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Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Study reveals powerful health-protective fruit and vegetable nutrients

One obvious way to live healthier for longer is to avoid heart disease and cancer.

The Edith Cowan University in Australia just issued an analysis of the diets of more than 53,000 Danish people over a 23-year period. They found that people who regularly ate foods rich in flavonoids had a significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease or cancer. The protective effect was even strong for those who smoked or drank too much.

This article was written by Colin Rose, a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who has been writing on science for 40 years.

Flavonoids and carotenoids – anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory

Flavonoids are a group of plant compounds found in fruits and vegetables that confer health benefits through their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. This improves blood vessel function – hence the reduction of heart attack risk.

A sub-group of flavonoids – the carotenoids like lycopene, lutein and beta carotene – also help ensure normal ‘cell signalling’. Cells need to signal or communicate their boundaries to prevent encroaching on neighbouring cells. If this communication breaks down, it can lead to cancer.

It is particularly helpful that the analysis was able to measure the daily level of flavonoids that create the protective effect and the lowest risk of heart disease and cancer.

That protective level was 500 mg of total flavonoids.

The many flavonoids

Flavonoids are as important to health as vitamins and minerals. There are a substantial number of flavonoids (which are in turn a class of plant compounds called polyphenols), including:

Flavonones

Found in eg. grapefruits, lemons, oranges.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Anthocyanidins

Found eg. in strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, red wine.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Flavones

Found in eg. peppers, celery, apples, parsley

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Isoflavones

Found in especially in soy. Particularly strong anti-cancer properties. And act as plant oestrogens.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Flavonols

Found eg. in onions, kale, broccoli, leeks, grapes

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Flavanols

Different from flavonols, this class of flavonoid includes the catechins in green tea. Dark chocolate contains cocoa flavanols.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Carotenoids

Colourants in the skins of plants.

Lycopene is the red in the skin of tomatoes.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Lutein is in leafy green and yellow vegetables and egg yolks.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Beta carotene is in carrots, peppers, apricots.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Getting 500mg a day of flavonoids

The food chart at the end of this article answers the question of exactly how to get 500mg of flavonoids a day. It is based on a combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet – the latter stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. 

It’s called the MIND Diet because, in addition to incorporating the foods that best protect against heart disease, stroke, and cancer, it also includes foods and nutrients that help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Flavonoids also protect against dementia

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

The brain is a fatty organ – and researchers have shown that oxidation of the fats which form protective sheaths round neurons in the brain is a contributory cause of dementia. This oxidation is also known as
“free radical damage”.

Anti-oxidants counteract this oxidation and help prevent and slow that damage.

Inflammation in the brain is another contributory cause. So anti-inflammatory nutrients like flavonoids can help prevent inflammation damage.

Other research shows that carotenoids also help prevent the formation of the beta amyloid plaques and tangles that degrade neuron brain cells and characterise an Alzheimer’s brain.

Furthermore, the MIND Diet is also a natural immune system booster. It’s high in vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C and D and zinc, plus Omega 3, as well as flavonoids and carotenoids. All of these nutrients strongly support the immune system.

The best of the best food plan

Even the MIND Diet can be improved, by including the best from the Japanese diet (like green tea and soy isoflavones) and one or two other nutrients – notably curcumin from the curry spice turmeric.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Recent research shows that curcumin may help prevent the accumulation of plaques that build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients – and which interfere with communication between brain cells.

Indeed, curcumin activates hundreds of genes that are anti-inflammatory and neuro (brain) protective.

Add a multi-nutrient supplement

Finally, you’ll notice that the food plan includes a multi-nutrient supplement called NutriShield. Because, if you’re trying to get all the nutrients you need, at the level you need, by eating only regular food, you may find it difficult.

That’s because the number of daily portions of fruits and vegetables in the MIND studies is considerably higher than a simple 5-a-day recommendation.

Both the American Cancer Society and University College London have concluded that the ideal intake is 9-10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day – plus 2-3 portions of oily fish a week.

At these levels, your intake of vitamins, minerals and flavonoids and other nutrients ensures that your blood chemistry becomes seriously protective against age-related illness generally.

NutriShield fills in the gap between an ideal and a realistic diet that most people can manage. It includes vitamins, minerals, 500 mg in total of mixed flavonoids, Omega 3, CoQ10 and glucosamine.

You can download the best of the best food plan free here.  https://nutrishield.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CR-News-Food-table.pdf


Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

This article was written by Colin Rose, a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who has been writing on science for 40 years.


