Archive | June 2012

Study Shows Calcium Helps Sleep and Remedies Insomnia

Warm milk has long been a highly recommended folk remedy for insomnia. Regarding this, William Sears, M.D. says: “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.”

Calcium is directly related to our cycles of sleep.  In one study, published in the European Neurology Journal, researchers found that calcium levels in the body are higher during some of the deepest levels of sleep, such as the rapid eye movement (REM) phase.  The study concluded that disturbances in sleep, especially the absence of REM deep sleep or disturbed REM sleep, are related to a calcium deficiency. Restoration to the normal course of sleep was achieved following the normalization of the blood calcium level.
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Study Shows Exercise Reduces Hot Flashes and Menopause Symtoms

Exercise may be one of the most effective ways to reduce both hot flashes as well as heart trouble.  From the April 2007 issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine comes a study from Steriani Elavsky, a kinesiologist.  Kinesiology is the study of human movement and motion.  The study included 164 menopausal women in their 50’s who were experiencing hot flashes and insomnia and who were somewhat non-active.  They were put into three different groups – walkers, yoga-doers and sedentary non-exercisers, and were studied for four months.

The groups that reported their stress and tension were reduced, as well as having a betterment in their quality of life, were the women who walked regularly or took yoga classes.   About half the women who exercised reported these improvements and half reported no difference.  Women who walked derived the most benefit in terms of menopause symptom improvements, but yoga was also beneficial.

Elavsky concluded: “We found a significant association between changes in cardiorespiratory (heart and lung) fitness and changes in menopausal symptoms.  Women who experienced decreases in menopausal symptoms in the study also experienced improvements in all positive mental health and quality-of-life outcomes.”
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This health tip is provided by http://www.NutritionBreakthroughs.com, maker of the effective natural insomnia remedy Sleep Minerals II.  Sleep Minerals II contains highly absorbable forms of the best minerals for relaxation — calcium and magnesium.    The ingredients are delivered in a softgel form with carrier oils, making them more easily assimilated than capsules or tablets and providing a deeper, longer-lasting sleep.

Lyn K. of Los Angeles, CA. says: “I’ve had chronic insomnia for some years now and had been taking other calcium products to help with my sleep.  No other insomnia remedies have worked as effectively or consistently as Sleep Minerals II. I can count on it whenever I need help falling asleep at night or going back to sleep in the middle of the night. It also eases my menopause symptoms, evens out my hormonal changes, and seems to put my body into a healthy balance.”

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Nutrition Breakthroughs Awarded as a “Top 3 Nutrition Website” by TrendLists.com

TrendLists is a website that reviews Internet sites in many different categories and comes up with the best three on the web in each area.  Every conceivable category of interest is included.  Nutrition Breakthroughs has been chosen as a “Top 3” website in the category of Nutrition Websites.  According to TrendLists.com: “This is a 100% unbiased and handpicked Top3-list of the top Nutrition Websites. First of all, my editors do a lot of research and pull together a massive list of the top 100 Nutrition Websites.”

“When that’s done they try to narrow it down to only three sites which will be included in the Top3-list. This is not the easiest thing but they look for quality factors, user value, and of course also diversity when selecting the best Nutrition Websites.”

Jobee Knight, President of Nutrition Breakthroughs says: “This is a great honor and we thank TrendLists for selecting us.  We designed this site from the beginning to be informative and helpful by featuring articles and studies on natural remedies that are proven to work.  We prefer people use healthful solutions as opposed to drugs.  Our History of Nutrition page is the #1 site on the web on this topic and our insomnia remedy Sleep Minerals II, with calcium and magnesium, is used worldwide by people who prefer natural remedies to sleeping drugs.”

Veronica R. of British Columbia, Canada says: “Sleep Minerals II has worked wonders for me. Before I started taking it, I would fall asleep and wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep. When I got the product I started taking them, and have had no problems going back to sleep. Now I don’t have to be awake for two or three hours every night. I’m so happy I took the chance to try it.”

Elizabeth from the United Kingdom says: “I have suffered from insomnia on and off for at least ten years. I’ve tried many remedies — acupuncture, reflexology, herbal remedies, cognitive behavioral therapy, bach flower remedies, exercise, natural progesterone cream, etc. All have helped temporarily or to a certain extent but I have still continued to suffer from waking up in the night, after which it was difficult to return to sleep. I have been using the Sleep Minerals II for about six weeks now and I am still experiencing great benefits from it.”

