Popular Belief Is That Antioxidants Prevent Heart, Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s Disease
Antioxidants…TOO Much of A Good Thing May NOT Be A Good Thing.
Popular Belief Is That Antioxidants Prevent Heart, Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s Disease – New Research Shows That Too Much
May CAUSE One Of These Dreaded Diseases…
It’s a very popular and believable theory, mainly because it makes sense. It has also given hope to many people in search of ways to enhance and extend their lives… naturally. And let’s not forget – it’s profitable.
What we are referring to… of course… is the belief that taking antioxidants is good for you. Many believe they can prevent such diseases as heart, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Now a new study (published in the August 10th issue of Cell) sheds new light on this claim… and says that too much of a certain antioxidant may even cause heart disease.
To make sense of all this, let’s talk about…
How Antioxidants Are Thought To Work…
Heart, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other deadly diseases are associated with oxidative stress, in which “free radical” molecules are produced in reaction to oxygen intake.
Free radicals travel the body, triggering chemical reactions that damage proteins causing them to form aggregates.
It is believed that antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E (and many others), offer health-promoting benefits by protecting against damaging free radicals.
That’s why many people take antioxidants to prevent heart and other protein-aggregate diseases.
In a study on laboratory mice, University of Utah researchers (Ivor J. Benjamin, M.D. and Christi T.
Smith Chair of Cardiovascular Research, division chief of cardiology at the Utah School of Medicine)
found that an overload of natural antioxidants could actually lead to heart failure.
Powerful Antioxidant Reductive stress is a condition caused by excessive levels of reduced glutathione, which is one of your body’s most powerful antioxidants.
When your cells work properly, they produce just the right amount of reduced glutathione, which is healthy for your body. However, in some people, a mutated gene can disrupt the fine balance, causing the cells to produce too much. This condition has been shown to cause heart failure.
Reduced Heart Failure
Research in mice showed that by reducing the level of glutathione to normal levels, reduced the incidence of heart failure.
The researchers found that by lowering the level of reduced glutathione in mice with failing hearts, they were able to increase their rate of survival dramatically.
“Lowering the level of reduced glutathione dramatically changed the survival of these mice,” Benjamin said. “Basically, we prevented them from getting heart failure.”
Benjamin also added that although many people take antioxidants to prevent heart and other protein-aggregate diseases, there actually is scant evidence to prove they work. And that, “This is a case of too much of a good thing.”
“This field of medicine has not appreciated reductive stress and its influence on disease,” he said. “This is
about balance needed in the environment of our cells, and it can have profound consequences on the treatments of heart disease and other serious disorders.”
“Too Much Of A Good Thing?”
This is a concept that is misunderstood by most of the population... and probably leads to many health problems.
Most have a skewed concept of how the body functions and what… exactly… optimal performance… or… optimal health is.
For example, let’s take performance. Many athletes are constantly trying to boost performance with supplementation. Some natural (and legal) other synthetic and usually illegal.
Some athletes take anabolic steroids to boost performance. Steroids such as testosterone – help build muscle, strength and reduce recovery time. And they naturally occur in your body for these and many other purposes.
And naturally occurring steroids are good for you. So… if naturally occurring steroids do these good things for you – increasing their levels will do more good things for you.
And it is true – athletes that take the right steroids, increase their athletic performance. And increase it a great deal.
However, this is not OPTIMAL performance. This is PATHOLOGICAL performance.
Here’s why: Optimal performance is when your body is functioning at the highest level for your given genetic potential. Anything beyond that is ABNORMAL. Therefore PATHOLOGICAL.
It’s the same “too much of a good thing” Dr. Benjamin is referring to above.
And, it’s the same as far as antioxidants are concerned.
It makes complete sense that the proper level of antioxidants are good for you. And they probably help fight disease such as heart, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
AT THE PROPER LEVELS!!!!
Too many approach the use of natural supplements like the athlete approaches the use of steroids.
If a little is good – a lot is better.
Know this: There is a perfect balance in your body where everything functions at 100% of your genetic potential. More is not better – it is worse.
And as the study mentioned in this article demonstrated, too much of a good thing can be…
This is why choosing and taking supplements (of any kind) is much more involved than going into GNC and aimlessly picking a bunch that are popular… or… sound good.
The old (and uneducated) belief that supplements can’t hurt you because they are natural is bologna.
