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Antioxidants May Reduce the Risk of Stroke in Women

Increasing the intake of antioxidants in the diet is associated with a reduced risk of stroke in women, according to a study, published in the journal Stroke. Antioxidants from fruits, vegetables and whole grains may lower the total risk of stroke among women with no history of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and hemorrhagic stroke in women with a history of heart problems.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden said “Eating antioxidant-rich foods may reduce your risk of stroke by inhibiting oxidative stress and inflammation,” said Susanne Rautiainen, who led the study. “This means people should eat more foods such as fruits and vegetables that contribute to total antioxidant capacity.”

They found that women in the highest group of dietary antioxidant intake, and with no CVD, had a 17% lower risk of total stroke compared to those in the lowest group. Further, they reported that women with history of CVD in the highest three-quarters of antioxidant intake had up to a 57% lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

Fruits and vegetables contributed about 50% of antioxidant capacity in women with no history of heart disease who had the highest total antioxidant count. Other contributors included whole grains (18%), tea (16%) and chocolate (5%).

Reference: Stroke; Published online ahead of print.

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The King of Antioxidants

This antioxidant keeps you healthy by boosting your immune system. Your own body produces but as you age, your body produces less of it. This super antioxidant is called glutathione. It is formed from proteins and amino acids. And it contains sulfur chemical groups. Glutathione attracts and traps toxins and free radicals in your body… and then flushes them out.

How Glutathione Works

It helps boost all the other antioxidants. Glutathione repairs free radical damage. It protects our cells and maintains healthy energy metabolism. Plus, it’s always working to detox our bodies. All the toxins in our bodies stick to glutathione, and it transports them into bile and waste… which we excrete from our bodies.

But again as we age… or get bombarded with toxins and oxidative stress, our glutathione levels weaken, we can’t flush out toxins… or fight free radicals or infection.  A leading medical journal reports that the lowest levels of glutathione levels are found in hospitalized seniors. The highest levels are recorded in healthy young people who exercise regularly and live a healthy lifestyle.

There are three options for increasing your levels. These include diet, exercise, and supplements.

Plenty of healthy foods help your body to produce more glutathione.

The best foods are those rich in sulfur. Your best bets are garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables. These include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Watercress

Daily exercise helps your body to produce more glutathione. Modest cardio exercise combined with light resistance training can help you kick-start production.

Start with 20 minutes of cardio, every day. You can try 20 minutes of any activity that appeals to you, including:

  • Biking
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Swimming

On alternate days, he recommends 15 – 20 minutes of light strength-training exercises. 

Five Supplements to Boost Your Levels

The five best supplements that boost glutathione production include:

1. Methylation nutrients. These nutrients are your best option for boosting glutathione production. They include folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. When taking these supplements, you should make sure that you take folate in the active form of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate; B6 in the active form of P5P; and B12 in the active form of methylcobalamin.

2. Alpha lipoic acid. This is an essential supplement for cell health. It boosts energy production and detoxes your body. It also controls blood sugar and protects your brain. While our bodies make this nutrient naturally, our levels decrease under stress.

3. Selenium. This mineral helps to produce new glutathione.

4. Vitamins C and E. Both of these antioxidants, when working together, help to boost glutathione’s ability to recycle other antioxidants.

5. Milk thistle. This simple herb not only boosts glutathione levels… it also fights liver disease.

When taken together, these supplements help to rebuild your glutathione levels. And high glutathione levels are your best defense against disease and aging.

Go to www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-health.com  to order supplements that contain the right anti-oxidants.

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Father’s Day Thoughts 2011 About Health

Staying healthy is a priority. Renewal of cells is more important then breaking down cells.

I am still not convinced that taking a medical pill is the right answer for many of our common health problems. I see too many clients getting better and decreasing medication with proper diet, nutrition and exercise. Give your body a chance and it will take care of itself. Just watch what happens when you break a bone. Once it’s put back into position, the bone will heal itself. And when it does, the brand-new bone is stronger than the bone it replaced.

