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Monday, April 30, 2007

Tart Cherries May Improve Syndrome X Factors

Researchers report that animals that received powdered tart cherries in their diet had lower total cholesterol, lower blood sugar, less fat storage in the liver, lower oxidative stress and increased production of a molecule that helps the body handle fat and sugar, compared with rats that didn’t receive cherries as part of an otherwise similar diet.

All the measures on which the two groups of animals differed are linked to metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, a collection of risk factors linked to high rates of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Read further details on cherry supplement on syndrome X factors.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Black Cohosh Reduces Breast Cancer Risk 60%

The use of black cohosh was associated with a 61 percent reduction in the risk of breast cancer, said the researchers. This risk reduction was also observed for Remifemin, a herbal preparation derived from black cohosh, which was calculated to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 53 percent.

Previously, concerns have been raised about breast cancer patients taking black cohosh supplements in order to alleviate the menopause-like side effects. Researchers from Yale School of Medicine reported that black cohosh might interact detrimentally with chemotherapy by increasing cytotoxicity (cell killing) by two of the drugs, doxorubicin and docetaxel. It decreased the cytotoxicity of cisplatin.

View details on this black cohosh breast cancer risk reduction study.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Grilled, Fried, or Broiled Meat Produce Toxins Called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs)

Toxins, called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), are absorbed into the body through the consumption of grilled, fried, or broiled animal products, such as meats and cheeses. AGEs, which are also produced when food products are sterilized and pasteurized, have been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, vascular and kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

New methods of cooking to reduce AGE intake, particularly steaming, boiling or making stews, can make a difference. One of the most valuable components of any anti-aging program -- possibly the crown jewel -- is the amino acid compound, L-Carnosine. No other single nutrient has such profound effects on two fundamental aging processes: cellular senescence and glycation.

View details on this Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) study.

Friday, April 27, 2007

1.2 Million Hospital Patients Experience Drug Side Effects

In 2004, 1.2 million hospitalized patients experienced an adverse drug event, 90 percent of which were due to a side effect from a medication that was properly administered, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The top three types of drugs involved in adverse drug events were corticosteroids, blood thinners, and anti-cancer drugs, mostly due to side effects from properly administered medications.

Nearly 60 percent of the patients who experienced an adverse drug event were women.

View details on this hospital patient prescription drug side effect study.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Antioxidants Benefit Chemotherapy Patients

Antioxidant supplements help increase cancer survival rates, tumor response, and the patient's ability to tolerate chemotherapy, report researchers in Cancer Treatment Reviews. This and Antioxidant Supplementation Safe During Cancer Therapy, published simultaneously, could reignite the debate about potential benefits or risks of concurrent antioxidant and cancer therapy.

Researchers reported that survival data showed similar or better survival rates for the antioxidant group than the control group, with none of the trials supporting the theory that antioxidant supplements diminish the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Additionally, 15 of 17 trials that assessed chemotherapy toxicities, including diarrhea, weight loss, nerve damage and low blood counts, concluded that the antioxidant group suffered similar or lower rates of these side effects than the control group.

Read details of this antioxidant chemotherapy meta analysis.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Antioxidant Supplementation Safe During Cancer Therapy

Contrary to long-held beliefs, antioxidant and other nutritional supplementation during chemotherapy or radiation does not interfere with these cancer treatments.

Researchers reviewed 50 human cancer studies that included a total of 8,251 participants involving the use of chemotherapy and/or radiation concurrently with dietary supplements. In 47 of these studies, supplements were associated with protection of normal tissue and a reduction of side effects, and in 15 studies, 3,738 subjects experienced increased survival.

The authors concluded that "Antioxidant and other nutrient food supplements are safe and can help to enhance cancer patient care."

View details on this antioxidant supplementation cancer therapy study.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Probiotics Ease Diarrhea in Children Taking Antibiotics

Probiotics counteract unpleasant side effects for children on antibiotics, according to a new systematic review. Antibiotics commonly used to treat children with conditions such as respiratory tract and skin infections can cause antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD). Estimates indicate that between 11 percent and 40 percent of children taking antibiotics suffer from AAD.

