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Alternative Medicine News – November 26, 2012

Life Extension Foundation
Coenzyme Q10 and garlic reduce atherosclerosis progression in clinical trial

One of the biggest concerns for heart health is hard arteries. When they become inflexible health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack are more likely.

Now research has shown that there are two natural substances that reduce this problem.

This study was done with otherwise healthy fire fighters. They averaged 55 years old. All were considered at intermediate risk of heart disease. The study took 1 year.

The two substances tested were CoQ10 and aged garlic extract. The participants who took these had much less calcium build up in arteries. They also had a small, but important reduction in markers of inflammation. Both point to better heart health and less risk.

Since the study didn’t specify, I’m assuming they used the ubiquinone form of CoQ10. They used 120 milligrams of this in the study. You would probably do even better if you took the ubiquinol form. That’s the form your body actually uses. It’s 8 times more effective.

You can get the details on the Life Extension web site here.

Mercola
The Ultimate Antioxidant: Fight Premature Aging for Free

For thousands of years the Chinese have used exercise techniques to support solid grounding and connection with the earth.

Exercises such as qigong and taiji include the element of being “rooted” in the earth. In other words, having a solid connection to the ground.

Now modern research affirms the value of this concept.

The modern word for the process is Earthing. In practice it can be a simple as walking barefoot on the ground. There are also devices that function in the same way.

But why is this healthy?

The root (no pun intended) of its benefits is an exchange of electrons. The Earth has a natural negative electrical potential at the surface. These are exchanged with your body when it comes in contact. This provides electrons that balance the energy field of your body.

These electrons, give you an antioxidant effect. Antioxidants protect the body from inflammation. And as readers know, inflammation is part of heart disease, diabetes and joint pain. In other words, the diseases of aging.

That means that something as simple as making sure you contact the ground for enough time each day can support healthy aging. How cool is that?

Mercola.com has the scoop. You can read more here.

Wall Street jouirnal
Why Sleepy Brains Yearn for Junk Food

You likely know that you need enough sleep to maintain health.

Research has shown that weight gain, depression and heart disease can worsen with lack of sleep.

Now here’s another reason to get the sleep you need – cravings for junk food.

A group of 25 women were limited to 4 hours sleep at night for 5 nights. Then these same women were allowed up to 9 hours sleep for another 5 nights. Tests were done to gauge their response to junk food.

When sleep deprived, the women had a much stronger response to wanting junk food. When they got enough sleep, this response was much less.

That means getting enough sleep will help deal with craving for the wrong types of food. And eating less junk food will support all your other health goals. Nice!

You can learn more details about the study and what it really means on the Bottom Line Health site. See it here.

Natural Standard
Are Energy Drinks Dangerous?

Not a lot of adults rely on energy drinks to boost energy. But many adolescents and even children do.

There are reasons to be concerned about this. For example, a number of deaths have come from teens drinking high-powered energy drinks.

The concern is based on the fact that these drinks contain very high levels of caffeine. Just one 24 ounce drink has 240 mg of caffeine. That’s almost 2 and a half times the recommended maximum for teens. It is also seven times the caffeine in one 12-ounce soda.

For a list of these drinks and more information, go to the Natural Standard web site. You’ll find it here.

Harvard School of Public Health
Finding Sugar in Cereals Takes Detective Work

What you see isn’t necessarily what you get.

This is especially true for processed food such as boxed cereal. The reason is that it is easy to hide sugars in the ingredient list.

For example, if they put in 5 kinds of sugar, each will be listed separately. And since they are listed by weight, all will show up further down the list. But the total amount of sugar is still very high.

Also, there are sugars that aren’t required to be listed as sugar. Things like agave nectar, brown sugar and high fructose corn syrup are like this.

This Harvard School of Public Health gives you more details. Included is a link to a list of the sneaky names sugar can go by. For convenience, here is the list:

  • Agave nectar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (alright, this one isn’t so sneaky)
  • Syrup

I recommend reading the article as well as looking at the linked page this list comes from. You can see it all here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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