Obesity Trend Out of Control

Wednesday, June 30, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

A new independent report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010, makes it plain that America is in the midst of a rapidly expanding obesity epidemic.  Obesity rates rose in 28 states in the past year.  38 states now have obesity rates above 25% and 8 states have rates above 30%.  If health care costs are to be spread amongst all Americans then this is everyone’s problem.


Resveratrol Helps Improve the Fitness of Your Fat

Sunday, June 27, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

The health of your white adipose tissue determines your metabolic and cardiovascular risk.  Many nutrients are showing that they can favorably influence the fitness of your fat and a new study shows that resveratrol is one of them.


DHA Omega 3 Fatty Acids in the War Against Obesity

Thursday, June 24, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

Dietary intake of DHA omega 3 essential fatty acids is woefully lacking all around the world. In populations that have adequate access to other foods this correlates strongly with the world-wide obesity epidemic. A new study reviews the multiple mechanisms by which omega 3 fatty acids, especially DHA, can combat the obesity epidemic.


Citrus Flavonoids are Potent Metabolic Boosters & Anti-carcinogens

Tuesday, June 22, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

Special types of citrus-derived flavonoids, known as polymethoxyflavones, especially nobiletin and tangeretin, are inversely associated with cardiovascular disease. Previous studies have shown them to be effective in lowering cholesterol in humans as well as helping to prevent the accumulation of LDL cholesterol in the lining of arteries.  Even relatively small amounts of them can activate gene signals that help to correctly metabolize cholesterol.  A new study shows that nobiletin can boost adiponectin levels and reduce inflammation within white adipose tissue, thereby significantly improving insulin resistance and lowering high blood sugar.  Additionally, a significant body of research has been accumulating in the past few years showing that polymethoxflavones are powerful nutrients in cancer prevention.


Obesity During Pregnancy Increases Heart Defect Risk in Child

Wednesday, June 09, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

Almost 1/3 of pregnant American women are obese.  A new study shows that obesity during pregnancy significantly increases the risk for a variety of heart defects, causing poor health in their children.


Obese Parents Likely to Have Obese Children, Vitamins May Help

 -  Byron J Richards

A new study of British families shows that obese parents are far more likely to have obese children than normal-weight parents, especially if mom is obese.  Another study shows that a comprehensive multiple vitamin taken during pregnancy can assist growth hormone and leptin status in the newly born child, key factors for optimal childhood development and obesity risk.