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June 2017 vol.13 no. 6
22 body care awards feature
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6 From the Editor’s Desk 8 Health Pulse
Aromatherapy for allergy symptoms • Reduce length of colds with vitamin C • Beetroot juice may improve sports performance • More
13 Sports Nutrition
Plant-based protein powders.
14 Healthy Glow
Tips for treating thinning hair.
16 Supplement Spotlight
Feed the good bugs with prebiotics.
18 The Goods 20 In Focus
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Age Appropriate My wife often reminds me that I’m suddenly eligible for senior discounts at a variety of establishments—coffee shops, movie theaters—but I resist. I’m still a few years away from the point at which more significant senior discounts set in, and I guess I’d rather not be reminded. Still, aging does bring changes, some good, some less welcome. This month’s table of contents reads like an inventory of some of aging’s minor drawbacks: “Healthy Glow: Rx for Thinning Hair” (page 14). Hmm. I knew I had moderately thinning hair. I had no idea of the extent of its progression until my wife took a photo of me recently looking at a painting at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “Do I really have a bald spot back there?” I asked. The picture didn’t lie. “In Focus: Brain Power” (page 20). Check. (Lack thereof.) People’s names escape me with surprising regularity. Researchers say this is normal. Personal experience finds it embarrassing. I could use a boost. “Supplement Spotlight: Prebiotics” (page 16). I think I do all right on this one. No digestive issues. I try to eat 10 different fruits and vegetables a day; I sprinkle flax on my oatmeal and into smoothies; I always choose whole grains. I think I ingest a healthy variety of probiotics from yogurt, kefir, and supplements. Now I’ll pay more attention to prebiotics to keep those bacteria happy. There’s plenty more in this issue. Don’t miss our 2017 Body Care Awards. Young and old alike will appreciate our selection of natural and nontoxic lotions, moisturizers, and more (page 22). To your health and mine!
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healthpulse aromatherapy may ease allergies
An aromatherapy blend signiﬁcantly relieved allergy symptoms in a recent study. Patients were instructed to pour a mix of almond, sandalwood, frankincense, and ravensara oils onto a fragrance pad, sit comfortably about 12 inches from the pad, and inhale the fragrance with normal breathing for ﬁve minutes twice a day. A control group used only the almond oil. All participants suﬀered from perennial allergic rhinitis (PAR), which is triggered by allergens in the environment and causes sneezing, runny nose, stuﬀy nose, and consequent sleep disruption. None had used aromatherapy before, and none were currently taking any medication for their allergies. After eight days of aromatherapy treatment, the researchers concluded that the blended oils “alleviated subjective symptoms, improved the disease-speciﬁc quality of life, and reduced fatigue among adult patients with PAR.” “Re: Aromatherapy with Ravensara, Frankincense, and Sandalwood Reduces Symptoms of Perennial Allergic Rhinitis” by Heather S. Oliff, PhD, HerbClip, http://cms. HerbalGram.org, 4/14/17
shorter colds with vitamin C?
Higher doses of vitamin C may shorten the length of the common cold. Most trials examining the eﬀects have used a dosage of 1 gram (g) per day, but two recent studies have found better results with higher amounts. Participants in the studies received daily vitamin C doses ranging from none (the placebo) up to 8 g. Both studies showed signiﬁcant dose-response relationships, meaning that higher amounts of the vitamin led to shorter colds. “It would be worthwhile for individual common cold patients to test whether therapeutic 8 grams per day of vitamin C is beneﬁcial for them,” said researcher Harri Hemilä, MD, PhD. “Self-dosing of vitamin C must be started as soon as possible after the onset of common cold symptoms to be most eﬀective.” “Larger Doses of Vitamin C May Lead to a Greater Reduction in Common Cold Duration,” University of Helsinki, 3/30/17
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juice may enhance sports performance
Beetroot juice appears to improve endurance and speed in male soccer players, according to a new study. Earlier research had shown beneﬁts for other athletes, including swimmers and cyclists. The players drank about 4.7 ounces of nitrate-rich beetroot juice (providing about 800 milligrams of nitrates per day) or an equal amount of nitrate-depleted juice for six days. Those who drank the nitrate-rich juice saw a 3.4 percent improvement on a high-intensity, intermittent running test compared to the other group of players. Their heart rates were also lower. “Beetroot Juice Supplementation Improves High-Intensity Intermittent Type Exercise Performance in Trained Soccer Players” by J. Nyakayiru et al., Nutrients, 3/22/17
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sea buckthorn aids heart patients Patients with cardiovascular risks saw improvements in blood lipids after taking supplemental sea buckthorn. Total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol were lowered, while HDL (good) cholesterol increased signiﬁcantly.
