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Health Tips #4 ~ [Issue 1199-2]  Wellness Weekly
 Nov 09, 1999 18:13 PST 

Drinking cranberry juice has long been a well-known home remedy for
common urinary tract infections. However, it had not been understood
just how it works. Many doctors had thought the reason for cranberry
juice's beneficial effects was the acidic nature of the berries, but
now new evidence comes forth. A study recently published in the New
England Journal of Medicine reported that specific compounds in
cranberries inhibit the adherence of Escherichia coli (or e-coli)
bacteria to uroepithelial cells - the cells lining the urinary tract.
This of course means that these infectious bacteria cannot lodge
there and cause us problems. During the course of the five-year study
headed by Dr. Amy Howell and her team at Rutgers University in New
Brunswick, New Jersey, researchers found that cranberry extracts
contained compounds called "condensed tannins" or
"proanthocyanidins," which could inhibit the binding action of the
bacteria to the urinary tract lining.


A recent study on mice, completed by researchers at the University of
Pennsylvania, shows that vitamin E gives "potent protection" from
heart disease. Dr. Garret A. Fitzgerald, who is Chairman of the
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center's Department of
Pharmacology, said the study offers "powerful evidence" that vitamin
E works effectively as an antioxidant against atherosclerosis, a form
of arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Dr. Fitzgerald, who
was the senior author of the report, said the study also demonstrates
the role of harmful free radicals in heart disease.


The artificial sweetener saccharin was discovered in 1879 and as such
has been used as a food additive for almost 120 years now. It is not
the same as aspartame. Epidemiological studies by Chappel in 1992
showed that saccharin does not increase the risk of bladder cancer in
humans as once thought. More recently, in 1996, a study reported in
the International Journal of Obesity, "Effects of Sodium Saccharin
Diet On Fat Cell Lipolysis," showed that saccharin increases
lipolysis or the breakdown of fat in mice. Animals fed 2.5% of their
diet as sodium saccharin added to their water had twice the rate of
fat breakdown as those given 1% or none at all. It is interesting to
note that researchers did not report any negative side effects of
this high amount of saccharin.


Major universities and research groups have published volumes of
reports of impressive research regarding internal uses of Aloe vera.
Taking from two to eight ounces per day, individuals will find Aloe
vera liquid to be of value in supporting a healthy stomach lining,
digestion, colon lubrication and healthy growth of cells such as in
healing wounds. Aloe vera helps support energy and overall activity
levels and acts as a general tonic. It is absolutely great to use
either full strength or diluted in water or juice to help you swallow
supplements. Studies in animals suggest possible beneficial effects
on maintaining healthy functioning of the kidneys, heart muscle, clot
formation, general cell growth and support of normal cell
proliferation, blood sugar levels, the immune system, and even
longevity. More recently, scientists are beginning to understand that
Aloe vera supports healthy body collagen as well. Aloe vera has
become of widespread interest to athletes, sports participants and
other highly active people interested in maintaining their activity levels.

For information regarding an effective, premium-quality, aloe vera
liquid nutritional supplement, please visit http://www.aomega.com/ahs/a1330a.htm
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