Vitamin E for Prostate Health

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Vitamin E for Prostate Health

Scientific evidence reported recently confirms that dietary supplementation with vitamin E helps to protect the human prostate gland by promotion of the prostate cell’s own internal cell cycle-regulating clock.5,6,7 By encouraging the cells to function as they are programmed, vitamin E plays an important role in healthy prostate function. Of course, vitamin E is also a strong antioxidant and confers protection in this way.

Lycopene plus Vitamin E
A report published recently in the Journal of Nutrition shows that combining vitamin E supplementation with extra lycopene may be even more beneficial than is either nutrient alone8 – yet another example of nutrients working together to produce greater good than they can individually.

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Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica L.) for Prostate Health

References:
5. Weinstein SJ, Wright ME, Pietinen P, King I, Tan C, Taylor PR, Virtamo J, Albanes D. Serum a-tocopherol and .-tocopherol in relation to prostate cancer risk in a prospective study. J Natl Cancer Inst 2005;97:396-399.
6. Kirsh VA, Hayes RB, Mayne ST, Chatterjee N, Subar AF, Dixon LB, Albanes D, Andriole GL, Urban DA, Peters U; PLCO Trial. Supplemental and dietary vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C intakes and prostate cancer risk. J Natl Cancer Inst 2006;98:245-254.
7. Shiau CW, Huang JW, Wang DS, Weng JR, Yang CC, Lin CH, Li C, Chen CS. .-Tocopheryl succinate induces apoptosis in prostate cancer cells in part through inhibition of Bcl-xL/Bcl-2 function. J Biol Chem 2006;281:11819-11825.
8. Limpens J, Schroder FH, de Ridder CM, Bolder CA, Wildhagen MF, Obermuller-Jevic UC, Kramer K, van Weerden WM. Combined lycopene and vitamin E treatment suppresses the growth of PC-346C human prostate cancer cells in nude mice. J Nutr 2006;136:1287- 1293.

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Lycopene for Prostate Health

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Lycopene for Prostate Health

Lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient most abundant in tomatoes and pink grapefruit, contributes to the maintenance of normal healthy human prostate tissues and helps prostate gland cells control their reproductive rate by acting as an antioxidant to protect cellular DNA from oxidation. The beneficial effects of lycopene on the prostate are substantiated by the results of human studies that suggest that prostate health can be enhanced by the routine daily consumption of at least 6.5 mg of lycopene.1

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Tomatoes for Prostate Health

References:
1. Giovannucci E, Rimm EB, Liu Y, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC. A prospective study of tomato products, lycopene, and prostate cancer risk. J Natl Cancer Inst 2002;94:391-398.

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Managing the Inflammatory Response: Selenium and the Colorful Carotenoids

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Tips for Promoting a Normal Healthy, Balanced Inflammatory Response: Selenium and the Colorful Carotenoids

The mineral selenium and the colorful phytonutrients known as the carotenoids (especially ß-carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and ß-cryptoxanthin) are powerful antioxidants that help regulate the normal inflammatory response. Research shows that higher selenium and carotenoids consumption promotes health and longevity. This conclusion is verified by the results of a study published recently in the Journal of Nutrition showing that subjects with the higher concentrations of selenium and carotenoids in their bodies tended to live the longest.10

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Tips for Promoting a Normal Healthy, Balanced Inflammatory Response: Pycnogenol for Immune Support

References:
10. Ray AL, Semba RD, Walston J, Ferrucci L, Cappola AR, Ricks MO, Xue QL, Fried LP. Low serum selenium and total carotenoids predict mortality among older women living in the community: The Women’s Health and Aging Studies. J Nutr 2006;136:172-176.

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Lycopene Omega-3 Super Formula

We’re pleased to announce the release of our new Lycopene Omega-3 Super Formula.
Bolstered with plant sterols, Lycopene Omega-3 Super Formula is positioned as a powerful natural tool to help people manage healthy cholesterol levels. Along with Purity Products’ concentrated fish oil and 15mg of Lycomato®, the new formula also features a powerful dose of vitamin D3.
For more info, please read our press release:
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Ketchup? Catsup? Whatever! Hang on to those Lycopene pills!

Do you eat ketchup? What about tomato sauce? If so, you’ve probably noticed the word “Lycopene” popping up on the labels recently. Hmmm. Seems the large food companies have finally figured out the wisdom of promoting the powerful compounds found within their foods or beverages. We’re seeing the continued rise of the already gigantic category that’s come to be known as “functional foods”. Essentially, as we perceive it, at least in terms of the marketing, it’s the attempted marriage of foods with dietary supplements.
Unfortunately, many of these products, as fine as they might be in and of themselves, often fall far short in the “functional” part, because they typically don’t contain enough of the purported active ingredient to deliver a meaningful benefit to the user, despite what the label might imply.
Another potential problem is often with the consistency or regularity of usage. For example, a small dose of lycopene ingested once or twice a week probably would not deliver the same benefits as a therapeutic dose taken every day in supplement form. As far as I can tell, most of the research done on lycopene involved regular daily supplementation with doses much higher than you’d expect in your standard dollop of ketchup.
Bottom line- if you like ketchup, by all means, enjoy it. For sure, some Lycopene is better than none. Heck, we even have a best-seller that features a few milligrams as part of the mix (although we do not claim it will deliver the benefits of the full dose). But if you want to enjoy the full benefits of Lycopene, get a hold of a supplement with 15mg or more per day. In our view, the best brand of supplemental lycopene is LycoMato® – It’s the one we use (with the fill 15mg dose) in our Lycopene Omega-3 Super Formula.
– Jason Kam
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