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Whole Eggs Superior to Egg Whites for Muscle Building

Whole Eggs Superior to Egg Whites for Muscle Building

The practice of throwing away the yolk and getting protein just from the white’s of eggs may be a mistake. This discovery just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that the post-workout muscle-building response to eating a whole egg may be 40 percent greater than the response to consuming an equivalent amount of protein from just egg whites.

Professor Nicholas Burd lead researcher from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign which produced the study says, “This study suggests that eating protein within its most natural food matrix tends to be more beneficial to our muscles as opposed to getting one’s protein from isolated protein sources. ” He explains that ,” the yolks also contain protein, along with key nutrients and other food components that are not present in egg whites.” It seems that something contained within the yolk enhances the body’s ability to utilize the protein to build muscle.

In this study, 10 young men engaged in resistance exercise and then ate either whole eggs or egg whites . The researchers then took repeated blood and muscle biopsy samples to assess how the egg-derived amino acids were appearing in the blood and in protein synthesis in muscles before and after the resistance exercise and eating.

Dr Burd says that his study data revealed that, “if you ate the whole egg or the egg whites, the same amount of dietary amino acids became available in your blood,…but…the ingestion of whole eggs resulted in greater muscle-protein synthesis than the ingestion of egg whites”.

With the increasing sales of items like protein shakes, used by so many  workout enthusiasts, this may be another example where mother nature’s whole food outperforms a supplement.

 

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Inflammation Promotes the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Inflammation Promotes the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

 Advanced concepts regarding the development of Alzheimer’s disease include the notion that an inflammatory process underlies the progression of the disease.

Newly published research presented in the scientific journal Nature investigated the role of the brain’s immune response in the progression of abnormal protein accumulations in the brain. Prof. Michael Heneka, of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases says that his study demonstrated the role of activated immune cells in the brain. These cells  called “microglia” promoted aggregation of the abnormal protein Abeta, a classic hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, “…directly linking innate immune activation with the progression of pathology,” Dr. Heneka explains. “Deposition and spreading of Abeta pathology likely precede the appearance of clinical symptoms such as memory problems by decades. Therefore, a better understanding of these processes might be a key for novel therapeutic approaches. Such treatments would target Alzheimer’s at an early stage, before cognitive deficits manifest. Additionally, analysis of human brain material indicates at several levels that inflammation and Abeta pathology may interact in a similar fashion in humans. Together our findings suggest that brain inflammation is not just a bystander phenomenon, but a strong contributor to disease progression. Therefore, targeting this immune response will be a novel treatment modality for Alzheimer’s.”

The scourge of Alzheimer’s disease in the ever expanding elderly population needs more research and action to improve current treatment options. This study ads to our understanding of the promoters of this condition, which seems to require a number of different modalities – nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and other factors to be taken into account, to slow, halt or hopefully even reverse the course of this disease.

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Eating Fish Linked to Higher IQ and Better Sleep

Eating Fish Linked to Higher IQ and Better Sleep

Another study confirms that fish consumption in children is linked to important health benefits.

Past studies  have indicated a beneficial association between fish consumption and cognition. Other studies have shown that fish consumption helps sleep.  This  newly published study from the University of Pennsylvania as reported in the journal Scientific Reports, seems to link these benefits. It shows that children who eat fish weekly have better sleep patterns, and score better on IQ tests well.

Nutritionally, the intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in many types of fish, has been found to be associated with improvement in both intelligence test scores as well as being associated with better sleep. The authors of this study believe that better sleep may be a mediator- the potential missing link between eating fish and intelligence score improvements.

Researcher  A. Raine explains, “Lack of sleep is associated with antisocial behavior; poor cognition is associated with antisocial behavior. We have found that omega-3 supplements reduce antisocial behavior, so it’s not too surprising that fish is behind this.”

Over  f5,000  9 to 11-year-olds in China were the study subjects. They were surveyed for their frequency of fish consumption and their parents surveyed for their sleep habits. The children were then administered the  Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children- the IQ test. Their data revealed that children who eat fish weekly scored 4.8 points higher on the IQ exams than those who said they “seldom” or “never” consumed fish. Their fish consumption was also associated with fewer sleep disturbances.

Pinto-Martin,executive director of Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, comments on the implications of this research- “It adds to the growing body of evidence showing that fish consumption has really positive health benefits and should be something more heavily advertised and promoted. Children should be introduced to it early on.”  Consumption of fish  once per week moves a family into the “high” fish-eating group as defined in this study. “Doing that could be a lot easier than nudging children about going to bed,” Dr Raine says. “If the fish improves sleep, great. If it also improves cognitive performance – even better. It’s a double hit.”

