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Vitamin C can effect inflammatory markers
A new study adds to the evidence that vitamin C supplements can lower concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP), a central biomarker of inflammation that has been shown to be a powerful predictor of heart disease and diabetes. The study shows that for healthy, non-smoking adults with an elevated level of CRP, a daily dose of vitamin C lowered levels of the inflammation biomarker after two months compared with those who took a placebo.

However, participants who did not start out with elevated CRP levels saw no benefit from vitamin C supplementation. “This is an important distinction; treatment with vitamin C is ineffective in persons whose levels of CRP are less than 1 milligram per liter, but very effective for those with higher levels,” said the lead researcher.

Several high potency forms of vitamin C are available through our supplement store. In addition, other supplement combinations and lifestyle modification can be effective at lowering CRP levels. Please consult your doctor at IPM for details.

Source: Vitamin C treatment reduces elevated C-reactive protein.

Magnesium and cellular aging
A recent study has demonstrated that cell replication and metabolism is negatively impacted when human endothelial cells and fibroblasts are grown in a culture that is deficient in magnesium. The scientists go on to say, “we propose that broadly correcting nutritional intakes of Mg might contribute to healthier aging and the prevention of age-related diseases.”

Magnesium is available in both powder and capsule forms through our supplement store.

Source: A connection between magnesium deficiency and aging: new insights from cellular studies.

L-carnitine, muscle function and body composition
Supplementation with L-carnitine may restore natural losses of the nutrient that occur with age, according to a new study using rat models. Researchers report that supplementation with L-carnitine led to increases in the levels of L-carnitine in rat muscle cells, improving muscle capabilities as well as inducing positive changes in body composition in the old animals.

L-carnitine is available through Institute for Progressive Medicine. Please call 949-600-5100 to order.

Source: L-carnitine supplementation and physical exercise restore age-associated decline in some mitochondrial functions in the rat.

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