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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Molecular Link Between Inflammation and Cancer

A team led by biochemists at the University of California, San Diego has found what could be a long-elusive mechanism through which inflammation can promote cancer.

The researchers say that the linkage of these two processes - inflammation and cancer - may explain why cancer, which is normal growth and development gone awry, can result from chronic inflammation, which is an out-of-control response to danger.

Omega-3 fish oil and neptune krill oil have proven to reduce biomarkers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein.

Read more about this inflammtion cancer study.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Folic Acid Prevents Cleft Lip and Palate

A new study finds that women who take folic acid supplements early in their pregnancy can substantially reduce their baby’s chances of being born with a facial cleft.

"We already know that folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects, including spina bifida. Our research suggests that folic acid also helps prevent facial clefts, another common birth defect.” Researchers found that 400 micrograms (mcg) a day of folic acid reduced by one third the baby’s risk of isolated cleft lip (with or without cleft palate).

Read details of this folic acid cleft lip and palate study.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Selenium Supplements May Contribute to Reduced HIV Viral Load

Taking daily selenium supplements appears to increase the level of the essential mineral in the blood and may suppress the progression of viral load in patients with HIV infection, according to an article in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

“Given the challenges of using conventional pharmacotherapy to achieve and maintain virologic suppression in HIV-spectrum disease, our results support the use of selenium as a simple, inexpensive and safe adjunct therapy,” the authors conclude.

View details on this selenium HIV viral load reduction study.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Combination Supplement Supports Weight Management

A combination of catechins from green tea, caffeine, capsaicin and tyrosine were found to boost heat generation and energy expenditure without any adverse effects on blood pressure or heart rate, says a new study from Denmark.

Researchers recruited 80 overweight and obese subjects for an initial four-week hypocaloric diet to induce weight loss, and were then randomly assigned to receive the combination supplement (57 participants receiving a daily dose of 1500 mg green tea extract, 1218 mg L-tyrosine, 302 mg caffeine, 1.2 mg capsaicin, 2000 mg calcium) or placebo (23 participants).

The researchers report that average weight loss during the initial four-week diet phase was 6.8 kg. At the end of the supplementation/ placebo phase average body mass in the supplemented group was 0.9 kg less than the placebo group.

Read more on this nutrient combination coctail for weight loss.

Astaxanthin Is Potent Inhibitor of Oxidation

Astaxanthin, a relatively unknown carotenoid found in nature, shows significant promise as a viable scaffold for a new therapy to treat cardiovascular disease based on its exceptional antioxidant properties in membrane models.

These results signify that astaxanthin exhibits potential utility for use as the scaffold for antioxidant/anti-inflammatory agents in the treatment of cardiovascular and other chronic inflammatory diseases.

View details on this astaxanthin oxidation inhibition study.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Chromium Polynicotinate Favorably Influences Genes That Promote Muscle Development, Fat Burning

Chromium polynicotinate affects fat metabolism and muscle activity at the genetic level.

In this new study, researchers looked at the effect that chromium polynicotinate might have on risk factors involved in Metabolic Syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that can include abdominal obesity, inefficient insulin action, high triglyceride and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Metabolic Syndrome can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.

The results of the new study showed that chromium polynicotinate positively influenced the expression of numerous genes involved in fat metabolism and muscle development.

View chromium polynicotinate muscle development and fat burning cell development study.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Antioxidants Halt Alzheimer's

Oxidative stress associated with dementia may be a cause and not an effect of Alzheimer's Disease.

The research gives great hope to a dietary/nutritional approach to improve brain health and stop the rise in Alzheimer's and dementia around the world. This is exciting because antioxidants may prove to be a good therapeutic approach to prevent Alzheimer's disease and ameliorate human neurodegeneration.

View details of this antioxidant Alzheimer's disease study.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Calcium Offers Prolonged Protection from Colorectal Cancer

The potential protective effects of calcium supplements against colorectal cancer may carry on for five years after people stop taking the supplements, research has revealed.

The Calcium Follow-up Study found that people from the original calcium supplementation group had a significant 12 percent lower risk of any adenoma five years after the original supplements were stopped, compared to people from the placebo group.

“The protective effect of calcium supplementation on risk of colorectal adenoma recurrence extends up to five years after cessation, even in the absence of continued supplementation,” wrote lead author Maria Grau from Dartmouth Medical School in the US.

Read details on this calcium colorectal cancer study.

Friday, January 19, 2007

3 Year Folic Acid Supplementation Improves Recall to Someone 7 Years Younger

Older people taking folic acid supplementation had improved memory and ability to process information, as well as a slower rate of age-related cognitive decline, says a study from the Netherlands.

