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Walnuts May Prevent Diabetes

Consuming two or more ounces of walnuts each week might significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes onset in women, according to a recent large study (published in the Journal of Nutrition). After adjusting for BMI and other lifestyle factors, researchers concluded that those who consumed 8 ounces of walnuts or more a month reduced their risk for Type 2 diabetes by as much as 24 percent. Although these findings are correlational, walnuts' high content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may be of particular value in Type 2 diabetes prevention.

Fish Oil Benefits

Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) not only benefit our cardiovascular system but have positive effects on weight loss, depression, painful menstruation, osteoporosis and arthritis. In addition, supplementation with these fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and ADD/ADHD (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). Contact us today to schedule an Omega-3 Blood Spot Test, a quick and easy way to measure your mega 3 levels, and a personalized fatty accids supplementation plan.

Male Birth Control

A plant that reduces fertility, used by Indonesian men for years, is being tested as a possible daily birth control option for males. Gandarusa, a leafy shrub native to Indonesia, may represent a long-sought breakthrough in the quest for an inexpensive, easy-to-make, over the counter daily birth control pill for men. The exciting news is that the drug made from this pant would not affect male hormones and its effects would be reversible after just a few months of discontinued use. For more information, watch this PBS video.

Vitamin D Supplements Better Than UV Rays

The American Academy of Dermatology (ADA) has a new position statement on Vitamin D supplementation. The ADA recommends individuals obtain Vitamin D from nutritional resources and dietary supplements, and not from unprotected exposure to harmful UV rays (tanning beds or sun exposure). Besides aiding in the absorption of calcium for maintaing strong bones, Vitamin D may provide protection from osteoporosis, depression, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.