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Combining Key Nutrients for Maximum Joint Health Benefits

In the search for safer, longer-lasting solutions to arthritis pain, many natural approaches to joint health maintenance have been explored.  Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate and MSM have long been at the forefront of joint nutrition science. Now, reports from the latest research with glucosamine and chondroitin are confirming the added value of using these and other joint nutrients in optimal combinations.

Drugs used to treat arthritis are designed to relieve symptoms, but not to reverse the underlying causes of the pain.  These arthritis drugs may work for a while, but most of them have been linked to dangerous side effects.[1]   In fact, researchers have found that many common arthritis drugs actually speed up the progression of arthritis! [2]

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Landmark Study: Coenzyme Q10 Cuts Heart Failure Deaths in Half

Taking Coenzyme Q10 greatly increases the survival rate of people with heart failure, according to recent study results.  A double-blind, controlled trial followed two groups of severe heart failure patients for two years, with a total of 420 participants.  The CoQ10-treated group experienced only half the number of major adverse cardiovascular events and half the number of deaths as the placebo-treated group, as published in the European Heart Journal.[1]

These study findings make Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) the first supplement or drug to improve heart failure mortality in over a decade.  This statistical evidence, coupled with CoQ10’s long track record of safety, led Professor Svend Aage Mortensen (lead study author) to conclude that CoQ10 “should be added to standard heart failure therapy.”[2]

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New Study: Mild memory decline linked to 80% higher death rate

According to a major new 6-year research study, older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) have an 80% higher death rate than those without any form of MCI.  These findings were presented in April, 2014, at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting.[1]

The study, conducted by researchers at Mayo Clinic, followed 2,154 seniors between 70 and 89 years old.  About 860 of the participants had MCI.  Subjects took tests to measure their thinking abilities every 15 months for six years.  By the end of the study, 331 people in just the amnestic MCI group died, an 80% higher rate of death than those in the group of people wihout any MCI.

 

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Latest Ginkgo Research: Brain-Protective Herb Helps Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Elderly Alzheimer’s and dementia patients given Ginkgo biloba extract demonstrated “significantly superior” improvements in cognitive performance and behavior, as compared to placebo-treated patients.  A November 2013 review of four studies, involving nearly 1300 patients, concluded that Ginkgo biloba extract was effective in improving symptoms of Alzheimer’s and age-related dementia.

The group of patients treated with Ginkgo demonstrated progress not only in thinking skills, but also in activities of daily living, resulting in a reduced burden to caregivers.  The review supports the efficacy of Ginkgo biloba extract in age-related dementia with neuropsychiatric features, while also demonstrating that the extract is safe and well-tolerated.

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New Meta-Analysis: Huperzine A Studies Yield Positive Results with Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia Patients

A recent analysis of multiple studies has shown that the herbal extract Huperzine A could significantly improve cognitive performance in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VD).  The ten trials which made up the study included a total of 825 participants who had been diagnosed with either AD or VD.  The published meta-analysis appears in the February 2014 volume of  Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.(1)

Assessments used to determine improved cognitive performance included:  the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Activities of Daily Living scale (ADL) and the Memory Quotient (MQ).  Significant improvements in patients taking Huperzine A were observed in the measurements from all three cognitive assessments.

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Fight Premature Aging with Tocotrienols

While you may never have considered the importance of tocotrienols to your health, researchers are confirming that they can have a significant positive impact on many aspects of healthy aging.  In fact, the latest study with tocotrienols (a lesser-known form of Vitamin E) reveals how they may add to the health and longevity of every cell in your body.

Tocotrienols are a powerful subgroup within the Vitamin E family, unique from the more familiar tocopherols (of which the best known is alpha-tocopherol). Even though studies relating to tocotrienols account for only about 1% of the published research regarding Vitamin E [1], recent developments indicate that tocotrienols possess vast health-promoting properties that may far exceed those exhibited by the better-known tocopherols subgroup.

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Protect Blood Flow to the Brain and Keep Your Memory Sharp

Are you always misplacing things (like your keys), or forgetting what originally prompted you to walk from one room into another?  Forgetfulness and lack of focus can occur for any of a number of reasons, including:  stress, diet, lack of sleep, medications, and hormone imbalances.  But they can also be a symptom of something more serious called vascular dementia, the term for impaired blood flow to the brain.[1]

“Vascular dementia” is a general term used to describe problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes, when they are caused by decreased cerebral blood flow.  In addition, medical researchers have observed that

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Help for Declining Brain Function: Nutrient Reverses Mental Aging by 12 Years

When we get older, even as healthy adults, we can lose up to half our ability to perform memory and thinking tasks. Momentary memory lapses may frustrate and embarrass us, and reduce our self-esteem, productivity and general well-being.

“People begin to feel a difference in brain function in their mid 40s,” said biomedical nutritionist Parris Kidd, Ph.D., an expert in brain function, aging and nutrition. These cognitive losses are associated with reduced levels of phosphatidylserine (PS), so middle age is a good time to start supplementing with this nutrient.[1]


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8 Nutrients Proven to Offer BIG Heart Health Benefits

Maintaining a healthy heart and cardiovascular system is an important concern for many adults.  According to the most recent figures from the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.[1]  In fact, it is estimated that over 80 million Americans are suffering from heart disease at any given time.[2]

Many negative factors in our diet, lifestyle and environment may increase the risk of heart disease,  but a large body of research indicates there is a safe, simple and inexpensive strategy that can help keep your heart healthy.  By supplementing with the right combination of key heart nutrients and herbs, it is possible to offset many heart disease risk factors, and protect your cardiovascular health.

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Daily Multivitamin Found to Reduce Cancer Risk

Supplementation Could Save 46,000 Lives Annually

A 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that daily use of a multivitamin supplement resulted in a significant reduction in cancer deaths.[1]  This study looked at 14,641 male physicians with an average age of 64 who were randomly assigned to take a multivitamin or placebo.

Although this study examined male physicians, the results are applicable to the general population. According to these findings, daily multivitamin supplementation could possibly save 46,000 American lives annually.

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New Study Confirms: Elderberry Extract Helps Fight Colds and Flu

Since ancient times, elderberry has been used for treating influenza and colds.[1]  Sambucus nigra, or elderberry, is a tall tree-like shrub, native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and naturalized in the United States.[2] Due to its long history of successful use against influenza and other immune system challenges, elderberry has been the subject of several modern day research studies.

Most recently, a 2012 study evaluated the effectiveness of elderberry in mice infected with the human influenza virus. Oral administration of elderberry suppressed viral replication and

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Supplementing with Lutein and Zeaxanthin May Prevent Vision Loss

The eye is an amazingly complex and sensitive structure. The advantages of preserving healthy eyesight are particularly apparent, and recent research has confirmed that the intake of specific nutrients can play a major role in helping to maintain good vision.

The function of the eye is much the same as that of a very sophisticated camera, in which the retina serves as the “film.”  More specifically, the retina is a light-sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye, which captures an image of the visual world. In the human eye, the macula is an oval-shaped, highly pigmented yellow spot near the center of the retina.  The macula absorbs excess blue and ultraviolet light that enters the eye, and acts as a natural “sunblock” for this area of the retina.

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