• SAMe is Comparable to Celebrex in Relieving Osteoarthritis Pain

    Nov 05, 2004
    SAMe is a supplement used in the management of osteoarthritis symptoms. SAMe has been compared to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in previous studies but has not been compared to the newer COX-2 inhibiting drugs. In this study the effectiveness of SAMe is compared to the most popular COX-2 inhibitor, Celebrex.
  • Study Links Periodontal Disease to Coronary Artery Disease

    Nov 04, 2004
    Researchers at the Department of Periodontology-Dental Surgery at the University of Liege in Belgium report that 91% of the patients they studied with cardiovascular disease suffered from moderate to severe periodontitis. Periodontal disease seems to influence the occurrence and severity of coronary artery disease and increases the risk of heart attack or stroke. The study is published in the Journal of Periodontology and is reported on Medline Plus, a service of the National Institutes of health.
  • Hoodia Cactus Appetite Control Occurs in the Brain

    Nov 03, 2004
    The steroidal glycosides from Hoodia Gordonii cactus when used in animal experiments show a definite pharmacolgical activity in the central nervous system. The hypothalamus is a part of the brain that senses food and nutrient intake according to mounting evidence. The Hoodia Gordonii glycosides increase ATP content in the hypothalamic neurons by 50% to 150%.
  • Diet Rich in Fiber, Phytosterols, Soy Protein, and Nuts Cuts LDL-Cholesterol and Heart Disease Risk

    Nov 02, 2004
    Over the past two decades, cholesterol lowering drugs have proven to be effective and have been found to significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). However, a good diet and a healthy lifestyle are still recognized as the first line of intervention for CHD risk reduction by the National Cholesterol Education Program and the American Heart Association. They now both advocate consuming viscous fibers and plant sterols, Soy Protein, and some nuts.
  • High Alpha-Linolenic Acid Diet Decreases Inflammation and Cholesterol in Both Men and Women with High Cholesterol

    Nov 01, 2004
    High levels of bad cholesterol (non-HDL cholesterol) and high levels of inflammatory markers are both risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Putting test subjects on a diet high in Alpha-Linolenic Acid, an omega-3 fatty acid (17% of calories from these polyunsaturated fatty acids) decreased inflammation-causing substances in the body and also decreased total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides. The inflammatory components lowered included the very dangerous C-reactive protein, plus vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, E-Selectin, and intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1, all chemicals native to our blood stream that can contribute to hardening of the arteries.