~ April 2009 - Protection Against Heart Disease, Cancer, Allergies, and More
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- Quercetin: Enhanced Antioxidant Protection Against Heart Disease, Cancer, Allergies, and More
By Julius Goepp, MD
News of the disease-protective and longevity benefits of red wine has grabbed headlines around the world during the past few years. Red wine contains a number of beneficial polyphenols, such as the much-publicized resveratrol as well as quercetin1—a compound that is now also making news of its own.
Long known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects,2,3 recent scientific breakthroughs reveal that quercetin may help promote longevity by mimicking the effects of caloric restriction.4,5 Furthermore, this powerful antioxidant demonstrates multifaceted protective effects against cardio-vascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and even cancer.2,3
While quercetin can be obtained through red wine and other dietary sources such as apples, onions, grapefruit, tea, green vegetables, and beans,6 highly purified supplements make it possible to acquire the bio-logically meaningful doses that have shown promise in tightly controlled studies. In the words of the German nutrition expert Professor Stephan C. Bischoff, "Quercetin is a most promising compound for disease prevention and therapy."7 Let's take a look at some of the compelling evidence that has accumulated over the past few years for quercetin's role in health management and disease prevention.
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- New Strategies for Optimizing Bone Strength
By Laurie Barclay, MD
Mainstream medicine focuses almost exclusively on prescription drugs to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in aging men and women. What many people do not know is that the most popular class of prescription medications used to treat osteoporosis, bisphosphonates, focus on limiting additional bone loss, rather than actually building more bone, in aging men and women. This class of drugs is also associated with potentially serious side effects, including heart arrhythmia.
Exciting scientific research has discovered the power of collagen for supporting optimal bone tensile strength. New data suggest that a unique, patent-pending nutritional supplement consisting of collagen chelated to calcium, along with a new plum extract can help support strong, resilient bones.
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- Optimizing Muscle Health With Whey, Creatine, and Glutamine
By Will Brink
Many people associate protein supplementation with bodybuilders or professional athletes seeking rapid gains in muscle mass and strength. As we age, however, remaining active and independent also requires strong, healthy muscles, especially since aging increases susceptibility to loss of muscle mass and muscle atrophy.
Fortunately, health-conscious adults are discovering the benefits of a combination of nutrients that can help them get the most from an active lifestyle as they get older. In order to help offset the age-related loss in muscle, whey protein offers a rich source of essential amino acids that are rapidly absorbed and utilized, helping to maintain healthy muscle. Utilizing whey protein as a meal replacement provides critical proteins without the carbohydrates and fats that may contribute to unwanted weight gain.
Two other nutrients complement the muscle-building effects of whey: creatine supports muscle strength and prevents muscle wasting with aging, while the amino acid glutamine helps preserve lean tissue mass and supports immune system health.
Together, these nutrients in combination powerfully support aging muscles, functional strength, and the aging immune system, all of which are critical factors for an active, independent life.
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- Dietary Supplements Under Attack
By William Faloon
Near the end of 2008, the media ran headline news stories claiming that vitamins C, D, and E do not prevent heart attack, stroke, or breast cancer. When these biased stories are launched, the media never gives us prior notice to prepare a response. That means the public only hears conventional medicine's distorted side of the story.
In the early 1990s, several large population studies showed significant reductions in cardiovascular disease in those who consumed vitamin C or vitamin E. The most widely reported study emanated from UCLA, where it was announced that men who took 800 mg a day of vitamin C lived six years longer than those who consumed the recommended daily allowance of 60 mg a day. The study, which evaluated 11,348 participants over a 10-year period of time, showed that higher vitamin C intake reduced cardiovascular disease mortality by 42%.
These kinds of findings did not go unnoticed by the federal government, who subsequently invested hundreds of millions of dollars in an attempt to ascertain if relatively modest vitamin doses could prevent common age-related diseases.
In a recent study used by the media to attack dietary supplements, four groups of male doctors were given various combinations of vitamin C and/or vitamin E or placebo. After eight years, there was no reported difference in heart attack or stroke incidence among the groups. This led the media to state that consumers should not buy these supplements.
As you will read, there were so many flaws in this study that the findings are rendered meaningless. Regrettably, consumers who trust their lives to the mainstream media may fall victim to this latest charade to discredit validated methods to reduce cardiovascular disease risk.
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- Featured Product: Optimized Quercetin
For those seeking a high-quality quercetin formula, Life Extension introduced Optimized Quercetin—-a new "gold-standard" formula derived from a proprietary food-source blend. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid with unique qualities that supports cellular health and function. In human cell culture studies, quercetin has been shown to block the manufacture and release of inflammation-causing substances, which can help support a healthy immune response to the seasonally changing environment.
Quercetin also helps promote a healthy cardiovascular system by preserving endothelial integrity and supporting healthy blood glucose levels for those already within normal range.
Optimized Quercetin contains 250 mg of standardized quercetin plus 250 mg of super food extracts that provide an array of added health benefits.
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