• Green Tea may prevent future cardiovascular events in smokers

    Jul 31, 2006
    A progenitor cell is a healthy parent cell that gives rise to highly specific cells. Endothelial progenitor cells are cells which create healthy cells that line blood vessel walls after an injury to blood vessel tissue. Smoking is a well known cause of injury to blood vessel walls.
  • Elevated blood sugar and obesity strongly tied to swollen prostate

    Jul 28, 2006
    Benign prostatic hyperplasia is the name given to the age associated increase in the size of many men's prostates Researchers measured the size of the prostate with MRI in 422 men aged 27 to 84. It was found that men who were heavier on average than other men their age had an increased risk of suffering from BPH and obese men had a 350% increased risk of having an enlarged prostate (this was after they adjusted for normal weight gain with advancing age). Men with elevated blood sugar had a 300% increased risk of developing an enlarged prostate.
  • Adequate daily supplementation with magnesium may reduce cardiovascular inflammation (CRP)

    Jul 27, 2006
    CRP (C reactive protein) is a protein released into the blood at an elevated level when you are inflamed. When CRP is chronically but modestly elevated it is predictive of future cardiovascular events such as a heart attack or stroke. In this study from the Medical University of South Carolina 10,024 people with valid measurements of both CRP levels and supplemental magnesium intake were analyzed.
  • EGCG from Green Tea may help anxiety

    Jul 26, 2006
    GABA is the major neuroinhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. When GABA receptor sites are properly stimulated it induces relaxation, reduces stress, reduces anti-anxiety, and helps induce a feeling of calmness. In this study mice were fed EGCG, Green Teas most important polyphenol.
  • Low levels of Lutein and Zeaxanthin connected to coronary artery disease

    Jul 25, 2006
    In this study researchers at the University Hospital, Linkoping, Sweden performed high performance liquid chromatography (a highly advanced and accurate testing procedure) to analyze the blood of 89 patients with coronary artery disease and compared them with blood samples taken from 50 healthy volunteers. It was found that having low levels of the carotenoids Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin significantly increased the risk of developing coronary artery disease. The research appears on line ahead of print in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases.