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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Blueberry Extract Linked to 57% Reduction in Pre-Cancerous Colon Lesions

Pterostilbene, a compound found in blueberries, may prevent the development of tumors in the colon, researchers reported. Blueberries are the U.S. version of the English bilberry.

"The results of the study suggest that naturally occurring components offer an attractive alternative for the prevention of colon cancer," said Reddy. "Our results may support dietary prevention of colon cancer and health benefits of blueberries." Eighty per cent of colorectal cancers may be preventable by dietary changes. It is also one of the most curable cancers if diagnosis is made early.

Read details of this blueberry colon cancer risk reduction study.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Grape Seed Extract Decreases Skin Cancer Risk

Chemicals found in grape seeds may help ward of skin cancer due to regular exposure to the sun, according to the results of an animal study reported at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Dietary supplementation with grape seed proanthocyanidins inhibited light-induced carcinogenesis, study chief Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar told the conference. Mice supplemented with GSPs had up to 65 fewer tumors than control mice did. "It suggests that regular consumptions of GSPs as a dietary supplement may be beneficial for the prevention of skin cancers," Katiyar said in a written statement.

Read details of this grape seed extract skin cancer risk study.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Research Confirms Safety Of Hyaluronic Acid

A study published in the February 2007 issue of Food and Chemical Toxicology has confirmed the safety of oral hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a dietary supplement that supports connective tissue health in joints and skin.

The research was comprised of two oral toxicity studies involving acute and subchronic tests. Test subjects exhibited no toxicity, even at 33 times the recommended dose, as observed by a review of a variety of biomarkers and histopathological examinations. Researchers tested the patented, dietary supplement, BioCell Collagen II, which is composed of a minimum 60 percent Hydrolyzed Collagen Type II, 20 percent Chondroitin Sulfate, and 10 percent Hyaluronic Acid (HA).

View details and commentary on this hyaluronic acid safety study.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Magnesium and Vitamin B6 for Autism

Thirty-three children with autism received magnesium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) for eight months.

Supplementation with magnesium and pyridoxine resulted in significant improvements in social interactions in 23 patients, communication in 24 patients, stereotyped restricted behavior in 18, and abnormal/delayed functioning in 17. The mean percent improvement in the group as a whole in the various assessed parameters ranged from 49% to 53% (p<.001). When treatment was stopped, symptoms recurred within a few weeks.

Read details and commentary on this magnesium and vitamin B6 autism study.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Phthalates Linked to Fat, Obesity

Exposure to phthalates, a common chemical found in everything from plastics to soaps, already has been connected to reproductive problems and now, for the first time, is linked to abdominal obesity and insulin resistance in adult males.

Researchers hypothesized that phthalates might have a direct link to obesity, since low testosterone appears to cause increased belly fat and pre-diabetes in men. As expected, several phthalate metabolites showed a positive correlation with abdominal obesity. Indeed, men with the highest levels of phthalates in their urine had more belly fat and insulin resistance.

More than 75 percent of the United States population has measurable levels of several phthalates in their urine, according to the study. Pioneering chlorella research has found powerful detoxifying action of the chlorella cell wall fragments.

View details of this phthalates fat obesity study.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Green Tea Improves Blood Lipid Levels

Regular consumption of the antioxidant rich green tea could reduce blood lipid levels and cut the risk of developing heart disease, suggests a small trial from Portugal.

At the end of the intervention period, significant beneficial improvements were observed in the lipid profile of the volunteers. A reduction in LDL-cholesterol was observed in 90 percent of the subjects (average decrease of 8.9 percent from baseline), and an increase in HDL-cholesterol was observed in 69 percent of the subjects (average increase of 4 percent from baseline). No significant changes were documented for triacylglycerol and lipoprotein(a).

Read details of the green tea lipid blood level study.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Kids with IBD

Children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency and could benefit from supplements to avoid the health problems associated with not getting enough vitamin D.

The researchers reported that the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was 34.6 percent, with similar levels in both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis patients. In patients with increased skin pigmentation serum levels of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D were about 53 percent lower, and during the winter months the average 25-hydroxy-vitamin D level in all the subjects was 33 percent lower. The patients taking regular vitamin D supplements had serum vitamin D levels 31.5 percent higher than those not taking supplements.

