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Helpers to reduce bone loss

Bone loss in menopausal and post-menopausal women is a great concern. We have been told to take calcium, but what kind… the controversy still rages. The big question is whatever kind of calcium you take, will it get absorbed? To do this you need co-factors like vitamin K-2. Without this form of vitamin K calcium cannot be properly metabolized and could cause cardiovascular problems.  An NIH study confirmed that calcium only (1000 mg/day) showed an increase in heart disease death, primarily in men. Magnesium is also needed because it  helps protect your bone health, according to MayoClinic.com. About half of the magnesium in the body is found in the bones. As the magnesium level decreases in bone, bone crystals become large, brittle and more likely to fracture. The Linus Pauling Institute notes that inadequate magnesium levels in blood serum result in low serum calcium levels; impaired hormone action; and interference with the effects of vitamin D, which can increase bone loss. Several studies suggest that magnesium supplementation may improve bone mineral density

 

Vitamin D is also necessary, in the D3 form helps regulate the minerals calcium and phosphorus in the body, promoting the absorption of calcium and helping prevent bone loss. Vitamin E tocotrienols are effective for bone resorption and inhibit osteoclast formation (large multinucleate cells that tear down bone). Some tests have shown that flaxseed oil as a fat source increases bone density because of the Alpha Linolenic Acid in the oil which also inhibits the activity of the osteoclasts and supports the osteoblasts (build bone). Fermented soy isoflavones also increase bone density by providing weak estrogenic effects on the bone since bone health is directly associated with lowering hormone levels.

 

The anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin can also help as high levels of C-Reactive Protein (a marker of inflammation) may be related to bone loss.  Collagen is a binding site for bone-health minerals and is critical to increasing bone mass. Nutrients that help in collagen production include vitamin C, D3 and those that block the anti-collagen amino acid such as vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid.  Another needed supplement is silica which keeps the bone-building process running smoothly bringing more calcium to the bone, allowing less to leach away from the bones and keeping the whole system balanced.

 

With this information you may be able to formulate a good program of supplements to avoid bone loss. For more information go to www.wh0lefoodsmagazine.com and search for the article “Women’s Health Update” by Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner

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Magnesium Needed. Please apply.

magnesium-rich-foodsBalanced diets can give us enough magnesium, but as we age we become more susceptible to conditions of the body that create deficiencies and/or are a result of deficiencies.

Magnesium deficiency leads to pathological changes int he immune system that are related to the initiating of an inflammatory response. There is evidence linking low magnesium to aging and age-related diseases due to the lack of sufficient magnesium in Western diets. Diseases of the bowel like Crohn’s and celiac are triggered by low magnesium. Also long-term use of diuretics and other medications can leech magnesium from the body.

The DV for magnesium is 400 mg although specific conditions would warrant increased dosage. Conditions helped by adequate levels of magnesium include, constipation, diabetes, hearing loss, kidney stones, migraines, mitral valve prolapse, osteoporosis, PMS, Hypertension, leg cramps, restless legs, cholesterol levels,  and C-reactive protein levels (inflammation). As for supplementation, magnesium citrate seems to have the best absorption, but magnesium oxide is a close second and action gets more of the magnesium into the body per percent absorbed than the citrate. It is also important to note that is is prudent to take calcium with magnesium to facilitate proper utilization. At least 1:1 or 2:1 (mag/cal) ratio.

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Cancer free without chemo

One of our authors developed breast cancer a year ago and while in her 80s decided not to go traditional. She took an estrogen blocker drug and fermented soy with curcumin plus other supplements, gave up sugar, wine and ate organic. She got a clean bill of health after a year. Watch her story… and check out the product at the end…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYR34TXNRtE

Jayne at a recent book signing for her autobiography: The River’s Bend:

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Does your wrist hurt?

There are quite a lot of symptoms common to us all when it comes to wrist joint pain.  Knowing its causes is the first step to finding relief.  With wrist pain, the first thing you’ll experience is a shooting or burning pain in the areas close to or inside your wrist. Often you’ll also have a sense of numbness which will grow worse as the day goes on.  It starts as an annoying tingling sensation that is uncomfortable at first and excruciating later on. 

There are a number of causes for wrist joint pain.  Pain is subject to hand-wrist orientation.  It can occur in specific hand-wrist positions while not at all in other positions.  Either way this pain can cause the loss of strength making the grasping of everyday objects a major chore. Some but not all sufferers will experience wrist joint swelling as well.  When that happens you’ll really want to have access to a quick acting relief solution, such as a pain cream that also treats the inflammation which is causing the swelling. Taking an anti-inflammatory such as curcumin or holy basil can help reduce the swelling (http://www.foreveryoungcooperative.com). 

There are many common repetitive activities that are known to affect the wrist and cause wrist damage and its joint pain. The number one cause is our many hours of typing on a computer keyboard.  Doing that for long periods of time, without a break, exacerbates this condition.  Other known work related causes happen in the construction industry because workers who regularly handle and use vibrating tools. Athletic activities such as playing handball and tennis will also bring about wrist suffering and its related painful conditions. Doctors call this condition Carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition can happen to anyone regardless of your general health, life style, gender, origins, ethnic derivation or your age. 

Chronic wrist joint pain could be caused by other connective tissue diseases to.  Many times it comes about from predisposition towards arthritis or rheumatism.  Other times wrist joint pain results months or years later after suffering from a hand and wrist injury.  Work or play related physical trauma often leaves deep-seated, yet not easily visible bruising on your wrist often from just a minor injury. You cannot risk sustaining any painful injury without proper medical care because you’re never sure of the extent of the injury by just the pain you feel.  It’s always a good idea and very important practice, that you see a doctor after any trauma to the delicate bones in your wrist. 

Simple quick ways to deal with and treating wrist joint pain is easily found in your kitchen or medicine cabinet.  Using either an ice-cube pack or pain relief gel can offer a quick and temporary answer until you can look into better ways to make yourself well. Applying a topical cream with cetyl-myristoleate, glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM will give relief in many cases (http://www.jointmedic.com).

Licorice Root for Diabetes

Researchers in Berlin have discovered natural substances that have an anti-diabetic effect in the licorice plant’s edible root and in the fruit of the amorpha fruticosa bush. Mice studies have shown that they have anti-inflammatory effects, reduce blood sugar and prevent fatty liver – a common disease caused by excessively fat-rich nutrition.

Just drinking licorice tea or eating licorice will not help treate diabetes. the concentration of the substances in the tea and candy is far too low to be effective. Through a special extraction process the amorfrutins can be more concentrated.  They are now conducting the required tests in clinical studies on diabetes patients but there is hope for the future!