Prescription 2014: Natural Remedies Check UpSeptember 10, 2014 Written by JP [Font too small?]
In modern times, the concept of preventive medicine has been widely embraced by virtually all branches of the health care system. Perhaps the most common example is the recommendation to get an annual physical exam. The idea behind a yearly “check up” is to find developing health issues early on and to evaluate the efficacy and safety of longer term treatments which may require adjustments. Periodically, this very same practice can and should be applied to natural health routines as well.
About once-a-year, I suggest reviewing your list of natural remedies to determine whether they’re still the best options for your personal wellness goals. By doing so, you will likely discover some simple tweaks that can improve your health and possibly save you money. I consistently find this to be true when reviewing the diets, practices and supplements my clients use to maintain or regain their good health. Also, this is why I occasionally write “update” columns. Often, things change fast and unpredictably in the field of integrative medicine. And, if you don’t keep an eye out for the latest facts and figures, you’re likely to miss out.
Here are some breaking developments that you may want to consider in order to modernize your current wellness routine. If you’re trying to lower your blood sugar, new studies point to three promising candidates: maqui berry extract, nopal cactus and resveratrol. The latest data confirm the historical benefits of easting nopal cactus as a side dish, provide scientific support for the use of maqui berries and reveal that very high dosages of resveratrol (500 mg, thrice-daily) may be needed to improve insulin sensitivity and other factors associated with metabolic syndrome. Anyone concerned about cardiovascular health or prostate cancer should take heed of recent findings in the field of lycopene/tomato research. Emerging data demonstrate that consuming lycopene supplements or tomato juice improves vascular function and lowers inflammation in those with cardiovascular disease and heart failure. In addition, 10 mg daily of lycopene decreases a marker of prostate cancer progression (PSA velocity) and reduces the likelihood of “lethal prostate cancer”. Lastly, anyone living with depression and pain should take note of three trials which indicate that yoga (thrice-weekly for 12 weeks), bergamot and lavender oil aromatherapy, and a patented curcumin extract known as BCM-95 (500 mg, twice-daily) support healthier mood states whether linked to physical pain or not. Check up complete!
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To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 - Delphinol® Standardized Maqui Berry Extract Reduces Postprandial … (link)
Study 2 - The Effect of Nopal (Opuntia Ficus Indica) on Postprandial Blood … (link)
Study 3 - Effect of Resveratrol Administration on Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin … (link)
Study 4 - Effects of Oral Lycopene Supplementation on Vascular Function in … (link)
Study 5 – Lycopene Dietary Intervention: A Pilot Study in Patients With Heart … (link)
Study 6 - Lycopene Can Reduce Prostate-Specific Antigen Velocity in a Phase … (link)
Study 7 - Dietary Lycopene, Angiogenesis, and Prostate Cancer: A Prospective … (link)
Study 8 – Effect of Yoga on Pain, Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, and … (link)
Study 9 - Aromatherapy: Does It Help to Relieve Pain, Depression, Anxiety ... (link)
Study 10 - Curcumin for the Treatment of Major Depression: A Randomised … (link)
BCM-95 (Curcumin) Reduces Depression and Inflammation
Source: Neurotox Res. 2013 Feb;23(2):131-44. (link)
Tags: Curcumin, Lycopene, Prostate
Posted in Alternative Therapies, Diabetes, Nutritional Supplements