Read details of this vitamin D children's IBD study.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Aspirin Negates the Anti-Cancer Benefit of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

A recent study has found that omega-3 fatty acids may improve colon health and help fight colorectal cancer. Yet, when aspirin is taken concurrently, the omega-3's demonstrate no benefit.

The researchers found that for men taking aspirin, Omega-3 fatty acid blood levels did not significantly decrease colorectal cancer risk, yet significant risk reductions were seen in men not taking aspirin. Specifically, those with the highest 25% of blood levels of omega-3's had a 40% reduced risk of colorectal cancer compared to those with the lowest 25% of blood levels of omega-3’s.

View details of this aspirin omega-3 fatty acid anti-cancer study.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Omega-3 Fish Oil Helps Control Anger in Children

A group of children were diagnosed with various disorders including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Dyslexia, Aspergers Syndrome and Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).

Twenty eight pupils aged 10 to 16 at the school completed a six-month open plan study, which saw them being given a healthy and balanced diet alongside the Omega-3 fish oil supplement on a daily basis.

During the six months before the healthy diet and supplementation began, there were 112 recorded incidents of physical management and 15 non-physical incidents among the 28 pupils. During the six-month health program, there were 36 recorded physical management and 29 non-physical incidents among the same 28 pupils.

Read details on this omega-3 children's anger management study.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Milk Thistle Improves Glycemic Profile in Diabetics

Researchers conducted a study on 51 diabetics to determine the effects of milk thistle, and specifically an active constituent (flavolignans), on blood glucose levels.

There were significant decreases in HbA1c, FBS, total cholesterol, LDL, triglyceride, SGOT and SGPT levels in milk thistle-treated patients compared with placebo as well as with values at the beginning of the study in each group. Researchers concluded that the silymarin treatment in type II diabetic patients for four months had a beneficial effect on improving the glycemic profile.

Read details on this milk thistle diabetic glycemic profile study.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Beta-Carotene Protects Certain People Against Alzheimer's

High levels of the carotenoid beta-carotene may protect cognitive decline in people with a certain genotype that is said to increase the risk of Alzheimer's. Among high-functioning older persons, antioxidants and beta-carotene in particular may offer protection from cognitive decline in persons with greater genetic susceptibility, wrote lead author Peifeng Hu in the Journal of Gerontology.

Although the mechanism of Alzheimer's is not clear, more support is gathering for the build-up of plaque from beta-amyloid deposits. The deposits are associated with an increase in brain cell damage and death from oxidative stress. It is against the oxidative stress that beta-carotene may offer protection.

Read details on this beta carotene Alzheimer's disease study.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

High Homocysteine Levels Associated with Migraine Headache

Most people are familiar with the relationship between high levels of the amino acid homocysteine and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. What's new is the link between homocysteine and migraine headache.

Doctors in Australia who monitor their patients' homocysteine levels and treat any problem with vitamins B6, B12, folic acid and trimethyl glycine (betaine TMG), frequently find that reducing homocysteine levels also reduces or eliminates migraine headaches in those patients.

Patients may notice a difference in their migraines within a couple of weeks of supplementation with vitamin B12, B6, folic acid and betaine. Those with a cardiovascular problem may experience a higher rate of homocystine induced migraine headaches.

Read more about this homocysteine migraine headache study.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Alpha-Lipoic Acid Protects Against Metabolic Syndrome

A recent published review of the medical literature by researchers at University of California, Irvine, has concluded that alpha-lipoic acid can help alleviate the symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome.

In animal experiments, alpha-lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger, has been shown to cause weight loss, ameliorate insulin resistance and high lipid levels and to lower blood pressure—all components of metabolic syndrome, the researchers asserted in a March 2007 article.

View details of this alpha-lipoic acid metabolic syndrome study.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

“Health” Food Snacks May Not Be Healthy

If you’re one of the millions of Americans hoping to lose weight by buying fat-free, cholesterol-free, or all-natural products, you may be surprised. Experts at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Texas say it’s those so-called “healthy” foods that often sabotage diets.

Case in point—granola. “Everyone thinks granola bars are wonderful and yet if you turn it over and look at the ingredients you’ll see that it has high fructose corn syrup and a lot of sugars,” adds Dr. Rollins. In fact, the average granola bar contains more than 300 calories and 10 grams of fat - usually inflammatory omega-6 fats from vegetable oils—not a healthy snack at all.

