Fiber Linked to Decreased Risk of Diabetes in Large-Scale Study

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New research out of Europe has linked the increased consumption of cereal fiber to a reduced risk of diabetes. This isn’t the first time that scientists have found an inverse link between a high fiber diet and diabetes. However, the study–The EPIC-InterAct–is the world’s largest study of type 2 diabetes. Over 350,000 people participated in the 11-year study, including over 12,000 type-2 diabetes sufferers.

Recently, data collected from that study regarding fiber was analyzed and published in Diabetologia.  Those who consumed more than 26 grams of fiber per day were 18% less likely to develop diabetes when compared to people who only ingested 19 grams of fiber daily. Next, they pooled the information found in the EPIC-Interact study with 18 other studies worldwide and found that for every 10g increase in daily fiber, the risk of diabetes dropped by 9%. Amazingly, however, when they examined cereal fiber (fiber from grains, not fruits and vegetables) the risk of diabetes dropped by a whopping 25% for each 10g daily increase.

From Medical Xpress

 “Taken together, our results indicate that individuals with diets rich in fibre, in particular cereal fibre, may be at lower risk of type 2 diabetes. We are not certain why this might be, but potential mechanisms could include feeling physically full for longer, prolonged release of hormonal signals, slowed down nutrient absorption, or altered fermentation in the large intestine. All these mechanisms could lead to a lower BMI and reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. As well as helping keep weight down, dietary fibre may also affect diabetes risk by other mechanisms—for instance improving control of blood sugar and decreasing insulin peaks after meals, and increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin.”

Sleep Mag-nificently

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Sleep isn’t that exciting. I mean, it’s basically lying still and unaware in a dark room for an extended period of time. But to an insomniac, it’s a blissful and often unachievable Nirvana-like state. And if you’re an older adult, then there’s a fifty percent chance that you have insomnia.

Sleep is so very important. It helps us focus, keeps us in alert and in good spirits, sharpens our reaction times, affects our hormones and our immune systems. Tired people are less productive at work, grumpy and accident prone.  Sleeplessness also increases the risk of depression.

Fortunately, there is a lots of good evidence that magnesium can help people sleep and sleep well. For example, there was that 2012 study, that found that magnesium supplementation was able to lower cortisol concentrations. Cortisol, of course, is commonly known as the stress hormone. That’s probably why insomnia sufferers who supplemented with magnesium were able to improve the quality of their ZZZs.

Journal of Research in Medical Science

Supplementation of magnesium appears to improve subjective measures of insomnia such as ISI score, sleep efficiency, sleep time and sleep onset latency, early morning awakening, and likewise, insomnia objective measures such as concentration of serum renin, melatonin, and serum cortisol, in elderly people.

And in 2009, a report called “Effects of trace element nutrition on sleep patterns in adult women” found that both calcium and magnesium taken together were effective at alleviating sleep problems…

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…because one of the main symptoms of magnesium deficiency is insomnia and that a high-magnesium diet had been associated with a deeper, uninterrupted sleep. And calcium helped the brain create melatonin known for its ability to summon the sandman.

So if your midday catnaps have been catnap-napped, it’s time to consider magnesium supplementation!

A Shiitake Mushroom a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

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If you recall your Super Mario Brothers video game, Mario, a plumber, and his brother, Luigi, (also in the plumbing profession) grew stronger and bigger whenever they ate red and yellow mushrooms  hidden inside bricks that they headbutted apart. Although that sounds like the most insane thing ever–video game logic skews towards absurdity–there is a nugget of truth hidden in an interactive story of siblings who travel by sewer pipe to fight a dragon.  Mushrooms are good for you.

According to a new study out of the University of Florida, shiitake mushrooms may help boost the immune system.  The participants in the study consumed a four-ounce serving of shiitake mushroom daily for four weeks. To ensure immune benefits weren’t coming from elsewhere, subjects could not be vegetarians and were forbidden to drink tea, use antioxidant supplements or probiotics during the course of the research.  At the end of the trial, blood tests revealed better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins.

Science Daily: 

“If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial,” said Percival, an Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member. “We’re enhancing the immune system, but we’re also reducing the inflammation that the immune system produces.”

New Study: Sulforaphane May Provide Protection Against Cancers of the Head and Neck

A head of broccoli may protect the head of you from various cancers, according to a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are good sources of a powerful antioxidant known as sulforaphane.  This substance is thought to have a bevvy of health benefits for conditions like autism, osteoarthritis as well as protection from carcinogens.

