Zinc Deficiency, Iodine and Cardiovascular Disease & Much More by Designs for Health

Fact #1

Why were the bones chasing the skull? Because they wanted to get ahead.

Osteoblasts are responsible for osteogenic activity including bone formation and mineralization. According to a vitro study, osteoblasts that were cultured in a zinc deficient medium displayed a significant inhibition of osteoblastic activity, poor calcium accumulation, and collagen and matrix protein synthesis.

This study implies that zinc may be an essential mineral for optimal bone health, formation and mineralization.

Source:  Zinc deprivation inhibits extracellular matrix calcification through decreased synthesis of matrix proteins in osteoblasts

Related product:  Our new TRF 150™, a breakthrough in bone and joint health, contains bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPS) that have been shown to activate the bone and cartilage forming process.


Fact #2

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

Traumatic brain injury can bring with it a host of associated complications including depression and cognitive and memory deficits. Studies have revealed that zinc supplementation before brain injury was associated with significantly improved outcomes, less depression and improved general behavioral resiliency compared to test animals that were not receiving additional zinc.

Source:  Zinc supplementation provides behavioral resiliency in a rat model of traumatic brain injury.


Fact #3

A baseball manager who had a bad heart was in his physician’s office for a checkup. “Remember,” the doctor said, “don’t get excited, don’t get mad, and forget about baseball when you’re off the field.” Then he added, “By the way, how come you let the pitcher bat yesterday with the tying run on second and two men out in the ninth?”

While iodine is more closely associated with thyroid function and health, this trace mineral may also have an important role in cardiovascular function and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Seaweed, which is high in iodine, traditionally has been used in both Chinese and Japanese cultures to treat cardiovascular disease and associated conditions such as high blood pressure.

Source:  Hypothesis: Dietary Iodine Intake in the Etiology of Cardiovascular Disease


Fact #4

Why did the bacteria cross the playground?

To get to the other slide.


A high diversity and variety of bacteria in the gut seems to protect children better against allergies, as those infants with eczema had a significantly lower overall bacterially-diverse gastrointestinal tract than those children without any atopic symptoms or conditions.

Source:  Low diversity of the gut microbiota in infants with atopic eczema


Fact #5

Blame the flame.

A specific inflammatory pathway has been identified in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Not long ago it was thought that this joint disease was more a product of wear and tear than any particular inflammatory process. Now, the membrane attack complex (MAC)-mediated arm of the inflammatory complement system plays a central role in the pathogenesis of this debilitating disease process.

Source:  Identification of a central role for complement in osteoarthritis

Yet another application of our new TRF 150™, whose bone morphogenetic proteins have an antagonistic effect towards key pro-inflammatory cytokines, and have been studied for both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.


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