Yes I know what you’re thinking – will she ever stop! But the more I learn about CoQ10 the more I believe that every one of us could benefit from having more of it. Watching the London Olympics I couldn’t help wondering how many of the athletes are aware of CoQ10 and the possibility that it may enhance their already excellent performance. Wouldn’t it have been great to have done an experiment, especially since its not a drug that could get them banned! I’ve mentioned before how much 100mg CoQ10 a day has improved my own energy levels – in fact I’m considering trying out for the Olympics myself next year!
But here’s more convincing evidence: • In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in 2008 in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Baylor University scientists found that supplements of 100 and 200 mg increased CoQ10 levels in muscles and prolonged the length of exercise in healthy adults. • A double-blind, placebo-controlled study from researchers at the University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan, published in 2008 in Nutrition, showed that 300mg of CoQ10 helped exercise bikers achieve higher velocities for longer periods of time and recover from fatigue more rapidly. • Another Japanese study, this one in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed that CoQ10 supplements reduced muscle injury in keno athletes and Spanish researchers found the same protective effects in soccer players.
However these are not the only reasons sporty people should take CoQ10. Because they’re burning up more energy they are also producing more free radicals and athletes who do not take in sufficient antioxidants to neutralize free radicals tend to be more susceptible to frequent infections as well as rapid ageing. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant. Due to its ability to accept and relinquish electrons, it travels through the blood stream quenching free radicals and by doing this also prevents oxidation of LDL in blood vessels. Its antioxidant activity also makes it especially important for the prevention of hypertension, strokes, heart attacks and congestive heart failure.
What's the best form of CoQ10; ubiquinone or ubiquinol?
Most of the CoQ10 supplements are in ubuiqinone form which clocks in at a better price than the ubiquinol form. Suppliers of ubiquinol suggest that the body cannot convert ubiquinone to ubiquinol. Rather than listen to those who peddle ubiquinol, let’s hear what CoQ10 experts at Biotic Research Corporation have to say: “Actually, ubiquinone converts to ubiquinol and back and forth. As an energy carrier, the CoQ10 molecule is continually going through an oxidation-reduction cycle. The CoQ10 molecule gains an electron and forms ubiquinol and loses an electron to form ubiquinone. Ubiquinol is oxidized or converted to ubiquinone in the stomach. Once absorbed into the lymph system, ubiquinone is converted back into ubiquinol. Once in the inner membrane of the mitochondria where energy is made, the oxidized form, ubiquinone is in great demand.”
From this, am I wrong to deduce that taking the ubiquinone form may in fact be better as you’re saving that one conversion step in the stomach? Dare I say, for a change, the cheaper form is better? Marketing hype is a force we have to deal with. Keep your head and always stick with the companies you know and trust.
Drs against cholesterol guidelines? Believe it!
Already back in my Winter 2008 newsletter, I wrote about the ludicrous announcement by the American Academy of Pediatrics ( AAP) Committee that children as young as 8 years should be put on statin drugs if there is a family history of high cholesterol! The madness continued in Nov 2011 when a panel of experts assembled by the Heart Lung and Blood Institute in the US recommended all children aged 9-11 should be screened, and that more targeted testing (in those deemed to be at high risk) should be used in 2-8 year-olds and 12-16 year olds.
Now I’m thrilled to report that this panel has not gone unchallenged. In an on-line article written by three doctor-researchers at the University of California in San Francisco in the journal Pediatrics in July 2012 the authors argue that the guidelines are simply a matter of opinion, and that there has been no proper study which assesses the benefits (or otherwise) of screening children. The authors also draw attention to the fact that there were significant financial conflicts of interest to be found in the NHLBI panel. It seems the panel chair and all members who drafted the lipid screening recommendations disclosed an “extensive assortment of financial relationships with companies making lipid lowering drugs and lipid testing instruments.” Some of those relevant relationships include paid consultancies or advisory board memberships with pharmaceuticals that produce cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Merck, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche and Sankyo. As Newman, one of the authors explains, even though the panel states that they reviewed and graded the evidence objectively, “a recent Institute of Medicine report recommends that experts with conflicts of interest either be excluded from guideline panels, or, if their expertise is considered essential, should have non-voting, non-leadership, minority roles.” According to Newman, evidence is needed to estimate health benefits, risks and costs of these proposed interventions, and experts without conflicts of interest are needed to help synthesize it, and “these recommendations fall so far short of this ideal that we hope they will trigger a re-examination of the process by which they were produced.”.
