• People with Major Depression may Lack Vitamin E in the Brain

    Nov 12, 2004
    Patients with major depression are reported to have lower levels of vitamin E. This study was performed to investigate whether this was from a low intake of vitamin E in the diet, or an inability to somehow absorb or process vitamin E. In this study, 49 Australian patients with major depression, aged 35 to 59, had their plasma levels of vitamin E compared to records for healthy Australians.
  • Pollution Linked with Heart Disease and Severe Heart Events

    Nov 11, 2004
    Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed two previous trials including 800 people over the age of 40 and found that those who lived in areas with more pollution had worse cases of atherosclerotic disease of the carotid arteries (hardening of the arteries) - a sign of heart disease. With worsening pollution there was a corresponding worsening in the condition of the carotid arteries. The effects of pollution on the arteries was even more damaging in women on cholesterol lowering prescription-drugs or if they were postmenopausal.
  • Flaxseed May Lower Risk of Sudden Heart Death

    Nov 10, 2004
    Researchers at Harvard University Medical School state that a healthy serving of flaxseed may provide enough alpha-linolenic acid to help prevent sudden cardiac death in women. Heart rhythm problems happen when the heart starts beating uncontrollably. The chaotic beating does not pump enough blood and can cause sudden cardiac death.
  • The "Ideal Eye Formula"

    Nov 09, 2004
    The aim of this major research review was to identify antioxidants most suitable for including in an ideal eye formula useful for people with a family history of glaucoma, cataract, or age-related macular degeneration. Also for individuals whose lifestyle exposes them to greater risk of these eye diseases due to smoking, poor nutrition, and high levels of sun exposure. It would also be suitable for people with early stages of age-related eye disease.
  • Sulforaphane Halts Breast Cancer Cell Growth

    Nov 08, 2004
    Sulforaphane is a very important phytochemical found in the cabbage family. This compound has a potent ability to induce protective detoxifying enzymes that provide defense against dangerous cancer causing chemicals. Researchers have discovered that Sulforaphane can halt breast cancer cells in their tracks and have identified a new mechanism explaining Sulforaphane's anticancer ability.