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New Research Confirms Remarkable Benefits of Omega-3*
Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm examined the dietary habits of nearly 1,500 men with prostate cancer and more than 1,100 men without the disease. They found that men who ate fatty fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 43 percent. According to natural health advocate Mike Adams, the Omega-3 found in fatty fish and fish oils are "truly miraculous anticancer medicines" that can act as anti-inflammatories, help prevent cardiovascular disease and lower the risk of developing many types of cancer, as well as some other common health problems.

Why You Need Memory Focus*
One of the most frustrating aspects of daily living is the loss of memory and mental sharpness. Recalling information such as names, dates or events becomes harder as we age. If cells and neurotransmitters, the brain's nerve communication system, are not receiving whough nutrients, we begin to forget. Kuckily, there are nutrients that can support memory and mental sharpness. Memory Focus provides these vital brain nutrients.

Joint Formula Nutrients Reduce Pain Levels*
In a recent study, 118 patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis were treated with either 500 mg of glucosamine three times daily, 500 mg of MSM three times daily, a combination of both nutrients, or placebo. After three months, participants treated with glucosamine alone showed an average pain reduction of 63 percent, while those treated with MSM alone showed an average pain reduction of 52 percent. Participants treated with a combination of glucosamine and MSM showed an average pain reduction of 79 percent. Research indicates the combination treatment also had a faster effect on pain and inflammation compared to glucosamine alone.The researchers concluded that the combination of MSM and glucosamine provided better and more rapid improvement in patients with osteoarthritis.

Sense of Gratitude Shown to Improve Health*
Just as the right nutrients and exercise keep our bodies and minds strong, healthy and energetic, our attitude greatly affects our mind and health. Science documents greater health in people who express gratitude for blessings in their lives. Here is a gratitude exercise to try: throughout the day reflect upon all the gifts in your life. Then pick a moment to express gratitude for that gift. It could be as simple as saying thank you or even a smile or note of thanks. Every day is an opportunity to be thankful for all that we have and to share that gratitude with our loved ones, friends, and others around us.

Sleep Your Way to Better Health*
Research has shown that people who routinely get too little sleep are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes and a host of other problems. And even a few nights of sleep deprivation make it harder to fight off infections. By contrast, getting eight hours or more of shuteye increases your work performance and mental acuity while decreasing irritability and the likelihood of depression. Getting a good night’s sleep regularly can even slow the aging process. Now it turns out that sleeping well can help you lose weight, too. In a 16-year study of 70,000 middle-aged women, those who slept an average of five hours or less were much more likely to gain a “significant” amount of weight than women who slept for seven hours or more. Research on men has found similar results.

B12 Maintains Your Brain
A new study suggests that running low on vitamin B12 could hasten mental decline. Published November's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a 10-year study tracked 1648 men and women aged 65 and older. Previous research indicated that B12 and folic acid - and other B vitamins - might help fend off Alzheimer's Disease. The new study found that a lack of B12 could diminish cognitive functon. The researchers, led by Robert Clarke, of Oxford University, suggested that doubling B12 levels with supplements might slow such a decline by a third.*

Studies Prove Roborant Energy May Extend Life, Improve Mood *
Rhodiola root has a remarkable ability to enhance cellular energy. It’s a key ingredient in Roborant Energy, one of the ALTRUM high energy, natural supplements. Rhodiola is an adaptogen, an agent that increases resistance to biological, chemical and physical stressors. In traditional folk medicine, rhodiola has been used to increase energy, improve mood, treat impotence (scientists discovered that rhodiola improves male function in 75 percent of test subjects) and much more. Roborant Energy is a potent blend of seven legendary “Root of Life™” adaptogenic herbs known for promoting strength, endurance and vital energy. It provides these benefits for men and women alike. New clinical evidence reveals that the herbal extract of rhodiola is effective in reducing symptoms of mild-to-moderate depression. These findings are new to medicine, but they are old stuff to indigenous people. Russians and Scandinavians have used it for centuries to combat stress and depression.*
Nuts for Long Life*
Studies show that eating one-quarter cup of nuts five times a week can add years to your life. Tree nuts and peanuts (though technically a legume) are high in beneficial fats, antioxidants and other protective phytochemicals. One study found that women who ate natural peanut butter five or more times a week had a 21 percent reduction in diabetes risk. A nut-rich diet can lower LDL cholesterol by about one-third – the same amount achieved with some statin drugs. Eat a variety – walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc. – to get a greater number of protective phytochemical compounds. Following this recommendation can add 2.5 years to your life.

