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B12 for Brain Health

In a recent review of the literature, adequate levels of vitamin B12 may still not be enough to fend off the potential of age related cognitive decline. It is suggested that higher levels of B12 may be more efficacious in avoiding this common effect of B12 deficiency. B12 is also important in the reduction of Homocysteine, a marker for cardiovascular disease.

B12 levels can be detected through a simple laboratory test that can be ordered here at IPM.

IPM’s Homocysteine Factors provides 1000mcg of vitamin B12, along with other ingredients included to support patients with higher homocysteine levels.

Source: Vitamin B-12 and cognition in the elderly.

Inflammation and the neutrophil.

Among the first cells of the immune system to respond to microorganisms that invade our body are neutrophils. Although neutrophils are considered the “good guys” in such circumstances, they also contribute to the noninfectious chronic inflammation that underlies various diseases, including autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

A team of researchers at the Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology, Germany, have now shown that two NSPs or neutrophil serine proteases, which are normally used to destroy harmful microorganism, actually have a crucial role in one form of noninfectious chronic inflammation.

To learn more about inflammation and possible treatment protocols, please click here to access Wednesdays Clinical Rounds with Jay Sandweiss, D.O., D.A.B.M.A.

IPM’s Inflammatone combines the best of science and enzyme technology for degrading fibrinolytic protein compounds produced during inflammation.

Source: Proteinase 3 and neutrophil elastase enhance inflammation in mice by inactivating antiinflammatory progranulin.

Fatty Acids and Child Development

A six-year study has demonstrated that high doses of fatty acids administered to pre-term infants via their mother’s breast milk or infant formula can help their mental development. Researchers found that a major lipid in the brain, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is not developed sufficiently in babies born before 33 weeks’ gestation, leading to possible impaired mental development.

To counter this, increased doses of DHA (1000mg per day) were administered to lactating mothers with pre-term infants. Of 657 premature babies tested in a trial about 50% fewer infants on high-DHA diets had significantly delayed mental development compared with low DHA diets.

Our doctors recommend essential fatty acids to patients to help prevent a varienty of conditions.  IPM carries several high dose, pharmaceutical grade essential fatty acid formulas. Please call us for recommendations at 949-600-5100.

Source: Neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infants fed high-dose docosahexaenoic acid: a randomized controlled trial.

O.K. I admit it. I really do read the Inquirer

It appears that in spite of the healthy messages contained in many magazine articles, researchers from the U.K. found them filled with sugary and salty food advertisements that grossly contradicted the essence of the health oriented article.

“Nearly every magazine contains advice on a healthier lifestyle, yet we found the food adverts were for products high in sugar and salt and low in fiber such as ready meals, sauces and confectionary,” explains Dr Jean Adams, lecturer in public health at Newcastle University, who led the study.

Source: Socio-economic and gender differences in nutritional content of foods advertised in popular UK weekly magazines.

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