In this most recent study, scientists selected mice that were genetically predisposed to having a greater risk of oral cancer. For several months, sulfurophane was administered to the rodents. This lead to a decrease in tumors among the at-risk mice.

In phase two, researchers gave sulforaphane-rich juices to ten healthy human volunteers. No adverse effects were recorded, but the scientists were able to detect protective changes in the lining of their mouths. In the future, they plan to run a clinical test on broccoli seed powder by giving it to human subjects who have a history or head, neck and oral cancers.

From Science Daily

“We call this ‘green chemoprevention,’ where simple seed preparations or plant extracts are used to prevent disease,” said Dr. Bauman, also an associate professor in Pitt’s School of Medicine. “Green chemoprevention requires less money and fewer resources than a traditional pharmaceutical study, and could be more easily disseminated in developing countries where head and neck cancer is a significant problem.

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Happy Tummy, Happy Mind

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Even before there was any science to back it up, we’ve been trusting our guts to help us make important decisions. TV detectives have been using their guts to solve mysteries. Heroes often go with their guts in order to trust that suspicious side character who used to work for the villain. Some people in the scientific field even consider the mass of microbes brewing in our bellies a second brain due to the effect they have on our cognitive functioning and mental health.   So if you’ve heard about the belly-brain theory, it’s probably easy for you to stomach the findings of this new study.

According to the research published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the use of probiotics was linked to a decrease in subjects reflecting on unhappy memories.  This is important because depression tends to follow sessions of bad-memory brooding.  Forty subjects participated in the study. For a period of four weeks, half were given placebos, the other half probiotics. Before and after the test,  they were asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding their moods.

Test subjects taking a multispecies probiotics were significantly less likely to stew on their memorialized misgivings.  This is the first evidence that probiotic use could affect mood.

From Medical XPress

“Even if preliminary, these results provide the first evidence that the intake of probiotics may help reduce negative thoughts associated with sad mood. As such, our findings shed an interesting new light on the potential of probiotics to serve as adjuvant or preventive therapy for depression.”

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New Study: Magnesium Shows Promise for Improving Diabetes-Related Health Outcomes

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Magnesium plays a huge role in the day-to-day functions of the body. It strengthens your bones. It helps your heart to beat. It assists in the conversion of food to energy, and it also does a few hundred other things.  It’s very important, and yet the majority of mankind is deficient. (Somewhere between 60-80%).  Recently low levels of magnesium were linked to type 2 diabetes, but a new analysis published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Food Sciences has found that increased dietary magnesium intake is associated with favorable diabetes-related health outcomes.

Researchers looked at the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and compared people with adequate levels of magnesium to those who were magnesium deficient. The magnesium-imbued tended to have smaller waist circumferences, lower blood pressures and cholesterol levels.

From the report:

 Higher dietary intake of magnesium from food plus supplements was associated with significantly reduced odds ratios for elevated glycohemoglobin, metabolic syndrome, obesity, overweight or obesity, elevated waist circumference, elevated systolic blood pressure, reduced HDL and elevated C-reactive protein. Thus, there is a beneficial relationship between dietary magnesium intake and diabetes-related physiological outcomes in U.S. adults.

AIM provides both target-able topical magnesium  in Mag-nificence and tasty magnesium supplementation in CalciAIM for all your magnesium needs.

Mag-Nificence Lives Up to Its Name

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According to the USDA, fifty-seven percent of Americans don’t get enough dietary magnesium. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency range from minor things like fatigue, muscle weakness and cramps to serious problems like personality change and heart failure. Poor diet and alcohol abuse are major contributors to magnesium deficiency. Green leafy vegetables and nuts are rich sources of magnesium, but it can also be absorbed directly through the skin during a bath or a massage with our Mag-nificence lotion. The best and most relaxing way to supplement with magnesium is through back rubs and long hot baths.That’s great news because stress can cause your magnesium levels to dip.

Magnesium can do more than just improve the quality of your massage. According to theUniversity of Maryland Medical Center, “magnesium may enhance the effectiveness of conventional treatment for the following conditions:”

1. Asthma

2. Depression

3. Diabetes

4. Fibromyalgia

5. Noise-related hearing loss

6. Cardiovascular Health

7. Migraine

8. High Blood Pressure

9. Osteoporosis.

10. Preclampsia and Eclampsia

11. PMS

12. Restless Leg Syndrome

Check out the University of Maryland website for further information about these studies. And check out AIM’s Mag-nificence for a soothing way to get your magnesium on.