Natural Foods Merchandiser


Dole continues men?s health campaign
Stand up and take notice: Long-time Republican leader Sen. Bob Dole has gone natural. The ex-pitchman for Viagra has bought into—literally—natural health. Nx Health Systems Inc. announced that Dole has become one of the company?s owners. Dole has long campaigned for men?s health, and specifically sexual health, after his prostate cancer surgery in 1991 left him with erectile dysfunction, or male impotence. Nx Health Systems makes Veromax for Men and other Veromax products, as well as two formulas for women, Sensuality and Sensuest.

Here comes the sun
Two studies in the Feb. 2 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute are throwing new light—and heat—on the sun-cancer connection. It seems that the presently shunned rays of the sun actually may be cancer-protective, not cancer-causing.

Lead researcher Marianne Berwick of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and fellow researchers found that people with measurable sun damage to their skin had a 50 percent lower chance of dying from malignant melanoma.

The second study found that a history of high-ultraviolet radiation exposure was associated with a reduced risk of non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma. ?A high frequency of sunbathing and sunburns at age 20 years and five to 10 years before the interview ? were associated with 30 percent to 40 percent reduced risks of non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma,? concluded the researchers based in Sweden. Further, they found that the higher exposure, the lesser the risk.

In the journal?s accompanying editorial, the authors noted ?that sunlight exposure, particularly as it relates to the vitamin D synthesized in the skin under the influence of solar radiation, might have a beneficial influence for certain cancers.?

Strong green tea
The green tea bandwagon is getting crowded. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology found that mice fed green tea extract could swim much longer before becoming exhausted. Mice fed a .5 percent body-weight dose of the extract for 10 weeks lasted 24 percent longer. The scientists at the Biological Science Laboratories, Kao Corp., Haga-gun, Tochigi, Japan, also noted ?increased lipid utilization as an energy source in GTE-fed mice.? They found that epigallocatechin gallate, a major component of the polyphenolic compounds in tea, enhanced endurance capacity. However, they noted that other compounds contributed to improved endurance as well. ?These results indicate that GTEs are beneficial for improving endurance capacity and support the hypothesis that the stimulation of fatty acid utilization is a promising strategy for improving endurance capacity,? the researchers wrote.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 3/p. 86

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