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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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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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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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How High Blood Sugar Shortens Your Life: Part 4: How to keep your blood sugar in the ideal range for longevity 07/20/12

In the previous articles on this subject I discussed how high blood sugar increases risk for: Diabetes and its complications Heart disease Kidney disease (chronic renal failure) Macular degeneration and other retinopathies that cause vision loss Cancer Alzheimer’s disease (type 3 diabetes) There is no question that long-term blood sugar control is a key factor in longevity and remaining disease-free. The blood sugar level that ...

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How High Blood Sugar Shortens Your Life: Know your fasting glucose level. Part One 07/09/12

Introduction There has been much awareness regarding high cholesterol blood levels over the years, in regard to risk of heart attack and stroke. Indeed, you should know your total cholesterol, LDL- cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol scores, and your Total Cholesterol: HDL ratio, as these values are an important part of your cardiovascular disease risk profile. What is often overlooked, however is the fact that your fasting blood sugar level (or gluco...

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Quick Facts About Aspartame Absorption and Metabolism 06/25/12

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener comprised of two amino acids: phenylalanine and aspartic acid.  Aspartame is not absorbed intact from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream. So, no aspartame enters the blood. It is first digested by gut enzymes (see point 3 below). Aspartame is broken down in the intestinal tract by digestive enzymes into phenylalanine and aspartic acid, or into methanol Some people cannot metabolize phenylalanine into tyrosine, and thus convert som...

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