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Vitamin E and lung cancer risk

Vitamin E, when used in its four tocopherol form, was shown to significantly reduce lung cancer risk in a recent study, as opposed to the alpha-tocopherol form, which is the form most studies have used.

The Institute for Progressive Medicine’s Natural Vitamin E and Mixed Tocopherols contains all four tocopherols as found in nature.

Source: Dietary alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-tocopherols in lung cancer risk.

Vitamin K is not just for bone health any longer.

According to research performed at Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture, Human Nutrition Research Center, Tufts University, Boston, vitamin K supplementation shows hope for improving insulin resistance (for men at least). They supplemented nondiabetic men and women for 36 months. Their conclusion? Vitamin K supplementation for 36 months at doses attainable in the diet (500 mcg/day phylloquinone) may reduce progression of insulin resistance in older men. For some odd reason there were no statistically significant differences in outcome measures between intervention groups in women.

Another study out of UC San Diego states “Accumulating research suggests low-circulating vitamin D concentrations, i.e., 25-hydroxyvitamin-D, may be associated with an increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome”. Perhaps vitamins D and K make a good pair.

Source: Vitamin D, Parathyroid Hormone Levels, and the Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Community-Dwelling Older Adults.

A form of niacin may help protect brain function.  

Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, lowered levels of a protein called phosphorylated tau that leads to the development of tangles, one of two brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The vitamin also strengthened scaffolding along which information travels in brain cells, helping to keep neurons alive and further preventing symptoms in mice genetically wired to develop Alzheimer’s.

Source: Nicotinamide restores cognition in Alzheimer’s disease transgenic mice via a mechanism involving sirtuin inhibition and selective reduction of Thr231-phosphotau.

Acupuncture and Pregnancy

A review of seven clinical trials of acupuncture given with embryo transfer in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) suggests that acupuncture may improve rates of pregnancy. The reviewers found that acupuncture given as a complement to IVF increased the odds of achieving pregnancy. According to the researchers, the results indicate that 10 women undergoing IVF would need to be treated with acupuncture to bring about one additional pregnancy.

The Institutre for Progressive Medicine’s preconception care program can be effective for couples using IVF and/or natural methods only to get pregnant and includes acupuncture treatments as part of the standard protocol. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program, or call reception at 949-600-5100 for more information.

Source: Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis.

“Teach your children well.”

Supplementation with multi-vitamins has the potential to improve cognitive function in healthy children according to a recent study.

Source: Cognitive and mood effects in healthy children during 12 weeks’ supplementation with multi-vitamin/minerals.

The Institute for Progressive Medicine carries several high-potency, child friendly multivitamins in chewable, powder and liquid forms. Please call reception at 949-600-5100 for more information.

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