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July 16, 2014 Health Info Newsletter: Stress, Broccoli Sprouts, Strawberries

 

I have covered many subjects in the past years.  If you have a health concern start with a search at my website.  If you need further assistance contact me, I have great sources of information.


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Natural Support For Stress, Anxiety, And Insomnia


from http://doctormurray.com/


Everyday stress is a normal part of modern living. Job pressures, family arguments, financial woe, traffic and time management are just a few of the stressors we face on a daily basis. For some people, the stress can be overwhelming and may lead to anxiety and insomnia. Fortunately, there is a safe and effective natural remedy that is quickly gaining in popularity in North America.


Natural promotion of a relaxed state


Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a natural calming and antiepileptic agent in the brain. In fact, it is one of the brain’s most important regulators of proper function. It appears that many people with anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy and other brain disorders do not manufacture sufficient levels of GABA, according to a 2002 article in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Many popular drugs such as Valium, Neurontin, baclofen and Valproate act by increasing the effects of GABA within the brain. However, although these drugs have numerous side effects and are highly addictive drugs not suitable for long-term use, GABA in the right form is completely safe and remarkably effective, without side effects.


Studies with synthetic GABA have shown that it does not produce the same benefits as natural PharmaGABA—a special form of GABA naturally manufactured from Lactobacillus hilgardii—the bacteria used to ferment vegetables in the preparation of the traditional Korean dish kimchi.


Alpha-wave production in the brain


Unlike chemically produced, synthetic GABA, natural PharmaGABA is able to produce relaxation with greater mental focus and energy. Specifically, research has shown that PharmaGABA increases the production of alpha brain waves (a state often achieved by meditation and characterized by being relaxed, with greater mental focus and mental alertness). It also reduces beta waves (associated with nervousness, scattered thoughts and hyperactivity).


PharmaGABA is approved for use in Japan as an aid to conquer stress and promote relaxation. It is a very is a popular ingredient in functional foods and beverages, as well as dietary supplements designed to produce mental and physical relaxation without inducing drowsiness. The most popular applications of PharmaGABA are in chocolate and coffee beverages. It is particularly helpful in counteracting the effects of caffeine.
PharmaGABA is fast-acting, especially when it is taken in a chewable tablet. Generally, the effects are felt within the first 15 minutes and have been shown to last up to four to six hours.


PharmaGABA is clinically proven


Clinical studies with PharmaGABA have yielded some very interesting results. For example, a 2006 study in the journal Biofactors had subjects who were afraid of heights traverse a suspension bridge that spanned a 150-foot canyon. Halfway across the bridge, the researchers took a saliva sample and measured blood pressure of the participants. What the researchers were looking for in the saliva was the level of secretory IgA—an important antibody in saliva that helps fight infection. Typically, during times of stress saliva levels drop, sometimes quite precipitously. In this experiment, subjects experienced drops in secretory IgA levels if they were only given a placebo, but when they were given PharmaGABA, the secretory IgA levels in the saliva were maintained halfway across the bridge and actually increased upon completion of the crossing.


A 2007 study with PharmaGABA published in Alternative Medicine Review demonstrated an impressive ability to improve sleep quality. The ability to feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day requires us to achieve deep levels of sleep and to stay in this deep sleep for sufficient time. Unfortunately, many people do not achieve these deep levels of sleep. Conventional sleeping pills actually inhibit deep levels of sleep and disrupt normal sleep patterns, causing people to wake up feeling more tired when they went to bed. That is definitely not the case with PharmaGABA.


Dosage recommendations


PharmaGABA can be used whenever someone feels a bit “stressed out.” For best results use it in a chewable tablet form at dosage of 100 to 200 mg up to three times daily. To promote a better night’s sleep, take 200 to 300 mg at bedtime. PharmaGABA is completely safe and without any known adverse drug interaction. As a general guideline, take no more than 600 mg within a six-hour period and no more than 1,200 mg within a 24-hour period.
 
