|April 05, 2004|
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Many who have greater need of supplements are least likely to use them
British researchers analyzed questionnaires concerning dietary supplement use, general health, lifestyle behaviors, past and current illnesses, prescription drug use, dietary habits and demographic information that were completed by 15,465 adult members of the general population. They found that over a third of the respondents were using at least one dietary supplement. There was a positive correlation observed between taking supplements and self-rated health. Supplement use was greater among older individuals, women, Caucasians, nonsmokers, homeowners, and people who reported greater levels of physical activity. Individuals who reported a history of heart attack, stroke, angina or hypertension were less likely to be using vitamin and/or mineral supplements than those who did not report any of these conditions. Arthritis, backache or sciatica suffers were more likely to be consumers of fish oil supplements.
The researchers concluded that individuals usng any supplements had a reduced likeliness of a current or past chronic disease or acute event. The only health problem for which a positive association with the use of supplements was found was musculoskeletal disease associated with fish oil, the use of which has been supported by clinical trials. This suggests that people with or at risk of coronary heart disease are less likely to have positive care-seeking behaviors than those who have arthritis, which in itself could contribute to the disease because of its association with unhealthy lifestyles. The authors “would like to see local healthcare providers develop policies regarding the use of dietary supplements and to disseminate this information to consumers.”
Researchers reporting in the American Journal of Critical Care further unsettled the scientific community when they declared that 50% of patients with coronary artery disease do not have any of the traditional risk factors (Futterman et al. 1998). In fact, 50% of all individuals 50 years or younger who die from heart disease succumb without any established signs of heart disease. Does this mean that traditional risk factors are no longer valid? The intent of this material is to answer that question by providing a comprehensive review of contemporary and novel risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease and a complete dialogue regarding treatment options available to patients.
Laboratory testing to determine values of traditional and newer risk factors are valuable to all age groups. Tests are essential in preventive programs and as a means of monitoring progress for those with established cardiovascular disease. Be sure that you are being tested using the latest in screening tools, that is, technology capable of measuring the smaller, denser LDL particles (the form most susceptible to oxidation) and high sensitivity CRP screening.
Super Booster contains gamma-tocopherol and tocotrienols, critical fractions of vitamin E that must be formulated in an oil base. Newer research has shown that these two compounds may be even more effective than the alpha-tocopherol found in powdered multi-vitamin mixes. Another important reason to consume the gamma fractions of vitamin E is that alpha-tocopherol can displace gamma-tocopherol in the body, resulting in reduced protection against free-radical assault. The tocotrienols and gamma tocopherol fractions of vitamain E provide complementary benefits because they are effective on different physiologic functions.
Super Booster provides pharmaceutical potencies of a wide range of health protecting nutrients. A capsule of Super Booster provides 100 mg of chlorophyllin, a water-soluble form of chlorophyll that has potent DNA protecting properties. When taken with the heaviest meal of the day, chlorophyllin can help to neutralize potentially toxic ingested substances. The ginkgo extract provides 120 milligrams of a 28/7 standardized flavonoid ratio, more than conventional ginkgo extracts. Ginkgo flavonoids are known to strengthen capillaries, which can improve blood flow to the brain, helping to maintain cognitive health. Vitamin K (K1 and K2 ) regulates calcium metabolism in the body by keeping calcium in the bones and off of arterial walls. Super Booster provides the ideal daily dose of 10 mg of vitamin K.
For added protection from the cumulative effects of free-radical damage, Super Booster contains the proven antioxidants lutein, selenium and lycopene. The mineral selenium contributes to DNA repair, immune function, and cellular detoxification. Lycopene may be the most effective of all the carotenoids, providing antimutagenic and cardio-promoting benefits.
Orally administered coQ10 goes directly to the mitochondria where it works to regulate the oxidation of fats and sugars into energy—an important function since the natural production of coQ10 declines with advancing age. When the body has an ample amount of coQ10 the mitochondria can work most efficiently throughout the entire body, in cells everywhere, including the most densely populated area, the heart.
When coQ10 is orally administered, it is absorbed through the lymphatic canals and distributed throughout the body. Coenzyme Q10 should be taken with some form of fat, since absorption through the lymphatic canals is greatly enhanced in the presence of dietary fat. It is for this reason that coQ10 offered by Life Extension is available in rice bran oil softgel capsules.
Too often, people fall victim to a disease that could have been prevented or caught early had the proper blood tests been performed on a regular basis. Since 1983, the Life Extension Foundation has advocated that its members receive regular blood testing to maintain optimal health. Life Extension members have been able to order their blood tests directly from the Foundation since 1996, and pay less than the price charged by commercial laboratories.
Life Extension offers you the convenience of ordering blood tests from home, and will refer you to a network of hundreds of blood drawing stations throughout the United States. Under this program, you are sent the results of your tests and have the opportunity to speak with one of Life Extension’s physicians to discuss the results of the tests. (However, it is strongly recommended that you discuss your test results with your own physician.)
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