“Three-year folic acid supplementation confers an individual the performance of someone 4.7 years younger for memory, 1.7 years younger for sensorimotor speed, 2.1 years younger for information processing speed, and 1.5 years younger for global cognitive function.” They also report that delayed recall for the folic acid supplemented group was similar to a performance of someone 6.9 years younger.

View details of this folic acid cognitive recall study.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

DCA Offers Hope Against Cancer

Researchers at the University of Alberta have shown that a non-toxic molecule shrinks cancer tumors, including lung, breast and brain. The results of the research will be published in the journal Cancer Cell.

Mitochondria, the energy producing units in cells, have been connected with cancer since the 1930s, when researchers first noticed that these organelles dysfunction when cancer is present.
Until recently, researchers believed that cancer-affected mitochondria are permanently damaged and that this damage is the result, not the cause, of the cancer. But Michelakis questioned this belief and began testing DCA, which activates a critical mitochondrial enzyme, as a way to "revive" cancer-affected mitochondria. The results astounded him.

Michelakis and his colleagues found that DCA normalized the mitochondrial function in many cancers, showing that their function was actively suppressed by the cancer but was not permanently damaged by it. More importantly, they found that the normalization of mitochondrial function resulted in a significant decrease in tumor growth both in test tubes and in animal models.

Read details of this cell mitochondria cancer study.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Neptune Krill Oil Risk–Benefit Dyslipidemia Treatment Analysis Initiated

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. announced the initiation of a population-based risk–benefit analysis study for Neptune Krill Oil (NKO™) in the management of dyslipidemia.

“Unfortunately recently developed products that achieve both HDL increase and LDL reduction have been associated with a significant risk for serious side effects and hence are not appropriate for use by humans due to safety concerns. The risk-benefit ratio for these treatments is too high to support their approval and use in the long-term care. We have repeatedly demonstrated the safety of NKO™ for chronic use and we are confident that these analyses will further validate our findings” added Dr. Sampalis.

Read further information on the neptune krill oil risk-benefit analysis for dyslipidemia.

Probiotics Improved Colic in Babies

A daily probiotic dose of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri improved symptoms associated with infantile colic, says a new study from Italy.

At the end of the full 28 days of intervention, the average crying times of the infants in the probiotic group had decreased by 74 per cent, from 197 to 51 minutes per day, while crying times for the control group decreased by only 26 per cent, to 145 minutes per day.

“The present study demonstrated that supplementation with L. reuteri improved colicky symptoms significantly in breastfed infants, compared with the standard therapy with simethicone, within seven days,” wrote the authors in the journal Pediatrics. “The response rate for… L. reuteri was 95 per cent, whereas only 7 per cent of infants responded to the prescription drug simethicone,” they said.

Read more about this probiotic study in colic babies.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Experts Recommend Increased Vitamin D Level

The tolerable upper intake level for oral vitamin D3 should be increased five-fold, experts from the US-based Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) have said after a review of the science.

Currently, the tolerable upper intake level (UL) in Europe and the US is set at 2000 International Units (IU), equivalent to 50 micrograms per day. However, recent research, particularly from clinical trials, suggests that this should be raised. The CRN scientists state that this could be raised to 10,000 IU (250 micrograms per day).

Read details of this increased Vitamin D upper daily limit.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Vitamins Reduce Risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

A new study has found that increasing intake of a number of nutrients, specifically fish oil, vitamins C and E, folic acid, iron and fiber may influence cell health and the risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

For fish oil, those with intake greater than 300 mg per 1,000 calories per day had a 40% decreased risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma compared to those consuming less than 100 mg per 1,000 calories per day.

The researchers concluded, “consumption of nutrients that suppress inflammation, prevent oxidation, or [control DNA damage] may decrease the risk of developing several types of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.”

View further details on this risk reduction Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma nutrient study.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

L-Theanine from Green Tea Beneficial for Stress

In a study, which appeared in the January 2007 edition of the journal Biological Psychology, 12 participants underwent four separate L-theanine stress trials.

It was found that those who took l-theanine had a reduction in heart rate and immunoglobulin A in response to an acute stress relative to the placebo group. The study suggested that oral intake of l-theanine could cause anti-stress effects.

Read more about this green tea l-theanine stress study.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Capsaicin from Chili Peppers May Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Scientists at a Toronto hospital may have discovered proof that the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes. This stunning discovery, which shocked even the researchers who made it, could eventually lead to a near-cure of diabetes. Type I diabetes has long been thought to be incurable.