Eat as much natural and organic foods as you can and avoid suger. With proper diet I see the body regenerate new cartilage if you have arthritis; restore clogged arteries; improve strength in your muscles and bonesbad skin improves; inflammation reduces.

Low back surgery is still not perfected and remains a last resort (even 30 years after I’ve seen doctors cutting into the spine).

Yoga and stretching are missing from many peoples programs.

Pilates is fun for many but not the best therapy for those with acute low back problems to start out with.

Kettlebells still rock! 

The anti-inflammatory diet allows the body to heal itself and should be the first line therapy for thoses with chronic conditions.

Take a medical food protein shake supplement every morning. I use UltraMeal by Metagenics or I use Xymogen shakes.

Your body can heal itself. Take antioxidants every day. People get cancer and other weird diseases when their immune systems weaken and they stop being able to overpower the cancer cells that have gone haywire. In all the years the medical industry has been fighting cancer, it has made very little progress. Yet natural therapies can and do work.

Laser therapy is an amazing treatment. It is natural. It is safe and it is based on science. Try it for pain and ask me if it can help your condition! 

Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes is fast becoming a national epidemic — a dangerous one, because it disables people and shortens their lives. If you are following the government’s recommended dietary plan, you probably feel good about your chances of avoiding diabetes. In fact, you are doing exactly what it takes to stimulate the disease. Diabetes is almost entirely preventable through diet and exercise! You can treat it without medication. I find the Paleo diet remarkable for this condition.

The Paleo Diet helps lower cholesterol.

In short, start to eliminate starchy foods; eat low-carb; drink a little red wine daily;  be uncensored in telling your family that you love them; have a great sex life – enjoy it frequently; exercise daily.

Love,

 Jeff

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Prostate Nutrition

Tomatoes: Red tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. Studies show that antioxidants protect against prostate cancer. 
Green Tea: Study after study shows the benefit of drinking green tea for general good health. Green tea is protective against prostate cancer. Try to brew up at least two cups per day.
Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, & cauliflower help protect against prostate cancer. Others include kale, and mustard greens. Just three or more servings per week may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 50 percent. Try to include at least one of these vege’s per day in your meals.
Garlic: It contains selenium which is an essential antioxidant that fights cancer and may cut prostate cancer risk by  50 percent.
Brazil Nuts: Another great source of selenium. A daily handful of Brazil nuts offers enough selenium to lower your risk by 50 percent.
Fish: Contains Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and selenium. These three taken together should be part of a prostate cancer prevention program. Best sources: Sardines, tuna, and salmon.
Flaxseeds: These are a rich source of vitamin E. Research conducted on mice shows that flaxseeds may slow the spread of prostate cancer. I like to put Flaxseeds in my protein shakes – UltraMeal powder by Metagenics or FitFood powder by Xymogen.
Pomegranate Juice: Pomegranate juice also slows the growth of prostate cancer, according to research on mice.
Scallions: One study showed that eating just a tenth of an ounce of scallions each day reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 70 percent.
Saw palmetto also boosts prostate health. Saw palmetto alleviates the symptoms of prostate gland enlargement. The herbal extract is the initial treatment for urinary tract problems in several European countries.

If you need added support and want to take a supplement in conjunction with a healthy diet, I recommend Prostate FLO by Xymogen (1-800-647-6100). This is a comprehensive prostate support formula. Its primary mode of action involves maintaining healthy testosterone metabolism. 
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Antioxidants update

Free radicals are believed to help many health problems and prevent heart disease, cancer and other disorders. Antioxidants are substances that protect cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when the body breaks down food or is exposed to environmental toxins and radiation. I believe there are benefits in taking antioxidants especially in those with cardiovascular risks.

Vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and selenium produce multiple positive effects on sugar and fat metabolism, blood pressure and arterial flexibility (which allows blood to move freely through the body).

Reuven Zimlichman and his research team at Wolfson Medical Center in Israel randomly divided 70 high blood pressure patients into two groups. One group was given antioxidants supplements and the other took placebo capsules for six months. Those taking the antioxidants received vitamin C (1000 mg/day), vitamin E (400 i.u/day), coenzyme Q10 (120 mg/day) and selenium (200 mcg/day).

