Tag: oxidative stress

Toxic Heart, Toxic Body

Toxic Heart, Toxic Body

As American Heart Month 2016 winds down, I’d like to shift my focus to an area that we don’t always associate with heart issues – toxins. Toxins are everywhere; there is no doubt about it. In the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we eat, in our homes, in most products we use—even in the…

Broccoli Sprout Compound Shows Promise for Autism

An interesting study in children with autism was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal. Researchers tested the effects of a daily dose of sulforaphane, a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts, on children with autism. They found that many of the children receiving sulforaphane experienced significant improvements in social interaction and verbal communication, as…

High Blood Sugar is a Toxic Risk for Alzheimer’s

High blood sugar levels make beta amyloid protein—found in people with Alzheimer’s disease—more toxic to the cells that line blood vessels in the brain, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. High blood sugar is receiving increased attention for its role in Alzheimer’s, so much so that Alzheimer’s disease is also known by some experts…

Omega-3 Intake May Reduce Oxidative Stress that Leads to Dementia

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a precursor to dementia, and can involve impaired memory, language, thinking, and judgment. One potential contributing factor to MCI is oxidative stress, so a recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry sought to determine whether there is a link between omega-3 EPA and DHA intake and a marker of oxidative stress in the…

Omega-3 Boosts Heart Health in Smokers

Cigarette smokers are at greater risk of poor heart health due to the oxidative stress brought on by cigarette smoke in the bloodstream. After all, the lungs are in close contact with the bloodstream: each inhalation brings in air—and toxins found in smoke—that enters the blood after it passes through the lungs. Cigarette smoking is one of the main risk…

Have we Been Misled? What you Should Know about Dietary Fats

Have you been given the advice to substitute vegetables oils high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for animal fats high in saturated fats? Sure you have—if you have been listening to worldwide dietary guidelines since the 1960s. The basis of this advice relates to studies that found diets high in PUFAs are associated with lower levels of cholesterol. So a…

An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away

The old proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” rings true when you consider the healthy attributes of the apple. Apples are rich in antioxidants—nutrients that protect against the harmful effects of oxidative stress—especially when you include the peel. Also, the high fiber content of apples gives this fruit its digestive and heart health benefits. A recent study…

Probiotics Boost Gut Health in Athletes

Gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea are common among athletes. This is thought to be due to the change in blood flow during intense exercise—blood is diverted from digestion to the heart and muscles where it is needed. The decrease in blood flow to the intestines during intense exercise is known to increase intestinal permeability, or leaky…

Is Your Diet AGE-ing You?

The term advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is a mouthful for a group of compounds that are formed both in the body and in food by the reaction between sugars with proteins and lipids (fats). The sugars literally coat proteins and lipids, which causes them to not function well. In addition, these adulterated, now “new to nature” molecules are not…

Omega-3 Fish Oil Slows Markers of Aging

If there is one thing scientists would love to discover, it’s how to reverse the aging process. It is currently a hot topic of research and discussion, although very few factors have been found to help slow or reverse aging. A recent study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that four months of omega-3 fish oil supplementation—either…