• Meta-analysis finds soy isoflavones lower LDL cholesterol

    Aug 31, 2004
    An analysis of eight randomized controlled clinical trials published in the September 1 2004 issue of the Journal of Nutrition found that soy isoflavones were successful in lowering serum low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the type of cholesterol that when elevated is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers from Tokyo University of Agriculture sought to determine the effects of soy isoflavones on LDL cholesterol independently of the effects of soy protein. Eight trials involving a total of 639 men and women with an without high cholesterol met the researchers' inclusion criteria.
  • L-Theanine Decreases Toxicity from Chemotherapeutic Agent Doxorubicin

    Aug 30, 2004
    Recently studies have shown that the novel amino acid, L-Theanine, selectively improves the activity of chemotherapeutic agents in cancer cells but not in healthy cells. Now, a new study shows that while L-Theanine may improve the ability of chemotherapeutic agents to fight cancer, it may also function to protect healthy tissue. In a study using mice it was found that L-Theanine increases Glutathione levels in the heart and liver, and this may be the major mechanism in preventing doxorubicin (Adriamycin) toxicity in these tissues.
  • Vitamin E Reduces Heart Disease Causing CRP

    Aug 26, 2004
    - But Adding Coenzyme Q10 to Vitamin E was even better Inflammation and inflammatory chemicals cause oxidative damage to blood vessel walls leading to cardiovascular disease (e.g. hardening of the arteries). Baboons were put on a high fat, high cholesterol diet for 7 weeks.
  • Older Individuals and B-Vitamin Deficiencies

    Aug 25, 2004
    A recent study of 279 older women who received 5 home-delivered meals per week shows that they may be low on key nutrients especially if they are on 6 or more drugs and/or a diuretic. Over half of these women were on 6 or more drugs each day, Those on diuretics plus 6 or more drugs each day were at a much greater risk of having an inadequate supply of both thiamin and niacin. Low levels of thiamin can quickly lead to a loss of appetite and cause low nutrient intake (putting you at risk for a cross section of illnesses and infection).
  • Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Linked to Loss of Memory

    Aug 24, 2004
    The evidence is piling on - a new study of 7027 postmenopausal women with an average age of 66 years, shows that women with diabetes had the lowest scores on cognitive tests and those with pre-diabetes (elevated blood sugar but not yet classified as full blown diabetes) had the second lowest cognitive test results vs. women with normal blood sugar levels. Over the next four years a higher percentage of women with diabetes (12%) or pre-diabetes (10%) went on to develop dementia or milder cognitive impairment vs.