Enzymes Power Cell Regeneration, Boost Vitality*
“We are as old as our enzymes.” Every function of the body is dependent on enzymes to nourish and energize the trillions of cells that create the energy needed for daily activities. In order to have less wear on the body and save it from aging too fast, support, conserve and restore your body’s enzymes by supplementing your diet with systemic and food enzymes. Enzyme supplements throughout our lives may slow the aging clock and keep our cells rejuvenated well into our senior years. Use both Longevity Enzymes and Ultra Daily Enzymes to support your body’s enzymes for continuous youthful renewal.

MSG Can Lead to Obesity
Research shows MSG, monosodium glutamate, in foods can cause obesity. Scientists have known for more than 50 years that MSG added to foods given to newborn rats caused them to become grossly obese. The effects of MSG are now so well established that the substance is routinely used in experimental obesity studies on animals. Researchers now know that MSG destroys the hypothalamus, the same portion of the brain that is injured in people who develop metabolic syndrome, which causes type-2 diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis. Recent studies have shown that obese animals actually have the metabolic syndrome, which is now seen in 50 million adults in the United States. The metabolic syndrome is the cause of type-2 diabetes as well as hypertension and atherosclerosis.
Lutein Benefits Eyes *
Lutein is a naturally occurring carotenoid found in green leafy vegetables, egg yolks and fruits. It functions as an antioxidant in the human body, and research finds lutein benefits eye health. Lutein in the body is concentrated in the macula, a small area of the retina responsible for central vision. The hypothesis for the natural concentration is that lutein helps protect from oxidative stress and high-energy light. Various research studies have shown a direct relationship exists between lutein intake and pigmentation in the eye. Several studies also show that an increase in macula pigmentation decreases the risk for eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Several researchers, including a group led by John Paul SanGiovanni of the National Eye Institute of Maryland, found high intakes of lutein are associated with lower risk of blindness (macular degeneration), which affects 1.2 million Americans, mostly after age 65. While no recommended daily dosage exists for lutein, positive effects appear at dietary intake levels of 6 mg/day. Medical research has proven 15 mg to be the clinically recommended daily dose shown to promote the health of the macula and retina as well as support healthy optic nerves and lenses. *
Research Finds St. John’s Wort Helpful in Lifting Mood*
The first recorded use of St. John’s wort was in ancient Greece. Numerous studies show this natural herb to be effective in helping to relieve symptoms of moderate to severe depression. In 2008, a team of German scientists reviewed 29 clinical trials involving 5,489 people. The trials included adults with major depression who were randomly assigned St. John's wort, a placebo, or a standard prescription antidepressant. Reviewers found that in nine of the larger trials, people who took St. John's wort and those who took a standard antidepressant for four to 12 weeks had similar outcomes when it came to how well they felt after the trial. The reviewers also concluded St. John's wort was more effective than placebo and had fewer side effects than standard antidepressants. *
Prevention Can Turn the Tide of Rising Healthcare Costs

Business journals have chronicled the rise in healthcare costs for the past 30 years. The U.S. spends more per capita than any other nation on its medical care, at 17.5 percent of the gross domestic product. Individuals increasingly are looking for ways to cut their healthcare costs.

The old proverb states “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But true preventive medicine is not the early detection screenings, according to physician and journalist Abraham Verghese in the Wall Street Journal article, “The Myth of Prevention.” “If your preventive strategy is medical, if it involves us, if it consists of screening, fi nding medical conditions early, shaking the bushes for high cholesterols, or abnormal EKGs, then more often than not you don’t save anything and you might generate more medical costs.”

What Is True Prevention?
True preventive care advises the individual to make lifestyle choices that establish normal health and avoid chronic health problems.

Individuals can make lifestyle and dietary choices that pay true health dividends. This is a practical fi rst step to our nation’s runaway healthcare costs.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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