Corn-Sweetened Sodas:

high-fructose-corn-syrupCan we at least save our kids? Cane sugar doesn’t produce the harmful carbonyl compounds; the antioxidant from green tea (EGCG) reduces levels of reactive carbonyls

 Many public health advocates and researchers believe that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) – a synthetically produced sweetener – promotes diabetes and obesity, because of differences in the way it’s metabolized compared with the sucrose in cane sugar.Corn

However, Spanish researchers found that liquid fructose affects a genetic switch called PPAR-alpha in ways that impair the ability of rodents’ livers to break down the sweetener.

As the Spaniards reported, “Because PPAR-alpha activity is lower in humans than in rodent livers, fructose ingestion in humans should cause even worse effects, which would partly explain the link between increased consumption of fructose and widening epidemics of obesity and metabolic syndrome.” (Rogans N et al 2007).

Pro-aging compounds abound in corn syrup-sweetened sodas

 cornsyrupResearchers at Rutgers University add fuel to the fire with a report that carbonated soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contain very high levels of a chemical that may contribute to the development of diabetes, particularly in children.

 The scientists found that carbonated drinks containing HFCS had uniquely high levels of reactive “carbonyl” compounds.

Beverages sweetened with cane sugar (sucrose) are free of reactive carbonyls, because its fructose and glucose components are “bound” into chemically stable sucrose molecules.12-10-24banksysoda2

And carbonation seems to fuel formation of reactive-carbonyls in beverages containing HFCS.  The Rutgers group found only one-third the amount of reactive carbonyl species in non-carbonated drinks containing comparable concentrations of HFCS.

These pro-aging chemicals occur at very high levels in the blood of diabetics, and are linked to complications of the disease.

Rutgers researcher Chi-Tang Ho, Ph.D. tested 11 popular sodas containing HFCS and found “astonishingly high” levels of reactive carbonyls: a single can contained about 5 times more carbonyls than the blood of an adult with diabetes.

High reactive carbonyl compounds are associated with the “unbound” fructose and glucose molecules in HFCS, and bear a relationship to the advanced glycation end product (AGEs) found in many breads baked goods, and browned meats.sweetsoda
This is how the author of a recent scientific review expressed the state of the evidence, and I so agree.

“Considerable evidence is now accumulating that… reactive carbonyl products are… involved in the progression of diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, diabetes, atherosclerosis, diabetic complications, reperfusion after ischemic surgery, hypertension, and inflammation” ((Ellis EM 2007).

AGES and carbonyls both induce “Glycation” reactions, which form compounds containing chemical bonds that generate cell-damaging free radicals.

diet-soda-2All this to say and perhaps at this point in our society ‘beg’ you to not purchase regular or even worse diet sodas, in particular if you have children that you love.  Poison is poison, is poison!

Let’s save our kids – even if the parents are addicted.  Help me help them……….

This is a plan for all to start –

Planning for Tomorrow’s Good Health –   TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

 

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NON-ALCOHOLIC LIVER AIDS:

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Study subjects who were diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD were shown to experience significant improvements in certain parameters of the disease when supplemented with both vitamin E and the antioxidant alpha lipoic acid.

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BOSWELLIA:

BoswelliaResin from the Boswellia serrata tree, an anti-inflammatory staple in Ayurvedic medicine, is now showing promise as a colorectal cancer tumor inhibitor, according to research carried out by Dr. Ajay Goel, director of epigenetics and cancer prevention at Baylor Research Institute in Dallas, TX.  Dr. Goel and his team have studied boswellia and its impact on colorectal cancer for the past 3 years and recently announced they have “multiple lines of encouraging evidence suggesting that in addition to its anti-inflammatory activities, boswellia is an important modulator of epigenetics in colorectal cancer, and very likely other human cancers as well.”

There are, as you know hundreds of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, herbs, etc. available today – many sound just like what we need – but, why not find out what you may really need and how to synergistically take those added nutrients, if necessary and of course the correct balanced food program.  STOP, The Food & Vitamin Guessing Game!  Check out my individualized HealthTest© today, and if you have any questions: contact@drhenry.com

                                                                                                                                                           

LEUCINE:

In laboratory animals, supplements of the amino acid leucine (abundant in high quality proteins such as whey) LEUCINEreduced blood sugar levels and improved their ability to process fat.  In supplemental animals liver levels of fat and glucose improved.

“It had effects that improved insulin sensitivity improved their ability to metabolize sugar and fats and their overall metabolism improved.”

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MAGNESIUM:

magnesium-cells-youngerMagnesium acts with and is essential to the activity of vitamin D and yet most Americans don’t get their reference daily intake (RDI) of this important mineral.  Extensive research showing that vitamin D deficiency plays a major role in the development of many diseases, including a variety of cancers (breast, prostate and colon) as well as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, psoriasis and mental illness, has prompted many people to take vitamin D supplements.  However, their effects are greatly reduced if magnesium is deficient.

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 R-LIPOIC ACID:

R-Lipoic acid is a potent, water and lipid soluble antioxidant that, based on animal experiments, may prevent ALA_increases_metabolismcataracts caused by oxidative stress in the lens.  Since R-lipoic acid is both water-soluble and fat-soluble, it can get deep into the eye tissues and destroy free radicals that cause protein changes resulting in cataracts.  Animals given chemicals to induce cataracts had a 60% reduction in cataract formation when treated with R-lipoic acid.