So what exactly should you look for when reading labels? According to Dr. Rollins, concentrate on three things—sodium, fat and total calories. Then read through the ingredients and make sure things like salt, sugar, corn syrup or vegetable (corn, safflower, sunflower, etc.) oils aren’t at the top. Pinolenic acid is a new natural appetite suppressant from pine nuts.

Read details of this health food snack weight gain study.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Exercise Reduces Hypertension Risk in Young Adults

Young adults who devote more time to physical activity have a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure in the next 15 years, according to new research. “This is reassuring and confirming evidence that physical activity is actually causally related to hypertension,” said lead author David Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D.

Young adults who exercised an average of five times a week and expended 300 calories per exercise session experienced a 17 percent reduction in the risk of developing hypertension, compared to less active participants. When you exercise, cushion and protect joints with hyaluronic acid supplements.

Read details on this exercise hypertension study.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Soda Linked to Obesity and Diabetes

A large systematic review reveals clear associations between consumption of non-diet soft drinks and increased calorie intake and body weight. Carbonated soft drinks are the single largest source of calories in the American diet, according to a 2005 report called “Liquid Candy,” produced by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

Several studies found that the caloric increase is actually greater than that contained in the soda, raising “the possibility that soft drinks increase hunger, decrease satiety or simply calibrate people to a high level of sweetness that generalizes to preferences in other foods,” the authors say.

Unfortunately, diet soft drinks may pose an even greater risk of weight gain. See Soda Associated with Weight Gain, Diet Soda is Higher.

View details on this soda obesity diabetes study.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Statins Kill 27-49% of Muscle Cells

We investigated mitochondrial toxicity of four lipophilic stains (cerivastatin, fluvastatin, atorvastatin, simvastatin) and one hydrophilic statin (pravastatin).

In L6 cells (rat skeletal muscle cell line), the four lipophilic statins (100 micromol/l) induced death in 27-49% of the cells. Fluvastatin and atorvastatin (100 micromol/l) decreased the mitochondrial membrane potential by 49-65%, whereas simvastatin and pravastatin were less toxic.

Lipophilic statins impair the function of skeletal muscle mitochondria. There are natural alternatives to cholesterol management with minimal side effects to consider.

Read details of this statin mitochondria muscle study.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Exercise Reduces Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

Findings of a new study show how exercise decreases inflammation, which reduces the risk of atherosclerosis – fatty build-ups in the arteries – that cause most cases of heart disease.

“These findings suggest strongly that exercise reduces the systemic inflammation that can lead to heart disease,” said Dr. Sloan. “This study is especially significant because the value of exercise has never before been shown in TNF, and never in healthy adults who were not at high-risk for heart disease.”

Read details of this exercise inflammation heart disease risk study.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Low Magnesium Associated with Loss of Muscle Mass

Researchers found there was a very strong relationship between magnesium levels and muscle function after adjusting for other factors. They reported that individuals with higher magnesium levels generally had a stronger hand grip, more power in their legs and were able to extend their knees and ankles with more force.

There are hundreds of studies proving adequate magnesium is essential for healthy cell function of the heart, brain, muscles and nerves. Nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pistachios are a great source of magnesium, and potassium, as are magnesium supplements.

Read details on this magnesium muscle mass study.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Antioxidants Complement Radiation Treatment

Consuming antioxidants during radiation therapy may improve rather than interfere with treatment, report researchers at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

In this study, prostate cancer patients who were given radiation therapy and no antioxidants were compared to those who underwent therapy and consumed green tea extract, melatonin, high-potency multivitamins, and vitamins C and E.

This finding is “evidence that antioxidants as a complementary therapy in cancer treatment do not interfere with external beam radiation therapy,” the researchers stated.

View details on this antioxidant radiation treatment study.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Chitosan Promotes Weight and Fat Loss

The popular fiber supplement chitosan helps reduce body weight and body fat, according to a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

Those who took chitosan lost an average of 2.8 pounds, compared to a loss of 0.6 pounds in the placebo group and a gain of 0.8 pounds in the control group. The chitosan group also had greater reductions in fat percentage and fat mass than the placebo group, along with an improvement in body composition.

Read details of this chitosan weight loss study.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Soy Consumption in Youth Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Asian-American women who frequently consumed soy during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood reduced their risk of developing breast cancer, according to recent findings.* The strongest anti-cancer effect was associated with soy consumption between the ages of 5 and 11.

