• Lutein Protects the Eyes and Skin of Smokers

    Nov 19, 2004
    Antioxidants taken orally (by mouth) may play an important role in preventing damage to the fats and proteins that are part of the skin and eye. The ability of Lutein to protect the skin and eyes from the suns damaging radiation was evaluated in this study. 50 smokers (minimum of 10 cigarettes a day) between the ages of 25 and 36 who were affected by dry skin were given oral Lutein supplementation or placebo in a randomized, double-blind study.
  • Soy Foods Lower Cholesterol Significantly

    Nov 18, 2004
    This study included 1033 pre- and postmenopausal women. Blood samples were obtained and plasma total-cholesterol, LDL, and HDL concentrations were measured. The women consumed radically different amounts of soy.
  • Green Tea May Protect Smokers from Oral Cancer

    Nov 17, 2004
    One American per hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, dies of oral cancer (this includes cancer in the mouth and pharynx but not including cancer of the larynx). Of the 30,000 newly diagnosed cases of oral cancer this year, only half will be around in 2009. Of those who survive oral cancer, they have a 20 times higher risk of developing a second cancer for the next five to ten years.
  • A Combination of Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin E lower Blood Pressure in Diabetics

    Nov 16, 2004
    Type 2 diabetic patients were split into four groups in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Group 1 was given 200mg of magnesium and 30mg of zinc, Group 2 received vitamin C 200mg and vitamin E 150mg, Group 3 received all four supplements, vitamins C and E, plus zinc and magnesium, and Group 4 received a placebo, all daily for 3 months. In Group 3 receiving all 4 supplements, the blood pressure reading decreased significantly with an 8 point average drop in systolic blood pressure (the top figure) and a 6 point drop in the diastolic blood pressure (the bottom reading), and the level of lipid peroxidation also fell - lipid peroxidation is a strong risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease.
  • Nutrients Protect from Cigarette Toxin

    Nov 15, 2004
    Nicotine is a major tobacco alkaloid that has proven genotoxic activity (genotoxic - damaging to DNA causing harmful mutations or cancer). In this study, researchers tested nutrients to evaluate their effectiveness in blocking nicotine's ability to combine with and damage DNA, and therefore inhibiting the cancer process. The following offered great protection from nicotine's possible carcinogenic effect and the higher the concentration of a nutrient the greater the protection it offered.