Walk for your memory

You may or may not remember last year’s landmark four-year study related to Alzheimer’s disease sponsored by the Italians. The study appeared in December’s issue of Neurology. I found a link to an article about it below. In summary it showed that elderly people (over 65) who regularly walk significantly lower risk of vascular dementia.(1)Continue reading “Walk for your memory”

ADHD and omega-3

According to an article in the Scandinavian Journal of Nutrition (Scandinavia being where much of our purified fish oil supplements comes from), there is “mounting evidence” showing that fish oil DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids can be used in clinical treatment of ADHD.(1) Several studies have reported that supplementation with fish oil at high dosages (16gContinue reading “ADHD and omega-3”

Take Tylenol not Aspirin (unless you have osteoporosis, in which take fish oil and glucosamine)

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is a carboxylic acid derivative while Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an amide derivative.(1p478, 506) Both act as analgesics for relieving pain and reducing fever. By inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase in prostaglandin synthesis, aspirin reduces inflammation making it a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.(1p478) In the stomach environment, the carboxylic acid derivative reacts directly with theContinue reading “Take Tylenol not Aspirin (unless you have osteoporosis, in which take fish oil and glucosamine)”

Why do pregnant women need iron?

Pregnant women need additional iron intake, but if the body controls absorption and uptake, then why is diet not enough? While it may be true that the diet doesn’t provide enough, it may also include other factors beyond iron intake that may also affect women pre- and post-pregnancy. There are many dietary factors that canContinue reading “Why do pregnant women need iron?”

Sodium supplements or salt shakers?

I couldn’t imagine why anyone would supplement with sodium. We do so much “supplementation” already with our salt shakers. All that shaking is linked to hypertension, but overall, when food is salted lightly, the salting may not be all bad. When you eat salt, it guards you against sodium deficiency. The deficiency is not asContinue reading “Sodium supplements or salt shakers?”

Vitamin Supplementation Debate

Vitamin supplementation may have its place in clinical nutrition, but confusion of how or when to supplement can ultimately harm the consumer.(1) The confusion arises from “extreme” views of healthcare practitioners who say supplementation is not necessary at all and those who push for too much supplementation.(1p119) Non-credentialed experts and vitamins manufacturers interested in makingContinue reading “Vitamin Supplementation Debate”

Health Starts in The Gut

Going in with the gut, I’m led to deduce that health begins exactly there. The gut and other parts of the gastrointestinal system make up the basic conduit of nutrition.(1) Food eaten is broken down by the system into simpler substances, nutrients are absorbed and transported to cells, and then are metabolized for creation ofContinue reading “Health Starts in The Gut”

Women and Asians can’t hold their alcohol as well as European men

If you thought it interesting that women have less of aldehyde dehydrogenase, then you’ll no doubt be interested to know that many Asians have a deficiency.(1) This is why Chinese, Japanese and Koreans can be much more sensitive to alcohol than Europeans and Americans of European ancestry.(1) You’ll notice that Asians with this deficiency areContinue reading “Women and Asians can’t hold their alcohol as well as European men”