The TrendLists web site describes more about their process of selection and their purpose for making people more aware of nutritional information.  “The Nutrition Websites listed … are hand picked by our editors and they are all trusted and very good Nutrition Websites.  Staying fit and healthy all boils down into one single most important factor – nutrition. If people know what they are eating and what they can get from the food that they eat, then they will become more conscious and knowledgeable about food. And as a result they would eat right and become fit and very healthy in the process.”

TrendLists says this about the Nutrition Breakthroughs website: “There is a part here that focuses on women’s health and there is also a portion that is just for men.  The nutrition dictionary that can be found here is really very good since people can check it any time for reference.  People would really learn a lot of things from this site.”

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Women’s bone health: Beyond Calcium and Vitamin D

By: Jay Cao, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Human Nutrition Research Center

You probably know that women after menopause are more likely than men to lose bone and develop osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become porous and easy to break. That’s because women after menopause produce less estrogen, a hormone that helps prevent bone loss.

In the United States, about 10 million people, 80 percent of them women, aged 50 or older have osteoporosis. There are about 1.5 million people who suffer an osteoporotic-related fracture each year. Osteoporosis is responsible for more than $17 billion in direct annual health care expenditures.

Build healthy bones early

Bone is a living tissue that is constantly built and broken down throughout a person’s lifetime. The speed of building and breaking down determines bone mass. Bone mass is like a bank account in which balance is determined by deposits and withdraws. During the first two decades of women’s lives, bone formation outpaces breakdown, and bone grows in length and width. Women reach their peak bone mass, or maximum bone strength and density, before the age of 40 years. In general, women with higher peak bone mass achieved before menopause will be at lower risk for developing osteoporosis later in life.

Because almost half of the adult bone mass is acquired during the growth spurt before puberty, maximizing the peak bone mass in early life is crucial for the prevention of osteoporosis.

Although peak bone mass is strongly influenced by genetic factors that we cannot change, there are many other factors that we can modify to increase bone size and strength — such as nutrition, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors.

Calcium and vitamin D

Adequate calcium and vitamin D intakes are vital for normal bone development throughout womens’ lives. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. Vitamin D is essential for intestinal calcium absorption by the body. Vitamin D can be synthesized by the skin after exposure to ultraviolet light in sunlight. The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine recommends adult women should take 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day and 400 IU vitamin D/day. Women older than age 70 years should take 600 IU vitamin D/day.

Fortified cereals and juices and dairy products like milk and yogurt are excellent sources of calcium. Good sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, salmon, or fortified orange juice and cereal.

Other dietary factors

Despite many years of research on the roles of calcium and vitamin D in bone health, we still haven’t been able to prevent osteoporosis. Now, we know many other dietary factors may have equal or more important roles affecting calcium absorption, bone formation and bone resorption as calcium and vitamin D.

For example, inadequate magnesium intake affects calcium metabolism, resulting decreased bone strength and volume. Iron may help bone formation. Zinc is also necessary to bone structure. People with low protein intake usually have low intestinal calcium absorption and low bone mass. Antioxidants in foods can reduce bone loss, increase bone formation, and improve bone quality.

And being obese is bad for your bones — the key to getting enough nutrients necessary for healthy bones is to eat balanced foods.

Physical activity

As with many other health disorders such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and chronic heart disease, physical activity, especially weight-bearing activity, increases your bone mass and reduces your risk of osteoporosis. No matter how old you are, or whether you are male or female, weight-bearing activity increases bone density.

Women especially should engage in at least 30 minutes physical activity per day, as recommended by MyPyramid, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Among the many activities to consider are walking, jogging, running, stair-climbing, dancing, and swimming.

No matter what kind of physical activity you choose and how much physical activity you perform, as long as you are active physically, you are helping your bones.

You can visit the website at MyPyramid.gov for physical activity and dietary recommendations to improve your quality of life. These recommendations should also help you build healthy bones.   via http://www.ars.usda.gov

Important comment from the blog author Nutrition Breakthroughs:    Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D have many beneficial roles in the body. Calcium strengthens bones, improves heart and stomach health, calms our nerves and muscles, and helps with sleeplessness and insomnia. Calcium supplements should be balanced with magnesium and contain twice as much calcium as magnesium.

