• Good Bacteria helps irritable bowel syndrome

    Mar 31, 2005
    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) usually involves cramping, loose stool, and sometimes constipation. Millions of Americans suffer with IBS. In this study 75 patients with IBS were randomly assigned to take Bifidobacterium or Lactobacillus salivarius mixed into a malted milk drink or a plain malted milk drink (placebo) every morning for 8 weeks.
  • Perna Canaliculus Extract aids patients with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee

    Mar 29, 2005
    In this study 60 patients from different centers with painful osteoarthritis of the hip or knee were given a Perna Canaliculus (New Zealand green lipped muscle) regimen twice a day and were assessed at 4 and again at 8 weeks: the end of the study. Perna Canaliculus significantly improved the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis as determined by all measures. At 4 weeks, 53% of the patients experienced significant pain relief and improvement of joint function, and at 8 weeks the figure rose to 80% of all patients.
  • Resveratrol decreases risk of breast cancer

    Mar 28, 2005
    Resveratrol has captured attention as a potential anticancer agent. These researchers analyzed the relationship between Resveratrol intake and breast cancer risk. A case control study in Switzerland from 1993 to 2003 compared the dietary Resveratrol intake of 369 women with breast cancer and 602 without.
  • Folic Acid supplementation may reverse blood vessel damage in the brain caused by elevated homocysteine

    Mar 25, 2005
    In this animal study rats were split into 3 groups, one group was fed a regular rat diet for 10 weeks (the control group), a second group was fed homocysteine in their diet for 10 weeks, and the third group was fed the homocysteine in their diet for 10 weeks but for the last 8 weeks of their diet they also received folic acid supplementation. The homocysteine diet significantly increased plasma levels of homocysteine and free radical production, and it also inhibited the use of energy in the brain. There was an increase in the percentage of damaged blood vessels also in the brain.
  • DHA may prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease

    Mar 24, 2005
    In this animal study researchers show that DHA, one of the two main fats in fish oil capsules, helps prevent the type of damage seen in Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at UCLA fed mice 3 different diets, either regular chow, chow with some DHA added, or chow with a good amount of DHA added. At the end of 22.5 months their brains were checked for Alzheimer's type plaque.