From an article by Julius Goepp, M.D. in Life Extension, Sept. 2010 :
The cells lining your arteries (endothelial cells) can turn into bone cells as you age. Known as osteoblasts, these cells normally regulate bone formation. The unexpected discovery of osteoblasts in the endothelial lining of individuals with arterial disease was made in 1993.4 It marked a major advance in our understanding of vascular and bone disease. This finding uncovered a previously unknown link between atherosclerosis, which involves calcification of vascular tissue, and osteoporosis, which involves the decalcification of bone tissue.
… Cutting-edge research points to the central role of two key nutrients to ensure optimal calcification of your bones while preventing pathologic calcification of your arteries: vitamins D and K.
Statin drugs block cholesterol production in the body by inhibiting the enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase in the early steps of its synthesis in the mevalonate pathway. This same biosynthetic pathway is also shared by CoQ10.Therefore, one unfortunate consequence of statin drugs is the unintentional inhibition of CoQ10 synthesis. Thus, in the long run, statin drugs could predispose the patients to heart disease by lowering their CoQ10 status, the very condition that these drugs are intended to prevent.
The reduction of CoQ10 levels might be associated with myopathy, a rare adverse effect associated with statin drugs. This metabolic myopathy is related to ubiquinone (CoQ10) deficiency in muscle cell mitochondria, disturbing normal cellular respiration and causing adverse effects such as rhabdomyolysis, exercise intolerance, and recurrent myoglobinuria. (DiMuro S., Exercise intolerance and the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Ital J Neurol Sci. Dec. 1999;20(6):387-393).
Certainly too much for me …
A new study in Japan, appearing in the Annals of Epidemiology, shows that drinking seven cups of green tea a day could cut heart disease risk death by a massive 75%.
The study followed over 12,000 people between the ages of 65 and 84 over five years. In comparison to people who drink less than one cup of green tea per day, those who drink seven show, in addition to the impressive heart benefits, a 55% lower risk of death from other diseases.
For example: Their risk of death from colorecta cancer shows a massive 31% drop.
Now, the researchers say these strong effects may be due to a lifetime of heavy green tea drinking.
But, given all of the other benefits of green tea – protection against Alzheimer’s, lower risk of prostate cancer, and help with weight loss – I say there’s no such thing as “too late” for green tea.
Especially when you look at some recent work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. There, scientists have reported the cells of regular tea drinkers (an average of 3 cups per day) may actually have a younger biological age than the cells of people who don’t drink tea. At the Chinese University of Hong Kong. There, scientists have reported the cells of regular tea drinkers (an average of 3 cups per day) may actually have a younger biological age than the cells of people who don’t drink tea.
Age-related macular degeneration or ARMD is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness for those 65 and older. Now a recent study is providing some hope, along with a protocol that may halt or slow ARMD’s progression. The study, which appears in the Archives of Ophthalmology, shows a regular supplement programme including antioxidants and zinc (500mg vitamin C, 400IU of vitamin E, 15mg beta carotene, 80mg of zinc oxide and 2mg of cupric oxide); could reduce the progression of AMD by as much as 25%. The study specifically monitored people who already showed signs of ARMD and found evidence that this combination of supplements could stop or slow the path of this disease.
because turmeric may protect my liver´s health ( which is an eligible concern with 3 bottles of wine a week )
Choline is considered an essential nutrient, because even healthy individuals cannot synthesize enough to maintain health.
From the Linus Pauling Institute :
The main criterion for establishing the Adequate Intake level for choline was the prevention of liver damage (see Deficiency).
Very little information is available on the choline content of foods (4). Most choline in foods is found in the form of phosphatidylcholine. Milk, eggs, liver, and peanuts are especially rich in choline.
Strict vegetarians who consume no milk or eggs may be at risk of inadequate choline intake.