Dementia and Vitamin D
A new large-scale senior population study has found that a lack of vitamin D in the elderly could be linked to cognitive impairment. The study prompted researchers to suggest vitamin D supplementation as a possible means of reducing the risk of dementia. The findings from the researchers revealed that compared to those with optimum levels of vitamin D, those with the lowest levels were more than twice as likely to be cognitively impaired.

Our high dose Vitamin D supplements are available in both 1000 and 5000 IU strengths.

Source: Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentration and Cognitive Impairment.

Possible help for autism
Symptoms of autism were improved in children who were supplemented with a combination of magnesium and vitamin B6.

IPM has several high quality supplements providing appropriate doses or vitamin B6 for autistic children.

Source: Improvement of neurobehavioral disorders in children supplemented with magnesium-vitamin B6. II. Pervasive developmental disorder-autism.

To learn more about autism click here to access Wednesday’s Clinical Rounds discussion with Tamara Smith, N.D.

Green Tea for disease prevention and fat reduction
Catechins, a sub-class of polyphenols, or antioxidant compounds found in green tea could help promote exercise-induced abdominal fat loss, according to a new study. Green tea is a rich source of catechins, which are thought to play a beneficial role in reducing the risk of various diseases, including Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, cardiovascular and oral health.

This current study found that consuming a beverage containing green tea catechins (625mg/d) may enhance exercise-induced loss of abdominal fat and improve triglyceride levels.
IPM’s  EGCg product is standardized to contain 250mg of pure EGCg and 80% total cathechins, for a full spectrum green tea extract.

Source: Green tea catechin consumption enhances exercise-induced abdominal fat loss in overweight and obese adults.

Broccoli may help prevent colon cancer
Researchers have identified a pathway to explain how a compound in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may protect against pancreatic cancer. Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, contain high levels of the active plant chemicals glucosinolates. These are metabolized by the body into isothiocyanates, which are known to be powerful anti-carcinogens.

The researchers report that the one such isothiocyanates, benzyl isothiocyanate (BITC), may be protective against tumors in the pancreas via a mechanism dependent on the protein STAT-3. According the authors, the STAT-3 protein promotes the survival and proliferation of cancer cells. Exposure of the cells to BITC reportedly increased cell death (apoptosis) by reducing the amount of activated STAT-3 protein.

Source: The Role of STAT-3 in the Induction of Apoptosis in Pancreatic Cancer Cells by Benzyl Isothiocyanate.

Omega-3s and Depression
Researchers presented the first hard evidence that omega-3 supplements are effective for treating common menopause-related mental health problems although no positive effect was observed among a small group of women with more severe depressive symptoms. Women with hot flashes also noted that their condition improved after consuming omega-3s.

IPM provides you with a whole suite of Omega-3 fatty acid formulas to choose from.

Source: Ethyl-eicosapentaenoic acid for the treatment of psychological distress and depressive symptoms in middle-aged women: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial.

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