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Depression – What’s a Natural Remedy?

Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to alleviate symptoms of depression.  The optimum omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is 1:1. But because omega-6 is abundant in processed foods (while the primary dietary source of omega-3 is fish) the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of a typical American diet is by some estimates more like 20:1; a ratio that’s been linked to a wide range of chronic health problems.

A Dutch research team out of  Rotterdam recruited more than 260 subjects with symptoms of depression, and about 460 randomly selected control subjects. A blood sample was taken from each subject. In their analysis of the samples, researchers found what they called a “direct effect of fatty acid composition on mood.” Subjects with depressive disorders had a significantly higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids compared to subjects who were not depressed. 

Walnuts and flaxseed contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is converted to omega-3 in the body. But only fish contains both omega-3s – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docohexaenoic acid (DHA). Salmon, tuna, swordfish, lake trout, herring, mackerel, and sardines are all good sources of EPA and DHA . The drawback with fish is the potential for mercury contamination when dark-meat fish (such as tuna and swordfish) is eaten several times each week.

In my opinion, supplements of fish oil (EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics) provide an easy way to ensure a good intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Mercury content: zero. I recommend at least 2-3 grams per day for depression. When clients are under my direct supervision I add other specific supplements for individual needs.

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Hearing Loss Supplements

Supplementation of 800 micrograms of folic acid daily as in ActiFolate by Metagenics is helpful. In one study that took place over three years, subjects who received placebo instead of folic acid experienced significantly greater loss of low frequency hearing. Men over the age of 60 who reported the highest intake of folate and/or folic acid were significantly less likely to develop hearing loss.

Intake of ActiFolate (1 tab) or Multigenics (6 tabs) will provide folate; folic acid is the supplement form of folate. Beta carotene, vitamins C and E are all useful as well.

You can get more folate in your diet by eating spinach and other leafy green vegetables, asparagus, peas, beans, chickpeas, and liver.

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Eating ginger can help ease muscle pain

A daily dose of ginger can relieve the aches from sport, or even gardening and heavy housework, by as much as a quarter.
For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments, such as colds and upset stomachs.

Ginger is particularly good for staving off muscle pain because it has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect. It is known to contain chemicals that work in a similar way to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Studies have shown it can be effective in relieving the pain of arthritis.

Product recommendation: Metagenics makes a powder to use as a shake called UltraInflamX 360. Be consistent for at least 3 weeks consecutive days. Otherwise you can take two grams of ginger daily (cooked or uncooked).

Daily ginger intake reduces exercise-induced pain by 25 per cent. Heating the ginger had no effect.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1280005/A-pinch-ginger-help-reduce-muscle-pain-heavy-exercise.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0qqrbo5ft

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Healthy Food Choices

EGGS: The protein found in eggs has the highest “biological value” of protein — a measure of how well it supports your body’s protein need — of any food. In other words, the protein in eggs is more effective at building muscle than protein from other sources, even milk and beef. Eggs also contain vitamin B12, which is necessary for fat breakdown. Even during all those years eggs were considered bad for you, I never saw it that way. Eating an egg or two a day will not raise your cholesterol levels.

BERRIES: Berries carry powerful levels of antioxidants: all-purpose compounds that help your body fight heart disease and cancer. The berries’ flavonoids may also help your eyesight, balance, coordination, and short-term memory. During the summer months plan on eating a cup of raspberries or blueberries a day. One cup has about 6 grams of fiber and more than half of your daily requirement of vitamin C.

BEANS & LEGUMES: Pick whichever you like – Black, lima, pinto, navy. They are good protein, fiber and iorn sources, and low in fat. When people think of fiber they forget to think of beans as a great source.
Researchers in Australia, Indonesia, and Sweden studied the diets of 400 elderly men and women, and found that those who ate the most leafy green vegetables and beans had the fewest wrinkles.

SPINACH & OTHER GREEN VEGES: These foods have high nutrient content — especially vitamins A, C, and K; folate; beta-carotene; minerals including calcium and magnesium; fiber; and antioxidants. They have antioxidants and fiber that helps fill you up without loading you up with calories.
Snack on more vegetables – period!

TURKEY: Turkey breast is one of the leanest meats you’ll pick, and it packs nearly one-third of your daily requirements of niacin and vitamin B6. Dark meat, if you prefer, has lots of zinc and iron.

