• Oral curcumin may benefit patients with cancers of the gastrointestinal tract

    Nov 30, 2005
    According to recent research, "curcumin is a polyphenol derived from the herbal remedy and dietary spice turmeric. It possesses diverse anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties following oral or topical administration." Curcumin has shown the ability to affect the carrying out of genetic instructions in living cells, which subsequently directs protein manufacture, and has the ability to induce the spontaneous death of cancer cells in preclinical models. This may "be of particular relevance to cancer chemoprevention and chemotherapy in patients." When taken orally, curcumin is not absorbed enough in certain tissues to have a beneficial effect.
  • Oleuropein may aid diabetics

    Nov 29, 2005
    Patients with diabetes are likely to develop severe complications including retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy as a result of an overwhelming level of free radicals leading to chronic-damaging ixdative stress. Treatment with antioxidants may attenuate these complications. Oleuropein, trhe active constituent in the olive leaf, is endowed with many beneficial and health promoting properties that are often linked to its potent antioxidant activity.
  • Vegetarians do not achieve adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids

    Nov 28, 2005
    Silica helps build bone in women with osteopenia or osteoporosis Osteoporosis is the condition where bone looses minerals and becomes brittle increasing the risk of fracture and immobility, even death. Osteopenia is an earlier stage of osteoporosis. 80 percent of all individuals with osteoporosis are women.
  • Vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of falling and fractures in the elderly

    Nov 25, 2005
    In a study, nursing home residents were placed on either vitamin D at a loading dose of 10,000 IU the first week, followed by 1,000 IU daily for 2 years or they received placebo. 625 nursing home residents with an average age of 83 who took part in the study had normal levels of vitamin D before supplementation. It was found that after two years on high daily dosages of vitamin D, even patients with normal levels of vitamin D reduced their risk of falling by up to 37%and reduced their risk of bone fracture by 32%.
  • Resveratrol helps protect kidney function in diabetes

    Nov 22, 2005
    Diabetic nephropathy is a common outcome in diabetics. The name refers to kidney disease with increasing levels of protein in the urine and declining kidney function due to long term damage caused by diabetes. Eventually it can lead to kidney failure and end-stage renal disease with patients having 10% or less of kidney function.