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Paleo Diet!

A new Harvard study discussed at a recent American Heart Association (AHA) convention reviewed 20 studies and gave the AHA crowd these two key results:

1) High intake of processed meat that’s been cured and/or loaded with preservatives (hot dogs, lunch meat, bacon, sausage) increases risk of heart disease and diabetes.

2) Any level of intake of unprocessed red meat does NOT increase heart disease or diabetes risk. 

Go PALEO Diet!

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Vitamin E – don’t give up on it!

Researchers at Finland’s University of Helsinki examined many years of data collected on more than 10,800 subjects. Their first conclusion: Vitamin E has no effect on mortality.

But when they looked at specific sub-groups, one group stood out:
Lifespan was extended by two years in more than 2,280 men who used vitamin E supplements, and also had a higher than average vitamin C intake, smoked less than a pack of cigarettes per day, and were at least 71 years old. If you smoke and you think a little vitamin E pill is supposed to undo that damage, you are crazy! 

But the fact that “Lifespan was extended by two years”…I’m impressed!

If you take a daily E to help control free radical damage throughout your body, that is a smart step toward living healthier. An E supplement is also likely to help keep your heart healthy, reduce stroke risk, enhance your immune system, and maintain a healthy prostate.
Mainstream medicine has not been kind to vitamin E in the press lately so I wanted to make sure you understand the truth. 
 

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Resveratrol & cardiovascular health

Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes, peanuts and cacao. Resveratrol provides a protective barrier against disease and fungus in plants which is also beneficial to human health. Resveratrol is important to the  brain, cardiovascular system, and influences the metabolism of fat leading to natural weight loss.

Resveratrol contains Proanthocyanidins (from grape). These line the cells within the arteries known as the endothelium, and are very sensitive to dietary abuse caused by hydrogenated fats, excess sugar, cortisol and insulin. Damage to the endothelium leads to high blood pressure as well as micro cracks which are filled with foamy plaque, increasing the risk of a heart attack.

Resveratrol has been shown to increase endothelial progenitor cells in the bone marrow which then migrate to areas of damage along the arterial wall, effectively repairing any damage. Higher levels of progenitor cells in blood circulation are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack, as well as improved blood pressure.

I recommend Resveratin: (Call 1-800-647-6100 to order, PIN # TUC500)    
   
  • Methylation provides significant improvement in absorption and stability
• Powerful Antioxidant Support
• Supports Healthy Cellular Function
• Produces Changes Associated with Longer Lifespan (including activation of sirtuins)
• Supports Cardiovascular/Neurological Health
• Anti-inflammatoryMethylated resveratrol (pterostilbene), in conjuction with controlled delivery resveratrol and quercetin, leads to improved uptake and stability with more pronounced benefits. This formulation is exciting new patent-pending technology delivered exclusively to XYMOGEN. So with Resveratin™ your patients get a complete bioflavonoid complex with resveratrol, quercetin and pterostilbene to take advantage of three antioxidants with known synergisms. These compounds are being extensively studied in the areas of cardiovascular health, cell replication, capillary integrity and aging.

 
 
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More on Heart Disease Prevention

If you truly want to protect yourself from heart disease, stop smoking and reduce your stress levels. At least the medical authorities have gotten those two right. And when it comes to your diet, forget about saturated fat and cholesterol.  Concentrate on these habits:

• Consume more monounsaturated fats from sources like olive oil, nuts, avocados and avocado oil

• Cut out the sugar and refined carbohydrates

• Consume more omega-3 fatty acids, from wild game, grass-fed beef and bison, sardines and wild (not farm-raised) salmon. And take an omega-3 fish oil supplement daily. I recommend Metagenics EPA-DHA 720. Take at least 2-4 grams per day.

• And reduce as much as possible omega-6 fatty acids in your diet. These come primarily from conventionally raised meats, processed foods, fried foods and vegetable and seed oils (corn, soybean, sunflower, cottonseed, etc.)

