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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Vitamin B supplementation reduces atherosclerosis

Researchers report a combination of vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid significantly reduced thickening of the carotid artery.

According to an article in the July 2005 journal Atherosclerosis, men and women at risk of cerebral ischemia saw a reduction of IMT (intima-media thickness) of the carotid artery, the thickness of which is used as a key determiner for the presence and extent of atherosclerosis.

Participants also experienced a reduction in homocysteine. Review the study abstract.

Side Effects of Regular Aspirin Use Outweigh Benefits in Elderly

A daily baby aspirin is often recommended by doctors to help prevent heart attacks or stroke, but for people over 70 years old the benefits may be offset by bleeding risks in the brain and the stomach, investigators report.

The study published in the May 2005 British Medical Journal suggested that, in a group of 10,000 men, routine low-dose aspirin therapy would cause an extra 499 episodes of gastric bleeding. On top of that, the team calculated that 76 more men would suffer bleeding in the brain. Low-dose aspirin therapy would prevent 389 heart attacks and 19 strokes.

If you are at a very high risk of heart attack for one reason or another, or you simply know you won't be changing your lifestyle for the better, it may also be in your best interest to try nattokinase instead of aspirin. Nattokinase is a fibrinolytic (breaks up fibrin, which is found in clots) enzyme made from fermented soybeans. It is comparable to aspirin in its beneficial effects on your blood, but without any side effects.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Aloe Vera Clinically Effective for Ulcerative Colitis

Oral aloe vera taken for 4 weeks produced a clinical response in 47% of ulcerative colitis patients compared to a 14% response rate from placebo. 30% of ulcerative colitis patients taking aloe vera experienced clinical remission, compared to 7% taking placebo. Aloe vera reduced the histological disease activity and appeared to be safe.

These study results were published in Aliment Pharmacol Ther in April 2004. View abstract.

Calcium may help prevent colon cancer

Taking 1,200 mg Calcium supplements reduced the risk of polyps by 41% and colon cancer by 35% in a study presented at the May 2005 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Taking calcium supplements protects against the development of colon polyps, which can become cancerous, and this benefit appears to persist for up to 5 years after people stop taking the supplements. Read the full Calcium Reduces Long Term Colon Polyp Cancer Risk abstract.