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Omega-3 Fat Supplementation Lengthens Telomeres and Reduces Inflammation: Human study finds 10/02/12

A remarkable human study published in 2012, in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, showed that overweight, sedentary adults, who were given a daily omega-3 fatty supplement, realized a lengthening of their DNA telomeres and reduced blood markers of inflammation and free radical damage, compared to subjects given the placebo.   Telomeres are short fragments of DNA that act as caps at the end of the DNA in each of our cells, and can be likened to the protective plastic tips at the end of a shoelace. E...

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ARB Drugs May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease in Patients with High Blood Pressure 09/20/12

A 2012 study published in Archives of Neurology suggests that taking ARB medication (angiotensin receptor blockers) to manage high blood pressure is associated with a significant reduction in risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The study showed that high blood pressure patients taking other forms of blood pressure lowering drugs are not seeing the same protection against Alzheimer’s disease as those using certain ARB’s. This study is of great importance, as individuals w...

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EGCG in Green Tea Linked To Better Memory 09/06/12

A 2012 study in the journal, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, shows that a frequently touted constituent of green tea may help improve memory and preserve memory as we age. The constituent in green showing this effect is the organic chemical EGCG, (epigallocatechin-3 gallate)   EGCG is a well established antioxidant, and some studies show its benefits in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Clinical studies on humans has shown its ability to aid weight loss by stimu...

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Middle Age Fitness Reduces Risk of Many Degenerative Health Problems 09/04/12

A study published in August 2012 showed that staying fit during middle age is associated with a decreased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease, during the next several years. Here we see another large study showing that physical activity likely represents an important determinant of healthy aging. The researchers merged data from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study with individuals' Medicare claims when they reached age 65 years or older. The study included...

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Exercise Breaks Down Plaque Responsible For Alzheimer’s disease: Study shows 08/09/12

There is good evidence from human studies that a high fat diet increases risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and there is absolute proof that a high fat diet increases the development of Alzheimer’s brain damage in rodent studies. One of the ways that a high fat diet increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease is by stimulating production of the beta-amyloid plaque, which is a hallmark feature of the disease.   Beta-amyloid plaque is a protein that forms between brain cells from fragments of a p...

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Supplements Required to Remain Functional and Reach Your Longevity Potential 07/31/12

It’s a very attractive philosophy when we hear people say they believe they can get all necessary nutrients from food to achieve vibrant health. This is something I would have believed as well prior to spending the last 30 years reviewing the published research data on this subject. The problem with the argument is that it is based in philosophy not science. What science has shown us is that as we age the body’s production of some key molecules decline, which creates a type of deficiency state. Unfortunately, the...

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