Archive for category Vitamins & Supplements
by: Elizabeth Renter
August 7, 2012
Scientists have found a promising link between vitamin D and breast cancer, with the vitamin shown to reduce breast cancer risk. However, they say their findings only apply to vitamin D in supplement form, according to Reuters.
Link Shown Between Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Risk Reduction
Researchers found that women who consumed vitamin D in a pill had a 24 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer. But those who got their vitamin D in their food didn’t see the same results. While they don’t say why they think this is, it could be because those using supplements are simply getting more of the vitamin on a daily basis.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at 3,101 breast cancer patients and 3,471 health women, analyzing their diet and supplementation habits. There was no link established between dietary vitamin D consumption (or calcium consumption) and breast cancer. The link was only obvious in women taking more than 400 IU (international units) of vitamin D every day.
The researchers say more work is needed to determine exactly how much vitamin D is needed and to determine how it works. However, we do know that breast tissue cells have receptors for vitamin D, “raising the possibility that the nutrient could help regulate the division and proliferation of these cells.” And while the researchers don’t draw a connection between vitamin D and breast cancer when the vitamin comes from food sources, including the vitamin in a diet for breast cancer patients via foods naturally rich in vitamin D in addition to supplementation will only boost prevention.
Interestingly, the research gives no attention to getting vitamin D from the sun. It’s estimated that the body of the average light-skinned person creates about 20,000 IU of vitamin D3 (the most concentrated form) after one 30-minute, total body exposure to the summer sun at noon. In a darker skin person, the amount of D3 produced is about 10,000 IU.
You don’t need to sunbathe for hours to accumulate vitamin D, but getting outside for some sunshine during the day will increase the body’s natural creation of vitamin D, providing a wealth of vitamin D health benefits that could even reduce your risk of cancer.
by: Sayer Ji
August 4, 2012
On sweltering August days, no one wants to spend time at the stove, and sometimes the grill is even too much to bear. Some days your best kitchen tool is a blender and your most refreshing ingredient is a cooling cucumber.
Although it will never be mistaken for a superfood, the common cucumber has been around for a long time and is probably here to stay. Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, it’s believed that cucumbers were brought to America by Christopher Columbus.
They don’t get much respect as vegetables go and most people write them off as harmless water logs used to satisfy a dieter’s need for crunching. But besides their refreshing crunch, cucumbers make a respectable contribution to your nutritional needs.
A one-half cup serving of cucumber slices supplies 2% of your daily magnesium and potassium requirements and 11% of your daily vitamin K needs. All for only 8 calories.
What exactly is vitamin K and why do you need it?
Vitamin K comes in two forms. Vitamin K1 is an anti-oxidant, and is important in allowing blood to clot normally. It also may be helpful in relieving bruising, heavy menstrual flow, and nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It is abundant in leafy green vegetables.
In our intestines, bacteria convert vitamin K1 to K2 which has additional health benefits, including building bones and preventing osteoporosis. Supplementing with vitamins K1 and K2 has been shown to reduce fracture rates in post-menopausal women.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
By: John Phillip
[NaturalNews] Curcumin is one of a small number of super nutrients which has the demonstrated ability to dramatically lower the risk from cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer`s disease and has been shown to influence the storage of body fat by altering fat metabolism. Curcumin is a natural polyphenol which is extracted from curry powder and has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can experience a multitude of health benefits by eating the spice in its natural form or by supplementing with a concentrated extract of active curcuminoids.
Curcumin in the Fight against Cancer
Curcumin has been shown to be a powerful tool in the fight against cancer as it helps to restore immune system function which begins to weaken in many people as a result of decades of poor diet and environmental factors. Curcumin works to bolster immune function by restoring the function of key immune cells known as CD4 and CD8 T cells. According to a study published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, curcumin increases the production of proteins which are needed for immune cell proliferation while reducing the development of proteins which destroy immune cells.
Curcumin Prevents Clogged Arteries While Lowering Heart Attack Risk
Curcumin influences the formation of dangerous coronary artery plaque by lowering levels of systemic inflammation which are known to cause the foamy substance to become unstable and rupture leading to a heart attack. This super nutrient regulates the action of our genes to inhibit the release of chemical messengers through the body in response to stress, poor diet and our environment. The result of a study released in The Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine indicates that curcumin prevents platelet coagulation which can result in a life threatening blood clot.
Curcumin Shown to Prevent Alzheimer`s Disease
Researchers have noted that the incidence of Alzheimer`s disease among the elderly Indian population where curry is regularly eaten with most meals is significantly lower than their western counterparts. Curcumin exhibits strong antioxidant properties and is known to cross the crucial blood-brain barrier, where it acts to limit the accumulation of damaging plaque; it also reduces the neuronal response to existing plaque tangles. By inhibiting amyloid plaque formation at the synapse where electrical impulses connect different parts of the brain, memory is preserved and symptoms of this devastating disease are minimized or eliminated.
