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Life Extension Magazine

July 2015

Launch Interactive Issue

Turning To Stone

As we age, our normally pliable tissues can become hardened, which contributes to degenerative disorders like vascular calcification. Vitamin K blocks the calcifi­cation of heart valves, arterial lin­ings, and other soft tissues, while keeping calcium within bone to protect against osteoporosis. New data reveals how quickly our vascular system calcifies when vitamin K is neutralized. Even more intriguing is a study showing how vitamin K supplementation may help reverse arterial calcification.

Reports

Relentless Commitment To Quality

Concern about dietary supplement quality is increasing as unscrupulous companies sell products that are not up to standard or are spiked with prescription drugs. Life Extension® maintains a rigid inspection program of meticulous assays from raw material sourcing to the final packaged product that exceeds FDA minimum requirements. Independent testing organizations, ConsumerLab, and the International Fish Oil Standards Program regularly verify the potency and purity of Life Extension®’s products, while NSFI certifies that Life Extension®’s manufacturing and handling procedures exceed industry standards.

Relief From Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Because the digestive tract communicates directly with the brain, people with irritable bowel syndrome can experience discomfort and pain from intestinal distress. While no medical treatment addresses all symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, recently published clinical trials demonstrate that Perilla frutescens leaf extract and the patented probiotic organism S. cerevisiae can provide relief from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

Nutrients That Are Best Absorbed With Your Heaviest Meal

Research shows that fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed differently than water-soluble vitamins. For optimal absorption, critical fat-soluble nutrients should be taken with the day’s heaviest meal, which usually contains the most dietary fat.

Important Data On 3 New Oral Anticoagulants

Three new oral anticoagulants provide alternatives to warfarin (Coumadin®), which antagonizes vitamin K and creates systemic calcification. For those requiring anticoagulant therapy, understanding these newer drugs (in conjunction with your physician) is a critical medication decision.

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In The News

High cholesterol blocks vitamin absorption; oral calcium not linked to atherosclerosis; omega-3 protects against intracerebral hemorrhage; testosterone therapy not a cardiovascular risk; metformin contains anticancer mechanisms; testosterone treats prostate cancer; lycopene inhibits kidney cancer; and more.

Superfoods

Quinoa: A Complete, Gluten-Free Protein

Quinoa, often mistaken for a grain, is a vegetable seed recognized to be an excellent source of low-fat protein. Compounds in quinoa like saponins and hydroxybenzoic acids inhibit inflammation and free radicals, while promoting cellular energy production and weight loss.

Ask The Doctor

Dr. Michael Ozner: Cardiac Prevention

Cardiologist and author Dr. Michael Ozner is the director of the world’s largest cardiovascular disease prevention symposium. In an exclusive interview, he explains some of the latest scientific findings for the prevention of heart disease.

Journal Abstracts