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... read more
A study published in Circulation on September 10, 2012 reaffirms that if a patient has had a previous heart attack, the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk of another heart attack. This study investigated the effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients with a previous heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) and found an increased cardiovascular risk associated with these drugs persists for at least five years after the heart at... read more
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... read more
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... read more
A 2012 study in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease explains to medical doctors why they should be using glucosamine sulfate in the management of osteoarthritis. As researchers point out, clinical studies prove that glucosamine sulfate (not other forms of glucosamine) block the release of inflammatory chemicals in found in osteoarthritis. Glucosamine sulfate is also the only known substance that blocks the destruction of joint cartilage – th... read more