Raspberry Ketone Supplements
Raspberry Ketone supplements have become increasingly popular since Dr. Oz mentioned them on his show touting them as a fat burner in a bottle. Since last year, the number of products containing this supplement ingredient has skyrocketed.
For those who’re considering taking raspberry ketone supplements, it should first be noted that to date, there has not been a single study which shows that they actually do work to promote weight loss in humans. Instead all of the current research on raspberry ketone supplements suggests that they help prevent weight gain and fat accumulation in rats who’re fed a high fat diet.
In the few rodent studies available, the rats/mice were fed dosages ranging from 0.5 to 2% of their body weight with a dose response relationship demonstrated. i.e. the rodents fed the higher dosages demonstrated better results.
When it comes to adapting doses from rodent models, the generally accepted method is simply not to adjust the weight difference on a mg/kg basis from rats to humans. Rather, other factors such as the differences in body surface area are also taken into account.
For humans, the typical dosage based on these calculations work out to a range from 50 mg to 200 mg per day.
Arthritis is one of the most common medical conditions for which people seek alternative or natural remedies. Why? It’s obvious that conventional treatment options for osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis are simply inadequate. Despite this, there still exists a fair amount of skepticism as to whether or not natural arthritis remedies actually work!
In terms of conventional treatment options, the outlook is fairly bleak. Typical options simply offer some degree of temporary pain relief. You can talk to your doctor about taking pain medication such as acetaminophen, or if you’re healthy enough to handle the side effects of NSAIDS, you might try those. After that, you can get joint injections for certain joints such as the knee with options including corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid. Steroids actually destroy your joints while providing pain relief, so there a last ditched option prior to joint replacement or other forms of surgery.
Alternative treatments include popular choices such as glucosamine sulfate, s-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), or devi’s claw extract. For a detailed discussion of the science behind these supplements see more by Dr. Jarret Morrow here.
Tips to prevent gout!
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Wow, it’s encouraging to see some of the natural options for treating diabetes.
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Over the past few years, the popularity of energy drinks has literally skyrocketed. One related concern for many parents involves the vast quantity of these drinks that they’re children consume.
Do you have an adolescent who drinks 2 or more energy drinks on a daily basis? If so you’re probably concerned about the potential side effects that may result.
- Seizures have been reported
- Heart related problems: arrhythmia , heart attacks, increase in blood pressure
Reviews of studies on Energy Drink Safety:
Again to corroborate previously supplied information, a review of studies listed on Medline regarding the safety of Energy Drinks yielded the following pieces of information.
First, from a study published in June of 2010 in the journal, The Physician and Sportsmedicine:
Guarana, which contains caffeine in addition to small amounts of theobromine, theophylline, and tannins, is also recognized as safe by the FDA, although it may lead to caffeine toxicity when combined with caffeine.
The combination of caffeine and guarana is one potential concern though each ingredient is generally regarded as safe when used alone.
Most energy drinks also contain sugar in an amount that exceeds the maximum recommended daily amount.
The amount of sugar found in energy drinks can be quite alarming.
Energy drinks combined with alcohol are also gaining popularity in young adults, which poses significant concerns about health risks.
Though there hasn’t been a wealth of research on this topic, the combination of Red Bull and Vodka, can be dangerous particularly since younger adults often consume an excess of both while drinking.
Other health concerns related to consumption of energy drinks include case reports of seizures and cardiac arrest following energy drink consumption and dental enamel erosion resulting from the acidity of energy drinks.
Dental enamel erosion isn’t often discussed, but it can be a concern given the PH of energy drinks.
Gout can be a painful condition which commonly affects the large toe. Gout itself has gotten a bad rap as the ‘disease of kings’ over the years because it’s associated with your intake of purines found in red meat.
It’s actually a metabolic condition which means there are important dietary factors associated with gout.
Research has long show that one of the natural remedies for lowering your uric acid levels is simply consuming bing sweet cherries. Accordingly, consuming 280 g of bing sweet cherries has been shown to have possible benefits. It’s speculated that the vitamin C found in these cherries is largely responsible for this effect.
For more natural remedies for gout, follow the link.
If you’ve missed it, it’s now cold & flu season. For most of us, this is just a general nuisance, but for others with weakened immune function, it can be more serious.
