• Sufficient levels of Vitamin D decreases the risk of developing and dying from cancer

    Dec 29, 2005
    In an analysis of 63 existing studies it was found that being low in Vitamin D increases the risk of developing a number of cancers, and having sufficient levels of vitamin D decreases the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, ovarian, and other cancers sometimes by up to 50%. However substantial segments of the population are at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency and these include the elderly who have trouble converting the vitamin D in food and that formed on their skin into active vitamin D in their kidneys, plus their skin looses ability to create vitamin D, individuals with dark complexions because their skin will be resistant to the effects of the sun producing Vitamin D through a reaction with the skin, and all those living in the northeast, as well as obese individuals. Evidence suggests that giving vitamin D as a supplement or incorporating ways to improve vitamin D levels could decrease the incidence of cancer and death from it.
  • Artemisia annua ingredient may fight breast cancer: cuts the incidence of breast cancer by 40% in laboratory animals

    Dec 23, 2005
    Artemisinin is a very important constituent in the herb Artemisia annua. It is already being used to help treat malaria and parasitic infections and recent research shows that it selectively kills cancer cells. In this study, researchers at the University of Washington treated rats with a cancer causing chemical DMBA, which is known to cause multiple breast cancer tumors per animal.
  • More support for Cocoa Polyphenols preventing heart disease

    Dec 22, 2005
    In this study researchers at University Hospital in Zurich tested the effects of a high cocoa chocolate versus a low cocoa chocolate in 20 male smokers. Smokers or those exposed to second hand smoke have a greater risk of arterial damage leading to coronary artery disease. The men were restricted from eating high antioxidant foods for 24 hours and were then given a chocolate high in Cocoa (74%) or low in Cocoa (4%).
  • Alzheimer's Could be Diabetes-like Illness, Study Suggests

    Dec 21, 2005
    It is a recent discovery that the brain produces insulin. Now, a new study reveals that as Alzheimer's disease progresses, insulin production in the brain decreases. "Many of the unexplained features of Alzheimer's, such as cell death and tangles in the brain, appear to be linked to abnormalities in insulin signaling.
  • Goji berry may be helpful with non-insulin dependent diabetes

    Dec 20, 2005
    In this study Goji berry polysaccharide was fed to rats with diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes). The Goji berry, within just 3 weeks caused a significant drop in triglycerides, and markedly decreased cholesterol levels and fasting insulin. The Goji berry markedly decreased postprandial glucose during an oral glucose test and significantly improved insulin sensitivity.