Researchers looked at the results of 11 independent randomized controlled studies including more than 900 people. The lipid-lowering eﬀects were not seen in already healthy participants. “Effect of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) on Blood Lipid Profiles . . .” by X. Guo et al., Trends in Food Science & Technology, 3/17
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yoga effective for depression
Yoga and deep breathing classes can oﬀer substantial relief from symptoms of depression. A new study found that these practices may work as alternatives or supplements to medical treatments. Individuals with major depressive disorder were assigned to either two or three 90-minute classes a week along with home practice. Those who took three weekly classes had fewer depressive symptoms as a result, but two classes also provided improvements. “This study supports the use of a yoga and coherent breathing intervention in major depressive disorder in people who are not on antidepressants and in those who have been on a stable dose of antidepressants and have not achieved a resolution of their symptoms,” said researcher Chris Streeter, MD. “Twice Weekly Yoga Classes Plus Home Practice Effective in Reducing Symptoms of Depression,” Boston University Medical Center, 3/3/17
better sleep with prebiotics?
There have been many reports about the beneﬁts of probiotics—the health-enhancing bacteria found in fermented foods and dietary supplements. A new study shows that keeping those bacteria well fed may help us deal with stress. In animal studies, prebiotics improve sleep quality while buﬀering the eﬀects of stress. When beneﬁcial bacteria eat these dietary ﬁbers, they release byproducts that can inﬂuence brain function. “We found that dietary prebiotics can improve non-REM sleep, as well as REM sleep after a stressful event,” said study researcher Robert Thompson. Prebiotic ﬁbers are found in plants such as chicory, artichokes, raw garlic, leeks, and onions. They are also available as supplements. “Dietary Prebiotics Improve Sleep, Buffer Impacts of Stress, Says Study,” University of Colorado at Boulder, 2/24/17
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supplements linked to memory boost
A new study of lutein and zeaxanthin provides additional evidence of their positive role in memory and other cognitive matters. More than 4,000 adults ages 50 and older participated in the study, which linked higher blood levels of the two carotenoids with better scores in global cognition, memory, and executive function (the ability to process information in an orderly manner and to focus on tasks). Higher zeaxanthin levels were also associated with better processing speed, but no such link was evident with higher levels of lutein. In our February issue, we reported on another study that demonstrated a memory-enhancing boost for older adults from the two carotenoids. Lutein and zeaxanthin provide color to certain fruits and vegetables and are readily available as supplements. “Plasma Lutein and Zeaxanthin Are Associated with Better Cognitive Function Across Multiple Domains . . .,” Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 1/20/17
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plant-based power Most of us get plenty of protein from food, but there are times when we need an extra boost. Weight training and other strenuous exercise breaks down muscle ﬁber. Protein is the key to replacing and building new muscle. Whey—a derivative of milk—has been the go-to ingredient in protein drinks for quite some time. But a wave of studies has found vegetarian options to be as effective for muscle growth. And those options may be safer too: Organic plants are much less likely than conventional foods to harbor heavy metals or traces of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
Plant protein may thwart diabetes Eating more plant protein may lower your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a lengthy study. Researchers analyzed the diets and health of more than 2,300 men over the course of two decades. Plant protein was linked to lower blood glucose, and participants who ate the most plant protein had a 35 percent lower risk for diabetes compared to those who ate the least. SOURCE “Plant Protein May Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes . . .,” University of Eastern Finland, 4/19/17
Organic protein powders and drinks tend to favor vegetarian ingredients like pea protein, sprouted beans, brown rice, hemp, flax, or chia.
