Dr. K’s Q Sciences
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER – Edition 6, April 2015
In an Oregon study, researchers made a series of assessments of healthy women during a one-month period. Investigators found that more than a third of participants had depressive symptoms, almost half had vitamin D insufficiency, and that vitamin D levels predicted depressive symptoms.*
“Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency occur at high rates in healthy young women, and lower vitamin D3 levels are related to clinically significant depressive symptoms,” say the researchers, led by David Kerr, PhD, School of Psychological Science, College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University, Corvallis1. The level of vitamin D insufficiency in this group of healthy women indicates that this is a far more prevalent problem than we had assumed.*
Noting that vitamin D supplementation is a low-cost simple, and low-risk intervention, they add: “Given the lifespan health risks associated with insufficiency, is warranted whether or not the modest role of vitamin D in depression observed here generalizes more broadly.” In another study in Norway, researchers found that depression actually caused or worsened vitamin D deficiency. This may be partly diet and perhaps that people with depression utilize vitamin D differently.*
How does this relate to your use of QD3 Spray? The QD3 spray is an absolutely excellent way to increase your vitamin D levels. Daily use of eight sprays will ensure that you have a strong sufficiency of vitamin D. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure-just a few sprays a day provides needed protection against a wide variety of health problems.*
Probiotics: The Immune System, Brain, and Emotions
Each week, it seems, a new clinical study comes out confirming the benefits of probiotics in various conditions. Lately there has been a lot of buzz about probiotics and the brain and how a healthy intestinal “biome” of good bacteria can improve brain health and help prevent numerous mood disorders. In fact, the intestinal biome is now referred to as “hidden metabolic organ.” While it is not, strictly speaking, part of us, there is constant communication between the billions of bacteria in our gut and the rest of our cells2.*
It is well known that there is a gut/brain communication that is mediated by the nervous system, the vagus nerve, and endocrine and immunoinflammatory systems, and through neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals. Every day our biome changes slightly, but a healthy biome can be supported by daily use of Q Biotics with its revolutionary probiotic delivery system. The bacteria in our colon and small intestines are tiny factories, turning out vitamins and vital amino acids, such a tryptophan, which is the building block for the brain chemical serotonin.*
If our intestinal bacteria are out of whack, it is called “intestinal dysbiosis.” This microbial imbalance not only results in lower levels of key B vitamins, tryptophan, and other important micronutrients, but also causes the production of harmful inflammatory chemicals called “cytokines.” These small chemicals go into the blood stream and into the brain, joints, and other organs where they cause damaging inflammatory reactions.*
In addition, an unhealthy biome leads to “leaky gut syndrome,” where nutrients are leaked out of the intestines rather than being absorbed. The bad bacteria also deposit lipopolysaccharides from gram-negative bacteria that add to the inflammation throughout the body. Clearly, this is a huge problem for many, causing both intestinal problems such as diarrhea or constipation, as well as a deficiency of essential nutrients.*
The latest theory is that many years of intestinal dysbiosis and related brain inflammation is a major cause of brain aging and dementia. It also adversely affects the immune system, leading to autoimmune problems such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. Taking Q Biotics daily with a glass of water first thing in the morning will establish a healthy intestinal biome, which translates into less inflammation and better overall health.*
Omega Fatty Acids: Improved Overall Health
Omega fatty acids have also shown up on the radar of the medical world recently, as there is abundant evidence that supplementation has far reaching effects in the body. We know they reduce inflammation and benefit the brain, heart, and other organs. Researchers have also recently found that fish oils may help reduce the risk for liver and other cancers. Since liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide, knowing this helps us prevent this problem through daily supplementation with Q Omegas, along with a healthy diet that may contain fish as well.*
Researchers found evidence that some cancers are caused by the production of “eicosanoid” chemicals in the body. Eicosanoids are the metabolic byproduct and they attach to the cell membrane and disrupt cellular function. Over many years, higher levels of eicosanoids can cause cell mutations and cancer. Taking supplemental omega fatty acids, along with a diet high is fish and other omega-rich oils, such as flax seed, reduces the production of eicosanoids, and blocks their receptors on the cell membrane3. This reduces tissue inflammation and apoptosis, or cell death. Overall, the benefits to cellular function and cell health are considerable, and may explain in part the many benefits we see with higher levels of omega fatty acids. This great information and another reason to reach for you daily dose of Q Omegas.*
*Q Sciences does not claim to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The FDA has not evaluated information included in this newsletter.
1David C. R. Kerr, School of Psychological Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Association between vitamin D levels and depressive symptoms in healthy young adult women.
2Guinane CM, Cotter PD. Role of the gut microbiota in health and chronic gastrointestinal disease: understanding a hidden metabolic organ. Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2013,6. 295-308
3Department of epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dietary intake of fish, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and survival after breast cancer. A population-based follow-up study on Long Island, New York.