Snake venom is natural. So is mercury. Some of the most dangerous substances in the world are natural.
The supplements you take should depend on your diet and particular needs.
Clearly, it’s all about finding YOUR perfect balance. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask during your next visit.
And always remember:
Too Much Of A Good Thing
May NOT Be A Good Thing!
We are here to help you!
Making decisions about nutritional supplements can be confusing. What and what not to take, how much how often. It can seem overwhelming. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a few.
If you have questions about vitamins and supplements, don’t hesitate to ask me for advice. If I don’t know the answer, I will make every effort to find one.
That is why we created our new website. Visit it often as I am updating it regularly with healthful information just for you. Use the “Ask the Doc” link to email me questions about your health.
The Horsemen ride again in 2008!
The Lexington Horsemen football team has joined the A2 Arena League. This is one of the two Arena Leagues that are affiliated with the NFL. I have again been asked to serve as the Team Chiropractor for the upcoming season. This is a great honor and I am very excited about the new league!
Watch for our TV ads with the Team!
Inspirational Story Of The Month –
(Names And Details Have Been Changed To Protect Privacy.)
Is Success Really A “Mystery”?
If you like reality shows and a good “mystery” story… you are in for a treat.
Let’s see if I’m right…
The story you are about to read may seem very strange. But it is 100% true… and not only that… it holds one of the biggest keys to YOU living a happy and successful life…
The Mystery Method
Here’s the story: At the time of writing this newsletter, there is a brand new show on cable television called “The Pick-Up Artist.” The star of the show is a very interesting guy by the name of Erik von Markovik. He goes by the nickname:
Why is this guy so interesting?
Because he is hailed on the show as the world’s greatest pick-up artist. Which means… he is the best in the world at going into any social setting… meeting women… and getting them to fall for him.
I know what you’re thinking. This can’t have anything to do with you and your life. I assure you it does. Quite a bit. So just stick with me just a little more…
Anyway, this “Mystery” guy has come up with a step-by-step system to teach lonely, shy guys how to meet women. And on this show, he teaches a bunch of them his system.
And get this: they actually have several night clubs and coffee shops completely wired with surveillance cameras… so… after each lesson… Mystery can watch his students go into the social setting and attempt to meet women.
Now Here’s The Important Part For You…
There is a 27 year-old guy on the show that goes by the nickname: Spoon.
And Spoon is just a complete wreck around women. He’s even petrified just to walk into a social setting. But he does…
But then he just walks around. Nervous. Not talking to anyone. Obviously horrified. At one point he leaves the club and bursts into tears.
After that night he decided to quit the show.
Anyone watching the show would have to be disappointed. If you had half a heart, you would have felt for him and been rooting for him to succeed.
When he said he wanted to quit, Mystery and his staff told him that this was a very important choice that went way beyond just meeting women. It was a decision that was going to affect the rest of his life.
And they were 100% correct.
Listen. Just about every single person in the world that is struggling has at least a little Spoon in them.
Most are so used to struggling, frustration and failure – they feel uncomfortable doing anything else. Doing something new. So they don’t even try.
Spoon finally had all the right tools to achieve the goals he wanted – he just couldn’t get out of his comfort zone (and his own way) and use them.
One Of The Biggest Secrets To Success
Know this: One of the biggest secrets to success is having the ability to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. The comfortable path is NEVER the one that leads you to success. But the good news is… once you have the guts to step up and try something new… once you have a little success… that uncomfortable feeling is quickly replaced.
Whatever you want to do or achieve in life always starts with being uncomfortable… at least a little. Sure, others may look like they are cool, calm and collected… but… they are not.
And this includes your health.
If you have been a reader of this newsletter for any length of time – you know many things you can do to improve your health. Namely: Eating properly, reduce stress, exercise and regular Chiropractic check-ups.
Some of these things may be different for you. You may have to make a change. You may have to be uncomfortable for a little while. But that feeling won’t last – and – the new life and health you gain will.
Reading about changing your health and life is one thing – actually taking the steps – is something else.
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Tip Of The Month
- “Can Sunshine Prevent 600,000 Cases of Breast and Colon Cancer Every Year?”
- If you are like most people, you probably think the Sun causes cancer. And why shouldn’t you? Recent news coverage has demonized the Sun… sending many running from it like Vampires at dawn. The truth is: overexposure to the Sun can cause problems. But here’s what you probably don’t know – underexposure can be dangerous to your health. Here’s why: A new study looking at the relationship between vitamin D serum levels and the risk of colon and breast cancer across the globe has estimated the number of cases of cancer that could be prevented each year if vitamin D3 levels met the target proposed by researchers.
