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Weightloss support (CandiBactin-BR® by Metagenics)

Support grows for the traditional Chinese herb berberine’s ability to maintain healthy weight. I continue to use Berberine because it helps reduce cholesterol and blood lipid levels.

I love to help people lose weight in a safe and natural way.  CandiBactin-BR® by Metagenics provides the formula of berberine I like to use. It’s also good to support a healthy immune system and elimination functions.

  • Supports a healthy intestinal environment.*
  • Encourages the body to purge unwanted compounds.*
  • Features 400 mg per serving of berberine hydrochloride derived from berberis species, along with premium extracts of coptis and Indian barberry roots.
  • Provides a proprietary extract of Chinese herbs that includes ginger, licorice, and rhubarb to harmonize the action of other herbs within the formula.

In a recent study obese subjects were given 500 mg of berberine orally three times per day for the course of twelve weeks. The results were perhaps surprising as they demonstrated only a moderate weight loss, but supported a healthy weight by other means: “berberine treatment produced a mild weight loss (average 5lb/subject) in obese human subjects. But more interestingly, the treatment significantly reduced blood lipid levels (23% decrease of triglyceride and 12.2% decrease of cholesterol levels) in human subjects” .

Order CandiBactin-BR® by Metagenics with Berberine to help prevent fat accumulation.

Hu, Y. et al. (2012) Lipid-Lowering Effect of Berberine in Human Subjects and Rats. Phytomedicine. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2012.05.009

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High Cholesterol Treatment – Rice Bran Oil

Rice bran oil can lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. The study comes from Dr. Richard Tulley at Louisiana State University (LSU). “(The) oil lowers cholesterol in healthy, moderately hypercholesterolemic adults,” says Dr. Tulley. High blood cholesterol – known as hyperlipidemia – can damage heart health. That’s because it causes fat and cholesterol to build up in your arteries. Then plaques begin to form…they harden…blocking arteries as they do…and damage your heart. This is called atherosclerosis. Dr. Tulley’s new study shows that this oil can stop that from happening.

He conducted a 10-week study with 14 volunteers. The oil was added to everyone’s diet. In fact…it made up one-third of their total dietary fat. They compared the oil with another oil blend…which had a similar fatty acid composition. The oil reduced LDL cholesterol by seven percent. And HDL cholesterol stayed the same. Dr. Tulley says the results were positive given the short time frame. “Total cholesterol was significantly lower with consumption of (the oil) than with consumption of the control diet,” says Dr. Tulley. 

At the University of Rochester Medical Center, Mohammad Minhajuddin showed the oil lowers cholesterol in humans and animals. Minhajuddin’s latest work used an isolated compound from the oil to lower cholesterol in animals. Total cholesterol levels dropped by 42 percent. Bad (LDL) cholesterol levels dropped by a whopping 62 percent. The results were published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology.

Rice bran oil contains gamma oryzanol. It’s a combination of sterols and ferulic acid. It’s already approved in Japan to treat high cholesterol. 

Rice bran oil is extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice. It’s suitable for high-heat cooking. Try substituting it for olive oil next time you cook on high heat. Olive oil should be kept on temperatures below 250 degrees.

Gamma oryzanol is available as a supplement…in capsule form. Studies show 300 mg daily of gamma oryzanol can lower cholesterol.

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I love BBQ’ing but…

Grilling is a fun thing to do. But cooking animal flesh over a hot open flame has risks. Scientists have been warning us about the cancer-causing compounds known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that form when cooking animal flesh over high heat, which is common when barbequing. These chemicals – the same chemicals that are found in cigarette smoke – have been shown to cause cancer.

If you are going grill, is there a solution; a way to avoid filling your body with HCAs?  There are a number of “tricks” that may reduce the risks posed while barbequing, either by interfering with the creation of HCAs or inactivating them once they’re formed. For example, precooking a hamburger patty for two minutes in a microwave before barbequing reduces heterocyclic amines by a whopping 90 percent, according to research. Adding vitamin antioxidants to the meat or marinating it in antioxidant-rich spices before cooking appears to work almost as well.

Marinades – old-style tomato-based barbecue sauces actually increase heterocyclic amine production, while marinades like teriyaki sauce reduce heterocyclic amines produced during cooking by half. Those packets of store-bought powder marinades that you add oil and vinegar to also seem to be surprisingly effective.

Several studies suggest that the Lactobacilli strains in yogurt do this, so serving yogurt on or with meat meals provides additional protection because it actually reduces the harmful effects of these chemicals.

The bottom line for anyone who wants to cook meat, whether chicken, beef, pork or anything else on the grill is simple – make sure to marinate all meats before cooking. When cooking ground beef, knead in herbs and/or vitamin E. Stick with skinless chicken if cooking poultry. Always accompany barbecued meat with a yogurt dish and a little alcohol, preferably stout ale; and use a yogurt salad dressing or even something as simple as frozen yogurt for dessert. And, remember that you can cook vegetables on the grill without the danger of heterocyclic amine formation – and increase the nutritional content of your meal at the same time. 

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Vitamin D3 & Bone Health

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July 30, 2010 

 

 
In This Issue
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Vitamin D
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Dear Dr. Jeff,
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker

This week’s newsletter offers you tips for when to take vitamin D, as well as supplements for osteoporosis and important exercises for maintaining good posture. 
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Osteoporosis & Ostera 

 

Ostera (a natural supplement from Metagenics) versus the new crop of osteoporosis drugs such as denosumab. Let’s see: 
Denosumab is given by injection
Denosumab may cost more than $10,000 per year
Denosumab works by affecting the immune system, so the long-term effects on immune function and cancer risk are unknown and will need to be tracked by the FDA.

Or would you rather try something less-expensive and drug- free?