Tests at the beginning of the trial, after three months, and again after six months documented that patients in the antioxidant group had marked improvements in their cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular profiles and cholesterol panels were healthier. The researchers concluded “antioxidant supplements have the potential to alleviate atherosclerotic damage..”

“Antioxidant supplementation significantly increased large and small artery elasticity in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. This beneficial vascular effect was associated with an improvement in glucose and lipid metabolism as well as significant decrease in blood pressure,” Dr. Zimlichman said in a statement to the media. “The findings of the present study justify investigating the overall clinical impact of antioxidant treatment in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors.”

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Anti-oxidants & brain function

All my friends know I just had a birthday. We are all aware that our mental functions slow down as we age. Our focus weakens and we lose memory. One reason is because oxidative stress. That’s why you hear so much about taking  ‘anti’-oxidants. These may help slow or even halt the aging  damage. 

Store-bought organic berries are a great source. Studies show that blueberries increase health and enhance cognitive function in aging.  So make sure you add fresh blueberries to your breakfast protein shake (UltraMeal from Metagenics).

Mental decline is caused by oxidative stress or free radical damage to the brain. According to Dr. James A. Joseph, an expert on cognitive decline, “Ample research indicates that age-related neuronal decrements are the result of oxidative stress.” He says  “Oxidative stress and inflammation are the evil twins of brain aging.”

In 1999, Dr. Joseph published a landmark study on the subject in the Journal of Neuroscience. His study suggested that blueberries may hold the key to reversing mental aging. Dr. Joseph took four groups of rats and fed them a normal diet. Three of the groups were given strawberry, spinach, or blueberry extracts. Over the course of 8 weeks, he tested the rats for coordination and mental functioning. The blueberry group performed best on the coordination tests. This group also showed improved neuron functioning. His research led him to nickname blueberries “brainberries.” 

I’m big on anything that lowers inflammation and blueberries also function as anti-inflammatory agent to protect brain integrity. 

Blueberries are best eaten with other foods that contain fats. At the top of the list are walnuts and avocado. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. That makes blueberries and walnuts a powerful combination. These foods promote youthful flexibility in brain cell membranes.

“Polyphenols in berries and fatty acids in walnuts fluidize the cell membrane,” says Dr. Joseph. 

Walnuts block disease-causing inflammation in our cells. Recent research links inflammation to cognitive decline, so reducing inflammation is important to promote better mental function.

People who eat breakfast are more mentally alert. They remember more, react quicker, and are more creative. This first meal delivers fuel to the brain after fasting all night. That’s way I recommend a the UltraMeal protein shake first thing in the morning. I know you are busy and often skip breakfast – a shake takes one minute to make.

As an afternoon snack, try a handful of blackberries and mix them with almonds. Enjoy green tea – it has lots of antioxidants. Enjoy strawberries and pecans. Try another UltraMeal shake  in the afternoon. Shakes with blueberries are rich in antioxidants.

Order UltraMeal from www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Antioxidants: The Benefits of Certain Foods

As we age our brain suffers damage that causes our mental functions to slow down, lose memory, and our ability to focus weakens. Antioxidants can help reverse this damage. But what is the right combination of nutrients that help prevent memory loss?

An easy answer is that blueberries are a great food choice to help because they are loaded with antioxidants. Add fresh blueberries to your yogurt at breakfast time.

In 1999, Dr. Joseph published a landmark study on the subject in the Journal of Neuroscience. His study revealed that blueberries reversed mental aging. Dr. Joseph took four groups of rats and fed them a normal diet. Three of the groups were given strawberry, spinach, or blueberry extracts. Over the course of 18 weeks, he tested the rats for coordination and mental functioning.

The blueberry group performed best on the coordination tests. This group also showed improved neuron functioning. His research led him to nickname blueberries “brainberries.” He has since released several other studies on the subject.

Blueberries also function as anti-inflammatory agents to protect brain integrity.