Scientists studied 597 American women of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino descent with breast cancer. Women whose soy intake during adolescence and adulthood was in the top third of all subjects had a 25% lower risk of developing breast cancer than those whose intake was in the lowest third. Women who consumed the most soy during childhood had a 58% lower risk.

View more on children's consumption of soy decreases breast cancer risk study.

Omega-3 Therapy Relieves Depression in Children

The omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may help relieve clinical depression in children, according to a promising pilot study.

While the placebo group demonstrated no improvement, seven of the ten children in the omega-3 group showed a 50% or greater reduction in depression scores, and four children achieved full remission. Omega-3 fatty acids may thus offer an effective means of managing depression in children.

View details of this omega-3 children's depression study.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

B-Vitamin Deficit Impairs Athletic Performance

Athletes who are deficient in B vitamins may display diminished performance in high-intensity exercise compared to those with optimal nutrient intake, according to a recent report.

Vitamins B1, B2, and B6 are used by energy-producing pathways, while vitamins B12 and folate assist new cell synthesis and repair of damaged cells. After examining the nutritional status, dietary intake, and performance of athletes, researchers noted that increased stress on the body’s energy-producing pathways and tissues, combined with a loss of nutrients after strenuous activity and the need for extra nutrients to repair tissues, could increase B-vitamin requirements for athletes.

View details of this B-vitamin for athletic performand.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Magnesium and Fiber Intake Linked to Inflammation

Higher intake of magnesium and fiber is associated with lower levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), according to a new report. An important marker of inflammation, hs-CRP has been tied to elevated cardiovascular disease risk.

Subjects in the lowest third of magnesium and fiber intake were three to four times more likely to have diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or elevated hs-CRP (3 mg/L or higher). Low magnesium intake was independently correlated with elevated hs-CRP.

Read further details on this magnesium and fiber inflammation study.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Alpha Lipoic Acid Guards Against Alzheimer’s

The antioxidant alpha lipoic acid may aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, particularly in their early stages, report Australian scientists.

The scientists noted that lipoic acid acts in several ways to improve brain health in Alzheimer’s sufferers. Alzheimer’s is associated with deficits of the brain neurotransmitter acetylcholine and its receptors. Lipoic acid activates an enzyme that facilitates increased acetylcholine production. Lipoic acid also reduces inflammation and acts as a powerful antioxidant, while increasing the availability of glucose for use by brain cells.

These observations suggest that lipoic acid may come to play an important role in averting mind-robbing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

View details on this alpha lipoic acid Alzheimer's study.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Vitamin D 1000 IU per Day is Associated with 50% Reduction in Colorectal Cancer

Vitamin D has been found to be inversely correlated with the incidence, mortality, and/or survival rates for breast, colorectal, ovarian, and prostate cancer and Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Evidence is emerging that more than 17 different types of cancer are likely to be vitamin D-sensitive.

A recent meta-analysis concluded that 1,000 IU of oral vitamin D per day is associated with a 50% reduction in colorectal cancer incidence.

View details of this vitamin D colorectal cancer risk study.

Friday, March 02, 2007

C-Reactive Protein Plays a Direct Role in the Onset of Hypertension

C-Reactive Protein, widely regarded as a risk factor for hypertension and other forms of cardiovascular disease, plays a direct role in the onset of hypertension, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.

Clinical studies over the past decade have suggested that chronically elevated levels of CRP indicate inflammation that puts an individual at risk for hypertension and other cardiovascular ailments such as hardening of the arteries.

Read details of this c-reactive protein hypertension study.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Ribose Improves Results Following "Off-Pump" Bypass Surgery

Patients undergoing off pump bypass surgery who took an oral D-ribose supplement before surgery demonstrated significant improvements in their cardiac indices, a measure of heart pump function.

"OPCAB with supplemental D-ribose resulted in a 43% greater increase in cardiac indices post-operatively compared to the baseline, which has historically demonstrated a 13% improvement."

Cardiothoracic surgeon Perkowski is encouraged by the added benefit that D-ribose offers patients undergoing OPCAB, particularly for those with acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack. "There's always a risk with open heart surgery, but by incorporating the use of D-ribose we increased the vitality of the heart, which improved heart function," said Dr. Perkowski.

Read details of this d-ribose cardiac surgery study.