A strong opinion indeed but we can only hope this objection will make a difference and that ultimately sanity prevails.
I had a question this week about my opinion of Future Life Energy Meal and I thought it a good idea to share this with you. The question pertained to the soy protein isolate in Future Life and should the cereal be avoided due to this. Firstly soy in any processed foods needs to be avoided. For more on this see my article The Shadow of Soy in my July 2009 newsletter. I used to think that for someone on the run, Future Life, even though it contained some soy protein isolate, was perhaps the lesser of the evils when it came to processed cereals, which I generally don’t recommend.
This was until I learned of a study done earlier this year by researchers at the University of the Free State on various maize and soya containing cereals, which revealed that Future Life tested 100% positive for genetically modified maize (the only cereal tested to be 100% GM maize) and 36% GM soya.
The jury is still out on what health hazards GM foods may impose on humans and in the meantime we are simply guinea pigs, but the fact is that some health hazards have undeniably been identified in studies on rats (a recent one showing how they become fat on GM corn) and no studies have been done to show that GM foods are safe for humans to eat. Click on this link to learn which other cereals were tested and the results. Moms especially need to take note of the results for Nestle’s Cerelac Infant Cereal and please do read that Shadow of Soy article to discover why you need to look for better cereal and milk options for your baby.
As actress Meryl Streep once said: “It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician”.
Tree nuts and metabolic syndrome
A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, reports a beneficial effect for tree nuts on reducing a cluster of risk factors, such as abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, elevated fasting glucose and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, collectively known as metabolic syndrome, which is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease.
Nut consumers were defined as those who consumed at least ¼ ounce tree nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts, per day. (Remember peanuts are not tree nuts). These participants had a decreased prevalence of metabolic syndrome risk factors in comparison with those who did not consume nuts, and nut consumers had a lower level of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, compared to non-consumers.
Additionally and even more interesting: tree nut consumers had lower body weight, as well as lower body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference compared to non-consumers. This is not news to us - see my article Nuts are Not Fattening.
Tree nuts are a wonderfully healthy and non-fattening food and these new findings confirm that they should be an integral part of a balanced diet.
Omega-3s May Protect Children Against Allergies
Allergic disorders are on the rise world wide especially in children. No wonder, when we're fighting a war against evils such as GM soya in infant foods. The good news is that Omega-3 fatty acids undisputedly bolster immunity and now a new study has demonstrated that increased blood levels of supplemented omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, in infants resulted in decreased allergic response to certain allergens. Of 420 infants, 120 were given a daily dose of 280 mg of DHA and 110 mg of EPA from fish oil, the remaining a placebo, from birth to six months of age, and their blood data was analyzed.
The fish oil group demonstrated lower allergic responses to dust mites and milk protein, as well as significantly lower allergen specific responses associated with symptoms of eczema at 6 months of age and diagnosed eczema at 12 months of age. According to the researchers from the University of Western Australia, “To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the effects of direct postnatal fish oil supplementation on immune development in the first 6 months of life.”
These results demonstrated the allergy protecting properties of EPA and DHA, suggesting that the simple step of supplementation with EPA and DHA in infancy may result in increased quality of life, as well as decreased health care costs, for those afflicted with allergic conditions.
I’m a firm believer that there are two supplements that a mom can take to ensure her infant side-steps allergic conditions: Take an omega-3 supplement as well as a good multi-strain probiotic throughout her pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Even better, start with these before conception.
Are E Numbers bad for you?