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References

Flavonoid intake is associated with lower mortality in the Danish Diet Cancer and Health Cohort: Nicola P. Bondonno, Frederik Dalgaard, Cecilie Kyrø, Kevin Murray, Catherine P. Bondonno, Joshua R. Lewis, Kevin D. Croft, Gunnar Gislason, Augustin Scalbert, Aedin Cassidy, Anne Tjønneland, Kim Overvad, Jonathan M. Hodgson.  Nature Communications, 2019; 10 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11622-x

https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/flavonoids

Protection by Flavanol-Rich Foods Against Vascular Dysfunction and Oxidative Damage: 27th Hohenheim Consensus Conference.  Helmut Sies, Peter C.H. Hollman, Tilman Grune, Wilhelm Stahl, Hans K. Biesalski, Gary Williamson;  Advances in Nutrition, Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2012, Pages 217–221

Combine Omega 3 with marine nutrients for heart protection

Omega 3 on its own doesn’t help heart health. But this does.

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Combine Omega 3 with marine nutrients for heart protection NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsIn 2015 Dr Paul Clayton, the former chair of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine, stated:

“Taking fish oil on its own as a magic-bullet single supplement for heart health just doesn’t work.”

This conclusion has now been supported in July 2018 by the Cochrane Committee, who reviewed data from trials on 112,000 people and found no reduction in the risk of heart attacks or stroke from supplementing with Omega3.

Back to Dr Clayton in 2015:

“When you go back to the start of the story – the Inuit diet, where heart disease is almost non-existent – you can see right away that they ate a diet containing many more actives than are found in any fish oil capsule.

“One of those bio-actives is a rare polyphenol that is soluble in oil and fat, and which is produced by the same cold-water algae that produce the omega 3s that are consumed by krill, fish, marine mammals and eventually the Inuit.

“This marine polyphenol is a treasure, as it is not only the best antioxidant for fish oils yet discovered (Wang ’09), it is also a powerful anti -inflammatory compound in its own right (Dutot et al ’12, Yang et al ’14). That marine (seaweed derived) polyphenol is Ascophyllum Nodosum.

“The lesson is clear. The pharmaceutical mindset of 20th century medics and industrialists has led us all, once again, down a long blind alley costing too much money and too many lives. Diet is complex, and any attempts to reduce it to a single nutrient are inevitably doomed to failure

“To gain the original Inuit’s relative freedom from degenerative disease, fish oil alone is not enough. But if you combine it with marine polyphenols like Ascophyllum Nodosum and/or virgin olive oil containing oil-soluble polyphenols (thus combining the best of the Inuit and the Mediterranean diets), chronic inflammation is effectively stopped in its tracks.

“I have personally seen this in over 400 cases.”

See Dr Clayton’s newsletter article from Autumn 2015 here.

Challenged to design a supplement that really would work – defined as cutting the risk of age-related illness – Dr Paul Clayton created the specifications for a comprehensive supplement called NutriShield.

Since 2015, NutriShield has combined Omega 3 with marine polyphenols. But Dr Clayton also always knew that reducing heart attack risk based on sound scientific evidence requires even more.

It needs a largely plant-based diet and a supplement that contains plant micro-nutrients that have been scientifically linked to heart health. Follow the links below to articles on this website on:

Should you continue to take an Omega 3 supplement?

YES – because Omega 3 even without marine polyphenols is proven to help brain, eye and joint health. See a full article here. It sets out even more detail on the following research:

Eye health

A 2009 National Eye Institute study using data obtained from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found participants who reported the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet were 30 percent less likely than others to develop macular degeneration during a 12-year period.

Joint health

And recent research conducted at the University of Bristol and funded by Arthritis Research UK has found that Omega-3-rich diets may reduce arthritis symptoms “by 50 per cent compared to a standard diet”.

Finally, Omega 3 does help reduce inflammation in combination with marine polyphenols and several other plant micronutrients. And if you reduce inflammation you reduce a key risk factor for heart disease.

The supplement NutriShield contains not just Omega 3, with added marine polyphenols from the seaweed ascophyllum nodosum, but optimum levels of vitamins and minerals and a wide range of other plant micro-nutrients.

NutriShield Essentials for under 50s comes in both fish oil and vegan versions; NutriShield Premium for over 50s is only available containing fish oil.

 


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See online here for delicious recipes from the Health Defence Cookbook  incorporating healthy foods featuring in a Mediterranean Diet. Combine Omega 3 with marine nutrients for heart protection NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals


REFERENCES

https://www.cochrane.org/news/new-cochrane-health-evidence-challenges-belief-omega-3-supplements-reduce-risk-heart-disease

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression: Scientific Evidence and Biological Mechanisms; Giuseppe Grosso, et al. Oxid Med Cell Longevity. 2014: 313570.

Fish consumption, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and risk of cognitive decline or Alzheimer disease: a complex association. Fotuhi M, Mohassel P, Yaffe K. Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2009 Mar;5(3):140-52.

Short-term supplementation of acute long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may alter depression status and decrease symptomology among young adults with depression: A preliminary randomized and placebo controlled trial; Annie T.Ginty, Sarah M.Conklin ; Psychiatry Research

Circulating omega-3 Fatty acids and neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Merle BM, et al: Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Mar 28;55(3):2010-9. doi: 10.1167/iovs.14-13916.