Recently, there have been several important discoveries about vitamin E. Last month, we discussed a little about the public’s concept of the health roles of vitamin E and asked leading vitamin E expert Maret Traber, Ph.D., to discuss some basics about our needs for vitamin E. As a starter, Dr. Traber reviewed her scientifically “game-changing” research on the human tocopherol transport protein (TTP) and why the only form of vitamin E with a significant role in human health is alpha-tocopherol.
Once upon a time, in this vast land of ours, it was not known that people needed a vital compound in food that would later be called “vitamin E.” Then, scientists discovered this life-enabling compound, determined it was dietary essential for humans and learned everything that needed to be known about it. And, everyone lived happily and healthily ever after. Wait a minute. That’s a fairy tale. That’s not what has happened at all.
Let’s complete our discussion of the health benefits and safety of low-carb, high-fat “ketogenic” diets with Eric Westman, M.D., MHS. In January, we discussed the clinical benefits obtained with real people in the real world of low-carb, high-fat diets. In February, we examined how ketogenic diets work to improve health. However, many people have been misled about dietary fat and cholesterol who needlessly fear that ketogenic diets may be a health risk. Clinical studies and real-world experience have shown the opposite to be true.
Let’s examine the powerful therapeutic health benefits and safety of low-carb, high-fat diets on real people in the real world. We’ll clarify some of the facts about low-carb diets and also discuss the outstanding clinical results obtained by Dr. Westman and his associates.
Here’s wishing you a healthy, happy and satisfying New Year. The New Year is usually a time when many of our friends once again resolve to improve their lifestyle and nutrition. Some of them try once again to shed some unwanted pounds. They may even come to you for advice on healthy dieting. So, this month, I am asking Eric Westman, M.D., past-president of the Obesity Medicine Association and director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, NC, to discuss what his experience has been.
With a fairly predictable regularity of once a decade or so, the general media likes to write articles questioning the safety of vitamin E supplements. It’s called “sensationalism press.” The idea is to get attention by going against common knowledge. It gains attention and sells papers. It’s fairly routine, but in August, I was really astonished to read two articles. One was entitled “An Overdose of Vitamin E Can Kill,” published on TheHealthSite.com (1).
Former Arkansas Governor and 2007 Natural Products Association (NPA) Keynote Speaker Mike Huckabee continues to stress the need for Americans to improve their lifestyle. I chatted with Governor Huckabee at the 2007 NPA convention and again this year. Huckabee, an avid supporter of dietary supplements, still wants to give citizens more control over their own health care choices.
During the past several columns, we have discussed the greatly unappreciated role of magnesium in health with Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D. This month, we will conclude the series in which Dr. Rosanoff has been so helpful by considering a few more special health situations and then summarizing magnesium needs, calcium–magnesium balance and briefly reviewing magnesium’s role in health.