Additionally:  Search for and read my articles on Theanine, Lavender, Stress Busters and Bacopa on my website.


 
Broccoli Sprouts Are An Intense Natural Cancer Cure

By Danica Collins on 08/21/2011  http://www.healthiertalk.com/


Did You Know…that broccoli sprouts are a natural cancer cure, the second leading cause of death in the United States? These humble young plants that look like alfalfa and taste peppery (like radishes) pack a powerful cancer-prevention punch.


Natural cancer cure and preventions are gaining increasing attention, since according to the National Cancer Institute, at least 35% of cancer deaths are connected to diet. And while you’ve already heard that broccoli is one of the most powerful natural cancer-fighting super foods available, numerous studies have confirmed that broccoli sprouts offer even more intense benefits than the mature plant.


That’s because broccoli is a natural cancer-fighting compounds — such assulforaphane – are most concentrated in the sprouts. For example, just one ounce of broccoli sprouts contains more sulforaphane than two pounds of broccoli.


Sprouts Contain 20 to 50 Times or More Cancer-Protective Compounds


“Three-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemo protective compounds found in mature broccoli heads, and may offer a simple, dietary means of chemically reducing cancer risk,” says Paul Talalay, M.D., J.J. Abel, Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology.


Talalay’s research at John Hopkins included a study with rats. One group received broccoli sprouts while the control group received nothing. Both groups were exposed to a carcinogen, dimethylbenzanthracene. The broccoli sprouts group not only developed far fewer tumors, but the tumors that did develop were smaller and grew much more slowly.


“In animals and human cells, we have demonstrated, unequivocally, that this compound (sulforaphane) can substantially reduce the incidence, rate of development, and size of tumors,” said Talalay.


Carcinogenic Detox


The John Hopkins study is just one example of a huge body of important research on similar theories. To date, more than 700 studies have examined the link between cruciferous vegetables, sulforaphane, and cancer prevention.


In another such study, 100 individuals were given broccoli sprouts and 100 others were given a placebo. The broccoli sprouts group showed asignificant decrease in a biomarker for DNA damage. This decrease strongly suggests enhanced carcinogenic detoxification. Put simply, those who ate the broccoli sprouts were cleansed of cancer-causing substances.


Preventing Stomach Cancer


In yet another series of studies, Japanese researchers discovered an exciting link between broccoli sprouts and Helicobacteri pylori (H. pylori)infection. H. pylori is known to cause gastritis and believed to be a major factor in peptic ulcer and stomach cancer.


The researchers found that a diet rich in broccoli sprouts significantly reduced Helicobacteri pylori (H. pylori) infection among a group of 20 individuals.


“Even though we were unable to eradicate H. pylori, to be able suppress it and relieve the accompanying gastritis by means as simple as eating more broccoli sprouts is good news for the many people who are infected,” said Akinori Yanaka, the study’s lead investigator.


Stopping the Spread of Cancer with 13C


Broccoli and Brussels sprouts may also help stop the spread of cancer, because consuming them prompts the body to produce a substance known as 13C (indole-3-carbinol). Researchers at the Ohio State University have found exciting evidence for 13C’s ability to fight cancer cells’ proliferation.


The research was published recently in Cancer Prevention magazine, and focused on breast cancer cells. Nearly half of breast cancer patients — especially those with advanced, life-threatening cancer — have escalated levels of a molecule called Cdc25A.


“Cdc25A is present at abnormally high levels in about half of breast cancer cases, and it is associated with a poor prognosis,” said study leader Xianghong Zou, assistant professor of pathology at the Ohio State University Medical Center.


But the good news is that 13C attacks and destroys both Cdc25A and breast cancer cells. What’s more, researchers believe 13C can also fight other cancers and possibly even reverse Alzheimer’s disease .


An Easy to Grow, Easy to Eat Natural Cancer Cure


You can easily grow broccoli sprouts at home, if you wish. Many health food markets and co-ops carry broccoli seeds, and all you need to do is soak the seeds for a few days, keeping them moist and rinsing them once a day.


