of a beverage made with generous proportions of cocoa, which is unusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels. Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.
Vitamin B for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome typically involve pain and numbness that travels from the underside of one or both wrists into the palm of the hand and sometimes even into the fingers.
To see if your hand pain comes from this syndrome, try bending your wrist forward and compressing it firmly from behind. Hold it for two or three minutes. If that brings on or aggravates the pain and/or numbness, it’s a good indicator that you might indeed have carpal tunnel syndrome. Of course, you should schedule an appointment with a physician to be sure.
If your doctor confirms that you do have carpal tunnel syndrome, you don’t have to opt for surgery right away. Instead, try taking 100 milligrams of vitamin B6 three times daily for several weeks. (The “pyridoxal-5-phosphate,” or P5P, form of vitamin B6 works the best.) You may also want to try rubbing liquid vitamin B12 mixed with DMSO into the underside of the painful wrist several times daily. To do this, you’ll likely need a prescription for injectable B12, which a physician skilled in natural medicine will be able to help you obtain. To locate such a physician in your area, contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine at (800)532-3688 or visit www.acam.org.
(Leif Grunseth, Certified NeuroMuscular Therapist Website)
Breaking Up Blood Clots in the Legs
The following advice was recently posted on the web about getting rid of potentialy-serious blood clots in the legs naturally.
Natural Remedies for Shifting Clots
** Nattokinase — two 138-milligram capsules every four hours to start. Then, as your condition improves, you can taper off to one capsule every four hours, eventually taking only one capsule three times daily.
** Fish oil — 1 tablespoon three times a day to start, tapering off to 1 tablespoon, twice daily after some progress is made. Eventually, you will be able to take a general maintenance dose of 1 1/2 tablespoonsful daily.
** Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) — 400 IU, three times a day to start, tapering down to 600 IU daily.
** Vitamin C — 2 grams, three times daily to start, then taper down to 1 gram, three times daily. Vitamin C isn't a "clotbuster" itself, but it should always be included when your body is under stress.
Please be sure to work closely with your doctor to create a treatment plan that works for you.
(Source: Dr. Jonathan V. Wright)
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Food is the best medicine
Dr. Rowen reports in Second Opinion Magazine about advances made by researchers at the University of Michigan into how the photochemical in broccoli can help relent and cure cancer.
One of the photochemicals is sulforaphane and research shows that this compound actually targets cancer stem cells, which cause the most havoc in dangerous tumors.
In the trials, mice with cancer had aulforaphane injected directly into their tumors which prevented the cancers from creating metastases.
Dr. Rowen suggests that we increase our intake of cruciferous veggies in order to get these powerful compounds into our bodies as a preventative measures. He says that, rather than taking Broccoli extract compounds which will be part of the new arsenal against cancer, people should use food to prevent getting the cancer in the first place by eating veggies like cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts on a regular basis.
For those who are at risk or already have cancer, Dr. Rowan suggests sprouting broccoli seed or buying organic broccoli from health stores and eating as much as possible as the Sprouts have the highest concentration of the beneficial chemicals.
Abundate Source of Omega 3 Fats
Thirty years ago, researchers began to study why the native Inuits of Alaska were remarkably free of heart disease. The reason, scientists now think, is the extraordinary amount of fish they consume. Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which help prevent cholesterol buildup in arteries and protect against abnormal heart rhythms.
Olive Oil and Heart Disease
Four decades ago, researchers from the Seven Countries Study concluded that the monounsaturated fats in olive oil were largely responsible for the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete.
Now we know that olive oil also contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases."
In the 1970s, Soviet Georgia was rumored to have more centenarians than any other country. Reports at the time claimed that the secret of their long lives was yogurt, a food ubiquitous in their diets. While the age-defying powers of yogurt never have been proven directly, yogurt is rich in calcium, which helps stave off osteoporosis and contains “good bacteria” that help maintain gut health and diminish the incidence of age-related intestinal illness.
Nuts for Healthy Aging
Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists (a religious denomination that emphasizes healthy living and a vegetarian diet) show that those who eat nuts gain, on average, an extra two and a half years. Nuts are rich sources of unsaturated fats, so they offer benefits similar to those associated with olive oil. They’re also concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants.