The common cold is causes by over 100 different viruses, but most often is caused by a rhinovirus. Common symptoms of the cold include a low-grade fever, cough, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, and headache.
Basic tips to beat the common cold:
If you’re looking to beat the common cold, you should always remember to wash your hands regularly. It’s also important to limit your stress levels since they can affect your immune system. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, get regular sleep.
If it’s too late and you’re already sick, what can you do?
Here’s a list of cold and flu remedies that you should check out.
From this list of natural cold remedies, we can see that both Siberian as well as American Ginseng can be potentially helpful according to recent studies at reducing the duration of the common cold.
What’s more is that Andrographis Paniculata may also be effective–particularly at reducing some of the symptoms such as runny nose and nasal congestion associated with the common cold.
Even simple remedies such as drinking hot beverages or even chicken noodle soup have been shown to provide some temporary relief from cold symptoms.
Vitamin C and D may also play an important role in reducing the duration of colds.
For more information about cold weather and respiratory illness, follow the link.
Extracts of marine pine bark are sold as a dietary supplement marketed under the proprietary name, Pycnogenol®. Over the past several years, Pycnogenol has been studied for numerous potential health benefits from every medical condition ranging from arthritis or diabetes to glaucoma or attention-deficit disorder.
For a review of the benefits of pycnogenol, follow the link.
Extracts of Pinus pinaster have a long history in traditional medicine or ethnomedicine. Commonly, these extracts are referred to as marine pine bark extract–they’re sold as a dietary supplement known by the proprietary name, Pycnogenol®.
Marine pine bark extract has established antioxidant effects and potential use in promoting cardiovascular health. In fact, its antioxidant effects were known dating back to Hippocrates and were further established by modern scientists.
Recently, the Institute of Medicine has released new recommended nutrient intake guidelines for vitamin D. To some, the new recommendations represent only a modest increase over previous guidelines.
Already the new guidelines have met with some controversy and criticism as well.
- Most people (1 – 70 years old): 600 IU per day
- Elderly (>70 years old): 800 IU per day
Here’s the complete infographic for Vitamin D and Calcium intake recommendations:
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With the aging population in the world in which we live, many of us are looking for ways to maintain or enhance our cognitive abilities. Many of us are already aware that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. For some of us, we’re already at an increased risk or susceptibility through genetics, but let’s take a look at some things we can do to preserve our cognitive function.
- Vitamin D Supplementation – Though it’s not well-established yet how important supplementation with vitamin D is yet compared to natural sources such as diet and sunlight, Vitamin D levels and cognition has already been an established connection.
- Beta Carotene – Long-term supplementation with Beta Carotene may play a role in preventing age-ass0ciated memory loss. Studies have looked at doses of 50 mg of beta carotene taken on alternate days.
- Abdominal obesity – A recent study demonstrated that abdominal obesity is associated with smaller brain volumes. If you’re concerned about cognitive decline as you age, it’s important to maintain a healthy body mass index to limit the effects of abdominal obesity on your brain health.
- Marijuana – Though a controversial topic in itself, marijuana use particularly in those under the age of 15 may affect how your brain develops. In this case, the solution is simple by avoiding the use of marijuana, particularly at a young age, you can avert potential problems associated with its use on your brain.
- Physical activity – The importance of physical activity on cognitive function has been highlighted also in studies involving adolescents. Exercise is associated with the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF.
- Cardiopulmonary fitness – Not only is physical activity an important aspect of cognition in adolescents, but its importance is also present in those with cardiovascular disease. Research suggests that cardiopulmonary fitness preserves cognitive function in those with cardiovascular disease.
- Resistance training – Other research suggests that it’s not just cardiovascular fitness that is important to preserve your cognitive function. In a recent study involving elderly women, resistance training was found to result in cognitive improvements in elderly populations.
- Head circumference – Oddly enough, research continues to show that the size of your brain determines your susceptibility to dementia. Having a larger head is considered a protective factor against dementia.
- Fish Oil – The importance of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids is also present in maintain or preserving cognitive function. Fish oil may help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Creatine – That’s right. Though mostly thought of for its role in enhancing athletic performance, creatine can also play a role in memory. For those who’re vegetarians, their diet is often lower in creatine since it is mostly found in meat products. Creatine supplementation improves memory for vegetarians according to recent studies.