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Supplements for the Management of Age Related Influences on Parkinsons Disease.

Although the death rate from stroke is declining (mostly), it is rising for other neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer disease and Parkinson disease (PD). As opposed to Alzheimers we can pinpoint the abnormality in the brain that leads to PD, which involves a substantial destruction of the dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra. By the time an individual has lost 50%-70% of the dopamine-producing neurons in this region, the symptoms of PD, such as tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, and impaired balance and coordination, are already apparent.

You might think that simply giving dopamine ( as is currently the primary therapy) would resolve the symptoms, but any of the initial benefits of dopamine soon erode, leaving the patient trapped in a body that is increasingly less responsive. We also know that PD is associated with neuroinflammation and energy system dysfuntion (these two events are interlinked). Therefore, we need a therapy that assists both to offer a greater opportunity of clinical success.[1]

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Fish Oil Supplements Reduce Incidence of Cognitive Decline, Brain Atrophy

Regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults, according to a study published early online ahead of the print edition of the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.[1]

The study examined the relationship between FOS use and indicators of cognitive decline during the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)

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Ebola – Should We Be Worried?

At the end of July 2014, there has been a steady awareness of a rare and mostly geographically contained disease breaking cover from the far flung lands of West Africa and due to air travel making a noise in the western world.

As most nutritional therapists are engaged in non-contagious disease care, it is tempting to think that infectious diseases are diminishing risk and occurrence. However, there are periodic outbreaks that naturally raise tensions and all the more so when there is no known treatment and a death rate of approximately 70% depending on the genetic strain involved. Ebola-Zaire, now raging in West Africa, is just the most common of five Ebola species.

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‘Human Clinicals’ Build Natural Medicine Reference Site

Are you someone who likes to do research but can be overwhelmed at where to start, how to separate murine from human, in vitro from in vivo and really get to the nub of data trawling. Well you are not alone, and a new site has been established to help you with discovering human trials related to certain natural products. Whilst there are many data sites, this one is focused on ensuring that the materials have more immediate relevance than some.

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Study Suggests Cinnamon May Be Used To Halt Progression Of Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson disease (PD) is a common age associated neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system[1]that was first described in an essay entitled “An essay of the Shaking Palsy” by James Parkinson in 1817. Clinically PD is characterised by resting tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity and postural instability. Causes for the disease are not well known however environmental, genetic, and immunological factors have been associated with the onset of this disease.

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Perilla Extract (Benegut®) Improves IBS symptoms

A study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal identifies a number of benefits and improved function, achieved in people with IBS ( a functional loss of tolerance in the GI Tract) when consuming a 300mg daily dose of Perilla Extract.[1]

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What You Eat May Affect Your Body’s Internal Biological Clock

Source : Cell Press

Food not only nourishes the body but also affects its internal biological clock, which regulates the daily rhythm of many aspects of human behaviour and biology. Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Cell Reports provide new insights into how adjusting the clock through dietary manipulation may help patients with various conditions and show that insulin may be involved in resetting the clock.[1]

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Being Gluten-Free Linked to Less ‘Brain Fog’ in Coeliac Study

In a paper published in Aliment Pharmacol in Jul 2014, the symptom of ‘Brain Fog’ in effect a loss of cognitive clarity was resolved after going gluten free.[1]

Irene T. Lichtwark, PhD student, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues examined the connection among a gluten-free diet, celiac symptoms, and cognitive function among 11 newly diagnosed patients with celiac disease (8 women and 3 men) aged 22 to 39 years.

The researchers tested patients for information-processing efficacy, memory, visuospatial ability, motor function, and attention before starting them on a gluten-free diet. The researchers tested patients again 12 weeks into the diet, and again after 1 year of adherence to the diet. The researchers conducted blood testing, intestinal permeability tests, and small bowel biopsies via gastroscopy at baseline, week 12, and week 52.

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Selected Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG Research Abstracts

Symbiosis between the gastrointestinal microbiota and the host is the basis for these health

benefits. In exchange for a stable environment and adequate nutrients, the microbiota play a role in maturation of the gastrointestinal tract, provide the host with nutritional contributions and help safeguard the host from harmful microbes. When this symbiosis is disturbed, introduction of naturally occurring intestinal microflora, like Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, can assist in re-establishing homeostasis and optimal function.

 

To assist practitioners in the recovery of research papers that have utilised LGG as a primary organism for the determination of effects and outcomes, we hope this document will prove useful.

Vit C For Heart Health

In a paper published in the journal Atherosclerosis, the authors of the published article – Effect of vitamin C on endothelial function in health and disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.[1]  identified a specific improvement in one aspect related to arterial/vascular health, namely endothelial function.

The normal artery contains three layers. The inner layer, the tunica intima, is lined by a monolayer of endothelial cells (EC) that is in contact with blood. The middle layer, or tunica media, contains smooth muscle cells embedded in a complex extracellular matrix. The adventitia, the outer layer of artery, contains mast cells, nerve endings and microvessels. The direct contact of ECs with the blood flow means that they are particularly vulnerable to damage molecules in the blood on one hand, and that they have ideally “guard” roles on the other hand (i.e., sensing alterations in perfusate constituents and either responding directly or transmitting reactive signals to nearby cells, such as smooth vascular cells).

Consequently endothelial dysfunction contributes to the development of nearly all vascular diseases.

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