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Vitamin E and Minerals Help Hot Flashes and Insomnia

Vitamin E is famous for it’s health benefits to glands and organs, however it may not be generally known that vitamin E is a proven remedy for hot flashes. Adelle Davis, the first nutritionist to base her recommendations on science-based studies, says: “During the menopause the need for vitamin E soars ten to fifty times over that previously required. Hot flashes and night sweats often disappear when 50 to 500 units of vitamin E are taken daily, but they quickly recur should the vitamin be stopped.”

One study supporting vitamin E is from the University of Iran, published in Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation in 2007.  400 IU of vitamin E in a softgel cap was given to the participants daily for four weeks. A diary was used to measure hot flashes before the study and at the end. The researchers concluded that vitamin E is effective and is a recommended treatment for hot flashes.

This article is provided to you by http://www.NutritionBreakthroughs.com, maker of the effective natural sleep remedy “Sleep Minerals II”.  This insomnia remedy contains highly absorbable forms of magnesium and calcium, the best-known minerals for relaxation and rest.

Rita B. of North Carolina says: “I am a 53 year-old female in the throes of pre-menopause. I was starting to develop insomnia and did not want to go there. Since I’ve been taking Sleep Minerals II, I am sleeping so much better. I still wake up for the nightly trip to the restroom, but other than that I am sleeping through the night and I wake up feeling rested and ready to tackle the day. I am not into social media and have never written a review, but I wanted to say that I am very grateful for this product.”

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Male Menopause – Studies on Insomnia, Hormones and Natural Remedies

You may have heard of the term “male menopause”, but what exactly does it mean? For a woman, the average age of menopause is 51. This is the time when she stops having monthly menstrual periods and it occurs when her ovaries stop producing sufficient estrogen and progesterone for her cycles to take place. With men, the gradual fall in testosterone levels (from 30 to 40 percent) is common between the ages of 48 and 70. It is a less rapid hormonal decline than in women. Male menopause can also be called “andropause”.

As testosterone levels drop, men may experience a loss in muscle strength and function, an increase in body fat, and a decrease in sexual function. Men can experience symptoms similar to the female menopause such as hot flashes or excessive sweating, depression, mood swings, eye problems, joint stiffness, night sweats, osteoporosis, and sleep problems or insomnia.

In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists isolated the key symptoms that identify male menopause. Researchers from Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK interviewed a total of 3,369 men aged between 40 and 79 years. They asked specific questions about their sexual, physical and psychological health and measured their testosterone levels. The scientists identified less sexual desire and less sexual functional ability as being the identifying symptoms.

The lead author of the study, Professor Fred Wu from the University of Manchester in the UK, summarized the results. He said that in order to increase the probability of correctly diagnosing male menopause, it is important to specify the presence of all symptoms together, along with low testosterone in the blood. These findings are expected to help physicians better assess the condition and the need for treatment, particularly testosterone therapy.

However, the side effects of testosterone medications can include agitation, rapid heart rate, nervousness, an excess of red blood cells, and prostate gland growth. Physicians recommend that a prostate exam and tests be done before and after testosterone therapy, to help rule out prostate cancer.

On the other hand, natural remedies can improve a man’s health. One study published in the journal “Biological Trace Element Research” measured the effects of four weeks of calcium supplementation on testosterone levels in adult males. The scientists concluded that calcium supplementation increased testosterone in both athletes and in non-training, sedentary men.

Insomnia can become a problem as hormones decline. Calcium is a natural sedative that releases the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan and it is directly related to our cycles of sleep. In one study, published in the European Neurology Journal, researchers found that calcium levels in the body are higher during some of the deepest levels of sleep, such as the rapid eye movement (REM) phase. The study concluded that disturbances in sleep, especially the absence of deep REM sleep, are related to a calcium deficiency. Restoration to the normal course of sleep followed the normalization of the blood calcium level.

Jobee Knight, a nutritional researcher and founder of http://www.NutritionBreakthroughs.com in Glendale, CA., is someone who fought her own battle against menopausal insomnia. After testing several insomnia remedies containing calcium, one stood out from the rest. The product, known as Sleep Minerals II, contains highly absorbable forms of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D – – mixed together with oils in a softgel.

