Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vitamin P

A little history lesson. Nutrients are designed to work together. How do we know? A Nobel Prize- winning physiologist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi MD, was the first to find how nutritional elements work together. He is credited with discovering Vitamin C. He also discovered Vitamin P. How? In 1934 he gave fruit juice extract to a patient who suffered from scurvy, which is caused by a Vitamin C deficiency. The patient quickly recovered from the scurvy. It wasn't long afterwards that a purified form of Vitamin C became available. So, thinking that this purified form would give a better results to scurvy patients, he gave the purified Vitamin C to another scurvy patient. He was surprised to find out that the "purified" form of Vitamin C did not work as well as the fruit juice extract. In 1935, Szent-Gyorgyi studied the fruit juice extract and identified the "impurities" in the fruit juice, calling them Vitamin P. In today's terms, Vitamin P is known as bioflavonoids. The bioflavonoids are the cofactors that help Vitamin C do it's job better. This Vitamin C- bioflavonoid connection is only one of thousands of similar factor/cofactor reactions that occur in nature.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Green Tea-th

Yeah I know, a poor attempt at pun.

Green tea has been shown to benefit the teeth as well as all the other benefits that it give.

The polyphenols in the tea help inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay. It also helps prevent halitosis (bad breath), strep throat, and other types of infections.

In order for cavities to form in your teeth, acids must break down the enamal. Green tea increases your teeth's resistance to acids.

Also, the catechin in green tea is what is responsible for the beneficial effect on periodontal health.

So, enjoy your green tea-th

Fish Oil and Diabetic Gene

Researchers at National Taiwan University found that fish oil can activate a gene called PPARy. This gene helps regulate glucose homeostasis and avoid diabetes.

To read the study see this link: http://www.jnutbio.com/article/S0955-2863(10)00046-X/abstract

It was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

More benefits of fish oil. Will they ever end??

: )