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Osteoporosis is Preventable

Osteoporosis is preventable

Osteoporosis is preventable

We all need to be aware that osteoporosis is a preventable illness affecting many women — one in two women over the age of 50 in the UK and one in five men are sufferers.

Public awareness and understanding of the problem, however, remains woefully limited. Osteoporosis is not just a matter of brittle bones — it can kill. In fact it kills more women than ovarian, cervical and uterine cancers combined.

But the risk of developing osteoporosis can be minimised by taking action sooner rather than later.

The biggest concern is the next generation of girls, whom many will not even reach their peak bone density by the age of 25 to 30 because of lifestyle factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet and dieting due to media pressure to be stick thin.

There are a number of tests available that are extremely useful, giving you invaluable insights into understanding what is going on in your body at the moment and can tell you what vitamin and mineral deficiencies you may have and how rapidly you are losing bone density.

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Eating Bananas Cuts Stroke Risk

Eating bananas cuts stroke risk

Eating bananas cuts stroke risk

Good news if you are post-menopausal. New research has found that potassium-rich foods such as bananas may cut the risk of having a stroke by as much as a quarter.

This was a large-scale study conducted for around 11 years, involving 90,137 post-menopausal women, aged 50-79. All women were stroke-free at the start of the study and their average potassium intake was 2,611mg per day.

The World Health Organisation recommends women consume at least 3,510mg potassium per day, and only 16.6% of the women studied met or exceeded that amount.

The study, published in the American Heart Association Journal, found that the women who ate the most dietary potassium were 12% less likely to suffer strokes in general and 16% less
likely to suffer an ischaemic stroke (where blood to the brain is cut off) than women who ate
the least.

In addition, the women who ate the most potassium were 10% less likely to die prematurely than those who ate the least.

In addition to bananas, other potassium-rich foods include white beans, sweet potatoes, dark
green leafy vegetables and salmon.

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Hyperactivity Link to Omega-3 Deficiencey

Hyperactivity link to omega-3 deficiency

Hyperactivity link to omega-3 deficiency

Hyperactive or Anxious?  You May be Low in Omega-3

Teenagers may be particularly susceptible to anxiety and hyperactivity if their diets are low in Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

A study published in Biological Psychiatry found that this condition can actually worsen over generations too. Researchers found that a low Omega-3 diet can affect adolescent behaviour, not only because their diet is deficient, but because their parents’ diet was too.

Study author Bita Moghaddam commented: “It’s remarkable that a relatively common dietary change can have generational effects. It indicates that our diet does not merely affect us in the short-term but also can affect our offspring.”

It is easy to check you or your families Omega-3 levels as there is a simple home finger prick test.

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Nutrition Memory Passed Down

Nutrition memory passed down

Nutrition memory passed down

The diet a pregnant woman eats can affect not only her child’s health, but her grandchild’s as well. 

A ‘memory’ of nutrition is passed down between generations, according to research published in the Journal Science.

In particular, researchers have found that actually under-eating can cause a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity for their descendants who could be born pre-programmed to cope with undernourishment.

They believe that this effect may explain why we now have such a type 2 diabetes epidemic on our hands.

Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith, of the department of genetics at Cambridge, said: ‘When food is scarce, children may be born ‘pre-programmed’ to cope with undernourishment. In the event of a sudden abundance in food, their bodies cannot cope and they can develop metabolic diseases such as diabetes.”

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Cinnamon and Parkinson’s Disease

Cinnamon and Parkinson's Disease

Cinnamon and Parkinson’s Disease

Could cinnamon help halt Parkinson’s Disease?

The spice cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood glucose, making it a contender in the fight against diabetes.

Now a study has shown that a chemical, converted from the spice by the liver, could be used to treat neural disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. This chemical when it enters the brain stops the loss of the proteins that help protect cells. In addition, it protects neurons and improves motor functions.

Researchers commented in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology that this could be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.

While one in six patients are diagnosed before age 50, Parkinson’s is generally considered a disease that targets older adults, affecting one of every 100 persons over the age of 60.

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Alkalise Against Osteoporosis

Alkalise against osteoporosis

Alkalise against osteoporosis

It is now well known that our modern acidic diet is having a detrimental effect on bone health and that by making our diet more alkaline we can reduce calcium loss, decrease bone resorption and also increase bone mineral density.

Dr Reto Krapf of the University of Basel in Switzerland and colleagues conducted a study of 161 post-menopausal women with osteopenia whose average age was 59. In a randomised, double-blind trial they gave half of the women an alkaline supplement to take and the other half a neutral (not acid or alkaline) supplement.

