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Weight Loss Combined With Vitamin D Supplements Reduces Chronic Inflammation

Weight Loss Combined With Vitamin D Supplements Reduces Chronic Inflammation

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplements, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to the development and progression of many diseases including cancer, and being overweight has been associated with a  state of chronic inflammation.

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Omega 3s and Antioxidants Benefit Cognitive Impairment Study Says

Omega 3s and Antioxidants Benefit Cognitive Impairment Study Says

Fish oil  and antioxidant supplementation might be beneficial for  people in the early stages of dementia. A study just published in the July 2015 issue of the scientific journal of the American Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology showed that  people with mild dementia showed signs of improvement given these substances. 

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Poor Sleep Promotes Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Poor Sleep Promotes Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study done at the University of California at Berkeley provides more evidence that as previously suspected, poor sleep is associated with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. Deposits of a toxic protein called beta-amyloid has long been thought to be causative of the death of brain cells leading to Alzheimer’s disease. When a person lacks deep restorative sleep the build up of this toxic protein is promoted.

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Eating Leafy Green Vegetables Slows Cognitive Decline

Eating Leafy Green Vegetables Slows Cognitive Decline

Eating spinach, kale, and other leafy green vegetables may help slow cognitive decline, according new research from Rush University Medical Center which will be presented at the 2015 American annual meeting of the Society for Nutrition.
The researchers analyzed the diets and also the cognitive abilities of 954 older adults (average age 81) for five years, and observed a slowing of measurable cognitive decline among those who consumed greater amounts of green leafy vegetables.

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Zinc Deficiency Promotes Inflammation- Chronic Disease

Zinc Deficiency Promotes Inflammation- Chronic Disease

Just published research from Oregon State University shows that zinc, an important mineral in human health, affects how the immune system responds to stimulation, especially inflammation.

This study reveals a pathway by which zinc deficiency could play a role in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes that involve inflammation.

Such diseases most often show up in older adults, who are more at risk for zinc deficiency. In the study the researchers showed that zinc deficiency caused improper immune cell activation and dysregulation of  IL-6,  a protein that affects the inflammatory response in the cell.

“When you take away zinc, the cells that control inflammation appear to activate and respond differently; this causes the cells to promote more inflammation,” said Professor Emily Ho, lead author of the study from the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences,

Zinc is  required for many biological processes in the body , including growth and development, and immunity. It is naturally found in protein-rich foods such as meat and shellfish, with oysters particularly known for their high content.

In the U.S.  of those 65 years of age and older, approximately 40 percent do not consume enough zinc according to Dr Ho, and older adults may  also not absorb or utilize zinc well, making them even more susceptible to the effects of zinc deficiency.

“It’s a double-whammy for older individuals,” said Dr Ho. “We think zinc deficiency is probably a bigger problem than most people realize,” she said. Preventing that deficiency is important.”

Older people, more susceptible to chronic disease from many age related mechanisms are wise to ask their physician to check their zinc status and consider supplementation if deficient.

The findings were published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 2015. 

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Feeling Gratitude is Heart Healthy

Feeling Gratitude is Heart Healthy

Gratitude, the mental outlook of recognizing and cherishing  positive aspects of one’s life, may contribute to overall better physical as well as mental health, and according to a new study benefits the heart. In patients with mild heart failure, lower inflammatory markers were found in those who feel gratitude, according to newly published research.Regarding his study which appears in the journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice,  lead researcher Paul J. Mills, PhD, Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California San Diego says,”We found that more gratitude in these patients was associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue and lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers related to cardiac health”.

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