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Delta-Tocotrienol Reverses Metabolic Syndrome, Fatty Liver

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Twice daily supplementation with δ-tocotrienol, one of the eight isoforms of vitamin E, produced marked reductions of body mass index, triglyceride levels, markers of inflammation, and liver enzymes in a cohort of overweight patients with metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

“Junk Food is the Gateway Drug”: Untangling the Web of Food & Drug Addictions

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

“The typical standard American diet couldn’t be better designed to kill people: it’s about 10% whole plant foods which means potatoes for many people, 30% animal products, and 60% processed foods.” Oh, and soft drinks. Lots of soft drinks.

Speaking at the first annual Plant-Based World Expo, Dr. Joel Fuhrman described the complex web between addiction to empty calories, drug and alcohol abuse, and long-term chronic disease.

The EAT-Lancet Report: A Call For Food System Transformation

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

EAT-Lancet Commission’s Food in the Anthropocene, a report compiled by a committee of 37 independent scientists headed by Harvard’s Walter Willet, lays out a blueprint for an optimal plant-based, largely meat-free diet, and for food production systems that would ensure sustainable fulfillment of this diet on the widest possible scale.

“The Answer to Disease is Vegetables”: Plant-Based Pioneers Have Their Moment

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

“We know the answer, and it is not that complicated. To be healthy, eat high volumes of vegetables. The answer to disease is vegetables. But people don't want to hear, ‘Eat vegetables.’ They want pills to overcome the diseases caused by our dysregulated appetites,” said Joel Fuhrman, MD, at the first annual Plant-Based World Expo in New York City earlier this summer.

Plant-Based Planet: The Food Industry's (Brave) New World

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

At a time when meat has never been cheaper, the food industry has discovered "plant-based" living. US sales of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives topped $4.5 billion this year. But today's vegan offerings are very different from the kale salads and tofu sausages of yesteryear.

Zinc Carnosine Prevents Oral Mucositis

By Janet Gulland

Oral administration of polaprezinc (zinc L-carnosine) can prevent oral mucositis in cancer patients undergoing radiation or high-dose chemotherapy, according to a series of studies from researchers in Japan. The compound may also be useful in preventing or minimizing more common oral lesions like canker sores.

A Guide to the Endocannabinoid System

By Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH & Jake Felice, ND

Interest in the medical use of phytocannabinoids from Cannabis Sativa L. (Cannabis) has reached an all-time high. These exogenous, plant-derived ligands interact with endogenously produced proteins, receptors, enzymes and endogenous ligands, in one of the most evolutionarily preserved biological systems known to the life sciences: the endogenous cannabinoid signaling system, better known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Webinar: The Broken Promise of Vitamin E--Why Annatto-Sourced Tocotrienols Are the "21st Century E"

By Erik Goldman

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Over the years, vitamin E supplementation has been promoted for prevention or mitigation of everything from cardiovascular disease to Parkinson’s. In clinical trials, however, vitamin E has rarely lived up to its potential.

That’s because most studies only use alpha-tocopherol---just one of the eight tocopherols and tocotrienols that comprise vitamin E. Recent research suggests that alpha-tocopherol may not be the most powerful of the eight. Taken alone, it may actually be detrimental.  

Annatto (Bixa Orellana), an Amazonian tree that produces bright red seeds, has been used as a source of food and oil since 3,600 BCE. Modern research shows that annatto contains tocotrienol, a phytonutrient with extraordinary antioxidant properties. Annatto is the only plant source to provide exclusively the delta- and gamma-tocotrienols-- the most potent forms of vitamin E. Annatto is also free of tocopherols, an important feature since alpha-tocopherol interferes with tocotrienol biochemistry.

This webinar will cover milestones in vitamin E research, with special emphasis on distinguishing between tocopherols and tocotrienols, and the ways in which the widely used alpha-tocopherol interferes with tocotrienol function.

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Dr. Barrie Tan, one of the world’s experts on vitamin E, will share clinically relevant data on tocotrienol’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in the context of cardiometabolic disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer, bone health, and overall cellular health. An overview of the latest randomized trials will highlight annatto tocotrienol’s role as the “21st century vitamin E.”

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • The origins of vitamin E, it’s 8 isomers, and the diverse sources from which they’re derived.
  • How the widely use alpha-tocopherol interferes with tocotrienol functions
  • The impact of annatto tocotrienol on cardiometabolic and cellular health
  • The benefits of annatto-derived tocotrienol with regard to healthy aging, and cardiometabolic, liver, bone, and cellular health.
  • Guidelines for appropriate tocotrienol dosing for practitioners and consumers

Dr. Barrie Tan is a trailblazer and the world’s foremost expert on vitamin E. A scientist first and foremost, he earned his PhD in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand and spent several years as a professor at UMass. Credited with discovering a form of vitamin E called tocotrienol in three major sources – Palm, Rice, and Annatto, Dr. Tan was dubbed the “Tocotrienol King” by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a highly respected integrative cardiologist. Dr. Tan is the President of American River Nutrition, a natural health R&D company he started with his wife, Elizabeth, in 1998. Today, his research focuses on lipid-soluble nutrients that reduce and slow chronic conditions.

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The Fast-Mimicking Diet & the Science of "Juventology"

By Becky Wright, Contributing Writer

New research into fasting, and specifically an approach called the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), is shedding light on how to use foods and diet patterns to promote longevity and prevent or reverse degenerative diseases. It's an approach that is catching on with functional medicine practitioners—and their patients.