A Few Brazil Nuts Per Day Help Cholesterol Levels

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND  from “Brazil nuts intake improves lipid profile, oxidative stress and microvascular function in obese adolescents: a randomized controlled trial.” from the May 2011 publication ofNutrition & Metabolism. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years (1).  In adolescents, aged 12-19 years, the obesity rate increased from 5%Continue reading “A Few Brazil Nuts Per Day Help Cholesterol Levels”

Antioxidants for Oxidative Stress in Overweight & Obese Adults

By Jessica Patella, ND abstracted from “Effects of Astaxanthin on Oxidative Stress in Overweight and Obese Adults.” by Choi HD, et al. in Phytotherapy Research. Antioxidant has become the new buzz word, and rightfully so, due to all the positive research. Oxidative stress occurs in the body when there are too many free radicals (ROS),Continue reading “Antioxidants for Oxidative Stress in Overweight & Obese Adults”

Omega-3 Oils Reduce Obesity Related Disease Risk

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND abstracted from “Associations of obesity with triglycerides and C-reactive protein are attenuated in adults with high red blood cell eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acids,” in the 2011 issue of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Omega-3 oils, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are associated with lower cardiovascular diseaseContinue reading “Omega-3 Oils Reduce Obesity Related Disease Risk”

Americans Not Meeting Dietary Guidelines

By Jessica Patella, ND, abstracted from “Americans Do No Meet Federal Dietary Recommendations,”, in the October 2010 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. How do you know if you are meeting current dietary recommendations?  You might check the new food guide pyramid, now called MyPyramid (3).  And how do we stack up as a nation? Continue reading “Americans Not Meeting Dietary Guidelines”

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D3?

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND, from “A 16-Week Randomized Clinical Trial of 2000 International Units Daily Vitamin D3 Supplementation in Black Youth: 15-Hydroxyvitamin D, Adiposity, and Arterial Stiffness.” in the July 21, 2010 publication of the Journal of Clinical Endocrine Metabolism. In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that intakes for children and adolescentContinue reading “Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D3?”

Health Threat

The American Journal of Preventative Medicine just announced that Obesity (a BMI of 30 or greater) has just become a greater health threat than smoking. This is based on the quality-adjusted life-years lost because of smoking or obesity. It was determined that obesity causes more disability and activity limitations where smoking causes more pre-mature deaths.Continue reading “Health Threat”