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SUBJECT: Reading notes, Oct, 2015 from Roc Nutrition Investigator
Here are answers to reader' questions and notes from other readings related to nutrition, aging, and brains.
World Health Organization validates the No Fours Diet - Oct 26 on NPR I heard that the WHO has announced that processed meat like salami and hot dogs definitely cause cancer, and that red meats like pork and beef are likely to cause cancer.
A user of metformin stated that it can cause kidney and liver damage and users should do blood tests every 6 mos. Checking on line, the list of side effects is long enough that I prefer my vitamin C. My inquiries to experts leave me awaiting further research before considering using it as a healthy mature adut.
The newest study in The BMJ finds a link between regular consumption of spicy foods and a lower risk of death. based on dietary data of nearly 500,000 people from China. Those who ate spicy foods 1-2 times a week had a 10 percent lower risk of death than those who rarely or never ate them, and those who ate them 3-7 times a week had a 14 percent lower risk of death. The link was similar for both men and women. Frequent consumption of spicy foods was also linked to a lower risk of death from specific conditions: cancer, ischaemic heart and respiratory system diseases.
AARP tips for brain health-exercise, olive oil, green tea, (leafy greens - broccoli, spinach, kale), beets, tomatoes, avocadoes, nuts, curcumin, pomegranates, fish, blueberries, grapes, coffee, and dark chocolate! October nutrition for brain health - Exercise slows and may reverse changes that cause dementia-45 min aerobic or stretching 4 times a week; Loneliness caused a 20% faster decline in mental ability; The MIND diet emphasizes fish, veggies, nuts, whole grains, beans, and a glass of wine; Those eating 1-2 servings leafy greens daily had 11 yrs younger minds; Eat olive oil, green tea, (leafy greens - broccoli, spinach, kale), beets, tomatoes, avocadoes, nuts, curcumin, pomegranates, fish, blueberries, grapes, coffee, and dark chocolate!
Scientific American Mind Nov/Dec 2015
Frailty in the elderly was characterized by a BC profile/phenotype with lower muscle mass and lower bone mass and with a higher fat %. The BMI was not effective in evaluating the relationship between BC and frailty.
For migraine headaches: Studies have used 50 to 100 mg daily, standardized to contain 0.2 to 0.35% parthenolides. Feverfew may be used to prevent or stop a migraine headache. Feverfew supplements may also be carbon dioxide extracted. For these, one study used 6.25 mg, 3 times daily, for up to 16 weeks.
What I have read looks quite good for its use. But vit C 500mg twice a day for concussion also is justified by the literature. Also very promising is tocotrienols. Dr. Sen explained that alpha-tocotrienol [A3T], which is available as a supplement, provides neuroprotection. After a stroke, it provides 70-80% improvement. First 24 hrs after a stroke is when most damage occurs from neuroinflammation, so one must deliver A3T ASAP! Experts are taking 200 to 400 mg daily even when healthy. It is made by HOVID.
READER QUESTION: I order from vitacost now and then. the latest ad suggests we need both probiotics and enzymes. they list scads of each. How does one know whether or if so what to get?
- Roc, Nutrition Investigator