Start your day off with a protein shake. I recommend UltraMeal by Metagenics – 2 scoops. Order at www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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CoQ10 & Statin Medication

I was teaching a rehab course this past weekend and all but two or three doctors out of a group of sixty did not know the many health benefits of taking Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). They did not know that if a patient is on a statin medication, they are at risk of being deficient and having lowered CoQ10. CoQ10 is responsible for neurological health, increased energy, improved metabolism, weight loss, cell protection, and better cardiovascular health.1-4

Heart health … according to the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, a number of clinical studies have found CoQ10 promotes cardiovascular health.5

Blood sugar … an Australian study showed that patients who took CoQ10 were able to maintain blood sugar levels that are already within the normal range.6

Vision …taking CoQ10 for a year helped one study group see more clearly.7

Cognition … an animal study performed at Johns Hopkins University found that CoQ10 supplementation improves learning and memory.7

Bronchial Health … researchers in Texas found CoQ10 promotes bronchial health.7

Gum health … CoQ10 can improve gum and oral health.7

Clear-headed comfort … in one study, more than 6 out of 10 patients treated with CoQ10 daily reported feeling more clear-headed comfort.7

Oxidative stress … CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant, eliminating the free radicals that can cause damage to cell membranes and mitochondria.3

Skin care … a German study shows that CoQ10 can help reduce wrinkles and protect skin from the damaging effects of too much exposure to sunlight.8

Comments: I recommend NanoCell-Q by Metagenics. It is highly absorbable and comes in a delicious, natural orange flavor liguid.

 

1″CoQ10 Health Benefits” September 1, 2008. http://tinyurl.com/5qjq6
2Hemmi N. Bhagava and Raj K. Chopra. Plasma coenzyme Q10 response to oral ingestion of coenzyme Q10 formulations. Mitochondrion. Volume 7, Supplement 1, June 2007, Pages S78-S88 
3William Fallon. “Has Your CoQ10 Become Obsolete?” January 2007. Life Extensions Magazine.
4Super Ubiquinol CoQ10. September1, 2008. http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Item01226/Super-Ubiquinol-CoQ10-100-mg-60-softgels.html
5http://www.cardiovascularpharm.com/pt/re/jcardiopharm/abstract.00005344-199701000-0003.htm;jsessionid=LtLGbKwm1nC2HGTJJjKQ11qGYTt5n9Ds9p2gg9Q2Bv8qnkLdngY2!2126095447!181195629!8091!-1
6Hodgson JM, Watts GF, Playford DA, Burke V, Croft KD. Coenzyme Q10 improves blood pressure and glycaemic control in a controlled trial in subjects with type 2 diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2002 Nov;56(11):1137-42.
7http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/layout/set/print/content/view/print/151477
8http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10416055

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Omega-fatty acids

The question was “Should I take omega-3 fatty acids?”
 
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body cannot produce them — it has to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. They also have become popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.

I recommend EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics.
 
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Anything New For Heart Health?

Earlier this year Canadian researchers said that combining prebiotics and soy protein may lower cholesterol levels and boost heart health.

Consumption of a soy-food-based diet, providing soy protein and isoflavones in combination with 10 g per day of oligofructose-enriched inulin, led to significant reductions in levels of LDL cholesterol, according to results of a small randomized controlled crossover study published in Metabolism Clinical and Experimental.

The LDL reductions were only observed when soy and prebiotics were co-ingested, an observation that suggests “the provision of fermentable substrates may be one means to increase the effectiveness of soy foods as part of a dietary strategy for cardiovascular disease risk reduction,” wrote the researchers led by David Jenkins from the University of Toronto.

The association between soy protein and blood lipid levels led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a cardiovascular disease reduction claim for soybean protein in 1999.

Twenty-three people with an average age of 58 and average blood LDL levels of 4.18 millimoles per liter were recruited and randomly assigned to one of three groups: One group received a soy-food-containing diet, providing 30 g per day of soy protein and 61 mg per day of isoflavones, plus maltodextrin (placebo); the second group received the soy food diet, plus prebiotic; the final group received a low-fat dairy diet, plus the prebiotic. Two weeks separated each dietary intervention and 23 people completed all three phases.

The results showed that the joint consumption of soy and prebiotic produced greater reductions in LDL cholesterol of around 0.18 mmol/L and improved the ratio of LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol, compared with only the prebiotic phase.

HDL cholesterol levels were also significantly increased following the soy plus prebiotic diet, compared with only the prebiotic.

“These data support the lipid-lowering basis for the current FDA health claim for soy foods. They demonstrate how a non-significant (about three percent) LDL cholesterol reduction seen when soy was consumed alone can be converted to a significant (about five percent) LDL cholesterol reduction when soy was taken with a prebiotic,” wrote the researchers.

“We believe the present study therefore supports the value of soy as one of the few cholesterol-lowering foods, in the five percent reduction range, especially when given with fermentable substrates such as would be naturally present in diets that also contained viscous fibers to lower serum cholesterol,” they added.

I recommend UltraMeal Plus 360 by Metagenics as a source of soy protein. Order at www.DrJeffreyTucker.Meta-ehealth.com 

Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 

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