Lyn K. of Los Angeles, CA. says, “I’ve had chronic insomnia for some years now and had been taking other calcium-related sleep remedies to help with my sleep. None have worked as effectively or consistently as Sleep Minerals II. I can count on it whenever I need help falling asleep at night or going back to sleep in the middle of the night. It also eases my menopause symptoms, evens out my hormonal changes, and seems to put my body into a healthy balance.”

Dr. Susan Jewell, a Physician-Scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine recommends the following for male menopause: Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, and herring, as well as fish oil supplements (for the heart and overall health). Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, fruit juice, and rice milk or almond milk. Tomatoes and berries are particularly helpful.

Exercise daily. Taking a daily walk or jog can help greatly. A 2009 study by the New England Research Institute showed that an increase in weight leads to a decrease in testosterone. Saw Palmetto is an herb that in over twenty trials was shown to benefit prostate symptoms and male health. Dr Jewell also notes, drinking cranberry juice is a great way to clear out your urinary tract system.

Whether you’re male or female, menopause can mean the gateway into the best years of your life. Keep yourself as healthy as you can, do some exercise, sleep well, and enjoy them.

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Vitamin D Reduces Inflammation (aches, pains), and Helps Immunity

via http://www.sciencedaily.com

Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered specific molecular and (cellular) signaling events by which vitamin D inhibits inflammation. In their experiments, they showed that low levels of Vitamin D, comparable to levels found in millions of people, failed to inhibit the inflammatory (response in the body), while levels considered adequate did inhibit inflammatory signaling (a chain response in the body). They reported their results in the March 1, 2012, issue of The Journal of Immunology.

Here are some excerpts from the ScienceDaily article:

Through a complex series of experiments, the researchers identified a new location where the vitamin-D receptor appears to bind directly to (cellular) DNA and activate a gene…..that ….interferes with the inflammatory cascade (chain response).

“This newly identified DNA-binding site for vitamin-D …, and the specific (inflammation) pathways inhibited by higher levels of vitamin D provide a plausible mechanism for many of the benefits that have been associated with vitamin D,” said Dr. Goleva.

Comments from the blog author Nutrition Breakthroughs:

Vitamin D has been found to be beneficial for many health conditions such as increasing calcium absorption, strengthening bones, increasing immunity and reducing cancer risk. According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin D might additionally play some role in the prevention and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, multiple sclerosis and other medical conditions.

Due to the fact Vitamin D improves the absorption of calcium, it can assist the relaxing minerals such as calcium and magnesium to be even more effective as insomnia remedies. Sleep Minerals II from http://www.NutritionBreakthroughs.com is an powerful natural sleep remedy that contains absorbable forms of magnesium and calcium, as well as Vitamin D. For more information on Sleep Minerals II, visit this link:
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Healthy Colors of Your Diet (Purple, red, yellow fruits and veggies)

By Matthew Picklo,  Human Nutrition Research Center

Have you thought about the many colors of our foods?  They catch our eye and add so much to the appeal of our meals – particularly fruits and vegetables.  Research shows that the colors of our foods may also be related to the health benefits they provide.

The pigments that give plant foods their vibrant colors are of value to the plants themselves, as well as to those who consume them.  These colorful fruit and vegetable pigments also serve to attract feeding animals who later help distribute the plants’ seeds.

Plant pigments have long been of interest to food chemists who have studied their contributions to the visual appeal of foods.  In recent years, there also has been an explosion of interest in the health potentials of the pigments that are responsible for food colors.

There are several types of pigments in foods.  One group is the “anthocyanins”, a term derived from the Greek words for “flower” and “blue”.  Anthocyanins are present in many fruits including cherries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries.  They also are found in colored grains such as purple corn, red rice, black rice, purple carrots and blue potatoes.   One of the richest sources of anthocyanins is the chokecherry.  Black rice, which has a purple-black bran, also has very high levels of anthocyanins. In ancient China, it was known as “forbidden rice”, as it and was only eaten by the nobility.  Anthocyanins appear to protect plant tissues from damage by ultraviolet light.  They may also be anti-microbial.

Laboratory studies suggest that the anthocyanins in foods benefit health by reducing inflammation and preventing oxidative damage to cells, a process associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Studies have shown this for anthocyanin-rich fruit juices, and scientists are now asking whether some anthocyanins may be more useful than others, and how they function in the body.