PEANUT BUTTER: I know it’s high in calories but it has heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. For guys that means it can increase your body’s production of testosterone, which can help your muscles grow and your fat melt.
Avoid “classic” peanut butters such as Jif and Skippy – they have added sugar and trans fats. Purchase all-natural butters with one ingredient: peanuts.

EXTRA PROTEIN POWDER: I add BioPureProtein from Metagenics to my protein smoothie shakes. In conjunction with my UltraMeal powder (Metagenics) or FitFood (Xymogen), it is a total meal replacement. I’ll say it again, the most powerful fat-burning meal is high in protein and low in carbs. The UltraMeal powder and the BioPureProtein shakes are high-quality protein that contains essential amino acids that build muscle and burn fat. It’s simple, it has the highest amount of protein for the fewest number of calories.

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Chromium Picolinate May Boost Memory in Elderly

June 2010
Supplements of chromium picolinate may boost memory function in the elderly, says a new placebo-controlled, double-blind study.

Scientists from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine report that daily supplements of the compound improved learning, recall and recognition memory tasks.

Researchers stated: “Insulin resistance is implicated in the pathophysiological changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease and pharmaceutical treatments that overcome insulin resistance improve memory function in subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer’s disease.

Chromium supplementation improves glucose disposal in patients with insulin resistance and diabetes.” Chromium is an essential trace mineral that occurs naturally in small amounts in some foods, including brewer’s yeast, lean meat, cheese, pork kidney and whole grain breads and cereals. It is poorly absorbed by the human body but is known to play an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.”

Twenty-six older adults were recruited to participate in the study and they were randomly assigned to 1,000 micrograms of chromium picolinate per day (Chromax®, Nutrition 21) or placebo capsules for 12 weeks.

Researchers concluded: “Memory and depression were assessed prior to treatment initiation and during the final week of treatment. We also performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans on a subset of subjects. Although learning rate and retention were not enhanced by chromium picolinate (CrPic) supplementation, we observed reduced semantic interference on learning, recall and recognition memory tasks. In addition fMRI indicated comparatively increased activation for the CrPic subjects in right thalamic, right temporal, right posterior parietal and biofrontal regions. These findings suggest that supplementation with CrPic can enhance cognitive inhibitory control and cerebral function in older adults at risk for neurodegeneration.”

Nutritional Neuroscience 13(3):116-122, 2010

Comments: I recommend 2 shakes per day of the UltraGlycemX 360 powder or MetaGlycemX (2 tabs per day) or Chromium Picolinate (3 tabs per day) to achieve the proper dose. These are sold by Metagenics.

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Better Healthy Food Choices

EGGS: The protein found in eggs has the highest “biological value” of protein — a measure of how well it supports your body’s protein need — of any food. In other words, the protein in eggs is more effective at building muscle than protein from other sources, even milk and beef. Eggs also contain vitamin B12, which is necessary for fat breakdown. Even during all those years eggs were considered bad for you, I never saw it that way. Eating an egg or two a day will not raise your cholesterol levels.

BERRIES: Berries carry powerful levels of antioxidants: all-purpose compounds that help your body fight heart disease and cancer. The berries’ flavonoids may also help your eyesight, balance, coordination, and short-term memory. During the summer months plan on eating a cup of raspberries or blueberries a day. One cup has about 6 grams of fiber and more than half of your daily requirement of vitamin C.

ALMONDS: Almonds are one of the best sources of alpha-tocopherol vitamin E — the form that’s best absorbed by your body. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that can help prevent free-radical damage. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that those men who consumed the most vitamin E — from food sources, not supplements — had a 67 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease than those eating the least vitamin E. Almonds are a great snack after a workout.

BEANS & LEGUMES: Pick whichever you like – Black, lima, pinto, navy. They are good protein, fiber and iorn sources, and low in fat. When people think of fiber they forget to think of beans as a great source.

Researchers in Australia, Indonesia, and Sweden studied the diets of 400 elderly men and women, and found that those who ate the most leafy green vegetables and beans had the fewest wrinkles.

SPINACH & OTHER GREEN VEGES: These foods have high nutrient content — especially vitamins A, C, and K; folate; beta-carotene; minerals including calcium and magnesium; fiber; and antioxidants. They have antioxidants and fiber that helps fill you up without loading you up with calories.
Snack on more vegetables – period!

