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Higher antioxidant levels tied to lower dementia risk

People with higher levels of antioxidants in their blood may be less likely to develop dementia, according to a new study.

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People with higher levels of antioxidants in their blood may be less likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in the May 4, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Vitamin K: Beyond Blood Clotting -Tufts

Vitamin K was named for its role in coagulation (koagulation in German), but it turns out this important vitamin has significant roles beyond blood clotting. Work by Tufts researchers and others shows that vitamin K may be an important factor in bone health, cardiovascular health, and type 2 diabetes.

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Vitamin K1 versus K2: The originally-identified form of vitamin K is vitamin K1. “There are actually 11 forms of vitamin K,” says Sarah L. Booth, PhD, a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). “Vitamin K1 is found in plants. The other 10 forms of vitamin K are collectively known as vitamin K2. One form of vitamin K2 is made in our bodies from vitamin K1. The other nine forms are produced by bacteria, either in the human gut or in foods fermented with the use of bacteria, including cheese, yogurt, and other fermented dairy products.” Our gut bacteria and fermented foods, therefore, may play an important role in what forms of vitamin K we have in our bodies.

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Get The Scoop On Leafy Greens!

Very few of us get enough of these vegetarian rock stars. Here are some good reasons why we should up our ante of green veggies.





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What are some Strategies to Protect My Eyesight?

“Prevention is the most powerful tool in the quest to reduce disease and healthcare costs,” according to Dr. Nicholas J. Volpe, Tarry Professor and Chairman Department of Opthalmology Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, speaking before Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Healthy Transitions Program®.


* Don’t smoke. Smoking triples the risk for cataracts and is also a risk factor for macular degeneration and its response to treatment.

*Wear sun glasses that are UV protective.

* Wear safety glasses for high risk activities.

* Pay attention to nutrition. You need fruits and leafy vegetables, Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E. In a study about folks who ate leafy green vegetables, there was a five fold increase in cataract prevention over those who ignored leafy green vegetables in their diet.

* Don’t ignore symptoms. Many afflictions of the eye like glaucoma are irreversible, however, they can be handled when caught early.

* Get regular eye examinations.


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What Can I Do To Reduce My Chances of Heart Disease?

Back in January I wrote What Are My Chances of Getting Heart Disease enumerating the risk factors we all have for this number one killer of human beings. We are all vulnerable but we can control many of our risk factors through proper diet and exercise.

Dr. Stephen Devries, Executive Director of The Gaples Institute of Advanced Medicine, speaking before Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Healthy Transitions Program®, explained how very little medical practicioners know about nutrition. Dr. Devries’s background includes over 20 years of experience as a university based preventive cardiologist with formal training in integrative medicine. He is spearheading a program at Northwestern Memorial to bring doctors up to speed on this important aspect of health care.

Centers for Disease Control statistics report that heart disease causes almost 25 percent of the deaths in the U.S. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

Dr. Devries said that the saddest thing about these statistics is that 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. He said that while statin drugs reduce heart disease by 34 percent, the Mediterranean Diet reduced it by 72 percent.
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