Calcium Citrate does not raise the Risk of Kidney Stones
Researchers supplemented postmenopausal women in a randomized trial in 4 two-week phases. The phases were Calcium Citrate supplementation, Potassium Citrate Supplementation, Calcium Citrate plus Potassium Citrate, or placebo. The results show that Calcium Citrate supplementation does not increase the risk of stone formation in these postmenopausal women and that adding Potassium Citrate may provide further protect from forming both calcium oxalate and uric acid kidney stones. The study is published in the September 2004 issue of The Journal of Urology.
Melatonin may Prevent Migraines
Melatonin is naturally occurring in the body; it regulates the sleep-awake cycle and is often used as a sleep aid. In this study 34 migraine sufferers were supplemented with 3mg of Melatonin 20 minutes before bedtime. At the end of 3 months the 32 sufferers who stayed in the study derived tremendous benefit. Eight of them had no migraines, a complete response, Seven had greater than a 75% decrease in the number of migraines, and ten had between a 50% and 75% reduction in headache frequency. The intensity of the headaches and their duration also decreased. The overall use of painkillers and migraine drugs also decreased. The study is published in the August 24th, 2004 issue of the journal Neurology.
Sulforaphane May have a Strong Effect against Breast Cancer
Sulforaphane has a reputation as a potent cancer fighter and it is one of the major-protective phytochemicals found in cabbage vegetables (kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts). This is the first study to show that it may block breast cancer in later stages. In this study researchers added Sulforaphane to human breast cancer tissue, within hours the Sulforaphane blocked the creation of new breast cancer cells. The researchers say that the activity of Sulforaphane was similar to the drug Taxol and that Sulforaphane could block the growth of breast cells that were already cancerous. The study appears in the September 2004 issue of the Journal of Nutrition.