• Sulforaphane from Broccoli may Prevent Blindness Caused by Macular Degeneration

    Jul 14, 2004
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers have discovered that Sulforaphane, a naturally occurring antioxidant and detoxification stimulant in broccoli protects the eye from damage caused by the sun's ultraviolet light. Cells in the retina of the eye are extremely sensitive to damage caused by oxidants generated by sunlight. Protective mechanisms in the eye help minimize this damage, but the eye losses these protective mechanisms as we age.
  • Kids, Activity and Depression

    Jul 13, 2004
    A recent study of 4594 followed from the start of 7th grade to the end of 8th grade shows that increases in physical activity were related to a decrease in depression. The more active the middle-schoolers, the less likely to be depressed. The possibility exists that increasing depression causes decreasing activity, however studies in adults show that increasing physical activity helps alleviate depression and that exercise increases levels of neurotransmitters in the brain.
  • Soy Isoflavones May Help with Weight Control in Breast Cancer Survivors

    Jul 12, 2004
    A recent study in 56 postmenopausal women who were breast cancer survivors tested the effects of Soy Isoflavones versus an inactive placebo. The soy Isoflavones were supplemented at a dosage of 114mg a day for 3 months, stopped for two months (called a washout period) and then switched over to the women previously on placebo to further verify the effects. Cholesterol was not affected by the Isoflavones, but interestingly the levels of ghrelin fell significantly in the women receiving soy Isoflavones.
  • Nutrition and Wound Healing

    Jul 09, 2004
    new study shows that taking a supplement containing several antioxidants speeds the rate of wound healing by 17%. This could shave days off the healing process from a facelift and other plastic surgery procedures. The combination of ingredients consisted of Vitamin C, Enzymes, Rutin, Bromelain, and Grape Seed Extract.
  • Weight Loss and Fracture Risk

    Jul 08, 2004
    Losing weight decreases bone density and increases your fracture risk. A recent study of 57 women on a diet vs. non-dieting shows that calcium absorption decreases as calories are cut even with an adequate supply of calcium, and there is a need for a larger supply of calcium (because of decreased absorption) to meet the daily requirement.