Results from nine studies found that probiotics reduced the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and four studies reported that probiotics shortened the average duration of diarrhea symptoms by about three-quarters of a day.

View details on this probiotic ease diarrhea in children taking antibiotics study.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

N-Acetyl Cysteine for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

One hundred-fifty overweight or obese infertile women (mean age, 29 years; range 18 - 39 years) with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), who had failed to ovulate after treatment with clomiphene citrate were randomly assigned to receive, in double-blind fashion, 600 mg of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) twice a day or placebo along with clomiphene citrate (100 mg/day)

Compared with placebo, NAC significantly increased both the ovulation rate (49.3% vs 1.3%, p<0.00006).>

View details of this n-acetyl cysteine for polycystic ovary syndrome study.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Curcumin's Anti-Cancer Mechanism Explained

Scientists from the University of Alabama have reported a mechanism by which curcumin, the active ingredient in the turmeric spice, protects against cancer.

Using PC-3 human prostate cancer cell lines grown in vitro, the researchers observed that curcumin decreased the expression of a protein associated with malignant tumor formation called MDM2. The turmeric extract was also found to increase the expression of a protein that increases programmed cell death (apoptosis) of the cancer cells.

Ricardo Sanchez-Ortiz, MD, who was not involved in the study, said: "These exciting data suggest that this dietary supplement should be studied in combination with traditional forms of chemotherapy or radiotherapy in tumors dependent on the MDM2 pathway."

View details of this curcumin anti-cancer study.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Asthma Risk Up to 80%

Consuming a Mediterranean diet reduces children's risk of asthma by up to 80 percent, reports new research. High consumption of nuts, grapes, oranges and tomatoes was associated with 50, 81, 70, and 68 percent reductions in wheezing.

High adherence to the Mediterranean-style diet was associated with a 66 percent reduction in allergic rhinitis (hay fever), a 46 percent reduction in atopy (skin allergy), and a 39 percent reduction in asthma-like symptoms.

"Analyses of the dietary pattern of the traditional diet of Crete have shown a number of protective substances such as selenium, glutathione, resveratrol, a balanced ratio of n-6:n-3 essential fatty acids, high amounts of fiber, polyphenols from olive oil, vitamins E and C. The majority of these have marked antioxidant activity," researchers said.

Read details on this mediterranean diet asthma risk reduction study.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Magnesium Linked with Lower Inflammation and Endothelial Dysfunction

Researchers found that having a greater intake of magnesium is associated with lower levels of some markers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in healthy women. The two conditions often precede atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes, and are involved in the metabolic syndrome.

Researchers suggest that magnesium may modulate systemic inflammation and endothelial function to influence insulin resistance.

Read details of this magnesium lowers inflammation and endothelial dysfunction study.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Low-Dose Carnitine Promotes Exercise Recovery

Low dose supplementation with L-carnitine tartrate may reduce muscle damage and boost recovery after exercise.

The results support previous findings about the benefits of carnitine for post-exercise markers. L-carnitine is reported to play a critical role in fat and energy metabolism, being involved in the transport of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria where they are metabolized for energy.

"The primary finding of this investigation was that supplementing with one gram of L-carnitine L- tartrate per day for three weeks afforded similar benefits as a two gram daily dose," reported the researchers.

Read details of this carnitine exercise recovery study.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Age-Related Cognitive Decline

Increased bloods levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA could postpone age-related cognitive decline that may precede dementia and Alzheimer's disease, suggest two new studies. These studies, published in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, report that regular consumption of omega-3-rich food could prevent age-related cognitive decline.

In an accompanying editorial by William and Sonya Connor from the Oregon Health and Science University, the importance of DHA in the development and maintenance of the cerebral cortex was emphasized. "The brains of Alzheimer disease patients have a lower content of DHA in the grey matter of the frontal lobe and hippocampus than do the brains of persons without Alzheimer's disease," they said.

View details of these omega-3 fatty acid cognitive decline studies and editorial.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

L-Carnitine Helps Reduce Diabetes During Pregnancy

Taking L-Carnitine supplements during pregnancy significantly reduces the increased level of plasma free fatty acids that is considered the main cause of insulin resistance in pregnant women, shows a new study.

