August-September  2008 Inside Outside Wellness Center & Medical Spa Newsletter

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This Month's SuperSlow® Star: Tony Bunn

 

 

This months SuperSlow® Star is Tony Bunn, another one of our Clients from Alamo Toyota where he serves as the General Sales Manager.  

 

In Tony's own words:

 "When I first heard about Dr. Christian I was intrigued by the philosophy of Superslow...maybe even somewhat skeptical.  I had worked out before and as most people and I had a perception that you lift as much weight as you can as fast as you can. Although I felt good about working out I never truly saw the results I was looking for.  In the past 2 months since I began Superslow I am finally seeing the results I was wanting, less body fat, better definition and an overall positive image of myself!"


Here are some graphs which demonstrate his progress in body composition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony is an ectomorph and has responded very well to his hard workouts.  He has added 4 lbs of muscle and lost 4lbs of fat, reaching a body Fat of 12.8%!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony came to us fairly strong initially but SuperSlow has taken his strength to a new level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony we are proud of you!!

 

Congratulations on being selected our SuperSlow® Star of the Month and earning 4 more SuperSlow® Sessions!

 

 

Back to the Basics: Vitamins  Part 12 Vitamin K.

We are continuing a series talking about those nutrients which are Essential to Life. A “Back to the Basics Series”. Basic questions we need to answer are: Why is this molecule or element Essential, What Purpose does it Serve, In What Form is it Best Consumed and How Much do we need.

 

Vitamins  A vitamin is an organic molecule required by a living organism in minute amounts for proper health. An organism deprived of all sources of a particular vitamin will eventually suffer from disease symptoms specific to that vitamin.

 Vitamins can be classified as either water soluble, which means they dissolve easily in water, or fat soluble, which means they are absorbed through the intestinal tract with the help of lipids.

In general, an organism must obtain vitamins or their metabolic precursors from outside the body, most often from the organism's diet. Examples of vitamins that the human body can derive from precursors include vitamin A, which can be produced from beta carotene; niacin from the amino acid tryptophan; and vitamin D through exposure of skin to ultraviolet light.

The term vitamin does not encompass other essential nutrients such as dietary minerals, essential fatty acids, or essential amino acids, nor is it used for the large number of other nutrients that merely promote health, but are not strictly essential.

Essential  Pronunciation: ĕs`sĕn´sjal  or i-primarystresssen-chschwal a :basic and fundamental  a: being a substance that is required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be included in the diet  s :absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed  s :of the greatest importance  s :absolutely necessary; vitally necessary   n :anything indispensable ie don't leave home without it....More important than Gummi Bears...

 

LE Magazine April 2006

Vitamin K's Delicate Balancing Act

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Vitamin K

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin K History

 In 1929, Danish scientist Henrik Dam investigated the role of cholesterol by feeding chickens a cholesterol-depleted diet.  After several weeks, the animals developed hemorrhages and started bleeding. These defects could not be restored by adding purified cholesterol to the diet. It appeared that - together with the cholesterol - a second compound had been extracted from the food, and this compound was called the coagulation vitamin. The new vitamin received the letter K because the initial discoveries were reported in a German journal, in which it was designated as Koagulationsvitamin. Edward Adelbert Doisy of Saint Louis University did much of the research that led to the discovery of the structure and chemical nature of Vitamin K.  Dam and Doisy shared the 1943 Nobel Prize for medicine for their work on Vitamin K. Several laboratories synthesized the compound in 1939.

 

 

 Function

Vitamin K is unique among the vitamins in several respects. It is the only vitamin that can be produced within the human body, but not by the body (to be defined as a vitamin, a substance cannot be produced by human tissue).   Beneficial bacteria in the human intestine produce about 75% of the vitamin K the body absorbs each day, with the other 25% coming from dietary sources. The amount of vitamin K absorbed each day from both sources usually is equal to the minimum amount required for normal bodily function.

 

Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin, but unlike the other fat-soluble vitamins, however, vitamin K is not stored in the body. Taken together, these factors explain why the net daily balance of vitamin K is so delicate. As people live longer and vitamin K-dependent processes are discovered in more and more tissues, more scientists are suggesting that vitamin K is needed in larger quantities than what was once thought, particularly in aging adults.

 

 Regulating Blood Coagulation

 Vitamin K activates many of the molecules that are essential to coagulation (pro-coagulants).  When triggered by a stimulus, these proteins work together to create the dense mesh of fibrin that traps platelets and stanches the flow of blood and creates a clot.

  

 Effects on Bone Mineralization

 Adequate intake or supplementation with vitamin D and calcium is required to prevent osteoporosis.  Neither vitamin D nor calcium, however, can produce healthy bone mineralization without adequate supplies of vitamin K. Bone is a complex living structure comprising cells, mineral crystals, and thick matrix proteins that, like glue, hold the entire bone together. The chief bone matrix protein, osteocalcin, is a protein that is dependent on vitamin K for its production. A deficiency of vitamin K causes impaired activation of osteocalcin and reduced activity of bone-forming cells, thereby resulting in decreased new bone formation. 

 

 Critical Role in Vascular Health

 Scientists are continuing to learn more about the process by which atherosclerotic arteries become calcified. Calcification is now recognized not merely as an accumulation of calcium similar to build-up inside a pipe, but as an active biological process virtually identical to bone mineralization. Crucial to both processes, vitamin K produces opposite effects in bone and blood vessels: matrix proteins in bone increase mineralization when activated by vitamin K, while similar proteins in blood vessel walls decrease vascular calcification. Both actions are healthy responses that maintain strong bone and supple blood vessels.   The simultaneous loss of calcium from bone and deposition of calcium in arteries has been called the “calcification paradox.”