Some most definitely are but others aren’t. We’re talking of course about the codes assigned to food additives or chemicals in processed foods, that appear on the label of the packaged foods. For a very comprehensive list visit the Wikipedia page on E Numbers. This, however, does not tell you which additives are not bad for you so if you must buy processed foods look for ones that only use from this safe list: Ascorbic acid/ Vitamin C (E300-E304) Niacin Vitamin E/tocopherol (E306-E309) Lecithin (E322) Mono and diglycerides (E471) Casein Polysorbate 60 (E435) Polysorbate 80 (E433) Alginate (E401-E403) Pectin (E445a) Guar Gum (E412) Gum acacia or Gum Arabic (E414) Carotene (E160a) Xanthan Gum (E415) Vitamin B2 (E101) Vitamin A (E101,E160) Curcumin (E100) Chlorophyll (E140) Citric Acid (E330, E301 – E303) Lactic Acid (E270) Sorbic Acid and Sorbates Calcium Carbonate (E170) Sodium Bicarbonate or Hydrogen Carbonate Propionic Acid and Propionates
Smoker’s effects on children
Whenever I'm working with a smoker who wants who wants to quit smoking and they have young children I tend to gear up my efforts a notch. I need to save the kids as well as the smoker and spouse! Sometimes smokers just don’t realize what harm they are doing to their children so if you know parents who smoke in the presence of their children please direct them to the articles I wrote on this in the May 2011 and Dec 2010 newsletters.
A reminder of the Specials that end on 31 August 2012.:
Omega-3– free ordinary post on all omega-3 purchases.
Here is an interesting You Tube clip on the benefits of omega-3 - worth watching!
Brave? Maybe not today....
A little while ago I was paid the ultimate compliment and I’m only sharing this with you, not because I’m fishing for more compliments, but because Dorian has summed up better than I can as to what I am trying to achieve by writing these newsletters:
What attracts me, very much, about your approach, is that you write for “Lynne”; Lynne, emphatically, with her overt passion, her views, her clear desire to help/assist/enhance/etc. is unquestionably and uniquely writing the newsletter. Thus, the “authenticity” of this approach is clear-cut and direct. While nothing is 100% “right” all of the time, of course, your guidance provides hugely sensible “food for thought” (‘scuse pun) and that, in the end, is what folks should require: a “basis” of sensibility (well supported) that allows them to sanely and effectively take control of their health. It’s war, out there, in the supermarkets … we need all the help we can get. We, in S A, are far, far too “polite” with our opinions, I feel. We don’t talk enough, share enough, assist each other enough. We talk “Ubuntu” but we don’t practice it. You are a reminder of this current gap and, it’s folk like yourself that this country needs very badly. Over time, folk like you will change the status quo in S A – not easy most of the time. You teach folk to be brave and to take control of their lives, themselves. So, in essence, I love the fact of how you bravely, proudly maintain your authentic “you” out there, whether via newsletters or, whatever. Life is short; we’ve got to live our own authentic lives and, well, clearly, you do!
Speaking of being brave, I should tell you that I don’t always get away with this. For example, I got rapped over the knuckles for telling the truth about bisphosphonates in a newspaper article I wrote. A gynaecologist - puppet of the pharmaceutical company - threatened me with court action if I did not write a retraction. Needless to say I did not comply but do forgive me if I take the cowardly approach now and let someone else tell you this time round. Click on the link below.
Writing this newsletter has been a challenge as I’ve done it with our very affectionate, embarrassingly over-sized tabby cat sitting on my mousepad and every now and then walking across the keyboard to get more attention. One day I fear he may stand on the “delete” key at exactly the wrong time. Now, we don’t tie our two adorable hounds up, but Thomas rules in this household, and this cute cartoon neatly sums up the love-hate relationship the dogs have with him.
OK fortunately for you its a gorgeous day and I need to get into the veggie garden. So I'm finally going to wish you a happy and healthy month till we chat again in September.
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Nutritional Therapist (BSc (Hons) HDE, Dip Clin Nutr) The Orchards Nutrition Centre - Somerset East Tel: 042 243 0339 Cell: 084 531 0786 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org