 

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Use IV Nutrition to Kickstart 2018

Did you know that simply taking a multivitamin each day is not enough to ensure your body receives proper levels of nutrients? Most people face nutritional deficiencies without realizing they are the cause of unpleasant and chronic health conditions. If you want to kickstart 2018 with more energy and vitality than you have felt in years, treat yourself to IV vitamin therapy!

IV Nutrition Therapy Ensures Absorption

Believe it or not, only 20 to 30 percent of vitamins and other supplements taken in pill or liquid form are actually absorbed into your bloodstream and properly utilized to improve your wellbeing. Factors like stress, medications, caffeine, alcohol, gut bacteria, and other issues reduce the amount of vitamins and minerals that your body is able to successfully absorb. Taking vitamins orally is definitely inefficient, but IV vitamin therapy offers an easy solution.

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Study Shows How Green Tea Helps Combat Obesity and Dementia

Study Shows How Green Tea Helps Combat Obesity and Dementia

The latest thinking about dementia in the scientific community is that cognitive impairment can be seen as “Diabetes Type 3”, because an abnormal handling of glucose in the brain seems to be one of the underlying mechanisms which promotes dementia, just as impaired glucose regualton in the body is an essential component of the common disorder known as Diabetes Type 2.

A study published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology  shows that drinking green tea may help fight brain glucose dysregulation, obesity and memory impairment. The mechanism involved was studied in mice. It shows that the active ingredient in green tea, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), alleviates the effects of a high-fat and high-fructose diet  known to promote cognitive impairment. Researcher Xuebo Liu, Ph.D.,of the  Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China says, “Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, and is grown in at least 30 countries, “The ancient habit of drinking green tea may be a more acceptable alternative to medicine when it comes to combatting obesity, insulin resistance, and memory impairment.”

In this study groups of mice were fed differing diets for 16 weeks, and the effects of those given the active ingredient in green tea, ( EGCG ) were shown to score better on performance of tasks which measure their ability to complete remember and thus perform a task, navigating a maze.

There have been a number of research reports regarding green tea’s health benefits in the  past,  and with regard to this study Thoru Pederson, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal

says, “Many reports, anecdotal and to some extent research-based, are now greatly strengthened by this more penetrating study.”

 

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Could Bioidentical Hormones Be Your Ultimate Solution?

Could Bioidentical Hormones Be Your Ultimate Solution?

It’s easy to take your masculinity and vitality for granted until it begins to slip away. Most men experience a gradual decline in testosterone over time that leads to uncomfortable and unwanted conditions like fatigue, decreased libido, and loss of muscle mass. If you believe your wellbeing is restricted by low testosterone, you may be able to regain your energy and sense of self by using intradermal hormone pellet therapy. Low testosterone can be tackled in a number of different ways, but pellet therapy is the easiest, most convenient, and most effective.

Pellet Therapy Delivers Results While It’s Out of Sight and Out of Mind

Unlike creams, patches, and injections that require regular attention to continue working, pellet therapy is a “set it and forget it” type of treatment. This grants you the ultimate convenience to balance your testosterone levels without even thinking about it each day. A pellet is smaller than a grain of rice and contains natural, bioidentical testosterone. It is inserted under the skin to consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones that provide optimal results. Since each pellet is effective for five full months, you can enjoy the benefits of balanced hormones without any daily effort.

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Weight Loss Puts Diabetes in Remission in Less Than One Year!

Weight Loss Puts Diabetes in Remission in Less Than One Year!

Just published research from Britain shows that for people with Diabetes Type 2, weight loss can put the disease into remission when the weight loss is maintained.

After 1 year, one half of the study participants reverted to a non-diabetic state without using any diabetes drug treatment. Professor Michael Lean from the University of Glasgow says, “Our findings suggest that even if you have had type 2 diabetes for 6 years, putting the disease into remission is feasible. In contrast to other approaches, we focus on the need for long-term maintenance of weight loss through diet and exercise.” Co-author of the study  Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University comments on how medical practitioners do not give dietary treatment the emphasis it deserves. “Rather than addressing the root cause, management guidelines for type 2 diabetes focus on reducing blood sugar levels through drug treatments. Diet and lifestyle are touched upon, but diabetes remission by cutting calories is rarely discussed.”