By day 3, the seeds will sprout. In 3 more days, the sprouts will attain their maximum carcinogen detoxifying properties.


Broccoli sprouts are easily incorporated into your cooking repertoire. Just add the sprouts to salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, or spreads, or use them as edible garnishes.


Meanwhile, you can take heart in knowing that you’re enjoying some of the strongest possible natural cancer cure available at your local grocery store or your backyard!

 


Freeze-Dried Strawberries Significantly Lower Cholesterol Levels

from http://doctormurray.com/


Introduction:


The consumption of flavonoid sources such as strawberries, blueberries, apples, dark chocolate, and red wine have all been shown in population studies to be associated with a significantly reduced risk for heart attacks and strokes. For example, data from the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) II of 93,600 women showed that a combined intake of >3 servings a week of blueberries and strawberries was associated with a 34% decreased risk of having a heart attack compared to those consuming the berries once a month or less.


A new study shows that even eating freeze-dried strawberries produces valuable effects in reducing heart disease risk.


Background Data:
The major benefits of consuming strawberries and other flavonoid sources in protecting against cardiovascular disease (CVD) is largely due to their effects on improving the function of the cells that line the blood vessels (endothelial cells). The endothelial cells play a pivotal role in the regulation of vascular tone and structure as well as vascular inflammation and clot formation. The lesions of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) first begin to develop with damage to endothelial cells. Flavonoids, particularly the proanthocyanidin types found in berries, and also those found in other flavonoid-rich foods have all been shown to protect and improve endothelial cell function.


In a previous newsletter, a study was reviewed that sought to evaluate the effect of strawberry consumption on cardiovascular disease risk. Healthy volunteers were supplemented daily with 500 g of strawberries (about 2½ cups) for 1 month. Strawberry consumption significantly reduced total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides levels (-8.78%, -13.72% and -20.80%, respectively) compared with the baseline period. Strawberry supplementation also significantly decreased various markers of oxidative stress. A significant increase (>40%) in plasma total antioxidant capacity was also observed after strawberry consumption. In addition, strawberry consumption also improved platelet function, which is a key factor in preventing the formation of blood clots that can break off and cause a heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism.


New Data:
A new study was designed to determine if freeze-dried strawberries (FDS) improve levels of blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) and lower biomarkers of inflammation and lipid oxidation in adults with abdominal obesity and elevated serum lipids.


The 60 volunteers were assigned to consume 1 of the following 4 beverages for 12 weeks: 1) low-dose FDS (LD-FDS; 25 g/d); 2) low-dose control (LD-C); 3) high-dose FDS (HD-FDS; 50 g/d); and 4) high-dose control (HD-C). Control beverages were matched for calories, total fiber, appearance, and taste.


Results indicated a dose-response to FDS as the high-dose group experienced significantly greater decreases in serum total and LDL cholesterol compared to the lower dosage.


Both doses of strawberries showed a similar decrease in a marker of cellular oxidative damage (serum malondialdehyde) at 12 weeks. In general, strawberry intervention did not affect blood pressure, blood sugar, and serum concentrations of HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation).


Commentary:
I found this study extremely interesting. Previously, I had reviewed a study that showed dietary fiber from fruit intake offered the greatest impact on reducing CVD mortality. Higher fruit fiber intake reduced CVD mortality by 32%. This current study suggests that the benefit might be a combination of effects including the lowering of cholesterol due to the fiber components.


Fresh fruit is obviously the best choice, but the point that this study drives home is that even ingesting a very mild intake of dried strawberries produces clinically meaningful reduction in CVD.


Reference:
Basu A, Betts NM, Nguyen A, et al. Freeze-dried strawberries lower serum cholesterol and lipid peroxidation in adults with abdominal adiposity and elevated serum lipids. J Nutr. 2014 Jun;144(6):830-7