Cedric F. Garland, DrPH, cancer prevention specialist at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and colleagues estimate that 250,000 cases of colorectal cancer and 350,000 cases of breast cancer could be prevented worldwide by increasing intake of vitamin D3, particularly in countries north of the equator. Vitamin D3 is available through diet, supplements and exposure of the skin to sunlight. “For the first time, we are saying that 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancer could be prevented each year worldwide, including nearly 150,000 in the United States alone,” said study co-author Garland. The paper, which looks at the dose-response relationship between vitamin D and cancer, will be published in the August edition of the journal Nutrition Reviews. The study combined data from surveys of serum vitamin D levels during winter from 15 countries. It is the first such study to look at satellite measurements of sunshine and cloud cover in countries where actual blood serum levels of vitamin D3 had also been determined. The data was then applied to 177 countries to estimate the average serum level of a vitamin D metabolite of people living there. The data revealed an inverse association of serum vitamin D with risk of colorectal and breast cancer.
The researchers maintain that increasing vitamin D levels in populations, particularly those in northern climates, has the potential to both prevent and possibly serve as an adjunct to existing treatments for cancer. “This could be best achieved with a combination of diet, supplements and short intervals – 10 or 15 minutes a day – in the sun,” said Garland. It could be less for very fair-skinned individuals. He went on to say that “the appropriate dose of vitamin D in order to reach this level could be very little in a lifeguard in Southern California… or quite a lot for someone in Northern Europe who tends to remain indoors most of the year.” The serum level recommended by the study would correspond to intake of 2000 International Units per day of vitamin D3 for a meaningful reduction in colorectal cancer. The researchers recommend 2000 IU/day, plus, when weather allows, a few minutes in the Sun with at least 40% of the skin exposed, for a meaningful reduction in breast cancer incidence, unless the individual has a history of skin cancer or a photosensitivity disease. Garland also recommends moderate Sun exposure and use of clothing and a hat when in the Sun longer than 15 minutes.
Another Benefit of Vitamin D!
Ever wonder why the “Cold and Flu season” is always in the winter? Other research suggests that the lack of Vitamin D inhibits the immune systems ability to fight off VIRAL infections. Colds and the flu are both caused by viruses. During the milder months of the year, we tend to get much more exposure to sunlight, thus the body produces a greater supply of Vitamin D. If you want to help ward off Colds or the Flu, it only makes sense to supplement your diet with Vitamin D.
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Happy Winter 2008!
Wow! Has it been cold outside or what?? Winter has really taken hold over the past couple of weeks. I have always enjoyed winter, but many, like Denise would much rather see the warm weather. If you get too cold, you know that she will have it nice and warm here in the office.
I hope everyone’s 2008 has kicked off on a positive note. We have a lot of things planned for 2008 and are excited about the New Year. Here are a few items:
The Lexington Horsemen Football Team Rides Again!
I have again been chosen to provide chiropractic care to the Lexington Horsemen football team. The team has recently joined the NFL’s, A2 or Arena 2 League. This is a huge step up in both professionalism and competition. I am really excited about the new season. We have a link to the Horsemen on our website.
We have a new segment that we are adding to our newsletters. Its called:
Cheap and Quick Cures that Really Work!
In each newsletter, we will be highlighting a couple that we hope you will find interesting. Here are two to start:
Combat Colds and the Flu
Zinc-gluconate throat lozenges have been shown to be very helpful with these illnesses. They do not cure the cold, but have been shown in research studies to cut the length of a cold in half. The only real issue with these products is the taste. Zinc can have a “heavy” taste. Products like COLD-EEZE have flavored versions that help somewhat. These products are available at the local drug store. Give it a try.
Help Getting to Sleep
Here is an odd thing to try. “Walnut milk” contains the richest dietary source of the compound serotonin. This is a neurotransmitter in the brain that provides two desirable effects. First, it promotes feelings of relaxation and well-being. Secondly, it makes you feel full and satisfied. Make your own walnut milk by blending 1/8 – ¼ cup of shelled walnuts with an equal amount of skim milk. Drink this about 30 – 45 minutes prior to bedtime. Give it a try and let me know your results.
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