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New Research Links Fish Oil Supplements with Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

By Res-Q Editor July 21, 2014 No comments

 

Fish Oil PillThough known for being good for the heart, a new study conducted at the Rhode Island Hospital indicates that fish oil may also be very good for the mind.  

The results of the study, published in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia journal, found that people taking daily fish oil supplements showed significantly lower rates of cognitive decline than those not taking a daily fish oil supplement.  

 

The four year study consisted of a group of 819 older adults with varying degrees of cognitive capability: normal cognitive function, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease. The benefits of taking fish oil appeared strongest in the group with normal cognitive functioning which means the sooner you start, the better! 

Lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s is critical as there is no known cure for the disease.  It is estimated that more than 5 million people in the USA have Alzheimer’s disease which is the sixth leading cause of death.  

Don’t delay – start taking fish oil soft gels or fish oil liquid (without any fishy taste) today and you may help lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Higher Vitamin D Levels Cut Risk of Dying By Half

By Res-Q Editor July 2, 2014 No comments

Research confirms that having a healthy vitamin D blood serum level of 30 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter—a density measurement) cuts the risk of dying prematurely in half, over a nine-year follow-up, compared to people with lower levels.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that too-low levels of vitamin D are hazardous due to increased risk of bone diseases. The results of this new systematic review as published in the American Journal of Public Health go even further in showing a connection between vitamin D and risk of premature death from all causes.

Unfortunately, nearly two-thirds of Americans are estimated to have vitamin D levels lower than 30 ng/mL, according to Dr. Cedric Garland, a professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego.

Posted in: The Res-Q Blog Tags: Vitamin Dvitamin D3

Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Increased Risk of High Blood Pressure

By Res-Q Editor June 30, 2014 No comments

A recent study published online in the June 25, 2014 issue of The Lancet: Diabetes and Endocrinology found a causal link between vitamin D deficiencies and the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure).

This large and very interesting study involved more than 140,000 individuals across Europe and North America.  The researchers found that for every 10 percent increase in vitamin D levels, there was an 8 percent decrease in the risk of developing high blood pressure.    

“The potential to prevent and reduce high blood pressure with vitamin D in place of more expensive medications is certainly something researchers can now usefully explore in greater depth,” said study leader Professor Elina Hypponen of the University of South Australia

Though additional research is needed, these findings suggest that Vitamin D supplementation could be effective in combating some cases of hypertension.  Res-Q offers three health supplements with Vitamin D:  

  • Multi – an all-purpose multi-vitamin with 800 IU of Vitamin D
  • SmartCal – helps promote strong bones with 1,000 IU of Vitamin D
  • 1250+ - Combines the beneficial effects of Omega-3 with 500 IU of Vitamin D

FDA Says Eating Fish is Good for Brain Development & Boosting Child's IQ

By Res-Q Editor June 27, 2014 No comments

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have updated and released new seafood consumption guidelines for pregnant women, nursing women, and young children. After years of recommending a "maximum" amount of fish to eat weekly, the new recommendation proposes a "minimum" consumption level of two to three servings per week. 

"For years, many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding fish to their young children, " said Stephen Ostroff, the FDA's acting chief scientist.   "The information that's been developed over the past decade strongly demonstrates that the health benefits that accrue from the consumption of fish far outweigh any risk."

Posted in: The Res-Q Blog Tags: Omega-3Fish Oil

Omega-3s & DHA May Help You Sleep Better

By Res-Q Editor June 24, 2014 No comments

A recent sleep study found that children who took a 600-milligram omega-3 supplement every day slept nearly an hour longer and had fewer sleep disturbances. The study indicated that Omega-3 DHAs plays an important role in sleep. 

The researchers from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, published the results in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Sleep Research.   

Although further research is needed to confirm a benefit for adults, anyone suffering from sleep problems should consider taking a Res-Q Omega-3 supplement.   It's a simple, inexpensive and natural approach to sleep without side-effects or feeling groggy when you wake-up.  

COMPARISON OF OMEGA-3, DHA, & EPA LEVELS
  Total Omega-3s (mg) DHA (mg) EPA (mg)
Res-Q 1250, 200 Softgels 750-850 300-325 390-425
Res-Q 1250, 17 Oz. Liquid 1400-1700 460-550 740-825
Res-Q Calamarine, 60 Softgels 700 500 125
Res-Q 1250+ Vit. D, 200 Softgels 750 440 260
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New Study: Statins May Reduce Physical Activity

By Res-Q Editor June 14, 2014 No comments

Statins, which are well-known and widely prescribed drugs used to lower cholesterol, have been the focus of much research on possible side effects.   A recent study by medical researchers at the Oregon State University and published in the Journal of American Medical Association, links the use of statins by some people to reduced physical activity. 