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DHA:

docosahexaenoic acidThe omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is highly concentrated in the retina and supports the function of the light receptive retinal cones and rods.  The retina contains higher concentrations of DHA than any other tissue of the human body.  DHA is essential to the healthy functioning of the retina and macula.

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B VITAMINS:

Insufficient B-complex vitamins result in paralyzed eye muscles, itching, burning, light sensitivity, blood shot eyes and watering eyes.  Nearsightedness is often a result of stress.  The B vitamins are necessary for normal nervous systemvitamin-b12function and may be the single most important factor for nerve health.  Pantothenic acid (B5) in particular is an anti-stress vitamin.  Thiamin (B1) is important for intracellular eye metabolism and riboflavin (B2) deficiency has been linked to cataracts.  B-complex vitamins with extra riboflavin are recommended for hyperopia (farsightedness).

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VITAMIN D:

The largest study to date on the link between vitamin D and common respiratory infections, shows that people with the lowest vitamin D levels report having significantly more cases of cold and flu than those with higher levels.

VITAMIN DSince vitamin D is produced in the skin from sun exposure, that could explain why most colds and flu occur in the winter when there is less sunshine.  Vitamin D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive expression of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the ‘oxidative burst’ potential of macrophages.

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OLIVE LEAF:

Olive leaf extract and its active component, oleuropein, appear to interfere with viral infection and/or spread by aceite-de-olivadirectly inactivating the virus or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane.  It’s able to directly penetrate infected host cells and irreversible inhibit viral replication.  Since this effect seems to apply to both active and latent viruses, olive leaf extracts could prove to be a major weapon against the common cold and flu, as well as many other viral and bacterial infections.

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BOVINE COLOSTRUM:

BOVINE COLOSTRUMBovine colostrum is another useful supplement for cold and flu protection.  This thick, yellow substance, emitted by the mammary glands during the first 24-48 hours after birth, is rich in nutrients and immune factors that protect against invading organism and facilitate development of strong immune system.  By boosting a weakened immune system, colostrum’s immune factors can help prevent such conditions as colds, flu, diarrhea, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, herpes, viral bronchitis, candidiasis and ear infections.

                                                                                                                                                             

RESVERATROL:

RESVERATROLResveratrol may improve how the human body responds to insulin, the hormone responsible for sugar and fat metabolism.  Hungarian researchers report for the first time that a daily 10 mg dose of resveratrol is associated with reductions in insulin resistance in type-2 diabetics.  According to the researchers:

“The present study shows for the first time that resveratrol improves insulin sensitivity in humans, which might be due to a resveratrol-induced decrease in oxidative stress that leads to a more efficient insulin signaling via the Akt pathway.”

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POMELLA:

Pomegranate extract from Verdure Sciences has been granted two new patents.  This rich source of antioxidants, POMELLAhas been linked to improved heart health, but a growing body of science indicates the fruit protects against prostate cancer.  Studies also report a role in joint health by slowing cartilage loss in arthritis.  Ellagitannin compounds like punicalagins and punicalins, account for half of the fruit’s antioxidant ability behind the reported health benefits.

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ASTAXANTHIN:

Astaxanthin, the pigment that gives krill oil its colour, can boost the body’s defense against obesity-induced ASTAXANTHINoxidative stress, according to South Korean researchers.  At a dose of only 5 mg daily, researchers saw a reduction in oxidative stress markers plus an increase in the blood’s antioxidant capacity … including a 193% increase in superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels.

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WHEY PROTEIN:

Whey protein is a “functional food” with a number of health benefits.  The biological components of whey (including lactoferrin, beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, glycomacropeptide and immuno-globulins) demonstrate a range of immune-enhancing properties.  In addition, whey has the ability to act as an antioxidant, anti-hypertensive, WHEY PROTEINanti-tumor, hypolipidemic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and chelating agent.

The primary mechanism by which whey is thought to exert its effects is by intracellular antioxidant.  A number of clinical trials have successfully been performed using whey in the treatment of cancer,  HIV, hepatitis B, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and as an antimicrobial agent.  Whey protein has also exhibited benefit in the arena of exercise performance and enhancement.

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SARCOPENIA:

Sarcopenia (skeletal muscle wasting with aging) is believed to underlie a number of serious age-related health issues.  While it may be seen as inevitable, decreasing this gradual loss of muscle is vital for healthy aging.  Elderly individuals are still able to respond to both resistance training and the anabolic signals provided by protein ingestion, provided specific amino acids, such as leucine, are present. sarcopenia

Whey protein, a rich source of these essential amino acids, rapidly elevates plasma amino acid levels, providing the foundation for muscle mass preservation.  Several studies have shown whey protein to be effective in augmenting the effects of resistance exercise, particularly when taken in the hours surrounding the exercise training.  Simple dietary and exercise strategies that may improve the maintenance of skeletal muscle mass could reduce the incidence of many age-related health issues and improve the quality of life for many aging folks.

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