Summer is Here … Protect Your Skin from the Inside Out

Summer is Here ... Protect Your Skin from the Inside OutExcessive sun exposure can lead to premature aging of the skin; which means more wrinkles and discolorations. Although topical sunscreens remain the top choice of consumers, there is a new oral method for protecting your skin … Polypodium leucotomos.

Much has been written about how the sun’s burning ultraviolet rays harm our health and appearance. Yet despite the warnings, more than two million people in the US will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year alone. Rates of melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer — have not only doubled over the past 10-20 years, but continue to rise 3% to 7% annually.1

A recent study found that a new oral supplement sourced from the fern, Polypodium leucotomos, could potentially become an important anti-aging ingredient for the skin.2  Extracts from the fern have been used in South America for many years to protect against the damaging effects caused by excessive sun exposure.

This amazing fern also protects skin cells from the consequences of excessive ultraviolet radiation by reducing sun-induced injury.3 Additionally, it helps ease skin inflammation and blocks protein-destroying skin enzymes.3,4

Polypodium leucotomos extract also contains a high percentage of potent antioxidants (phenolics) which block the formation of dangerous free radicals and the oxidative damage that results from excessive sun exposure.5

Remember, for long periods of sun exposure, you should defend your skin against premature aging with an oral extract from Polypodium leucotomos and a topical sunscreen to ensure complete sun protection.

References

  1. Available at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/470300_2. Accessed May 3, 2010.
  2. Philips N, Conte J, Chen YJ, et al. Beneficial regulation of matrixmetalloproteinases and their inhibitors, fibrillar collagens and transforming growth factor-beta by Polypodium leucotomos, directly or in dermal fibroblasts, ultraviolet radiated fibroblasts, and melanoma cells. Arch Dermatol Res. 2009 Aug;301(7):487-95.
  3. J Photochem Photobiol B. 2006 Mar 1;82(3):173-9.
  4. J Dermatol Sci. 2003 Jun;32(1):1-9.
  5. Ann Intern Med. 1971 Dec;75(6):873-80.

How to maintain healthy blood sugar with four supplements

How to  maintain healthy blood sugar with four supplements
Dietary intervention targets the underlying causes of high blood sugar and is a key step towards protecting yourself against the damaging effects caused by high blood sugar.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar combats blood sugar spikes after meals. Minimizing sugar spikes helps to restore insulin sensitivity…the hallmark of type 2 diabetes.

One study by Italian researchers showed that when healthy subjects consumed 4 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a meal, there was a 30 percent reduction in their glycemic response, or rise in blood sugar. Reducing your glycemic response is essential for beating diabetes.

2. Lipoic Acid

Glucose (blood sugar) destroys insulin receptors. Without the receptors, insulin can not work. Lipoic acid is a naturally occurring antioxidant that protects insulin receptors.

Recently, researchers revealed dramatic effects in improving insulin sensitivity in overweight adults suffering from type 2 diabetes. The antioxidant produced significant improvements in just four weeks.

Lipoic acid is also effective in treating diabetic neuropathy, which is characterized by numbness, tingling, and pain in the extremities. A large, randomized, placebo-controlled, multicenter, double-blind study involving 328 patients with type-2 diabetes revealed that it significantly improved symptoms.

Life Extension suggests taking 200 to 300 mg/day of R-lipoic acid (the “R” form is more potent).

3. Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a potent antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress. Diabetics experience a high degree of oxidation that causes cellular damage.

CoQ10 is required to convert fats and sugars into cellular energy. Yet, the natural production of CoQ10 declines in diabetics. The best form of CoQ10 to supplement with is called ubiquinol. This form is easily absorbed and significantly increases blood levels.

Life Extension suggests taking 200 mg/day of ubiquinol CoQ10.

4. Pyridoxamine

The pyridoxamine form of vitamin B6 protects the body’s proteins from glycation. Sugar (glucose) in the blood can bind to proteins, particularly when blood levels are high. This binding causes the formation of dysfunctional proteins, which accumulate with time and contribute to some of the signs of aging.

Scientific research suggests that if you want to help protect your body against glycation, nutrients that help prevent the formation of AGEs may be beneficial. The latest information shows that pyridoxamine may also be of significant help in preventing the formation of these aging molecules.