Think combos Plant-based proteins are easy to digest and they’re packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. But there’s also the ongoing question of whether vegetable proteins provide the right combination of amino acids for muscle development. It’s true that most plant foods don’t provide all nine of the essential amino acids our bodies need. But drinks and powders that contain more than one vegetable source can fill the bill. Pea protein, for example, is an excellent source of several amino acids, including lysine and arginine, which are necessary for muscle development. Combining pea protein with hemp or rice will make it a complete source. In a recent study of men 18 to 35, pea protein matched whey for increases in muscle strength and thickness. Participants took 25 grams of whey or pea protein twice a day for 12 weeks while doing weight training. People who have trouble digesting soy or milk are likely to have no such difficulty with pea protein. —Cameron Hendrix SELECTED SOURCES “The 6 Healthiest Protein Powders for Your Smoothie” by Stephanie Eckelkamp, 1/14/15, www.Prevention.com ● “Do Protein Drinks Contain Contaminants and Heavy Metals?” www.ConsumerReports.com ● “Do You Need Protein Powders?” by Gina Shaw, www.WebMD.com ● “Pea Proteins Oral Supplementation Promotes Muscle Thickness Gains During Resistance Training” by N. Babault et al., Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2015
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Rx for thinning hair boost hair health with these supplements
Hair loss and thinning hair may be seen as the domain of older men, but the truth is that it can aﬀect both men and women as they age. It all comes down to testosterone levels. While up to a quarter of men see their hair starting to thin by the time they’re 30, women have protection from hair loss in their younger years when their estrogen production is at a lifetime high. But as they approach menopause, women’s testosterone-balancing estrogen levels can plummet, leaving them vulnerable to the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT inhibits the normal function of hair follicles, resulting in thinner and fewer hairs and the condition called androgenic alopecia (AGA), also known as male pattern baldness.
Common causes While AGA accounts for up to 95 percent of hair loss, there are other causes to consider. Hair loss can be triggered by stress and trauma, weight loss, and hormone imbalances. It’s common for women to notice thinning hair after pregnancy due to hormonal changes. It can sometimes be difficult to tell what constitutes normal hair loss, and what may be cause for concern. The consensus seems to be that shedding up to 125 strands of hair per day is normal, but more than that can be a problem, especially if the hairs aren’t being replaced.
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Supplemental help Thankfully, there are several supplements that can help reduce the incidence and appearance of thinning hair. ■ Saw palmetto. An extract derived from the small berries of the saw palmetto plant may be effective in blocking the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. One study found that men who treated their scalps with topical saw palmetto and trichogen veg complex reported a hair count increase of almost 12 percent over the course of four months. ■ Omegas and antioxidants. A study of 120 women with hair loss found that supplementation for six months with omega-3-rich fish oil, along with black currant seed oil, vitamins C and E, and lycopene, reduced hair loss in almost 90 percent of subjects and improved hair density. ■ Key oils. Rich in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and iron, nettles may boost hair health and reduce loss. Oil derived from the leaves of the plant can be applied topically or taken in capsule form. Hair treatments
infused with nettle oil boost hair growth and fight grease by inhibiting oil production. Rosemary essential oil stimulates circulation and may be useful for treating hair loss. Its astringent properties help to tone and balance the scalp. Arnica oil works to condition the hair and scalp, and is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat hair loss. Other essential oils that might be useful for improving the texture of thinning hair include calendula, chamomile, geranium, lavender, and lemongrass.
Additional supplements Zinc may play a role in preventing baldness, but be sure not to exceed 100 milligrams (mg) daily from food and supplements. Also consider boosting your intake of vitamins C and E, as well as B complex. Silica aids healthy hair growth—some experts recommend taking 3 mg of choline-stabilized, concentrated orthosilicic acid once or twice a day, up to a maximum of 6 mg. —Kelli Ann Wilson
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The health beneﬁts of probiotics—the beneﬁcial bacteria found in liveculture yogurt, several fermented foods, and dietary supplements—are well known. From resolving diarrhea and easing irritable bowel syndrome to calming eczema, probiotics contribute to better health in many ways.
