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Nutritional Digest: Part Two

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Here is Part Two of the Nutritional Digest compiled from articles I clipped and then summarized by my friend Krista, also a writer. Thanx again!

Here is the link to Part One in case you missed it at the end of March.

  • Bijal Trivedi’s article in the New Scientist, “Eat You Way to Dementia?” asks if the western diet is poisoning our brains. Insulin helps in promoting memory and learning. Abnormally low levels of insulin or a disrupted insulin system can lead to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Type 2 diabetes which indicates insulin resistance is unfortunately on the rise thanks to fast food consumption. The bad news is that junk food isn’t only bad for our bodies, it’s also bad for our minds. The good news is that understanding this can lead to new forms of treatment involving changes in insulin levels with the use of nasal insulin sprays, diets rich in fatty acids, and exercise which combat insulin resistance.

  • Flax seeds can help ease the symptoms of hot flashes, but did you know they help lower cholesterol levels too? Eating Clean’s article, by Sarah Tuff “The New Facts about Flax,” also lists flaxseed as a helpful aid against constipation.
  • Deadly Carbohydrates – “The Lethal Sugar/Cancer Connection,” by Stephanie Martinson published in Life Extension magazine, opens with pronouncements about post menopausal women treated for breast cancer and the relationship between re-occurance and their intake of carbohydrates. The bottom line is that excessive carbohydrate intake is negatively associated with re-occurance and is critical for cancer prevention in general. What’s more, the deadliest types of breast cancer can be prevented with diets high in vegetables and low in carbohydrates. When reducing simple sugars and carbohydrates is difficult, supplements that limit or slow the breakdown of starches in the intestines and reduce blood sugar levels.
  • Let the sunshine in. Vitamin D supplements are related to reduced mortality and lower risk of common diseases, as reported in Life Extensions’, “Why Isn’t Everyone Supplementing with Vitamin D?” The report explains that researchers are devoting resources to discovering and documenting new applications of vitamin D. And new studies are being released at the time of this writing. Imagine, traditional treatments for certain cancers, psychiatric disorders, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, stroke, and autoimmune diseases being replaced with simple vitamin D supplements.
  • Sore throats didn’t this coming. A once-daily lozenge probiotic supplement S. salivarius K12 can prevent the bacterial as well as viral infections that lead to sore throats which are all to often treated inappropriately with antibiotics. Life Extension’s “A Novel Probiotic To Reduce The Risk Of Strep Throat.”
  • An apple a day may keep more than the doctor away. Anti-aging is now associated with identifying poorly functioning older cells throughout the body and getting rid of them with a quercetin, a nutrient found in vegetables and fruits. Now, by ingesting quercetin found in apples, onions, and other vegetables the aging process can be delayed. Scientists are saying that not only is delay possible, but also regeneration of youthful function. Christopher Wilson writes about this in “Sweep Away Senile Cells,” in Life Extension Magazine.