In fact, one prominent antiaging doctor described pyridoxamine as “the most potent natural substance for inhibiting AGE formation.” By preventing AGE formation and working as a coenzyme in chemical reactions, pyridoxamine can support healthy nerve, eye, cardiovascular and kidney function.

Life Extension suggests taking 50 mg/day of pyridoxamine.

Men should not stop using Avodart because of heart attack fears! Life Extension’s Rebuttle

Life Extension’s rebuttal by William Faloon in reference to published clinical study in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine on Avodart and increased risk for sudden myocardial infarction.

I suspect none of the study participants where using testosterone creams, even though they were ALL likely to be testosterone deficient. You will soon read the findings of an internal study we did on Life Extension Foundation members that found 86% of men have less than optimal testosterone levels.

The significance of this is that testosterone deficiency predisposes a man to heart failure. By taking a drug like Avodart when in a testosterone deficient state, the heart muscle will be robbed completely of this vital anabolic hormone. That may be why this study showed higher heart failure rates in the Avodart group.

 Those with prostate cancer often intentionally suppress their testosterone levels and have to be extra vigilant in protecting against heart attack. Log on to http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2009/mag2009_05.htm for information on how to protect against multiple risk factors underlying coronary atherosclerosis.

 Aging men (without prostate cancer) should do whatever is necessary to maintain free testosterone blood levels of 20-25 pg/mL, while keeping DHT blood levels at the very low end of the reference range.

This provides the heart, brain and other vital parts their testosterone requirements while protecting the prostate gland against the adverse effects of excess DHT.

 The Avodart study exposes the flaws in so many of these single agent trials. We know, for example, that 25-hydroxyvitamin D serum levels strongly predict prostate cancer risk. If this potent confounding factor was not accounted for, then the results shown with Avodart have little meaning.

If, for example the placebo group’s median 25-hydoxyvitamin D level was 35 ng/mL, and the Avodart group was only 25 ng/mL, this would skew the results in a way to show Avodart less effective than it may really be. Dietary intakes of cruciferous vegetables would have an equally significant confounding effect.

 Bill Faloon

Foods that Lower Cholesterol

The foods that lower cholesterol form the foundation for heart disease prevention & treatment.  Relying solely on prescription drugs is a dangerous strategy that could leave you at risk. 

Eating the right foods is often the key step to reaching your target cholesterol level.  I place foods that lower cholesterol into 3 categories: binders, inhibitors, and regulators.

Binders

Binders are foods that stop the intestinal absorption of cholesterol into your body.  Soluble fiber and phytosterols form large clumps of cholesterol that can’t pass through the lining of your gut and enter your bloodstream:

1. Food Sources of Soluble Fiber 

  • Oat/Oat bran
  • Dried beans and peas
  • Nuts
  • Barley
  • Flax seed
  • Fruits such as oranges and apples
  • Vegetables such as carrots
  • Psyllium husk

2. Foods Rich in Phytosterols

  • Sesame seeds
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Unrefined vegetable oils
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes (alfalfa, peas, beans, lentils)

Inhibitors

Inhibitors are foods that prevent the liver from making cholesterol.  Unlike statin prescription drugs, inhibitors come from natural food sources and aren’t dangerous:

1. Foods Rich in Monacolins

  • Chinese Red Yeast Rice (mostly available in supplement form)

2. Foods Rich in Flavonoids

  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons/Limes
  • Tangerines
  • Pomegranate
  • All berries

Regulators

Regulators are foods that lower cholesterol by maintaining the cholesterol cycle.  Cholesterol normally cycles back and forth between the liver and the rest of the body.  Vitamin C and the trace mineral copper help to keep the cycle going and prevent the build-up of cholesterol:

1. Foods Rich in Vitamin C

  • Sweet red pepper 
  • Strawberries 
  • Oranges
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Collard greens
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cabbage
  • Tomato

2. Foods Rich in Copper

  • Oysters
  • Shellfish
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Organ meats

Foods that lower cholesterol provide the foundation for heart disease prevention and treatment.  If you can’t reach your target cholesterol level, you only have two choices: take more drugs or eat the right foods. 

What are you going to do?

Life Extension offers the highest quality supplements for managing cholesterol levels.