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Not so well-known? Compounds called prebiotics that work Either (or both) of these supplements can help the gut in a more indirect fashion. Prebiotics are a category of dietary return to a more balanced state. Appetite, caloric intake, and fibers that cannot be digested by humans, yet are perfect food body mass index all tend to go down when people take prefor probiotics. This means that biotic supplements. These positive consuming more prebiotics coneffects have been seen in children, tributes to flourishing colonies of teens, and adults. 9 health benefits good bacteria in your system. of prebiotics Clear thinking Most prebiotics fall into the ■ Help prevent antibiotic-associated A typical Western diet high in satucategory of carbohydrates, with diarrhea rated fats and sugars can negatively the main prebiotics being inulin, affect the mind. This diet-cognition ■ Improve digestion fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), link is thought to relate (at least in and galacto-oligosaccharides ■ Boost immunity part) to out-of-balance gut bacte(GOS). These prebiotics, when ■ Increase absorption of calcium and ria. It can sound surprising at first consumed in functional foods or magnesium to learn that gut health influences taken in dietary supplement form, ■ Strengthen bones mental clarity, but the connecend up in the intestines where tion has been well established in ■ Lower risk of colon cancer they contribute to the growth of research. In fact, when probiotics healthy bacteria, including bifido■ Lower blood pressure and prebiotics get added into the bacteria and lactobacilli. ■ Control weight diet as supplements, thinking pro■ Lower risk of heart disease cesses can improve. Mood receives Digestive disorders an uptick from prebiotics, which An imbalance of gut bacteria “Fiber and Prebiotics: Mechanisms and Health Benefits” are associated with less anxiety, can be caused by many things— by J. Slavin, Nutrients, 4/13 depression, and stress. When including antibiotic use, dietary healthy volunteers supplement choices, inflammation, or an with prebiotics for three weeks, infection (such as gastroenteritheir anxiety goes down (as measured by cortisol levels). tis)—but the end result is often digestive upset. In such cases, supplementing with prebiotics can ease symptoms and hasten Stronger bones recovery. Building bone mass in teen and early adult years helps guard Bacterial imbalance in the gut is commonly seen in those against osteoporosis later in life. Prebiotics aid in this endeavor with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A few studies in people by boosting the absorption of the bone-building minerals with IBS indicate that prebiotic supplements might be worth a calcium and magnesium. There is still benefit from taking pretry, although not every study has found a benefit. One that did biotic supplements if your teen years are long past: Research was a three-month trial of GOS supplementation (either 3.5 shows that postmenopausal women supplementing with grams or 7 grams daily). Both amounts of GOS supplements prebiotics over a two-year period experience less bone loss. eased symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, and loose stools, Although probiotics continue to grab the spotlight, there are compared to a placebo taken by another group of IBS suffersound reasons to consider adding prebiotics to your dietary ers. supplement regimen.
Weight management involves far more than just counting calories. Increasingly, scientists are understanding that dysbiosis—which is an imbalance of gut flora caused by too few healthy bacteria or an overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast— may negatively affect your weight. This is where probiotics and prebiotics can both play a helpful role.
Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH, a health journalist for more than two decades, is the author of Life After Baby: Rediscovering and Reclaiming Your Healthy Pizzazz (Basic Health Publications, 2012).
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Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is a multitasking herb for the multitasking person. A calm-energy adaptogen, it eases anxiety while improving the body’s resistance to stress. But this herb—also called pennywort—is most famous for its effects on cognition. Ancient Sanskrit texts laud the benefits of drinking the fresh-pressed juice, and preliminary studies support gotu kola’s ability to improve mitochondrial function and act as a neuroprotective nootropic (smart drug/cognitive enhancer), nerve regenerator, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Research also points to its ability to lessen beta amyloid plaque’s negative effects, so that neurotransmitters can travel through the brain more efficiently. Highlights from human studies include improved working memory and mood for elders who took 750 milligrams (mg) of gotu kola extract daily; improved physical abilities, vigor, and quality of life in elders; and a reduced startle response in healthy adults. In a formula with other herbs including lemon balm, bacopa, and ashwagandha, gotu kola improved focus and attention in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Gotu kola is generally safe—it’s even eaten as a fresh, cooked, or juiced leafy green—and can be taken as a tea, tincture, powder, or capsule. Seek organic, as quality on the market can be poor, and expect it to take several weeks or months for the effects to gradually build.
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can readily be taken as tea, capsule, or tincture, or in food, or inhaled as a fresh rubbed plant or diluted essential oil. For rosemary, foodlike doses may be more effective than higher doses. These are just a few of the remedies showing benefit for cognitive well-being. Rhodiola and ashwagandha are adaptogenic herbs with brain-boosting benefits. Lion’s mane mushroom shows promise in helping to reverse and delay dementia while healing nerve and cognitive damage from disease and accidents. More than 70 human studies have been done on ginkgo leaf standardized extract, and while the results are mixed, there is a general trend toward helping to delay cognitive decline and dementia by improving microcirculation to the brain for older adults. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, vitamin D, iron, and B vitamins including B12 may also improve cognitive function, particularly if you’re deficient in these essential nutrients. —Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG)
by the Ayurvedic name “brahmi,” and has a long history of use supported by modern evidence. This herb promotes a calm-alert state of mind with brain tonic effects. It helps boost levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks it down (acetylcholinesterase), reduces beta amyloid plaque, and acts as a neuroprotective. Clinical studies show the herb’s greatest benefits as being memory free recall, speed of attention, and decreased choice reaction time, but several studies also find it useful for school-aged children, including those with ADHD. It’s a bit bitter as tea but the aerial parts of this plant can be taken in a tincture or capsule.