Curcumin Assists Weight Management Goals
Curcumin helps to prevent obesity and assists natural weight loss due to its ability to inhibit the formation of new blood vessels which are required to form new baby fat cells. This polyphenol also influences how the body regulates triglycerides (blood fats) which are then stored as body fat or burned as a source of energy. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition details how curcumin prevents excessive accumulation of triglycerides in the blood and shifts our metabolism away from fat storage. The study authors conclude that curcumin `may have a potential benefit in preventing obesity.`
Very few natural nutrients exhibit such a wide array of health benefits as curcumin. Extensive research confirms the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which provide protection against many of today`s most devastating illnesses. Whether you choose to add curry to your diet or supplement with a concentrated form of this amazing spice, you can be assured of lowered disease risk and improved quality of life.
August 4, 2012
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by: Elizabeth Renter
August 4, 2012
It’s common knowledge that carrots are good for your eyesight, but scientists with the Centers for Disease Control have found that they have a wealth of other benefits—including protecting against cancer and reducing the risk of heart disease.
As reported in The Telegraph, researchers evaluated 15,318 study participants. They found those with higher levels of alpha-carotene in the blood had lower risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer. As a matter of fact, participants with the most high levels of alpha-carotene were at a reduced risk of dying over a 14-year period.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and other similarly orange vegetables are known to pack a serious antioxidant punch—rich in beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and other carotenoids that are said to combat disease. These antioxidants protect the body at a cellular level from damage. There has even been genetic evidence showing how antioxidants kill cancer, with one lead researcher saying:
“Antioxidants have been associated with cancer reducing effects—beta carotene, for example—but the mechanisms, the genetic evidence, has been lacking. Now we have genetic proof that mitochondrial oxidative stress is important for driving tumor growth,” says lead researcher Michael P. Lisanti, M.D., Ph.D.
Though alpha-carotene is similar to beta-carotene, it “may be more effective at inhibiting the growth of cancer cells in the brain, liver, and skin,” according to the study.
In addition to the common orange vegetables, alpha-carotene can also be found in dark green veggies like broccoli, green beans, peas, spinach, collard greens, and turnip greens. These orange and green vegetables are more “strongly associated with a decreased risk of lung cancer,” than all other vegetables.
We all know vegetables can improve our health and even increase our life span. These findings merely substantiate those beliefs and give them scientific credence.
Occasionally, with studies like this comes a rush to the supplement store to find the nutrient in a conveniently packaged pill form. In this case, scientists are cautioning against such actions,essentially saying that beta-carotene supplements may not match up against natural food sources.
In other words — the benefits are found within the vegetables, and the antioxidants may lose some of their effectiveness when they are not found and consumed naturally within the food.
Friday, August 03, 2012
By: John Phillip
[NaturalNews] It is no surprise to most people that the current obesity epidemic is placing millions of unsuspecting individuals at grave risk of early death, in part by dramatically increasing the incidence of diabetes. Excess body weight damages metabolic balance, allowing wildly fluctuating blood glucose and insulin levels to inflict significant damage to most organ systems. Diabetes affects 25.6 million adults and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health have published the result of a study in the journal Diabetes Care that demonstrates the combination of obesity and vitamin D deficiency may put people at even greater risk of insulin resistance than either factor alone. Lead study author, Dr. Shaum Kabadi explained“Vitamin D insufficiency and obesity are individual risk factors for insulin resistance and diabetes… our results suggest that the combination of these two factors increases the odds of insulin resistance to an even greater degree than would have been expected based on their individual contributions.”
Low vitamin D levels dramatically increase the risk from viral infection and chronic illness
To perform this study, researchers analyzed data on serum vitamin D levels and indicators of insulin resistance and diabetes from 5,806 respondents to a major national health survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Based on the premise that vitamin D is stored in adipose fat tissue and more difficult for the body to access, the scientists wanted to determine if people who are already overweight are more likely to have low levels of serum vitamin D and increased risk of chronic disease.
Numerous studies over the past decade have highlighted the critical importance of maintaining optimal levels of circulating vitamin D (50 to 70ng/mL using the 25(OH)D blood test). Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many chronic health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke, depression and dementia. This study found that obese individuals with healthy levels of vitamin D had insulin resistance almost 20 times more often than the overall population. In obese individuals whose serum vitamin D was low, insulin resistance was nearly 32 times more common than the average.
The authors indicated that further research is necessary to determine whether obesity itself causes a low vitamin D level or if it’s the other way around. They concluded “Within a cross-sectional, nationally representative sample, abdominal obesity and insufficient 25(OH)D interact to synergistically influence the risk of insulin resistance.” Regardless of causality, health-minded individuals will want to supplement with an oil-based form of vitamin D3 (3000 to 5000 IU per day), and check blood levels regularly to lower the devastating risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.
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by: August 2, 2012
by: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers
August 1, 2012
In September of 1983 my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was dead in 6 weeks. I remember the anguish and the frustration as the medical doctors offered no hope. I had been in practice for only 3 years and the Internet was nonexistent back then. But I recall going to the library to do research about healing cancer without toxic drugs or radiation. I also called “cancer clinics” all over North America and Mexico, trying to find a solution to my father’s illness.