Insulin resistance during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes, which affects about 5-10 percent of pregnancies. According to the American Diabetes Association, about a third of women who suffered from gestational diabetes during pregnancy develop type 2 diabetes in the following years.

Read details of the enzymes involved in this L-Carnitine pregnancy diabetes reduction study.

Friday, April 13, 2007

CLA Reduces Body Fat and Increases Muscle

Supplementation with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) reduced body fat mass particularly in the legs, and had positive effects on lean body mass, says a new clinical trial supported by Lipid Nutrition.

"The current study is the first to report that the reduction of body fat mass occurred mostly in the legs and that CLA had a tendency to decrease the amount of abdominal fat mass, which is in line with the observed significant decrease in the waist-hip ratio," wrote Gaullier.

Lipid Nutrition's interest in the weight management market is not limited to Clarinol. Indeed, its Pinnothin ingredient containing the polyunsaturated fatty acid pinolenic acid derived from the seeds of the Korean pine nut tree was recently crowned the most innovative ingredient at the First International Conference on Innovations and Trends in Weight Loss and Weight Management.

View details of this CLA body fat muscle mass study.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Long-Term Vitamin D Intake Linked to 30% Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Increased vitamin D levels during youth, from the sun and diet, may reduce the risk of breast cancer later in life by over 30 percent, suggests a new epidemiological study. The study, by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in Canada, adds to a rapidly growing body of science reporting potential benefits of vitamin D against cancer that has led for calls to increase recommended intake levels.

Scientists found that increased exposure to sunlight during adolescence was associated with the highest protection against breast cancer risk later in life, with a 35 percent risk reduction. Significant risk reductions were also observed for increased cod liver oil intake (24 percent risk reduction), and drinking at least 10 glasses of milk per week was associated with a 38 percent risk reduction.

Read details of this vitamin D breast cancer risk study.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Omega-3 DHA Suppresses Production of Fat Cells

New research shows that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil, fights excess body weight by averting the development of fat cells.

Working with immature fat cells, researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens showed that levels of DHA obtainable through the diet may help thwart obesity by preventing new fat cells from forming and encouraging existing fat cells to undergo programmed cell death (apoptosis).

This research indicates the potential for fish oil supplementation to enhance the efficacy of diet and exercise programs in overweight subjects. There are a number of good fish oils on the market, but one of the best new ways to get omega-3 polyunsaturated fats - EPA and DHA - is from krill oil.

Read details of this omega-3 DHA fat cell regulation study.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

CLA Prevents Weight and Fat Gain

A study published in the March 2007 issue of the International Journal of Obesity suggests that Tonalin® brand conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) has long-term health benefits in preventing weight and fat gain commonly experienced by adults as part of the normal aging process.

“These findings suggest that CLA may serve a critical role in reducing a common weight and fat gain that occurs with age. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recognized that “small, often cumulative weight gains contribute to ‘weight creep’ during adulthood.” They designed a study to determine if CLA supplementation would help overweight adults significantly reduce body fat over a six-month period and prevent weight gain during holiday seasons.

View detailsof this CLA weight loss study.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Tea Reduces Dietary Fat Absorption by 50%

Researchers have found that simply drinking a glass of tea with a meal increases the amount of fat excreted into feces by 50% and reduces the absorption of fat and cholesterol through the digestive tract.

Oolong tea is a cross between green and black tea, having some of the characteristics of both, with moderately high levels of polyphenol antioxidants, such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), but a more robust taste.

Read details of this oolong tea fat absorption study.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Green Tea Protects Against HIV

Drinking green tea may help to prevent the spread of the HIV virus, a new study suggests. Scientists working jointly in the US and UK found a healthy compound in green tea called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, could protect the body's immune system from the HIV virus.

Researcher William Shearer said "It is not a cure, and nor is it a safe way to avoid infection, however, we suggest that it should be used in combination with conventional medicines to improve quality of life for those infected."

View details of the green tea HIV study.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Increase Bone Mineral Density 27%

A study published in the March 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that omega-3 fatty acids benefit bone health in young men. The researchers found that men with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had a 27% increase in total body bone mineral density by the time they reached 22 years of age.

