Thursday, February 15, 2018

Study Of Vitamin E And Diabetes

A study just published in the journal Diabetes Care supports the benefits of Vitamin E. This study looked at both Vitamin E and the beta carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin and its impact on the development of type II diabetes. The study had 4,300 men and woman who were free of diabetes at the beginning of the study. The researchers did an analysis of the diets and found that those consuming the highest amounts of Vitamin E were 31% less likely to develop diabetes and those taking the beta-cryptoxanthin reduced their risk by 42%.

So… if you are taking Vitamin E, keep on taking it and if you're not I'd suggest adding 400 to 800 IUs per day. One other thing, when you look at the label it should say d-alpha tocopherol and not dl-alpha tocopherol. The addition of the letter l (dl) means it's synthetic.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Vitamin E Gets A Bum Rap

You may have read the headlines recently stating that vitamin E supplementation does more harm than good. There was a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine that did what's called a meta-analysis of the results of 19 clinical trials on vitamin E.

These researchers reported that taking high doses of vitamin E (greater than 400 IU per day) increased risk of all-cause mortality and concluded that high dose vitamin E supplements should be avoided.

Below is what I received from Dr. Julian Whitaker refuting the validity of this study. After you read this I think you'll agree that the media wasn't giving the best information in reporting this supposed story. Dr. Whitaker: First, the participants in this review of studies were already suffering from a wide range of medical conditions from heart disease and cancer to kidney disease and Alzheimer's. As the researchers themselves admitted, it's impossible to ascertain if results would be the same in a healthy population.

Second, the statistical analysis is suspect. Only nine of the 19 studies focused solely on vitamin E, while 10 looked at vitamin E combined with other vitamins and minerals. Thus, any outcome can hardly be conclusive.

Therefore, headlines screaming "Vitamin E may raise death rates" or "Vitamin E might make heart disease worse" are irresponsible, unfounded, and an unnecessary scare tactic.

The benefits of vitamin E supplementation are well documented. I emphatically believe that not only is the use of vitamin E safe, but highly therapeutic. Thousands of studies support vitamin E's role in cardiovascular disease, immune function, and a number of other conditions.

The Institute of Medicine and the federal government agree that vitamin E is safe at levels as high as 1600 IU per day for natural vitamin E (the form I recommend you use) or 1000 IU of synthetic vitamin E, the form most likely used in this study. According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, "This meta-analysis provides no convincing evidence to the contrary."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Music And Exercise Really Do Mix

A study reported in Heart & Lung found that 33 cardiac patients who exercised to music did twice as well on a test of cognitive abilities as compared to a group who exercised in silence. So…get that portable CD player out and start your exercising.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Vacations Really Are Important

A study reported in Prevention Magazine found that taking a vacation every year really is important to reducing a person's heart-attack death rate. They found that those who took the vacation every year reduced their rate by 32%. So…shall it be the mountains or the beach this year?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cinnamon Lowers Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Triglycerides

A ½ teaspoon of Cinnamon a day had an amazing effect for men and women with type 2 diabetes (which is becoming an epidemic in this country). This study by researchers at the USDA's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center found the participant's blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides fell 12 to 30% in just 40 days. If you are diabetic, check with your doctor to find out if you will need to reduce your dose by using cinnamon. While it hasn't been researched, it might possibly help prevent type 2 diabetes. So…sprinkle, sprinkle everywhere with cinnamon.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Honey Can Sweeten Your Disease Fighting Abilities

Researchers at the University of California found that adding 4 tablespoons of honey to a person's diet increased the body's abilities to stop the damaging actions of free radical molecules. The author suggests using a dark honey such as buckwheat because a deeper color means it contains higher antioxidant content.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wheat Free Products May Have Wheat In Them

If you have an allergy to wheat which results in chronic diarrhea, stomach pain and bloating, you are not alone. A research study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found the inability to digest gluten in wheat products is much more common than had been thought. Simply avoiding wheat, barley and rye will solve the problem.

However, as reported in Prevention Magazine, 20% of supermarket products labeled "wheat free" actually contained some wheat. So…if you eat a "wheat free" product and get a negative response, trust your upset gut to be telling you the truth about what's in that product and avoid it in the future. (You might also want to complain to the manufacturer that you know the truth).