~ January 2008 - Sometimes Food Is The Best Medicine - Some Super Food Compounds Explored

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  • Lignans Protect Against Prostate Cancer

    By William Faloon

    It would be simple if just one compound was shown to totally prevent prostate cancer. The scientific facts, however, reveal that reducing one's risk of this epidemic killer requires a multi-pronged approach. Life Extension members already consume nutrients that have been shown in numerous studies to reduce prostate cancer risk. Yet as we age and more gene mutations accumulate in vulnerable prostate cells, there is a need to block additional mechanisms that enable cells to transform (or evolve) into malignant tumors. Natural plant lignans have demonstrated remarkable multifaceted properties against the development and progression of prostate cancer, a disease that is poised to become the most common malignancy striking aging men.

    While potentially effective drugs like AvodartŪ cost over $1,000 a year, these novel lignans have been added at no additional charge to a formula used by many male Life Extension followers.

    In Japan and China, the incidence rates of prostate cancer are almost 10-fold less than those reported in the United States and Europe. Scientific studies indicate that what we eat significantly influences the incidence and mortality of prostate cancer.

    The lifestyle differences between East and West are considered major risk factors for developing prostate cancer. Traditional Japanese and Chinese diets are rich in foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds -- rich sources of lignans -- whereas the typical Western diet tends to be a poor source of lignan compounds. It now appears that these lignans may play a role in the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.

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  • DHA Supports Brain Development and Protects Neurological Function

    By Russell L. Blaylock, MD

    One of the major building blocks of the brain, the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is critical for optimal brain health and function at all ages of life. Researchers are now finding that DHA provides brain-boosting benefits in infants and aging adults.

    Recognizing DHA's crucial role in neurological and visual development in infants, manufacturers are rushing to incorporate DHA into infant formulas and baby foods. Similarly, adults seeking to stave off psychiatric and neurological ailments such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Alzheimer's disease are now paying careful attention to their DHA intake.Here, we'll discuss DHA's integral role in ensuring optimal cognitive and neurological health.

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  • Promoting Optimal Nutrition with Digestive Enzymes

    By Dale Kiefer

    In youth, digestive enzymes break down ingested food into vital proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to provide optimal nutrition for the body. But with aging and illness, the body's digestive functions deteriorate, leading to gas, bloating, partially digested food, nutritional deficiencies, and even inflammatory conditions.

    Fortunately, advanced enzyme formulations make it possible to enhance digestive health, prevent gastric distress and malnutrition (particularly in the elderly), while protecting against systemic inflammation.

    You Are What You Digest

    While healthy foods provide the foundation for optimal health and vitality, even the healthiest foods are of little use if they are not properly digested. As we age, normal digestion slows down, inhibiting our ability to process vital nutrients for use throughout the body.

    If the body cannot extract all the nutrients in our food, our overall health will begin to falter, and can result in a wide range of unwelcome diseases. These problems are often caused by decreasing levels of the digestive enzymes that facilitate the crucial breakdown of food in our digestive tract.

    The unfortunate result is malnutrition and deficits in crucial nutrients, which may add to a vicious cycle of faltering immunity and escalating disease, particularly in the elderly. However, a broad-spectrum of digestive enzymes that includes proteases, amylases, lipases, pancreatin, cellulase, and lipase has been shown not only to increase the digestion of a wide range of foods, but remarkably to decrease post-surgery recovery time and, in certain cases, serve as a helpful adjuvant in cancer therapy.

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  • Natural Solutions to Chronic Stomach Problems

    By Julius G. Goepp, MD

    In their quest to promote a long and healthy life, many Americans forget one of the first links in the chain -- their stomachs. The consequences of stomach neglect range from simple heartburn all the way to ulcers and even cancer.

    The pathological effects of alcohol, smoking, and stress, coupled with an epidemic rate of infection with the Helicobacter pylori 1-6 bacterium mean that all the ingredients are present for the "perfect storm" of stomach distress and disease.

    Fortunately, a "dynamic trio" of nutrients -- zinc-carnosine, licorice extract, and cranberry -- work in concert to protect stomach function from the rough players in the environment. These nutrients both relieve distress and also support the body's natural defense mechanisms in preventing inflammation and the changes that can lead to cancer.

    A fourth stomach-protecting agent called picrorhiza protects the mucosa via additional mechanisms, and can now be included as part of a natural gastric health brigade.

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  • Featured Product: DHA 240 - Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid which helps support development of the brain, nervous system and the retina of the eye. DHA is critical to maintaining lightening-fast brain function.

    Billions of neurons in the brain communicate with each other through connectors called "synapses". Synapses have a higher concentration of DHA than almost any tissue in the body.

    Life Extension is excited to offer a high potency DHA softgel supplement. DHA softgels complement Life Extension's Super Omega-3 fish oil softgels to provide options for those who desire a higher DHA: EPA ratio. Life Extension's DHA exceeds current Council for Responsible Nutrition proposed pharmaceutical grade standards.

    DHA softgels can be combined with Life Extension's Super Omega-3 softgels to provide additional support for brain health, eye health, mood, and developmental needs.

    Brain Health

    DHA is highly concentrated within brain tissue, accounting for up to 20 percent of total brain mass. Scientists are currently researching the possibility that a lack of DHA may contribute to certain behavioral and mood conditions affecting both children and adults. Some studies have also explored a possible link between insufficient DHA and symptoms of age-related mental decline.

    Eye Health

    DHA is a major structural fat in the retina of the eye, accounting for up to 50 percent of the total fatty acids. Because DHA is so prevalent in eye tissue, many researchers suspect that it plays an important role in visual development during infancy and childhood. DHA is also being studied for its possible impact on adult eye health.
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