After six to 12 months, the researchers conducted bone mineral density tests on the participants’ lower spine and hips.

The group taking the alkaline supplement showed a one percent increase in bone mineral density in the lumbar spine area, as well as a one percent increase in bone density in the hips.

Conversely, the group taking the neutral supplement experienced a one percent loss of bone density at both test sites. The researchers also found the women taking the alkaline supplement lost less calcium through their urine than those taking the neutral one.

The important message here is that we need to eat a more alkaline diet with more fruit and vegetables in order to protect ourselves against loss of bone density and osteoporosis.

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Lycopene Supports Sperm Health

Lycopene supports sperm health

Lycopene supports sperm health

I have written before about how our environment adversely affects both men and women’s fertility. 

However, men can do quite a lot to support sperm health by cutting down on alcohol, eating healthily, taking cooler baths than normal and…  eating cooked tomatoes!

There have been several studies identifying an antioxidant in tomatoes called lycopene that has been associated with boosting male fertility.

Now Britain’s Infertility Network, a support group for infertile people, is undertaking a year-long survey to see if supplementing with a high dose daily lycopene supplement will result in more pregnancies.

A spokesperson said that while it is often assumed that women are to blame for infertility, much of the time the problem is with sperm function or quality.

A meta-analysis published by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, reviewed 12 studies by different groups around the world. The research shows that lycopene could increase sperm count by up to 70 per cent.  All of them showed that lycopene improved sperm count and swimming speed, and reduced the number of abnormal sperm.

Other studies have shown lycopene reduces diseases of the prostate, the gland which makes sperm, and may slow down or even halt the progress of prostate cancer.

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Iron Helps Beat Fatigue

How to beat fatigue

How to beat fatigue

A recent study set out to discover whether there is a true benefit for menstruating women to supplement with iron, particularly to help them feel less tired and have a better quality of life.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 102 women out of 198 (96 in the placebo group) who were not anaemic were given 80mg daily iron supplements (as ferrous sulphate).

The women receiving iron supplementation had a 3.5-point improvement in their fatigue score compared with those in the placebo group. Women who received the iron reported a 47.7% decrease in fatigue, whereas the women in the placebo group reported a 28.8% decrease.

No differences were observed between groups with regard to depression, anxiety or quality of life.  Gastrointestinal disorders were reported in 11.8% of the women in the iron group and 10.4% of the women in the placebo group.

Please note that I wouldn’t recommend you supplement with ferrous sulphate as it is an inorganic iron and not easily absorbed and can cause gastrointestinal problems as seen above.

Contact me if you need a recommendation for a good quality iron supplement in a form that won’t upset you.

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Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement Helps Women Lose Weight

Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement Helps Women Lose Weight

Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement Helps Women Lose Weight

A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial followed 87 obese women aged between 18 and 55 for 26 weeks.

Divided into three groups, one group was given a multivitamin and mineral supplement, the second took a 162mg calcium supplement every day, and the third took a placebo.

After the trial period, the multivitamin and mineral group had significantly lower body weight, body mass index (BMI) and fat mass, as well as lower levels of total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, with an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.

Participants in this group also lost an average of 3.6kg body weight compared to 0.9kg in the calcium group and 0.2kg in the placebo group.

Don’t forget — not all vitamin and mineral supplements are created equal. Contact me if you would like a recommendation.

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Higher Vitamin D Intake Associated with Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s

Higher vitamin D Intake associated with lower risk of Alzheimer’s

Higher vitamin D Intake associated with lower risk of Alzheimer’s

There seems to be an almost constant stream of research proving the importance of vitamin D for so many areas of our health and wellbeing. 

The latest, published in the medical Neurology, shows a link between low vitamin D in the over 65s and an increased risk of developing dementia.

This was a six year study on over 1,000 people aged 65 and over, carried out by a team of international researchers who suggest that this is the largest and most robust study of its kind.

The researchers found that those with good levels of vitamin D had a one in 10 chance of developing dementia compared to a one in 5 chance for those who were severely deficient in this vitamin.

The researchers concluded that ‘our results confirm that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This adds to the ongoing debate about the role of vitamin D in non-skeletal conditions.’

Higher dietary levels of vitamin D are linked with a reduced risk of many conditions including multiple sclerosis, heart disease, depression and several forms of cancer.

Make sure you are not deficient in vitamin D by checking your level with a simple home finger prick blood test.

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