Vitamin E Boosts the Ability of Lycopene to Fight Prostate cancer
According to German and Dutch researchers low doses of the antioxidants
Lycopene and Vitamin E slow the growth of prostate cancer tumors. The
researchers tested the effects of Lycopene and vitamin E, either alone or
together, at different dosages on the growth of prostate cancer in mice.
The Lycopene with vitamin E supplements together had a synergistic effect
slowing the growth of the prostate tumor by 73% by the 42nd day of the study.
The study was presented in Geneva recently at the European Organization for
Research and Treatment of Cancer-National Cancer Institute-American
Association for Cancer research Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
It is interesting but not surprising that Lycopene works better for
prostate cancer in the company of vitamin E. Studies show that this is
also the case with Selenium and Vitamin E (all 8 isomers) and prostate
cancer. The forms of vitamin E and Lycopene used in the study were
synthetic; I have published dramatic studies with natural Lycopene for
prostate cancer on this site. Other nutrients-foods that are beneficial
for prostate cancer include soy foods, soy Isoflavones, Indole-3-Carbinol,
Aged Garlic, Green Tea, Natural complex Vitamin E with Tocotrienols and
abundant Gamma-Tocopherol, Green Tea EGCG, and Saw Palmetto Berry
More Cranberry Means Greater Urinary Tract Protection
The more cranberry the merrier, at least for preventing urinary tract
infections (UTIs). Most UTIs are caused by the bacterium E. Coli, a
bacterium commonly found in the intestines. Drinking 8 ounces of cranberry
juice nearly doubled the protection against UTI vs. drinking 4 ounces
according to research from Yale University. Women are more prone to UTIs
than men because of hormonal influences and a shorter urethra. Women with
a UTI urinate frequently and have a burning with urination; they may also
experience lower back pain by the kidneys. In this study giving 8 ounces of
cranberry juice doubled the prevention of developing an infection by E.
coli by doubling the effect of blocking the bacterium from attaching to the
bladder. There is a tannin unique to Cranberry and also Blueberry that
interferes with little projections on the bacterium preventing it from
suctioning onto the urinary tract wall. The study used a concentration of
27% cranberry juice, this equates to 65mg of purer, somewhat concentrated
Cranberry. The study was presented yesterday in Boston at the 42nd Annual
Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
Women who are prone to urinary tract infections lack the ability to
create a mucous in the urinary tract that makes it slippery to bacteria.
The tannin found in Cranberry and Blueberry has the same effect in the
urinary tract preventing bacteria from attaching to the lining of the
kidneys, bladder or urethra. All Cranberry and Blueberry sources are
beneficial whether it is a juice (fattening), a capsule, or a tincture.
Soy Isoflavones Relieve Menopausal Hot Flashes and Protect Against Heart Disease
In a study of 50 postmenopausal women whose diets did not include soy foods,
or who did not use hormone replacement therapy for at least six months, the
effects of a soy supplement supplying 60mg of Isoflavones was compared to
inactive placebo. The women rated the severity of their menopausal symptoms
after two, four, and six months. Their vaginal and uterine health were
examined and blood tests were taken regularly during the study. 44% of the
women on the Isoflavones reported complete relief from hot flushes. Vaginal
changes seen during menopause predictably worsened on placebo, but vaginal
tissue in the Isoflavone group remained unchanged and healthy.
Blood tests showed a significant drop in LDL-cholesterol levels (11.8%),
and a very important and dramatic increase in protective HDL levels (27.3%)
after six months on the Isoflavones. No changes in these blood levels
occurred on placebo. The Soy rich in Isoflavones offered cardiovascular
protection and improved hot flushes. The study is published in the number
48, 2004 current issue of Maturitas, the official journal of the
European Menopause and Andropause Society.
Rhodiola Rosea Boosts Endurance and Physical Performance
Two new studies show that Rhodiola rosea root extract boosts stamina and
exercise performance. In the first study, a double blind, placebo-controlled,
randomized study of 24 individuals, giving 200mg of Rhodiola rosea root
extract standardized for 3% rosavin and 1% salidroside increased the time
to exhaustion vs. a placebo even after just one serving, and lung power
also improved. In the second placebo-controlled double blind study using
the same Rhodiola rosea standardized extract over time did not result in
a decrease of any of these benefits to exercise performance. The studies
are published in the June 2004 issue of the International Journal of
Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.