In addition to fatty fish and omega-3 supplements, Neptune krill oil is another important source of DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids.

Researchers concluded that “omega–3 fatty acids, are positively associated with bone mineral accrual (growth) and, thus, with peak bone mineral density in young men.”

View details of this omega-3 bone mineral density study.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Low Dose Aspirin Plus Ibuprofen Increase Risk of Heart Attack Nine Times

Doctors who treat the painful condition of osteoarthritis in patients with increased cardiovascular risk need to be cautious.

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that high cardiovascular risk patients taking ibuprofen and low dose aspirin combined are nine times more likely to suffer a heart attack. This new study, published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggests that ibuprofen interferes with the blood thinning properties of aspirin in patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease.

Suggestion: avoid both drugs, consider cetyl myristoleate (CMO) or hyaluronic acid for joint issues and nattokinase for circulation.

View details on this ibuprofin aspirin heart attack risk study.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Prescription for Exercise: a Physician’s Role in Getting Patients Active

Physicians and their patients alike know that physical activity is an important component of a healthy lifestyle, but what is less clear is what kind of a role doctors should have in increasing their patients’ activity levels.

Some helpful techniques include specifically making a connection between the patient’s sedentary lifestyle and medical problems he or she is experiencing, providing a written prescription for exercise and following up with patients to make sure they stay on track.

For patients concerned about the possible health risks of exercising, the authors note that the greatest risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, stems from not exercising rather than pursuing a physical activity regimen.

Read details of this recommendation on a physicians role in getting patients to exercise.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Low Dose Omega-3 DHA Reduces Diastolic Blood Pressure

A report published in the April, 2007 issue of The Journal of Nutrition concludes that supplementing with a low dose of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid found in fish and the algae they feed on, lowers diastolic blood pressure in middle-aged men and women.

Treatment with DHA resulted in a 58 percent increase in the DHA content of red blood cells. Diastolic blood pressure was lowered by an average of 3.3. mm HG and heart rate was reduced by 2.1 beats per minute after DHA administration compared to the placebo period. Neptune krill oil is another important source of DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids.

View details of this omega-3 DHA diastolic blood pressure study.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Copper May Ease an Ailing Heart

A new animal study adds to evidence that including more copper, along with a well-balanced diet, offsets the effects of stress on an overworked heart by preventing its enlargement.

Hypertrophy is an increase in the size of a tissue or organ. For the study, the researchers challenged two groups of mice for two months, resulting in cardiac hypertrophy—a condition in which the heart becomes bigger followed by disease. Enlarged hearts often occur in response to elevated blood pressure.

By four weeks, heart disease developed in all the mice, and by eight weeks, heart failure developed in the control mice. But the hearts of the mice receiving the extra copper returned to normal size and function, despite the fact that the cardiac challenge continued throughout the eight-week period.

Read details of this copper cardiac hypertrophy study.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Blueberry as Effective as Drug in Lowering Cholesterol

Can blueberry skins be a key to controlling cholesterol? Perhaps, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) study results announced at the American Chemical Society's March 2007 national meeting in Chicago.

Researchers found that feeding hamsters a diet extremely high in cholesterol, but supplemented with freeze-dried skins of rabbiteye blueberries, produced plasma total cholesterol levels 37 percent lower than those of hamsters fed a control diet.

Researchers also found that hamsters eating the blueberry-enhanced food fared better than hamsters fed the high-cholesterol diet augmented instead with the lipid-lowering drug ciprofibrate.

View details of this blueberry cholesterol study.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Calcium and Vitamin D Lower Colon Cancer Risk

High intake of vitamin D and calcium from the diet and supplements may cut the risk of colorectal cancer by over 30 percent, reports a new study.

The researchers report that the highest intake of total calcium intake was associated with a 30 and 36 percent reduction in colorectal cancer risk in men and women, respectively.

A protective effect was also observed for total vitamin D intake, but only for men. An average daily intake of at least 276 IU per day was associated with a 28 percent reduction in risk.

Read details of this calcium vitamin D cancer colon risk study.