DAIRY: Unless you are allergic to dairy, I am all for yogurt, cheeses, and other dairy products. Whey protein powder in the UltraMeal shakes is one of my favorites for weight loss. Three or more servings of dairy per day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 31 percent.

OATMEAL: I wouldn’t suggest everyday for breakfast. Don’t forget oatmeal can be a good pre-workout snack, or at night to avoid a late-night binge. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, meaning that it attracts fluid and stays in your stomach longer than insoluble fiber (like vegetables). Soluble fiber is thought to reduce blood cholesterol by binding with digestive acids made from cholesterol and sending them out of your body.

Studies show that oatmeal sustains your blood sugar levels longer than many other foods, which keeps your insulin levels stable and ensures you won’t be hungry for the few hours that follow.

TURKEY: Turkey breast is one of the leanest meats you’ll pick, and it packs nearly one-third of your daily requirements of niacin and vitamin B6. Dark meat, if you prefer, has lots of zinc and iron.

PEANUT BUTTER: I know it’s high in calories but it has heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. For guys that means it can increase your body’s production of testosterone, which can help your muscles grow and your fat melt.
Avoid “classic” peanut butters such as Jif and Skippy – they have added sugar and trans fats. Purchase all-natural butters with one ingredient: peanuts.

OLIVE OIL: It contains monounsaturated fat – these prevent muscle breakdown by lowering levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha. Buy the extra-virgin variety whenever possible; it has a higher level of free-radical-fighting vitamin E.

EXTRA PROTEIN POWDER: I add BioPureProtein from Metagenics to my protein smoothie shakes. In conjunction with my UltraMeal powder (Metagenics) or FitFood (Xymogen), it is a total meal replacement. I’ll say it again, the most powerful fat-burning meal is high in protein and low in carbs. The UltraMeal powder and the BioPureProtein shakes are high-quality protein that contains essential amino acids that build muscle and burn fat. It’s simple, it has the highest amount of protein for the fewest number of calories.

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Long-Term Metformin Treatment Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency

May 2010 — In type 2 diabetes, long-term metformin treatment is linked to vitamin B12 deficiency, according to the results of a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled trial reported Online First May 20 in the BMJ.

”Metformin is considered a cornerstone in the treatment of diabetes and is the most frequently prescribed first line therapy for individuals with type 2 diabetes,” write Jolien de Jager, from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues. “Metformin does, however, induce vitamin B-12 malabsorption, which may increase the risk of developing vitamin B-12 deficiency — a clinically important and treatable condition.”

“Long term treatment with metformin increases the risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency, which results in raised homocysteine concentrations,” the study authors write. “Vitamin B-12 deficiency is preventable; therefore, our findings suggest that regular measurement of vitamin B-12 concentrations during long term metformin treatment should be strongly considered.”

Dr. Tucker’s comments: Dietary counseling should be considered with every person on Metformin. I know eating a low-sugar diet can be difficult. A new formula called Glucorest contains touchi extract which has been shown to blunt the glycemic response and supports healthy glucose and triglyceride metabolism – without reported adverse effects. Order Glucorest from the Metagenics link.

BMJ. Published online May 20, 2010.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=20488910&dopt=Abstract

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Prostate Health

Here are 10 foods that can significantly cut a man’s risk of prostate cancer:

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: Recent studies suggest it cuts the risk of prostate cancer tumors by over half. That’s possibly because it contains selenium. Selenium 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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Daily Ginger Consumption Found To Ease Muscle Pain

For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise.

Ginger has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects and decrease pain. Cooking with ginger is one way to increase your intake. Another way to benefit from the pain-relieving effects is to make a shake with UltraInflamX 360.

UltraInflamX® Plus 360° is a medical food made by Metagenics formulated to provide specialized nutritional support—including reduced iso-alpha acids (RIAA, from hops), L-glutamine, and easily digestible rice protein. UltraInflamX includes ginger and rosemary. It also provides turmeric extract, which has been shown in research to inhibit the activities of a wide variety of enzymes, cytokines, eicosanoids, and reactive species implicated in pain and inflammation.

Another recommendation to help decrease pain is to increase EPA-DHA consumption (Omega 3 fish oils). I recommend EPA-DHA 720 by Metagneics.

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