Blueberries are also rich in phytochemicals. It’s clear that blueberries are good for you. But they can be even better. The trick is to eat them foods rich in fats. At the top of the list are walnuts and avocado. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. That makes blueberries and walnuts a powerful combination. These foods promote youthful flexibility in brain cell membranes.

“Polyphenols in berries and fatty acids in walnuts fluidize the cell membrane,” says Dr. Joseph. “They make it responsive to a wide array of signals.” This increases the efficiency of those transactions.

Walnuts also block disease-causing inflammation in our cells. Recent research links inflammation to Alzheimer’s disease, so reducing inflammation is important to promote better mental function. It might even reverse Alzheimer’s disease.

The Brain Antioxidant I Recommend

 I recommend two products by Metagenics 1)  EPA-DHA 72o – an omega 3 fish oil 2) Celepro – contains green tea extract.

Otherwise, try a handful of blackberries and mix them with almonds. Wash them down with green tea. All three are packed with antioxidants. Switch it up and go for strawberries and pecans. These are both rich in antioxidants. The best thing is antioxidants don’t just boost brain power. They promote overall good health.

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Study Says Resveratrol May Boost Eye Health

The vascular benefits of resveratrol—a compound in red wine, blueberries and peanuts—may extend to reducing the risk of blindness for diabetics and seniors, says a new study.

This information was published in the American Journal of Pathology: Resveratrol could reverse the abnormal formation of blood vessels in the retina of mice subjected to a laser treatment.

The researchers note that the findings could have potential benefits for both age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy.

AMD is a degenerative retinal disease that causes central vision loss and leaves only peripheral vision, and is the leading cause of legal blindness for people over 55 years of age in the Western world, according to AMD Alliance International.

According to the National Institutes of Health, between 40 and 45% of Americans diagnosed with diabetes already have some stage of diabetic retinopathy, a major cause of blindness in people with diabetes.

A great deal of research has identified resveratrol as an anti-aging compound,  a powerful polyphenol and anti-fungal chemical.

Original research on resveratrol was performed by Sinclair. He found resveratrol could activate a gene called sirtuin1 (Sirt1—the yeast equivalent was Sir2), which is also activated during calorie restriction in various species and is related to longer life spans. 

For the current study, researchers exposed mouse retinas to a laser treatment that initiated blood vessel formation, or angiogenesis. When resveratrol was fed to the mice, however, the researchers observed that angiogenesis was inhibited and that abnormal blood vessels were eliminated. The effects were identified as occurring via the eEF2 pathway.

American Journal of Pathology 177:481-492, 2010

For my clients I recommend Resveratin by Xymogen. Resveratin is a bioflavinoid complex containing three antioxidants. This comibination results in improved uptake and stability with more pronounced benefits.

As a dietary supplement, take one capsule twice a day. Order Resveratin @ www.Xymogen.com  Use PIN#  TUC500

 

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Resveratrol – Do You Take It?

Resveratrol is a component of red wine and has been shown to provide important health benefits, including:
Anti-inflammatory effects
Inhibition of blood clotting
Help in prevention of LDL cholesterol from depositing arterial plaque
Stimulation of an enzyme that promotes repair of DNA
Protection of heart and nerve cells

2008 research from the UK reveals another potential benefit for type 2 diabetics.

High levels of glucose cause cellular damage to the blood vessels of type 2 diabetics. Specifically, the – the mitochondria – these will become weakened, setting off a reaction that produces free radical activity. Studies show that regular exercise is the ideal way to stimulate and repair mitochondria. And along with a daily exercise regimen, a little resveratrol might help.

Resveratrol may protect damaged cells by preventing a “leakage” of electrons from the mitochondria. If you have type 2 diabetes I definitely recommend Resveratrol.

The resveratrol supplement I recommend is Resveratin (30 mg) by XYMOGEN. Order by calling 1-800-647-6100.

In addition to red wine, resveratrol can be found in red grape skins, peanuts, and some berries. Red grapes also contain anthocyanins – antioxidants that protect arteries and microcapillaries – a key benefit for patients with circulation-related health problems such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and varicose veins.

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