Monthly Archives: March 2011

What are the best bets in the supplement field for delaying the onset of dementia, a.k.a. vascular disease or Alzheimers?

Supplements which boost vascular production of the protective hormone nitric oxide, which quell oxidative stress, and which suppress the activity of brain inflammatory cells should be useful for slowing age-related cognitive decline and preventing Alzheimers or stroke-induced dementia.  These can … More scientific detail

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I’ve heard that apple cider vinegar may aid weight loss; is there any validity to this, or is it just one of those “old wives’ tales”?

Believe it or not, a recent double-blind clinical study in Japan found that overweight people ingesting 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily (a drink of equal calorie content featuring lactic acid was used as a control) lost an average … More scientific detail

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What is insulin resistance, why does it occur, and why is it typically associated with high insulin levels?

Insulin has a prominent hormonal effect on skeletal muscle fibers, liver cells, and fat cells; in these tissues, it encourages uptake and discourages the release of blood sugar (glucose) and fats.  In other words, insulin promotes fuel storage. Insulin resistance … More scientific detail

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How does low IGF-I bioactivity decrease cancer risk?

. IGF-I (insulin-like growth factor-I) is often referred to as “the universal cancer promoter”.  This reflects the fact that a high proportion of the tissues most likely to give rise to cancer are sensitive to its growth factor activity.   In … More scientific detail

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What is the Appropriate Glycemic Load of Accessory Meals?

In order to determine which food portions have a glycemic load equal to 10 or less, one can consult GlycemicIndex.com for a very large number of foods. An alternative source listing 100 foods can be found at Harvard Health Publications.

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