Thus began my quest to understand how to heal and prevent cancer
One treatment that stood out at the time was Amygdalin, the product that is produced from crushed apricot pits. Amygdalin is not to be confused with Laetrile, also known as B17, which is a semi-synthetic patented version of Amygdalin.
Laetrile and Amygdalin have been used successfully around the world for the reversal of many types of cancer. The Hunza tribes in the Himalayans are virtually cancer free, which some have attributed to their daily consumption of apricot pits and millet, both of which contain amygdalin.
The apricot pits contain a compound called glycosides which are a combination of sugar and cyanide. What takes place here is what we call selective toxicity. A specific enzyme that is produced in large quantities by cancer cells, triggers the sugar break down that releases the cyanide. The cyanide is what kills the cancer cells.
But why are healthy cells not affected by the cyanide? Healthy cells have a specific enzyme calledrhodanese, which renders the cyanide harmless. How’s that for another amazing healing miracle?
Another way that amygdalin affects cancer cells is that it inhibits angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood flow as the cancer cells are growing and forming a tumor. If the blood flow to the tumor is blocked, the cancer cells die.
Amygdalin also suppresses inflammatory responses which lead to multiple diseases, including cancer.
Amygdalin even inhibits the growth of the Epstein-Barr virus, which often induces tumor growth. The anti-tumor promoting activity of amygdalin and other compounds was studied in both in vitro and in vivo assays.
While administered specifically for cancer treatment, a wonderful side effect is that amygdalin actually helps relieve the pain that is often associated with aggressive cancers.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
By: Paul Fassa
[NaturalNews] Experts predict the worst radiation is coming to the American West Coast, and it’s potentially worse than Japan’s radiation levels. Many radiation protective supplements have been proposed, from iodine to various herbs.
Yet there is one that is overlooked even though it was used successfully in the hottest spots of ground zero in Fukushima.
Mega-dose vitamin C was used for workers who had to go into the reactors’ plant site and clean up or repair the damage. The drawback is mega-dose vitamin C is usually administered by IV drip. Thanks to the Medical Mafia, it’s hard to get in the USA.
This link may help: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v06n09.shtml
You can equal the vitamin C dosage used in Fukushima without IV application
Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa, M.D., Ph.D., from the Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy, took a group of men working on the Fukushima site and administered 25,000 mg (milligrams) or 25 grams of vitamin C as a pretreatment prior to entering the area.
After their work, they were clear of DNA damage and precancerous indicators upon thorough medical evaluations. The untreated workers showed DNA damage and precancerous indicators.
But they received a similar post treatment protocol for a couple of months and recovered completely. Great news, since we can’t all prepare in advance. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
The Japanese college’s work and findings were withheld because TEPCO, the firm that owns the Fukushima plant, the Japanese government, and Japanese media has ignored them and their science based advice. (Doctor Yourself pdf, source below)
If you do check out the Doctor Yourself pdf, you’ll find one item used orally on a daily basis, liposomal vitamin C. Liposomal vitamin C can be taken orally with lower dosage to equal those 25K IV C therapies.
That’s because liposomal encapsulated C exceeds even IV C’s ability to penetrate your cells, where it is ultimately needed.
After serious illness that caused Alan Smith to be in a coma and on life support, his family got Alan packets of a liposomal encapsulated C product called Lypo-Spheric to circumvent the hospital’s resistance to administering 50 grams pf mega-dose IV C daily.
He took three packets or six grams daily for six days, and walked out of the hospital after his extreme double pneumonia with leukemia complications coma. There was no trace of leukemia a year later either.
His dramatic hospital episode was presented accurately and well by New Zealand’s version of 60 Minutes. (http://www.3news.co.nz)
Thursday, August 02, 2012
by: Jonathan Landsman
[NaturalNews] Imagine living life without (chronic) unwarranted fear and never having to experience degenerative disease. This is NOT just a silly idea – it’s reality for many people throughout the world. Epidemiological studies prove that the longest living (happy) people remain connected to the earth and thrive on whole, natural foods – filled with nutrients but low in calories.
Experience the life of your dreams! Eating spirulina, chlorella, goji berries, chaga mushrooms and ashwagandha can balance blood sugars, boost the immune system and help detoxify unwanted poisons from the body. Don’t miss the next NaturalNews Talk Hour for one of the most informative and inspirational (nutritional) programs of the year!
What’s the difference between spirulina and chlorella?
While both are considered “micro-algaes” – spirulina and chlorella are not the same. But, without getting too caught up in the details, both of these superfoods can out perform just about any other food on earth. When consumed on a daily basis – these foods have tremendous healing potential.
Spirulina is very high in vitamin B12, B-complex, iron, essential trace minerals, beta-carotene and gamma-linolenic acid. It is the richest source of natural antioxidants of any whole food and it has more concentrated vegetable nutrition than any other whole food.
Chlorella is a green single-celled micro algae that contains the highest concentrations of chlorophyll known (60 mg/serving). It has high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin B12, iron, RNA and DNA and protein. Chlorella is well-known for its ability to help remove heavy metals from the intestinal tract. Discover how these foods (plus many more) can help transform your life!