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The Big Skinny on Longevity

It’s now been scientifically proven that if you limit your calorie intake, you can expect a longer, healthier life. That if you eat well, but keep the calories low, you will reduce the risk of disease. It is seriously time to stop monkeying around with your health and longevity, according to the latest monkey study.

As reported in the Journal of Science, 80% of the monkeys who consumed a low calorie diet without being malnourished were still alive after 20 years, compared to only 50 per cent of control animals who ate freely.

According to Professor Richard Weindruch from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We observed that caloric restriction reduced the risk of developing an age-related disease by a factor of three and increased survival.”

It is not too late to start to change your diet, according to the study the researchers reported: “Our data indicate that adult-onset moderate caloric restriction delays the onset of age-associated pathologies and promotes survival in a primate species.”

A calorie restricted diet has been shown to increase longevity by eliminating up to 50% the occurrence of cancer and heart disease. Plus diabetes did not occur in these animals on the calorie restricted diet. As quoted by one of the researchers: “So far, we’ve seen the complete prevention of diabetes,” said Weindruch.

Extra bonus benefits is that brain function and actual size of the brain is protected when calorie intake is significantly restricted.

Take Home Message: Life is full of choices. It is all about moderation. So the question is, do you eat to live, or do you live to eat. Whatever your current relationship with food, it is time to evaluate whether the food you are eating is adding or subtracting from your health, wellness and long term goals.

Magnesium – A Critical Mineral in Short Supply

Move over calcium, it is time for magnesium to get some serious attention. We all have been educated about how important calcium is for healthy bones, yet magnesium has been kept in the shadows by the popular media. Calcium and magnesium actually serve as balancers to one another. Too much of one mineral or another is not good.

Most of the patients I see have a relative magnesium insufficiency compared to their dietary calcium intake. I routinely put my patients on magnesium for the following reasons, it helps maintain healthy blood pressure, encourages relaxation of tight muscles, helps with bowel regularity, can help with monthly cramps and charlie horses too. Now there is another big reason to consider supplementing with magnesium. A 2010 study reports magnesium can be a “Brain-Booster”. So, not only can it lessen tension headaches, it can help you think more clearly too! In the January 28th issue of the medical journal Neuron, it was reported that magnesium can boost learning and memory.

Magnesium acts to balance the effects of calcium in the body. Calcium helps contract muscles, magnesium helps relax muscles. We live in an uptight world, full of stress and tension. This alone points to many applications for magnesium, yet with the vast majority of us worried about one day losing our mental edge, the thought that magnesium can help improve our quality of life relative to daily aches and pains, with the possible dividend of a mental power boost, makes magnesium a huge asset to any strong supplement regime.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy with Green Tea

Experts are predicting that in the USA alone, an estimated 400,000 men and women will die this year from heart disease. Now there is news of a very powerful and naturally occurring substance found in green tea that I believe everyone needs to know about. It is called epigallocatechin gallate or more commonly and simply referred to as ‘EGCG’.

The evidence is clear that uncontrolled inflammation is associated with accelerated hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, that describes the process of how cholesterol, fats, calcium and other products become deposited on the inner lining of inflamed arteries.

In a recent study, laboratory animals that were fed a heart damaging diet along with concentrated EGCG. Those fed the atherogenic diet plus EGCG administration showed significantly lower levels of the inflammatory markers than the rats fed the atherogenic diet alone. The researchers concluded, “These results suggest that EGCG, a major component of green tea catechins, may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing inflammatory markers in rats fed an atherogenic diet.”

The vast majority of us have less than optimal diets and as a result we are much more susceptible to heart disease. Drinking green tea can help, yet to get the full impact of optimal doses of EGCG, I recommend for my patients to augment their green tea drinking with supplements of concentrated green tea standardized to EGCG.

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