In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Lutein, found in leafy greens, may counter cognitive aging
  • Magnesium pills may improve blood pressure in at-risk populations
  • Molecular mechanisms: Could omega-3 metabolite offer hope in the battle against age-related diseases?
  • Parents take note: even minor sleep problems can lead to cognitive difficulties in children
  • Low vitamin D associated with faster decline in cognitive function

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Breaking the vicious cycle of poor sleep and Alzheimer’s disease

Yesterday saw the publication of Professor of Neurology, Dale Bredesen’s much anticipated book “The End of Alzheimer’s”. Professor Bredesen who has spent his life in Alzheimer’s research has developed The Bredesen Protocol™ with which he has, so far, reversed symptoms of diagnosed Alzheimer’s or ‘mild cognitive impairment’ in more than 90% of the 140 patients he has worked with. You can find out more and purchase your copy of the book here.

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How stress rewires the brain

It’s 2017. Who isn’t exposed to some kind of stress or another, either continuously or just “part time”?

This week’s blog discusses common causes of stress and how it can ‘rewire the brain’. The article is written by expert practitioner Miguel Toribio-Mateas, who will speaking at our next Cytoplan Practitioner Education Event on 7th October. You can find out more about the event via this link.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome is linked to high levels of inflammatory molecules – new study

A study published last month showed that chronic fatigue syndrome is an inflammatory disease – researchers were able to show a difference in the levels of 17 different immune system proteins (13 of which were pro-inflammatory) between people with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy controls; the concentrations of these proteins in the blood correlated with the disease severity. They say the findings provide a solid basis for a diagnostic test.

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Benign prostate hyperplasia is on the increase – what is it and how may polyphenols help?

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common urological condition among elderly men, beginning around the age of 30 and reaching a prevalence of up to 90% in men in their 80s. It is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate which may develop gradually over a number of years. The gradual increase in size may be symptom free until it has enlarged sufficiently to press on the urethra and impede the flow of urine. Symptoms of increased urinary frequency, urgency, night-time urination, difficult and slow urination may be experienced as a result; they may be mild through to severe, impacting quality of life.

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