Another group of plant pigments are the carotenoids – a large group of more than 600 compounds that give vegetables and fruits their yellow, orange and red colors. Some familiar sources include tomatoes, carrots, yellow squash and spinach.  The most common carotenoids are beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein.

Beta-carotene is related chemically to vitamin A, which is essential for vision and functions in maintaining healthy bones, immune function and may other vital functions.  In fact, the body can convert beta-carotene to vitamin A.  Spinach, carrots, orange juice and cantaloupe are particularly good sources of beta-carotene.

Lycopene is present in tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato juice.  It is of current interest in cancer research, as studies have associated reduced prostate cancer risk for men with relatively high blood levels of lycopene.

Lutein is accumulated by the key visual area of the retina called the macula where it is thought to protect against potentially damaging effects of light.  It is thought that lutein may reduce the risk of macular degeneration, which is a major cause of visual impairment in people aged fifty years and older.  Good sources of lutein include green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and turnips greens.  USDA scientists have found that eggs can be an important source of lutein.

Understanding how diet and physical activity can prevent disease and promote health is central to the research mission of the USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, or GFHNRC. This includes better understanding of the health roles of anthocyanins and carotenoids.

More information to help you make healthful and colorful food choices can be found at MyPyramid.gov.
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Comments from the blog author Nutrition Breakthroughs: When deciding what to eat, seek out brightly colored fruits and vegetables for greater health. Good eating leads to good health for all parts of your body, including your heart and brain, and leads to higher levels of energy during the day and better, deeper sleep at night.

This article is provided to you by http://www.NutritionBreakthroughs.com, maker of the effective sleep remedy for insomnia “Sleep Minerals II”. Sleep Minerals II contains highly absorbable forms of magnesium, calcium and Vitamin D. If you or someone you care about would like to get better, deeper, or longer sleep, visit this link: http://www.nutritionbreakthroughs.com/html/sleep_remedy_for_insomnia_help.html

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Source: http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=21735

Study Shows Cooler Body Temperature Helps You Sleep

A drop in body temperature may help you fall asleep.  According to a study in the Journal “Sleep”, making a special effort to cool down before bedtime may be of particular benefit to insomniacs. Sleep specialists have long debated whether the regular nighttime drop in temperature induces sleep or follows it. To investigate this question, Doctors Murphy and Campbell of the New York Hospital’s Cornell Medical Center in White Plains, recruited 21 men and 23 women, aged 19 to 82.

The researchers identified the time at which the subjects’ body temperature fell most sharply. This point almost always occurred in the two hours before sleep began.  Therefore, people with trouble falling asleep might benefit from taking hot baths about 90 minutes before bedtime, the researchers speculate. When they get out of the bath, body temperature will drop rapidly, and this might help them to fall asleep faster.

This article is provided to you by http://www.NutritionBreakthroughs.com, maker of the effective natural sleep remedy for insomnia help “Sleep Minerals II”.

Sleep Minerals II contains highly absorbable forms of magnesium and calcium, the best-known minerals for relaxation and rest.  If you need to get better, deeper sleep, visit this link: http://www.nutritionbreakthroughs.com/html/sleep_remedy_for_insomnia_help.html

Magnesium Lowers Blood Pressure, Study Suggests (from ScienceDaily)

Elevated blood pressure or hypertension is a major risk factor ….from cardiovascular and renal (kidney) disease. Causes of hypertension include (but are not limited to) smoking, sedentary lifestyle, a diet high in sodium and an inadequate intake of other minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

“Until now, there’s been inconclusive evidence regarding the effect of magnesium supplements on blood pressure,” said Lindsy Kass, Senior Lecturer and registered nutritionist at the University of Hertfordshire. “So we conducted an ….analysis by analysing data from twenty-two trials involving 1,173 people to assess the effect of magnesium on blood pressure.”

In the trials, the magnesium supplementation doses ranged from 120 to 973 mg with between 3 to 24 weeks of follow-up. Although not all individual trials showed significance in blood pressure reduction, by combining the trials, the overall data indicated that magnesium supplementation reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. With the best results observed at the higher dosages.

Comment from the blog author Nutrition Breakthroughs:

According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, magnesium deficiency can also contribute to insomnia.  They say that:

“Researchers have found in both human and animal studies that magnesium deficiency results in sleep disturbances, such as agitated sleep and frequent periods of awakenings. This has been related to changes in electrical activity in the brain. It looks like magnesium is important for a good night sleep.”

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