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A few more reasons why drinking AOplus is good for your health.

Recent Studies Have Shown Significant Benefits of Folic Acid in the Prevention of Colon Cancer

The B vitamin Folic Acid is a very important nutrient in colon cancer risk reduction. Folic Acid is important for the synthesis and repair of DNA. A lack of Folic Acid may cause abnormalities in DNA repair that can lead to the development of malignant cells. Data suggests that people with the highest intake of Folic Acid have a 40% reduction in the risk of colon cancer. In the “Harvard Nurses Health Study,” there was a 75% reduction in the rate of colon cancer in women who took a multi-vitamin containing Folic Acid. Recent evidence also indicates that Folic Acid may reduce the occurrence of colon polyps, which are often precursors to colon cancer. The dosage of Folic Acid that will give you the optimal benefit should be 1 mg. (equivalent: 1,000 mcg.) per day or higher. This is much higher than the average diet will provide and what is in most multi-vitamins, thus individual Folic Acid supplements are strongly recommended.


AOplus contains 800 mcg folic acid in one 8-ounce glass.


Health Officials: U.S. Not Ready for Avian Flu

Although avian flu may be only "a few mutations away" from becoming a pandemic that could kill 500,000 Americans, the United States lags behind other countries in planning for the disease, health officials told members of Congress.


A federal plan for dealing with the feared pandemic of the influenza strain known as H5N1 was published in draft form August 2004 but will not be finalized until August 2006, officials told the House Government Reform Committee.


"This is arguably the most serous threat to human health in the world," said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. "Are we ready? Unfortunately, we are not."


Although the flu strain has not developed the ability to spread easily among human beings, Waxman said more than 100 people have contracted it from chickens in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, "and over half of them have died." (As of September 21, 2005, the number of dead is now up to 64)


He and other members of the committee grilled officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services over why it has taken so long to prepare for a possible pandemic.


They also asked why a key element of the plan - how to allocate scarce vaccines and other medications during the early months of a pandemic - was not included in the draft.


Dr. Bruce Gellin, head of the National Vaccine Program, said ways to prioritize the distribution of vaccines and antiviral drugs were being discussed at CDC on Thursday and final recommendations would be ready this month.


Unlike strategies for dealing with annual epidemics of milder "seasonal" influenza in the past, vaccinating critical health care workers and vaccine plant employees will take priority, CDC officials in Atlanta said.


According to a draft of the plan, 9 million health care workers directly involved in patient care would get the vaccine first, along with 40,000 people who help make the vaccines or drugs.


Watch for more news updates from Nutek on the Avian bird flu.


Keeping your immune system boosted, and being careful not to transmit the virus are essential steps in the fight against the Avian flu.


One glass of AOplus daily will help strengthen your immune system.


Milk's Role In Weight Loss: A Closer Look at the Science

A growing body of evidence shows that when people include 3 servings of milk a day - or 24 ounces every 24 hours - in a reduced-calorie diet, they lose significantly more weight and fat than people who don't. The studies suggest that the mix of nutrients found in milk, such as calcium and protein, may help improve the body's ability to burn fat - particularly around the middle. Additional research is under way to further explore the milk-weight loss connection.


Here's a snapshot of the studies supporting milk's role in weight loss.


Overweight/obese people who consumed 3 to 4 daily servings of milk or milk - products while on a balanced, reduced calorie diet (500 calorie deficit), lost more weight and fat, particularly around the middle, than those who consumed similar amounts of calcium through supplements, or who drank little or no milk each day. People who drank milk (1200-1300 mg calcium) lost 70% more body weight and 64% more body fat than those on the low-calcium diet.


Zemel MB, et al. Dietary calcium and dairy products accelerate weight and fat loss during energy restriction in obese adults. Obesity Research. 2004; 12(4): 582-590.


Calcium-Fortified Beverages: What’s on the label may not be what ends up in a glass.

Rosemont, Ill., February 14, 2005 – A new study published today in Nutrition Today finds naturally calcium-rich milk is the most reliable source of this bone-building nutrient, superior to calcium-fortified soy and rice beverages and many orange juice brands. The study reveals that much of the calcium settles to the bottom of fortified soy and rice beverage containers, even after vigorous shaking. Researchers say that simply adding calcium to beverages does not make them nutritional substitutes for milk. In addition to calcium, milk provides protein, phosphorus, vitamins A and D, and many other nutrients.


“The calcium that you’ll find added to many soy beverages will have settled to the bottom of the container,” said Robert P. Heaney, MD, FACP, FACN, Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University, Omaha. “Hand shaking wasn’t enough; we found that really vigorous shaking, such as with a hardware store paint shaker, would have been needed to suspend the calcium in these beverages so you can put them in the glass and drink them.” This study shows that the nutrition label for milk is accurate for calcium in that the amount listed on the label is same as what is actually in the glass.


In this study, milk scored higher than all four soy or rice beverages, and eight of 10 orange juice products. Scores comparing calcium liquid suspension for two of the orange juice products were nearly the same as milk. Due to the inconsistent quality of calcium-fortification in soy/ rice beverages and orange juice brands, the researchers concluded milk is the most reliable calcium source.


Recently, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended 3 servings a day of calcium-rich milk and dairy foods, such as cheese and yogurt. For more information on the nutritional benefits of dairy foods, visit In addition, parents and educators can get fun recipes and tips on how to get 3-A-Day of Dairy at


High Folate for High Blood Pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a dangerous condition associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure. Often, high blood pressure is just another consequence of aging, but new research suggests that folate intake may reduce the risk of hypertension, especially in younger women.


In a study presented at a recent American Heart Association conference, scientists presented data obtained from two separate studies of women between the ages of 43 and 70, and 26 to 46, respectively. In each study, the women completed detailed questionnaires about their diet, food preparation, physical activity, health habits (including folate intake), and blood pressure levels every two years, for an average of eight years. None of the women had high blood pressure when they enrolled in the study.


The study found that older women who consumed 800 or more micrograms per day of folate were 13 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure over the eight-year follow up period compared to women who consumed less than 200 micrograms daily, while younger women had a 29 percent reduction in the risk of developing hypertension.


Younger women who consumed 800 micrograms of folate daily had a 39 percent reduction in the risk of hypertension compared to those who did not supplement with folic acid. The researchers suggested that high folate intake "may reduce the risk of hypertension," and that folic acid supplements "may contribute to this decrease in risk."


Other studies on the benefits of folic acid for men have also previously been published.


So load up on those foods high in folate, including citrus fruits, asparagus, brussel sprouts, spinach, chicken, brown rice, kidney beans and lentils. Or, take a supplement.


References: Forman JB, Rimm E, Stampfer M, Curhan G. Folate intake and the risk of incident hypertension in U.S. women. Presented at the American Heart Association 58th Annual Fall Conference and Scientific Sessions of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 11, 2004.


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Recent Studies Have Shown Significant Benefits of Folic Acid in the Prevention of Colon Cancer


Health Officials: U.S. Not Ready for Avian Flu


Milk's Role In Weight Loss: A Closer Look at the Science


Calcium-Fortified Beverages: What’s on the label may not be what ends up in a glass


High Folate for High Blood Pressure