Weight Loss Emergency

Do you have a weight loss emergency and need to burn fat fast? If so, the following 3 easy steps provide a safe and effective way to lose weight fast:

1. Control Calories by Breaking Leptin Resistance

2. Burn Fat with Adiponectin

3. Burn More Calories at Rest

Step 1: Control Calories by Breaking Leptin Resistance

To resolve a weight loss emergency you must first control calorie intake. Unfortunately, dieting alone may not be enough. The human body’s calorie control hormone is called leptin. Leptin, made by fat cells, signals the brain when you’re full. With age, we become leptin resistant and overeat.

The first step for any weight loss emergency is to break leptin resistance. Think of this as controlling calories at the brain level. The West African plant, Irvingia gabonensis, is the only known way to get leptin to the brain and prevent overeating.

In a peer-reviewed clinical study, obese subjects taking 150 mg twice a day of Irvingia lost on average an amazing 28 pounds in just 10 weeks!

Step 2: Burn Fat with Adiponectin

Adiponectin is the fat burning hormone. It initiates a cascade of metabolic reactions that quickly turns stored body fat into energy. Unfortunately, most of us are deficient in adiponectin and don’t burn stored body fat very effectively.

To resolve a weight loss emergency, the second step is to increase blood levels of adiponectin.

Not only does Irvingia gabonensis result in amazing weight loss, but also significantly increases adiponectin blood levels. In the same study, obese subjects taking Irvingia quadrupled adiponectin blood levels and lost a whopping 18% of body fat.

Step 3: Burn More Calories at Rest

The last step for weight loss emergencies is to burn more calories at rest. The resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the number of calories you burn do nothing. It keeps all vital organs working and keeps you alive.

To burn more calories at rest and lose weight fast, try the following supplements:

  1. Fucoxanthin (a brown seed weed) — 600 mg/day
  2. Tea Slender (a new more powerful green tea extract) — 300 mg/day
  3. 7-Keto-DHEA (a hormone metabolite) — 100 mg/day

That’s it…3 easy steps for any weight loss emergency.

To learn more about innovative dieting strategies, read this great article, Pillars of Successful Weight Loss, published by Life Extension.

Flax Seed vs. Fish Oil

Health professionals agree that supplementing your diet with omega-3 fats is essential for optimal health. But which is the best source: flax seed or fish oil?

In order to decide which is best, we need to answer the following questions. First, which type of omega-3 fat is the most beneficial to our health? And second, which source provides the most beneficial type?

The Most Beneficial Type of Omega-3 Fats

The number of health benefits attributed to omega-3 fats continues to grow almost on a daily basis. Omega-3 fats have been shown to:


  • Reduce inflammation

  • Improve skin tone and color

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke

  • Improve mood, sleep, and energy levels

Laboratory and clinical research from around the world overwhelmingly identifies the longer chain omega-3 fats, like DHA and EPA, as the most beneficial.

The Best Source of Long-Chain Omega-3 Fats

Fish oil supplements are the best source for long-chain omega-3 fats. Plant-based sources, like flax seed, consists only of a short-chain omega-3 fat called linolenic acid.

To obtain the full health benefits from flax seed, the human body converts the linolenic acid into the longer chained DHA and EPA. Why not skip the necessary conversion and just give yourself the long-chained omega-3 fats?

The Final Verdict

Life Extension supports fish oil as your best bet for benefiting from omega-3 fats!

The 250:250 Weight Loss Rule

Throw away your diet books and “miracle” weight loss supplements and start following the 250:250 weight loss rule. Life Extension can show you how to successfully lose weight…fast!

Gaining weight is governed by a simple mathematical equation. The equation goes as follows…

Weight = Calories In – Calories Out

The 250:250 weight loss rule fulfills the only requirement for losing weight by creating a calorie deficit (calories out > calories in). Here’s how it works…

  1. Eat 250 fewer calories per day
  2. Burn 250 calories per day

That’s it!

By following the two steps of the 250:250 weight loss rule, you will create a 500 calorie deficit each day. Multiple this by 7 days a week and the result is a 3500 calorie deficit per week. Why is a 3500 calorie deficit per week important?

A 3500 calorie deficit = 1 pound of weight loss! Yes, it’s that simple. No major lifestyle change is required. Forget about unhealthy fad diets and simply follow the 2 steps of the 250:250 rule.

Lose 1 pound a week, 4 pounds a month, and an amazing 48 pounds in one year without any significant change to your life.