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Omega-3s Have Powerful Benefits on Blood Pressure

Before I get to the study, just wanted to quickly remind everyone that Earth Hour is tomorrow. Remember to turn off all lights and unplug non-essential appliances from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm tomorrow.

Now, here is a newer study published earlier in the month. I didn't cover it here since I wrongly assumed that mass media would have picked this up and made a big deal out of it...but what followed was media silence! That doesn't do much to counter the argument that mass media relies too heavily on Big Pharma's advertising dollars. So here I am, three weeks later, covering an amazing study that should have made headlines everywhere.


Is Alzheimer's Now the 3rd Leading Cause of Death?

A new analysis using US data shows that upwards of 500,000 deaths a year, or more than a third of death in older adults, are due to Alzheimer's disease (AD). According to this, it would make AD the third leading cause of death in the US, after heart disease and cancer! That's a staggering jump over the 80,000 deaths that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributed to AD in 2010.

To determine this, the researchers behind the latest analysis used a statistical method called population attributable risk, which estimated the percentage of deaths due to AD that were in excess of what would be expected in participants if they didn't have AD.


Even Decaffeinated Coffee Protects Against Diabetes

Previously, meta-analyses identified an inverse association of coffee consumption with the risk of type 2 diabetes. I covered a couple related studies before:
However, an updated meta-analysis was needed because new studies comparing the trends of association for caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee have since been published.


Physical Activity and CoQ10 Status in our Elders

Here's a quick summary of a study that showed being physically active can impact CoQ10 levels, and of course health conditions linked to CoQ10.

This study involved a group of healthy, community-dwelling elderly people who were divided according to gender and fitness. Results revealed that people with higher levels of functional capacity had lower levels of cholesterol and lipid peroxidation. Further, they had higher levels of CoQ10 in their plasma, and the ratio of CoQ10/cholesterol and CoQ10/LDL were higher as well.


Vitamin D's Mechanism Discovered: How it Affects Mood & Cognition

A new study has discovered how vitamin D has a critical influence on levels of serotonin in the brain and how it may directly effect social behaviours associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This study suggests that sufficient levels of vitamin D are required to produce the neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain, which shapes the structure and wiring of the brain and influences social behaviour.


Another Study Confirms Pantethine Lowers Cholesterol

Back in 2011, I covered a study that showed pantethine (the metabolically active form of B5) can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. This study is just more confirmation of that (and other previous studies).

This study investigated the efficacy of pantethine on cardiovascular risk markers in a randomized, triple-blinded, placebo-controlled study, in a North American population with low to moderate cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Each volunteer in the study was eligible for statin therapy based on the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) guidelines.


EPA Better than DHA for Cognitive Function

 I'm a few weeks late on this one, but it's a nice study to cover anyway. This study found that omega-3 supplements particularly high in EPA may improve cognitive performance with a reduction in neural activity observed (indicating that the brain didn't have to work as hard).


Omega-3s Can Clear Beta-Amyloid to Fight Alzheimer's

Another new study has shown that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids could help to prevent and even reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. This study confirms some other studies I've covered,  suggesting that omega-3 fatty acid derivatives stimulate the uptake of amyloid-beta proteins (proteins that are suggested to kill brain cells and form the plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease). For your review, here are some previous studies:


Cooked Meat Linked to Alzheimer's

Here's a new study that shows cooking meat at high temperatures, which produces "advanced glycation end products" (AGEs) may increase the risk of developing dementia. The results from this new study suggest that a particular type of AGE may be one possible cause of the accumulation of amyloid plaques that are characteristic of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.