The study is called the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), and has just been published in the British Medical Journal Lancet. The study subjects were  298 adults aged 20-65 years who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. A weight loss of  30 lbs or more was shown to be sufficient to achieve a  remission of diabetes in the majority of cases. Remission was defined as achieving Hgb A1C reading of level of less than 6.5% at 12 months,off all medications.

The study also revealed that 2 more health benefits shown by their data was an improvement in average triglyceride levels , and that almost half the participants with high blood pressure were able to discontinue antihypertensive drugs with no rise in blood pressure. And finally, by recording quality of life measurements, a substantially improved quality of life was reported at 12 months.

Professor E.M. Uusitupa who authored a commentary to the published study concludes that the efidence provided from this and other studies indicates that  “… weight loss should be the primary goal in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.”

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Weight Loss Can Slow Knee Joint Degeneration

Weight Loss Can Slow Knee Joint  Degeneration
Obesity increases the risk of osteoarthritis. Being overweight places extra pressure on joints and cartilage, causing them to degenerate over time.

              According to a new study published online in the journal Radiology, overweight  people who lost a substantial amount of weight over a 48-month period showed significantly lower degeneration of their knee cartilage.

“This study’s lead author, Alexandra Gersing, M.D., of  the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, explained, “We looked at the degeneration of all knee joint structures, such as menisci, articular cartilage and bone marrow.”

The research team investigated the possible influence of  weight loss on the progression of cartilage changes in the knee, that could be assessed by MRI studies. Data collected  from this study showed that over a 4 year study period, the 640 overweight patients who were a part of their study, were able to  reduce the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee with weight reduction. They were also able to show that greater weight reduction helped more than more modest weight loss. Patients were categorized into three groups: those who lost more than 10 percent of their body weight, those who lost five to 10 percent of their body weight, and a control group whose weight remained stable.

The results showed that patients with 5 percent weight loss had lower rates of cartilage degeneration, and also that in those with over 10 percent weight loss, cartilage degeneration was even slower.

“Dr. Gershing found that , “The most exciting finding of our research was that not only did we see slower degeneration in the articular cartilage, we saw that the menisci degenerated a lot slower in overweight and obese individuals who lost more than 5 percent of their body weight, and that the effects were strongest in overweight individuals and in individuals with substantial weight loss.”  It is the loss of cartilage and the damage to the meniscus of the knee and the bony damage to the joint that leads to the necessity of orthopedic interventions including not only steroid injections but knee replacement surgery. An exciting new field of Regenerative Medicine is growing in which natural ways to heel the joints include PRP and Stem Cell Therapy.

For more information on these treatments offered by Dr. Sobo see these links.

PRP for Knees, Other Joints, Tendons

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Cinnamon Helps Fight Fat

Cinnamon Helps Fight Fat

Newly published research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute shows that cinnamon may help your metabolism in the fight against excess body weight.

Their study is entitled Cinnamaldehyde Induces Fat cell-autonomous Thermogenesis and Metabolic Reprogramming. Cinnamaldehyde is  an essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor, and it now appears that it may help in the fight against appears against obesity.

Researcher Jun Wu, discussing their study says, “Scientists were finding that this compound affected metabolism, so we wanted to figure out how — what pathway might be involved…in human cells.” This study, published in the December issue of the scientific journal Metabolism shows that the essential oil in cinnamon called cinnamaldehyde improves metabolic activity of fat cells causing them to start burning fat and energy through a process called thermogenesis. Fat cells store energy in the form of lipids. When the cells were treated with cinnamaldehyde, the researchers noticed increased expression of several genes and enzymes that enhance lipid metabolism. “Cinnamon has been part of our diets for thousands of years, and people generally enjoy it, so if it can help protect against obesity, too, it may offer an approach to metabolic health that is easier for patients to adhere to.”

This is the time of year when many Americans eat excess calories and expand their waistline- adding cinnamon to foods during the holiday season may help limit the extra pounds put on during the holiday season.

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Pro Athletes Use PRP to Avoid Surgery

Pro Athletes Use PRP to Avoid Surgery

Professional athletes use many different techniques to optimize their performance and remain competitive, especially this time of year. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one of the newest and most exciting tools now available for athletes before, during, and after their regular season.

The true value of PRP was first noticed by star athletes back in 2009, when Pittsburgh Steelers’ big names Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu utilized PRP treatment to heal their injuries and ultimately return to the field to win the Super Bowl. Major league pitchers, professional soccer players, and golf legends soon followed their example.

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