Health Benefits of Wine
Drinking alcohol in moderation protects against heart disease, diabetes and age-related memory loss. Any kind of alcoholic beverage seems to provide such benefits, but red wine has been the focus of much of the research. Red wine contains resveratrol, a compound that likely contributes to its benefits—and, according to animal studies, may activate genes that slow cellular aging.
Blueberries for memory and motor function
In a landmark study published in 1999, researchers at Tufts University’s Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging fed rats blueberry extract for a period of time that in “rat lives” is equivalent to 10 human years. These rats outperformed rats fed regular chow on tests of balance and coordination when they reached old age. Compounds in blueberries (and other berries) mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage, which are associated with age-related deficits in memory and motor function.
Comfort Foods that Balance Your Blood Sugar
Eating better-for-your-blood-sugar, doesn't mean saying adios to comfort foods, according to Real Age and these are the examples they have chosen to prove it. You just need to be discriminative in choosing the right type of comfort food to avoid blood sugar swings.
The key to indulging in pasta and keeping blood sugar steady is to choose whole-wheat varieties, according to RealAge. Whole-wheat raises your blood sugar much more slowly than refined-grain pastas and are a good source of magnesium. Recent research linked a 100-milligram increase in daily magnesium intake to lower diabetes risk. Half a cup of whole-wheat pasta has about 20 milligrams of magnesium.
2. Creamy Peanut Butter
Nuts are members of the good fats family and a recent study revealed that peanut butter eaters, averaging about 5 tablespoons a week, might lower their chances of developing diabetes by 21 percent. Peanut Butter’s healthy unsaturated fats help stabilize blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. And it contains magnesium, too. Try using homemade spicy Peanut Sauce on grilled meats or as a raw veggie dip.
Use sweet potatoes, as they are a more blood-sugar-friendly starch, according to Real Age, because their glycemic index is lower. According to John La Puma, MD, author of ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine, nutrients in sweet potatoes may also help fight insulin resistance
(Source: Real Age Website)
Curcumin Hybrid Used to Help Stroke Patients
The healing benefits of Curcumin don't stop there. It has been recognized for its healing properties in both ancient Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years. But, in the last decade, Western Medicine is finally realizing curcumin’s potential to fight inflammation, reverse free radical damage, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and even help to repair stroke damage.
In a recent study, US researchers from the Department of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, created a hybrid compound from curcumin (CNB-001) and found that it affects the mechanisms that protect and help regenerate brain cells after stroke.
In it’s natural form, curcumin has been studied for its potential to treat brain injury and disease. The spice has several drawbacks, despite having positive potential, especially if used as an emergency treatment for stroke victims. It has found not to be absorbed well and cannot be targeted accurately to reach damaged brain cells, as it is blocked by the brain’s natural protective mechanism, the blood-brain barrier.
According to lead researcher Dr. Paul Lapchak, the newly developed curcumin hybrid, CNB-001, has many of the benefits without the drawbacks as it can get through the blood-brain barrier, distributing more rapidly in the brain and having more impact on neuron survival.
Protecting the brain cells
An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot blocking the flow of blood to the brain, resulting in cell death through being deprived of oxygen. Powerful drugs are used to counteract the damage, which often have side effects. The drugs restore normal pathways in the brain; prevent cell death and resulting memory and behavioral problems. The drug used for treating ischemic stroke is injected intravenously. It dissolves clots that reinstates blood and oxygen flow to the brain and if administered in time can reduce memory loss and speech and movement impairment.
The new turmeric hybrid repairs four major pathways to the brain, thereby protecting it from cell damage. During lab studies, it was found to reduce problems of muscle and movement control if administered up to an hour after the stroke occurred in lab animals, which means that, in humans, this window of time expands to approximately three hours, matching the time frame for the currently used medication.
Further studies will be necessary to determine exactly how the compound should be applied. According to the research team led by Dr. Lapchak, human clinical trials will begin soon.
If you think you’re showing signs of having a stroke, seek immediate emergency medical attention!
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