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Treating Sleep Apnea

Monday, 22 Jun 2009 02:58 PM


Question: Do you have any suggestions for sleep apnea? Is it linked to obesity?

Dr. Blaylock's answer:

Sleep apnea is linked to abdominal obesity by chronic inflammation. The fat cells release powerful inflammatory chemicals called cytokines (adipokines). These in turn activate microglial in the brain stem and this is where the control of breathing is located. Reducing inflammation, by a combination of losing the fat and an anti-inflammatory diet, plus supplements, will reduce the inflammation.

Supplements include curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, buffered vitamin C, natural vitamin E (Unique E), silymarin, resveratrol and ferulic acid. The oil CLA reduces abdominal fat cells rapidly, but some studies have also shown an increase in inflammation — others show a decrease in inflammation.

I would not use it for over two months. Life Extension Foundation has a new fat reduction supplement that has shown tremendous results. It is called Integra-Lean Irvingia (www.lef.org). Finally, magnesium citrate/malate reduces inflammation, blocks excitotoxicity in the brain stem, and reduces microglial activation.






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