Tag Archives: nutrition

Zinc deficiency in children and adults

Adequate zinc nutrition is essential for human health because of zinc’s critical structural and functional roles in multiple enzyme systems that are involved in gene expression, cell division and growth, and immunologic and reproductive functions. Zinc deficiency is an important driver of undernutrition in children under 5 years of age and is associated with growth stunting, lower respiratory infections and diarrhea. It is known that even a… Read More »

Diet and Prostate Cancer

There is now increasing evidence that diet and lifestyle play a critical role in prostate cancer biology and tumor development. Many nutrients and herbs also show significant promise in helping to treat prostate cancer by slowing progression and reducing recurrence, ultimately reducing the risk of morbidity and mortality from the disease. Furthermore, for all grades of prostate cancer,… Read More »

Nutrition in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure

High blood pressure is the most common primary diagnosis in America and is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death. Nutrient deficiencies are very common and may be even more common in patients with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease due to genetic and environmental causes… Read More »

Optimum Nutrition for Kidney Stones

Changing your diet can reduce the risk of stone recurrence. Although an individualized dietary prescription needs to be tailored according to stone type or urinary risk factors, almost all stone-formers should benefit from increased fluid intake and a diet containing 800 to 1200 mg of calcium; reduced amounts of sodium and animal protein; and higher intake of fruits, vegetables,… Read More »

Migraine Headaches and Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral and has been recognized as a cofactor for greater than 300 metabolic reactions in the body. It has been reported that about 60% of adults in the United States do not consume the RDA for magnesium. Magnesium deficiency has been associated with a number of chronic diseases, including migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s diseases,… Read More »

Fruit consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes

Once in a while, people suggest that fruits are ‘bad’ if you have type 2 diabetes. On the contrary, it seems that eating whole fruits as opposed to fruit juices have a beneficial effect on diabetes. Fruits are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that may have beneficial health effects. Evidence strongly suggests that consuming more fruits and… Read More »

Antioxidants in the treatment of chronic low back pain

Alpha (α-) lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant.  Current studies support its use in the ancillary treatment of many diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, autoimmune diseases, cancer and AIDS.   A July, 2013 article in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine found that oral treatment with alpha lipoic acid (600 mg/day) and superoxide dismutase (140… Read More »