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Vitamins, Supplements Boost Syndrome X ? Every Syndrome is X!

Posted Sep 07 2010 1:54pm
<div xmlns=""><P>Here's a report about a supplement that is a powder concentrate from strawberries (not unlike <A title="Juice Plus | Reducing Risk" href="">Juice Plus+</A>® except this is one fruit instead of several) that helps those with Syndrome X. Now, I have a problem with the labeling of any syndrome as "Syndrome X".&nbsp; First, it sounds too mysterious, like it's a big secret and you can't know what it is. And second, how many different diseases and syndromes do we have that we have run out of names for them?! Maybe we should just lump everything together and just have one name (barring those few things that are genetic), and call it: "Syndrome Unhealthy"!&nbsp;&nbsp; How do you cure it? Or more importantly, how do you avoid getting it?&nbsp; It's called <strong>DIET</strong>.&nbsp;&nbsp;A diet that includes a whole bunch of fruits, vegetables, berries, grains, lean stuff and doesn't include fatty foods and all the junk. Oh yeah, and stay away from tobacco, excessive alcohol, and sugary stuff.&nbsp; That's it! You'll avoid most of the "syndromes" out there.&nbsp; Anyway, here is the study about how a strawberry powder extract could help you if you have 'X'.&nbsp; </P> <blockquote style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir=ltr> <P>Daily supplements of a freeze-dried strawberry powder improved heart health markers in people with metabolic syndrome, says new data from Oklahoma. </P> <P>LDL-cholesterol levels were reduced by 11 percent following eight weeks of strawberry powder supplementation, according to findings of a study with 27 obese people published in Nutrition Research. </P> <P>“To our knowledge, this is the first randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of strawberry supplementation on lipid profiles in subjects with metabolic syndrome,” wrote researchers from Oklahoma State University. </P> <P>Metabolic syndrome (MetS), or Syndrome X, is a condition characterised by central obesity, hypertension, and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism. The syndrome has been linked to increased risks of both type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). </P> <P>The researchers add a caveat, noting that the freeze-dried strawberry powder used in their study is not currently commercially available and the practical relevance of their findings requires confirmation in other interventions. </P> <P>The researchers recruited 27 people with an average age of 47 and an average BMI of 37.5 kg/m2. All of the participants had metabolic syndrome and were assigned to consume 4 cups of freeze-dried strawberry beverages (California Strawberry Commission) or 4 cups of water every day for eight weeks. </P> <P>At the end of the study the researchers report statistically significant reductions in levels of total and LDL cholesterol of 10 and 11 percent, respectively, in the strawberry group, compared with the control group. </P> <P>Furthermore, the strawberry group also experienced a decrease in levels of a compound called vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sVCAM-1) of 18 percent. Adhesion molecules are considered a “surrogate marker of atherosclerosis in subjects with metabolic syndrome”, and a reduction is considered beneficial. <A href="" rel="nofollow"><em>more...</em></A></p> </blockquote> <P><strong>Comment: </strong>I don't know, it seems like a small improvement, but I guess every little bit helps. What may help more is if there was a variety of fruits and vegetables used in this study. f you want to try a powder extract, try <A title="Juice Plus" href="">Juice Plus+</A>. It has a powder concentrate of&nbsp;nutrients from 7 different fruits and 8 different&nbsp;vegetables. You could also do one better and just eat the proper amounts of those foods each day, in their ripe and raw form. But, people seem to think popping a few supplements is easier and does the job. It doesn't. You need to eat the food! So do it!</P></div>
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