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Vitamin supplements can increase risk of cancer and heart disease | Society | The Guardian

cardio-cocktail_150It is kind of hard to know what to make of this research. The information provided by the Guardian is limited at best. I think the major take away is that supplements are exactly that, supplements. There is no substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. For me personally, I would need to know what type of supplements the individuals were taking, natural or synthetic and who were the target participants in the study. Any research done on individuals who take supplements and ignore their health is doomed for failure or success depending on the desires of the researcher.

 

 

Taking more than the recommended dosage beta carotene a supplement advertised as a boost to the immune system was found to increase the risk of developing lung cancer and heart disease by up to 20%, according to the university. The review also noted that a trial involving a folic acid supplement, which is thought to reduce precancerous polyps in the colon, actually increased the number of polyps among users compared with those who received a placebo. Prof Tim Byers, associate director for cancer prevention at the universitys cancer centre, said: We have discovered that taking extra vitamins and minerals do more harm than good.

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Lipid-Based Vitamin D Formulation Boosts Blood Levels – Nutraceuticals World

News from Life Extension Foundation is showing the power of liquid supplements.  Switching from a powder to a liquid Vitamin D3 increased blood levels by 28.5 percent.  This is one of the things that makes Cardio Cocktail so powerful, it is a liquid supplement and easily absorbed.  That is truly the great thing about liquid supplements for the most part, they give the user more for their money.  You can read the full report in the link below.

Life Extension study showed 5, 000 IU softgel formulation led to a 28.5% increase in 25(OH) D blood levels. The annual scientific meeting is comprised of over 14, 000 scientists and exhibitors representing six sponsoring societies and multiple guest societies with interest in research and life sciences. Joyal, MD, set out to determine if a lipid-based softgel vitamin D supplement could boost vitamin D blood levels in healthy adults who had already been taking a dry, powder-based vitamin D capsule at the same dosage for at least 3 months.

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3 Simple Steps to Control Anger and Frustration with Others | Psychology Today

Most people know that stress is a major player when it comes to our personal health.  Unfortunately we seem to create our own stress by believing that life should occur a certain way and then getting upset when it doesn’t.  To live in a “it shouldn’t be this way world” is not living in reality.  The article from Psychology Today gives some tips on how to deal with the frustration of it shouldn’t be this way.  I am personally going to save the exercise for days when I think it shouldn’t be this way….

The majority of anger and frustration in life,no matter what the situation,has at its basis one simple thought.It shouldnt be this way. We all go through life with our own personal set of ideas about how we think things should work out,how we think people should treat us,how other people should behave etc. I like to refer to this personal sense we all of have of how the world should operate,as our personal rulebook. This personal rulebook incorporates our beliefs,perspectives,likes,ideals,and values.

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Brevard Times: Study: Sugary Drinks May Reduce Stress

While sugar-sweetened beverages may reduce the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, they certainly do not relieve stress on the pancreas!  I am not saying that aspartame-sweetened beverages would be any better.  One has to wonder what other stress these types of drinks put on the body?  Aspartame original purpose was an insecticide, but is now considered safe by the FDA.  Many any the alternative health field believe otherwise.  What do you think?

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may reduce stress while diet beverages sweetened with aspartame do not, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Societys Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study examined the effects of consuming sugar- and aspartame-sweetened beverages on a group of 19 women between the ages of 18 and 40. The researchers assigned eight women to consume aspartame-sweetened beverages, and 11 to drink sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Heart Disease and Statins

 

It’s not unusual to be in a health conversation with someone today and they ask you if you know your cholesterol level.  It seems like there has been a big campaign to associate your cholesterol level with longevity, life and health.  That is why statin drugs have been so popular in mainstream medicine, because they have been able to lower cholesterol in those taking them.  However, this has not been without side effects.  Those taking statins are encouraged to have routine checkups along with blood analysis.  The more we learn about statin medication and cholesterol the more it seems that there is some type of disconnect between what is truth and what is fiction.

Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with a high cholesterol. Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore his observation, or consider it as a rare exception, produced by chance among a huge number of studies finding the opposite.
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