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Stop Heat Muscle Cramps

By Res-Q Editor June 10, 2014 No comments

Lebron James Cramps NBA Finals

 

In Game 1 of the NBA finals, Miami Heat star LeBron James was taken out of the game with only four minutes left due to an intense leg cramp. Dehydration was probably the cause as temperatures in the AT&T arena soared to over 90 degrees during the game. The Spurs beat the Heat, 110-95.

Avoid muscle cramps:

  • Drink up - Stay hydrated with water and drinks that contain electrolytes.

  • Don't push it- Stop execising and give your muscles a rest as soon as you feel spasming.

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Sleep

By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services June 4, 2014 No comments

The Basics


Everyone needs to sleep. A good night’s sleep helps keep your mind and body healthy.

How much sleep do I need?
Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. If you are having trouble sleeping, make changes to your routine to get the sleep you need.

Kids need even more sleep than adults.

  • Teens need at least 9 hours of sleep each night.
  • School-aged children need at least 10 hours of sleep each night.
  • Preschoolers sleep between 11 and 12 hours a day.
  • Newborns sleep between 16 and 18 hours a day.

Why is getting enough sleep important?
Getting a good night’s sleep can have many benefits.

  • You will be less likely to get sick.
  • You will be more likely to stay at a healthy weight.
  • You can lower your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • You can boost your brainpower and your mood.
  • You can think more clearly and do better in school and at work.
  • You can make better decisions and avoid injuries. For example, sleepy drivers cause thousands of car crashes every year.

Does it matter when I sleep?
Yes. We have a natural cycle for when we feel tired and awake. Sunlight plays a big role in this cycle.

Our “biological clocks” are set to make us feel the most sleepy between midnight and 7 a.m. Our biological clocks also help us stay alert during the day, although many people have a sleepy period between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

When people have to work during the night, they can have trouble getting enough sleep during the day. People who travel to a different time zone can also have trouble sleeping.

Get sleep tips to help you:

Why can’t I fall asleep?
Many things can make it harder for you to sleep, including:

  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Some medicines
  • Caffeine (in chocolate, drinks like coffee, and in some medicines)
  • Untreated sleep disorders, like sleep apnea or insomnia

If you are having trouble sleeping, make changes to your routine to get the sleep you need. For example, try to:

  • Follow a regular sleep schedule
  • Stay away from caffeine in the afternoon
  • Take a hot bath before bed to relax

How can I tell if I have a sleep disorder?
Signs of a sleep disorder can include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Sleepiness during the day that makes it difficult to do tasks like driving a car
  • Frequent loud snoring, pauses in breathing, or gasping while sleeping
  • Pain or itchy feelings in your legs or arms at night that feel better when you move or massage the area

If you have any of these signs, talk to a doctor or nurse. You may need to be tested or treated for a sleep disorder.

To learn more about sleep disorders:

 

Take Action!

Small changes to your daily routine can help you get the sleep you need.

Change what you do during the day.

  • Exercise earlier in the day, not right before you go to bed.
  • Stay away from drinks and foods with caffeine (like coffee, tea, soda, or chocolate) late in the day.
  • If you have trouble sleeping at night, limit daytime naps to less than 1 hour.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. This means no more than 1 drink a day for women or no more than 2 drinks a day for men. Alcohol can keep you from sleeping soundly.
  • Don’t eat a big meal close to bedtime.
  • Quit smoking. (The nicotine in cigarettes can make it harder for you to sleep.)

Create a good sleep environment.

  • Make sure your bedroom is dark. If there are street lights near your window, try putting up light-blocking curtains.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet.
  • Consider keeping electronic devices like TVs and computers out of the bedroom.

Set a bedtime routine.

  • Go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Get the same amount of sleep each night.
  • Avoid eating, talking on the phone, reading, or watching TV in bed.
  • Try not to lie in bed worrying about things. Check out these tips to help manage stress.

If you are still awake after staying in bed for more than 20 minutes, get up. Do something relaxing until you feel sleepy.

Check out these other tips on getting a good night’s sleep.

If you are concerned about your sleep, see a doctor.
Talk with a doctor or nurse if you have any of the following signs of a sleep disorder:

  • Frequent, loud snoring
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Trouble waking up in the morning
  • Pain or itchy feelings in your legs or arms at night that feel better when you move or massage the area
  • Trouble staying awake during the day

Even if you aren’t aware of problems like these, talk with a doctor if you feel like you often have trouble sleeping.

Keep a sleep diary for a week and share it with your doctor. A doctor can suggest different sleep routines or medicines to treat sleep disorders. Talk with a doctor before trying over-the-counter sleep medicine.

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