Vitamin D is essential to good health but needs to be activated to function properly in the human body. Until recently, this activation was thought to happen primarily in the kidneys, but a new University of Iowa study finds that the activation step can also occur in lung airway cells.
"How To Eliminate, Prevent & Reverse The Way Our Body Ages & Dies"
Basic nutrition is often thought of in terms of Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins. There is another important layer of nutrients from foods, that our body requires to keep us well called “Welltrients”.
These “Welltrients” include amino acids, minerals, EFA’s, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes and more. There are at least 200 of these critical welltrients. Each provide a key nutrient required by our cells; to balance the body’s pH, provide cellular nourishment, eliminate, prevent and reverse the way our body ages, gets sick, and dies.
The second most ocurring essential nutrient is zinc. Zinc is involved in about 3000 different protein complexes in the body. Zinc functions include the synthesis of cholesterol, protein and fats, releasing vitamin A from the liver, assisting the immune system. Zinc is known for its ability to fight disease and to protect the immune system. Zinc is involved in the Krebs cycle and energy production. Blindness in the elderly has been found to be arrested by zinc. Required for amino acid synthesis and brain functions; believed to help taste, collagen formation, skin and hair stability; necessary for protein synthesis, collagen formation and the absorption of Vitamin A. Taste acuity is linked to zinc, helps maintain proper concentrations of Vitamin E in the blood. Shown to stabilize and improve vision in people with macular degeneration. It is found in every fluid, tissue, cell, and organ, in the human body.
September 19, 2005 Researchers reported in the September issue of the Journal of Nutrition (vol 135, pp2114-2118)that a new study in mice showed a zinc deficient diet had significantly higher concentrations of both VLDL (‘bad' low density lipoprotein) and HDL (‘good' high density lipoprotein) cholesterol and triacylglycerides compared to the control mice.
A zinc-deficiency may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease through inflammation and a decreased level of other compounds that protect against atherosclerosis, said the researchers from the University of Kentucky. Continued...
December 16, 2007 Looking for a heart-healthy eating plan? The Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy green eating, plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and even a glass of good red wine, among the many components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
A study of almost 400,000 people with an age range of 50 to 71 reports that greater adherence to a Mediterranean style diet reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer by 22% and 17% in men, and 12% for women. The greater adherence to the diet type was associated with significant reductions in the risk of mortality from cancer and cardiovascular disease. Continued...
High in vitamins (esp.K), minerals, enzymes and chlorophyll; blood liver purifier, body alkalizer; used for arthritis and rheumatism. Its leaves are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamins A, B-12, C, D, E, K, and also contain all eight essential amino acids. Alfalfa is one of the earliest cultivated plants, used for centuries for feeding livestock. It is one of the best sources of insoluble fiber and is used as an active ingredient in many fiber supplements. The Chinese have used alfalfa since the sixth century to treat kidney stones, and to relieve fluid retention and swelling. more…
L helveticus Boosts Imune System and Calcium Uptake
October 01, 2007 Calcineurin, a protein phosphatase is significantly up-regulated under the control of calcium, resulting in increased production of the immunostimulating cytokines Interleukin-2 and TNF-a by T lymphocytes.
The fermented milk administration increased the number of mast cells in the intestine, and up-regulated goblet cells. These result in an improved state of mucosal surveillance in the gut.
The authors concluded: "All these events improve the intestinal barrier and functioning, increasing host protection against infections."
The researchers an animal study found that when milk fermented with L helveticus was administered to mice, the expression of calcium channels in the duodenum was up-regulated, which indicates an improved capacity for calcium uptake. Continued...
Vitamin D is a prohormone (a broken-open steroids called a secosteroid), that is converted in the liver and kidney to become the hormone 1,25-D (physiologically active form of a protein bound vitamin D). Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) is the natural dietary secosteroid to our body's internal 1,25-Hydroxyvitamin D3.
Osteomalacia in adults; rickets in children. In children, its deficiency causes rickets, which results in skeletal deformities. In adults, its deficiency can lead to osteomalacia, which results in muscular weakness in addition to weak bones, deformity of bone and pathologic fractures.. more…
May 20, 2007 "The present study conducted in a large, representative sample of the US population provides evidence for inverse associations between AMD and higher serum vitamin D levels and higher intake of milk," wrote Niyati Parekh. Milk is fortified with vitamin D in the US.
The University of the Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports that increased levels of vitamin D may be associated with a reduced prevalence of early Age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Continued...
Heartburn is an Annoyance that affects millions and can lead to more serious Illness
Many people experience and suffer from heartburn.
Heartburn occurs when excessive amounts of stomach acid reflux into the esophagus.
Take a quality digestive enzyme support supplement.
Eat smaller meals, control your weight and avoid tight-fitting clothes are ways of reducing heartburn symptoms. Do not lie down after meals, because that makes it easier for stomach contents (including acid) to back up into the esophagus.
Do not eat for three to four hours before you go to bed. Take a quality colon clean support supplement.
Heartburn can be a sign of a serious problem called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is uncomfortable. Symptoms of GERD include burning chest pain, regurgitation of bitter or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing, and excessive clearing of the throat.
Left untreated, persistent heartburn/GERD symptoms can lead to severe complications such as esophageal strictures or Barrett's Esophagus (a precancerous condition). In rare cases, people with persistent heartburn/GERD develop esophageal cancer.
Common heartburn triggers include: smoking, caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, fatty and spicy foods, and tomato sauces.
Pregnancy can increase the risk of heartburn/GERD symptoms, because pregnancy puts greater pressure on the stomach and causes increased production of the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter muscle, which can allow more acid to reflux into the esophagus.
Do you?? ...have heartburn two or more times a week; do not get lasting relief from medication; have difficulty swallowing; have unexplained weight loss; experience reflux symptoms lasting more than a year.
Acetyl-L-carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid Improved Learning
July 31, 2007 Dogs between ages seven and almost nine years were given supplements of alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-L carnitine twice daily over approximately two months. The animals given the supplements were noted to have significantly fewer errors in reaching learning criteria on two or more discrimination tasks compared to controlled administered placebo. Authors indicated the long term supplementation of alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-L carnitine may be effective in attenuating age-associated poor cognitive health by slowing the rate of mitochondrial decay and cellular aging.
In an animal study published July 2007 in the journal FASEB. The authors suggest that long-term maintenance on acetyl-L carnitine and alpha lipoic acid may be effective in attenuating age-associated cognitive decline by slowing the rate of mitochondrial decay and cellular aging. Continued...
Carnitine is important in the efficient metabolism of fats and the acceleration of the oxidation of fat. more…
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