   

 Deficiency

Overt vitamin K deficiency results in impaired blood clotting, usually demonstrated by laboratory tests that measure clotting time. Symptoms include easy bruising and bleeding that may be manifested as nosebleeds, bleeding gums, blood in the urine, blood in the stool, tarry black stools, or extremely heavy menstrual bleeding. In infants, vitamin K deficiency may result in life-threatening bleeding within the skull (intracranial hemorrhage) and newborn infants are often given Vitamin K.   Vitamin K deficiency is uncommon in healthy adults for a number of reasons: 1) vitamin K is widespread in foods  2) the vitamin K cycle conserves vitamin K; and 3) bacteria that normally inhabit the large intestine synthesize menaquinones (vitamin K2), although it is unclear whether significant amounts are absorbed and utilized.  Adults at risk of vitamin K deficiency include those taking vitamin K antagonist anticoagulant drugs such as Coumadin (Warfarin) and individuals with significant liver damage or disease.

 

Food Sources 

Food Serving Vitamin K (mcg)
Olive oil 1 Tablespoon 8.1
Soybean oil 1 Tablespoon 25.0
Canola oil 1 Tablespoon 16.6
Mayonnaise 1 Tablespoon 3.7
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup (chopped) 220
Kale, raw 1 cup (chopped) 547
Spinach, raw 1 cup 145
Leaf lettuce (green), raw 1 cup (shredded) 62.5
Swiss chard, raw 1 cup 299
Watercress, raw 1 cup (chopped) 85
Parsley, raw 1/4 cup 246

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin K1 is obtained in the diet primarily from dark leafy vegetables (lettuce, spinach, and broccoli).   Unfortunately, vitamin K1 is tightly bound to the chlorophyll in green plants, thus, aging humans are not always able to benefit from ingested K1-containing plants. While vitamin K1 is not absorbed particularly well from food, it is absorbed from supplements, provided that the supplements are taken with meals.

Vitamin K2 (menaquinones) is found in meat, eggs, and dairy products and also made by bacteria in the human gut, which provides a certain amount of the human vitamin K requirement.  Human studies show that vitamin K2 is absorbed up to ten times more than K1. Vitamin K2 remains biologically active in the body far longer than K1.  

Supplements

Most Supplements only contain Vitamin  K1 in amounts of 10 to 120mcg which is an adequate dose. Vitamin K2 is available as a supplement also and the daily requirement for this is uncertain.

 

 

 

Item 00980 Life Extension Super Booster Softgel with Advanced K2 Complex.  This is of my favorite products.  It also contains Gamma E Mixed Tocopherols, Sesame Ligans, Lycopene, Lutein, Gingko, Chlorophyllin, Selenium, Zinc, Folic Acid, B12, and Vitamin E.

 $30.00 Lasts 2 Months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ODS Logo Office of Dietary Supplements National Institutes of Health

 

 

 

 Vitamin K at the Linus Pauling Institute.

 

 

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NUTRIENT DATA LABORATORY

Search the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

 The Institute of Medicine in their Dietary Reference Intake Book and tables

  

Next month, Vitamin K!

Dr. Sears' New Book "The Anti-Inflammation Zone"  

 From Dr. Sears' Monthly Newsletter

The OmegaZone E-Magazine

 

"For years the medical establishment has been telling Americans that fighting heart disease means a war against cholesterol. Slowly but surely, like the powerful Wizard of Oz façade, the cholesterol story has been slowly eroding. Now the scientific data is shifting more to inflammation as the underlying cause of heart disease. Of course, this makes common sense since the number-one drug to prevent a heart attack is an aspirin. Although aspirin has no effect on cholesterol levels, it has a dramatic effect on reducing inflammation. Recent articles in the New England Journal of Medicine have again confirmed the importance of inflammation on heart disease. A crude indictor of inflammation, C-reactive protein, appears to be more powerful than bad cholesterol levels in predicting future heart attacks.
   But what if there was an even more powerful predictor of inflammation that could predict heart attacks? As I describe in my newest book, “The Anti-Inflammation Zone,” such a blood marker exists. It is the ratio of arachidonic acid (AA) to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This marker of inflammation precedes C-reactive protein by years. You could take drugs, such as statins, on a lifetime basis to reduce C-reactive protein.    Of course, there are some side effects, such as memory loss, muscle weakness, neuropathy, and liver damage. But statins don’t reduce the AA/EPA ratio – they actually increase it. On the other hand, taking high-dose fish oil reduces the AA/EPA ratio, and the only known side-effect is to make you smarter. The amount of fish oil you need to reduce inflammation depends on how well you control insulin in your diet. The more you control insulin by following the Zone Diet, the less fish oil you need. On the other hand, the less you control insulin, the more fish oil you need. The choice is yours. Whatever approach (drugs or diet) you choose, just keep in mind that controlling inflammation is a much wiser medical approach to reducing heart attacks than controlling cholesterol."

 

Let us know if you want the AA/EPA test.  The Cost is $300 and includes a consult with Dr. Christian to discuss the results.  We also talk about the AA/EPA test in detail in our Omega Zone Seminar.

 

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