Acidic Diets may accelerate bone loss

A new study suggests that neutralizing an acid-producing diet may be an important key to reducing bone breakdown while aging. Fruits and vegetables are metabolized to bicarbonate and thus are alkali-producing. But the typical American diet is rich in protein and cereal grains that are metabolized to acid, and thus are acid-producing. With aging, such diets lead to a mild but slowly increasing metabolic acidosis which can then lead to bone loss.

Increasing fruit and vegetable intake can help reduce metabolic acidosis and thus decrease the rate of related bone breakdown.

We recommend Pure Synergy, a potent, great tasting and organic greens powder, to help you increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Pure Synergy is loaded with natural antioxidants, beneficial enzymes and micronutrients. Available now through IPM’s supplement store.

Source: Treatment with potassium bicarbonate lowers calcium excretion and bone resorption in older men and women.

Our fish reduces cholesterol uptake in arteries

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center report that supplementing the diet of mice with fish oil decreases the absorption of cholesterol in their arteries. Mice that received the high saturated fat diet experienced greater weight gain than the other two groups of mice, and had higher plasma free fatty acid and triglyceride levels. In contrast, mice that received fish oil had 40 percent lower plasma free fatty acids and 70 percent lower triglyceride levels than animals that received the standard diet.

While the high fat group had greater arterial uptake of LDL cholesterol than the control mice, those that received fish oil had significantly less entry of LDL cholesterol into their aortas. The researchers determined that the omega-3 fatty acids that are abundant in fish oil decrease lipoprotein lipase, a molecule that traps low density lipoprotein in the wall of the artery.

IPM offers a complete suite of fish oil products, including our popular Mega Omega products.

Source: n-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Arterial LDL-Cholesterol Delivery and Arterial Lipoprotein Lipase Levels and Lipase Distribution.

Ginkgo and cell phones

Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to prevent oxidative stress in brain tissue caused by mobile phone use. Also, Ginkgo biloba prevented mobile phone induced cellular injury in brain tissue histopathologically.

Ginkgo biloba is a primary ingredient in IPM’s Membrin supplement

Source: Ginkgo biloba prevents mobile phone-induced oxidative stress in rat brain.

Vitamin D may help prevent MS

Women who have insufficient levels of vitamin D during their pregnancy may negatively impact a genetic variant in their offspring that increases the risk of multiple sclerosis.

Researchers found that proteins in the body activated by vitamin D bind to a DNA sequence next to the DRB1*1501 variant on chromosome 6. DRB1*1501 is a variant which increases the risk of MS to 1 in 300 in those who carry a single copy and 1 in 100 in those carrying 2 copies, in contrast to a risk of 1 in 1000 in the rest of the population. The team believes that a mother’s vitamin D deficiency could alter the expression of DRB1*1501 in their children.

Our high dose vitamin D is available in both 1000 and 5000IU strengths

Source: Expression of the multiple sclerosis-associated MHC class II Allele HLA-DRB1*1501 is regulated by vitamin D.

Erectile Dysfunction as a predictor for heart disease

Men with erectile dysfunction or (ED) are 80 percent more likely to develop heart disease compared to men who do not have ED, a new Mayo Clinic study finds. Men ages 40 to 49 with ED, are twice as likely to get heart disease versus those who don’t.

Some have theorized that erectile dysfunction and coronary artery disease may be caused by the same underlying problem. A buildup of plaque that can block arteries around the heart may plug the smaller penile arteries first. Another idea is that arteries may lose elasticity over time, affecting the penis first and the heart later.

Studies have shown that vitamin K may prevent calcification of arteries.

Source: A population-based, longitudinal study of erectile dysfunction and future coronary artery disease.

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