Diabetic mice were injected with capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers, which counteracted the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas. The mice became healthy practically overnight.

Read more about this chili pepper capsaican type 1 diatetes study.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Vitamins Increase Children's School Performance

Vitamin Relief USA’s annual survey confirms that their vitamin program for undernourished children throughout the U.S. is dramatically improving children’s lives. Parents and teachers of two thousand participating children attributed improvements in the children’s health, energy, appetite, sleep, grades, concentration, social behavior and even self-confidence to the daily vitamin program.

During the survey, hundreds of parents expressed their gratitude for the improvements the program has made in their daily lives. “Now my children get over colds faster. This prevents them from missing daycare, which in turn prevents me from missing work,” said Stephanie Weber from YWCA Family Village in St. Petersburg, FL.

Read details of this children's vitamin school performance study.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Neptune Krill Oil Provides 60% Improvement in Adult ADHD

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. announced very positive final results of the effect of Neptune Krill Oil (NKO™) on adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

After 6 months of Neptune Krill Oil treatment, the 25 patients who completed the study showed a statistically significant improvement in all Barkley’s Executive Function scores. In particular, patients improved their ability to concentrate and their working capacity by 60.2% (p<0.001), p="0.004)," p="0.011)," p="0.001).">

View details on this Neptune Krill Oil ADHD study.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Folic Acid Prevents Age-Related Hearing Loss

Supplements of folic acid prevents age-related hearing loss in older men and women, says a new double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial from the Netherlands.

The researchers suggest that hearing loss may be linked to homocysteine levels, which could be reduced by folic acid supplementation.

In an accompanying editorial, Robert Dobie from the University of California, Davis said that if such a benefit could be applied generally then a five-decibel decrease in age-related hearing loss might be observed over a 20-year period. This would lead to a subsequent significant reduction in the need for hearing aids.

Read details on this folic acid hearing loss prevention study.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

FDA Proposes to Boost Calcium and Vitamin D Claims for Osteoporosis

Foods, beverages and dietary supplements containing both calcium and vitamin D may soon carry labels saying they help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, according to a U.S. government proposal made on Friday.

This new labeling should assist consumers to select foods ... that provide adequate calcium and vitamin D intake and hopefully prevent the occurrence of osteoporosis.

Read details on this FDA announcement of calcium and vitamin D for osteoporosis.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Chili Peppers May Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Scientists at the Research Institute, University of Toronto may have discovered proof that the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes. This stunning discovery, which shocked even the researchers who made it, could eventually lead to a near-cure of diabetes. Type I diabetes in particulars long been thought to be incurable.

Diabetic mice were injected with capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers, which counteracted the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas. The mice became healthy practically overnight.

Read details of this chili pepper capsaicin diabetes study.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Probiotic Exhibits Intestinal Pain Reduction Similar to Morphine

Oral administration of the probiotic Lactobacillous acidophilus NCFM has been seen to have an analgesic effect in the gut similar to that of morphine.

In a model of chronic colonic hypersensitivity, the probiotic was seen to increase colorectal distension threshold by 44 percent compared to untreated rates, and had an antinococeptive effect like that of 1 mg of subcutaneous morphine per kg of body weight.

Professor Pierre Desreumaux said: “One could envision NCFM to be prescribed for intestinal function disorders or co-administered with morphine to relieve serious gastrointestinal pathologies, therefore reducing morphine doses and related side effects.”

View details of this probiotic versus morphine intestinal pain reduction study.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Lutein Supplements Increase Blood Levels

A study published in the December 2006 issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science has found that lutein supplementation may be an easy way to increase blood levels of lutein and help maintain eye health.

Researchers found that after six months of supplementation with 10 mg per day of lutein, blood levels increased nearly 500% (from 210 to 1,000 nanomoles per liter) for lutein and 59% for zeaxanthin (from 56 to 95 nM/L).

The researchers concluded, “Elderly human subjects with and without AMD can safely take supplements of lutein up to 10 mg per day for 6 months with no apparent toxicity or side effects.”

Read details of this lutein supplement blood levels study.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Children of mothers given fish oil have better hand-eye coordination

The Archives of Disease in Childhood published an early report which revealed that pregnant women who consumed omega-3 fish oil supplements had children with better hand-eye coordination than those born to mothers who did not receive the supplements.

"Maternal fish oil supplementation during pregnancy is safe for the fetus and infant, and may have potentially beneficial effects on the child's eye and hand coordination," the authors conclude.

View details of this mothers omega-3 fish oil hand-eye coordination study.