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September 23, 2007

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Issue #001, September 23rd 2007

Welcome to the fall launch of Supplementation for Health’s inaugural newsletter. Please remember that you may contact us via phone or form on our contact page if you have any comments or questions.

It is hard to believe that the summer has come and gone. Fall has many beautiful changes. The leaves are changing colors and the weather cools down. Here in Toronto there is already a bite in the evening air, but our dogs love it.

We will be sharing our experience with nutrition and supplements along with current research papers published in medical journals. In this issue we will be covering…

  1. Whole Food Nutrition Research Moves Forward.
  2. The Benefits of Green Tea – Fight Cancer & Detoxify
  3. Vision – You Really Are What You Eat!

1. Whole Food Nutrition Research Moves Forward.

There are literally hundreds of nutrients that our bodies need and are supposed to get from the food we eat. These nutrients inter-relations are so complex that it is a challenge to give any reasonable explanation.

The more scientists and researchers study the unknown areas of human biochemistry, the more complicated it all becomes. Each nutrient has their own roll and interacts with other nutrients, which in turn interact with others in the dynamic network of biochemical reactions. The fact remains that “you are what you eat.”

Our body structure and function are all nutrient dependent. By giving our body the right fuel to obtain those nutrients it can reward you with a long and healthy life. You may live life with vitality and renewed energy. If you don’t fuel your body with wholesome nutrition, all bets are off. All the research tells us this starts very early on in life, indeed from the point of conception.

The “Western-style” diet is noted as being high in meat, fat, refined grains, processed, fast foods including convenience foods and last but not least desserts. This diet may be recognized as a food plan of excess and deficiency. The bottom line is that it has too many calories and too little wholesome nutrition.

This diet pattern has long been associated with the likelihood of increased risk of disease. A new study published in the August 15, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (Volume 298, Number 7, pages 754 to 764) underlines and strongly emphasizes the health risk of the Western-style diet. Looking at people at risk of colorectal cancer recurrence, researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston showed that colorectal cancer patients who ate the most western-style diets were 3.3 times more likely to have a recurrence or death than patients with the lowest western-style diet content. The most important element of the study however may be the knowledge that 80% of all colorectal cancer may be preventable through dietary change. Their recommendations: a prudent diet rich in fruits, vegetables, poultry, and fish.

In the July 2007 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Volume 86, Number 1, Pages 221 – 229) researchers from Monash University and the Cancer Council of Victoria, The University of Melbourne, The University of Cambridge, and St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne wrote that the “Mediterranean style” diet was health protective. This conclusion was drawn from data collected for more than 10 years from 40,653 volunteers showing that a diet with the most fruit, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids had lower incidences of heart disease, obesity, and some cancers. They point out that such a diet is rich in antioxidants, monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. “This combination is believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic properties” that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%.

Today, the core of any nutritional supplement product range includes whole-food extracts and concentrates from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish. Literally foods in alternative forms, such as grain concentrates, carotenoid blend, omega and salmon oil supplements provide an easy and convenient way to assure your diet contains an abundance of powerful and important whole food nutrients every day.

2. The Benefits of Green Tea – Fight Cancer & Detoxify

Green tea shows cancer prevention muscle in mouse trial. Publishing in the journal Carcinogenesis (published online ahead of print; doi:10.1093/carcin/bgm161), researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC), the Medical University of North Carolina and the University of Columbia presented evidence that they felt could have strong benefit for humans for prevention of colon cancer. “Our results suggest that green tea specifically targets initial stages of colon carcinogenesis;” wrote lead researcher Ala Issa of UNC.

Green tea spurs “detoxification” processes in the body. The body has a natural protector system built in to its cells called “Phase-II” enzymes. Components in green tea called “catechins” have been shown to “up-regulate” (increase) the production of these cellular protectors in a study coming from the University of Arizona. Publishing their work in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers &Prevention, researchers stated “Green tea catechins somehow increase the gene expression of these enzymes, which can be an advantage to people with low levels to start with.” (DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965. EPI-06-0830)

3. Vision – You Really Are What You Eat!

Children’s Hospital Researchers in Boston investigate the causes of vision loss recently showed that the retinas of our eyes are a direct reflection of our diet. Eat a lot of salmon and the good fats (omega-3 fatty acids) it contains will show up in the retina.

Eat a lot of hamburgers and the bad fats (saturated, trans-fats) they contain will show up instead. This is more important than it might appear on the surface because while good fats/omega-3 fatty acids support vision longevity, the reverse appears to be true for bad fats.

In conclusion studies such as this confirm what my mother taught me when I was a child; daily fruit and vegetable intake is critically important for optimal health, vitality and longevity! So we need to eat more fruits and veggies. These powerful phytonutrients should be a primary daily goal for the entire family.

Supplementation allows anyone to manage their nutrient intake. This is a simple and effective way to ensure long term outstanding health. May we all look good and feel great!

Take care,

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