 

Ostera! A supplement that promotes healthy bone remodeling in postmenopausal women. Researchers at Metaproteomics, a nutrigenomic research and development company employing more than 40 scientists and physicians at its research centers in the US and Europe, developed Ostera. Drawing on the anti-inflammatory properties of hops, as well as other unique nutritional agents like berberine and acacia, Ostera is a potent promoter of bone-remodeling.

 

Osteoporosis is actually an INFLAMMATORY DISEASE. Inflammation accelerates bone loss. But all of us tend toward inflammation as we age, and this body-wide process does not exempt the bones. The realization that inflammation is at the core of osteoporosis has prompted investigation into new drug therapies that specifically target bone inflammation. One such drug is denosumab, now in clinical trials. Denosumab is a breakthrough bio-engineered monoclonal antibody. This new Amgen drug has shown significant benefits in clinical trials, and promises to be a block-buster once it’s approved within a couple of years. But it’s certain to be VERY expensive, and it requires injections to work. I predict these new drugs will arrive at an opportune time: just when the medical establishment and the public will be in full retreat from the current crop of medications, as their limitations and side effects become increasingly evident. 

 

Ostera, in combination with a Mediterranean-style, low-glycemic-load diet and aerobic exercise, has been clinically shown in postmenopausal women to beneficially influence key biomarkers of bone remodeling more than diet and exercise alone.

 
When Ostera was field-tested on 77 postmenopausal women with low estrogen. It produced dramatic improvements (greater than 40%) in markers of bone turnover. Those patients adding Ostera to there arsenal of natural therapies for osteoporosis will further enhance there results, sometimes even after a few short months of treatment. 
Ostera is perfectly safe with other natural supplements and prescribed medications.
Dr. Tucker’s osteoporosis recommendation: 
Cal Apatite Forte Capsules  Daily supplements of vitamin D and calcium.
Ostera A safe natural alternative for bone support.
Sources:
“Studies: New Osteoporosis Drug Cuts Fracture Risk” Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press, 8/11/09, ap.org

 

More on Vitamin D…

 

Vitamin D intake is important for muscle function, bone health, fighting cancer, improving heart health, and preventing type 2 diabetes. That’s why I think more is better… 
The International Osteoporosis Foundation supports raising the recommended daily intake of vitamin D to:
1) Daily intake of 800 to 1,000 IU
2) Daily intake of 2,000 for those who have osteoporosis, get limited sun exposure, or are obese.

This higher dosage is absolutely a step in the right direction, but it’s just starting to approach the daily D intake I recommend – between 2,000 and 3,000 IU daily, and 5,000 IU daily for those over the age of 40. 

Wake Forest University researchers examined data from a study that measured blood levels of D in more than 2,780 elderly subjects. Three blood samples were taken from each subject over the course of four years. Results showed that higher blood levels of D were linked to better physical function, while about 90 percent of subjects with the lowest D levels had poorer physical function. 

TIP: You may be able to significantly boost your vitamin D levels by following one simple habit: Take D supplements with your largest meal of the day. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Bone Clinic recruited 17 subjects who had remained vitamin D deficient even after being treated for their deficiency.

For 2-3 months, each subject began taking their D supplements with the largest meal of the day. Dosage levels varied from 1,000 to 50,000 IU daily.

Results: Overall, absorption of the vitamin was improved and blood levels of D increased by more than 50 percent when D was taken at a meal. 

Take Home Point: Take vitamin D supplements at lunch or dinner time.

 

I recommend Iso D3. Either the 2000 IU or 5000 IU depending on age and exposure to sunshime. Iso D3 is the preferred form of vitamin D3 with Isoflavones.

 

 

These exercises prevent the natural progression of kyphosis (rounded back)

Rounded shoulders & slumped posture increases in healthy men & women with age, with the most rapid increase occurring between 50 and 60 years. The progression of rounded shoulders was prevented in those performed these extension exercises three times a week for one year. 
Like everything else I teach you, compliance is important.
Exercises which strengthen the extensor muscles of the spine can delay the progression of hyperkyphosis (rounded back).

 

Source: Ball et al. Department of Physical Therapy Education, School of Allied Health, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas, KS, USA.

 

 

 

 

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Warm regards,
 
 

 

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker
 

 

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Triglycerides and heart disease link

Triglyerides are blood fats and are different from cholesterol. Cambridge University researchers looked at the role of triglycerides, which is produced in the liver and derived from foods such as meat and dairy products.

They did an analysis of 350,000 people from 101 previous studies and found those with higher levels of the blood fat were more likely to have heart disease.

The Lancet medical journal reported that the analysis centred on a specific gene which is known to influence the levels of triglycerides. Those with the variation in the gene which boosted triglyceride levels had an 18% greater risk of heart disease than those that did not.

The findings suggest the blood fat could be causing heart disease in some way. I’ve been saying for years that lowering triglyceride levels is more important than reducing cholesterol in reducing the risk of heart disease.

My advice is to make simple lifestyle changes; continue to eat a Paleo-Mediterranean diet; make the transition to a healthy, whole food diet; exercise; stop smoking; replace problem meals with a healthy protein shake (use UltraMeal Plus medical food from Metagenics). These are still the best ways to tackle your heart disease risk.

Most places you look these days are saying the TG/HDL ratio is the most important test of blood lipids, and should be under 2.0, or preferably under 1.0. Beyond that there is CRP, and a bunch of different, more expensive tests: http://www.bhlinc.com/clin_test.php http://www.atherotech.com/ http://www.atherotech.com/content/files/pdfs/vap_report_sample.pdf http://www.your-story.org/spectracell-laboratories-now-offers-hs-omega-3-indexr-161378/ http://www.spectracell.com/lpp

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