Clark's Nutrition Store Newsletter for January 23rd 2009

Cranberry

If you remember in December’s newsletter we talked about Holiday foods and some of their benefits. Although cranberries were mentioned in this newsletter I think this information about bacteria and cranberries is important to add in this January newsletter. Cranberries have been a folk remedy for UTI’s (urinary tract infections) for years. About eight years ago scientific research of cranberries and their effect on UTI began. There was a recent study involving 137 women with recurrent UTI’s and the use of cranberries verses Trimethoprim, an antibiotic. The study used 500mg of cranberry extract and 100mg of Trimethoprim were used profolactactally in the prevention of UTI’s. The cranberry group had seven percent more reoccurrences than the antibiotic group. However, with this marginal difference in effectiveness, cranberries were also better tolerated and serious side effects were minimal. In addition taking antibiotics on a regular basis tends to breakdown the immune system.

Is your weight going to replace Estrogen and bone loss.

Bone loss (osteoporosis) has been positively associated with bone density in pre-menopause women. A recent study looked at pre-menopause women’s lean body mass and found it was a primary indicator to the prevention of osteoporosis. It seems that the amount of lean muscle mass one has before entering menopause has the prime effect of reducing osteoporosis. In fact lean muscle mass seems to be more important than a healthy amount of the hormones, estrogen and progesterone at a pre-menopause state.

In addition to estrogen balance many individuals use calcium and eat foods rich in calcium to help offset osteoporosis. As a lifestyle one can consume calcium supplements daily. 45 minutes of moderate to strenuous activity weekly can also be a preventative of osteoporosis. The results of both have as much positive effect on bone mass. I recommend doing both for bone health. It would be a good idea for postmenopausal women to look at estrogen levels for healthy bones.

Prostrate Cancer, has pomegranates and Chinese herbs.

Every year half a million males are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 200 thousands deaths are the results. The countries with the least prostate cancers occurrences are China and India. With this in mind some specialist are looking at alternative remedies for help the fight against prostate cancer. Cancer biology professor, Junxuan ‘Johnny’ Lu, from the Mayo Clinic along with the National Institute of Health have launched a five year study with an extract called PGG from the Paeonia suffruticosa herb. This Traditional Chinese herb has been used for centuries as a pain and inflammation reducing agent. Dr. Lu suggests that the antioxidants in Paeonia are effective in reducing inflammation. The reduction of inflammation seems to have a positive effect on prostate cancer. This is a five-year study so you will have to wait for the final results.

While we are waiting for the preventive results from Paeonia, on the California coast Pomegranates grow. It seems that pomegranates are rich in antioxidants such as catechins and polyphenols, which are also found in green teas. Pomegranates are also rich in isoflavones. At the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Dr. Allan Pantuck, M.D., has found the antioxidants in Pomegranates are helpful in preventing the ‘doubling’ time for PSA (protein specific antigen), test. This test indicates possible active cancer in the prostate. It seems that using Pomegranate juice daily added to the reduction of prostate cancer progression for a period of time.

By Starkie Sowers

‘Building Health’

Edited by

Wayne Grubacich

 

Reference:

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2.      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR601389

3.       . Reid G, Cranberry juice consumption may reduce biofilms on uroepithelial cells: pilot study in spinal cord injured patients Spinal Cord. 2001 Jan;39(1):26-30.

4.       http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Publications/Food-Beverage-Nutrition/NutraIngredients/Research/Cranberry-near-match-for-antibiotic-UTI-potential-study/?c=Xsikax4Cf7C6QzxrrZXXFw%3D%3D

Exercise and osteoporosis

5.       Lee-Jane W. Lu, Fatima Nayeem, Karl E. Anderson, James J. Grady, and Manubai Nagamani Lean Body Mass, Not Estrogen or Progesterone, Predicts Peak Bone Mineral Density in Premenopausal Women
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6.       Halioua and JJ Anderson
Lifetime calcium intake and physical activity habits: independent and combined effects on the radial bone of healthy premenopausal Caucasian women
Am. J. Clinical Nutrition, Mar 1989; 49: 534 - 541.
http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/49/3/534?...

Prostate

7.       http://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=502&action=detail&ref=63

8.       http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Asian-herb-compound-researched-for-prostate-cancer-benefits...

9.       Rettig MB, Heber D, An J, Seeram NP, Rao JY, Liu H, Klatte T, Belldegrun A, Moro A, Henning SM, Mo D, Aronson WJ, Pantuck A. Pomegranate extract inhibits androgen-independent prostate cancer growth through a nuclear factor-kappaB-dependent mechanism. Mol Cancer Ther. 2008 Sep;7(9):2662-71. Erratum in: Mol Cancer Ther. 2008 Nov;7(11):3654. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18790748...

10.     http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Asian-herb-compound-research...

11.     Gamble, Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica Revised ed., Eastland Press INC. Seattle Wa. 98199. Pg. 259.

 

 
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