Mint-Family Herbs such as peppermint (Mentha x piperita), spearmint (Mentha spicata), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and sage (Salvia spp) are antioxidant-rich herbs that can boost cognitive test scores as well as levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. They often work within an hour and show benefits whether you inhale or eat them. Lemon balm improves focus and calms anxiety, whereas peppermint and rosemary tend to be peppy and invigorating. Although sage’s safety for daily use is questionable, the other four
Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), is a registered clinical herbalist and freelance health journalist nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. She is the author of the book Body into Balance. Learn about herbs, distance consults, online classes, and more at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.
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Hemp’s legal status may be in question, but its health beneﬁts aren’t. Marijuana’s nonpsychotropic cousin can be used to make food products and supplements, medications, and natural remedies. Currently, the versatile plant can be grown industrially in the United States only for research purposes, but because it’s imported from other countries, particularly Canada, many hempbased products, including hemp seeds and hemp oil, are readily available here. 26
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The edible parts of the hemp plant, the seeds (sometimes referred to as “hearts”), are used to make a milk alternative, protein powder, and oil, and they can be sprinkled directly onto food. Toss two tablespoons of the seeds over your salad, oatmeal, yogurt, rice, or vegetables, and you’re getting two grams of fiber, five grams of protein, 300 milligrams (mg) of potassium, 25 percent of the daily requirement of iron, and 15 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin A—in addition to a tasty crunch. Hemp milk contains both calcium and protein, making it a great nondairy replacement for cow’s milk. And as a protein powder, ground hemp seeds also provide fiber.
While growing industrial hemp is allowed only for research purposes by the US government, several states, most recently Rhode Island, have challenged federal law by legalizing industrial hemp production. Medicinal and/or recreational marijuana use is also legal in a number of states. A two-year-old federal bill to legalize hemp growth is stalled in Congress, though. As support for legalizing marijuana grows, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been vocal about his opposition, so it’s hard to predict the legal future of either marijuana or hemp. —Jane Eklund “Cannabidiol”; “Why Are Hemp Seeds Good for Me?” by Keri Glassman, WebMD.com ● “Cannabidiol as an Emergent Therapeutic Strategy for Lessening the Impact of Inflammation on Oxidative Stress” by G.W. Booz, Free Radic Biol Med, 1/14/11 ● “Cannabinoids May Help Soothe Certain Skin Diseases, Study Shows,” www.scicasts.com, 4/18/17 ● “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015,” www.congress.gov ● “Marijuana-Based Drug Found to Reduce Epileptic Seizures” by Andrew Pollack, The New York Times, www.NYTimes.com, 3/14/16 ● “New Hampshire Committee Passes Bill to Decriminalize Industrial Hemp” by Mike Maharrey, www. ActivistPost.com, 2/6/17 ● “State Industrial Hemp Statutes,” National Conference of State Legislatures, www.ncsl.org, 3/4/16 ● “Will Jeff Sessions Launch a War on Weed?” by Paul Waldman, Washington Post The Plum Line blog, 4/20/17
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■ Heart health: Hemp contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which fight inflammation and provide heart and immune system benefits. ■ Mood enhancer, pain relief: It is believed that CBD bolsters a chemical in the brain that is related to pain, mood, and mental function, accounting for its pain and anxiety-relieving properties. ■ Anti-inﬂammatory: A review of studies looking at CBD’s effects on inflammation concluded that cannabidiol “offers promise as a prototype for anti-inflammatory drug development.” Research suggests the immune system diseases that may be good candidates for treatment with a potential CBD drug are rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and depression. ■ Skin care: A just-published meta-analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus found that cannabinoids show promise in the treatment of skin diseases. The scientists noted a study in which patients found that a topical solution alleviated severe itching, and another in which tumors in mice with melanoma were inhibited. June 2017
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Diet: High-protein foods including beans, eggs, meat,
Topical herbal therapy: Aloe, calendula, gotu
Homeopathy: Arnica, Causticum, Hypericum
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“Burns,” University of Maryland Medical Center, www.umm.edu/health, 3/24/15 ● “Burns: First Aid,” www.MayoClinic.org, 7/10/15 ● “Nutrition for Burn Patients,” University of Utah Health, http://healthcare.utah.edu
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