• Review of 93 studies shows that Red Yeast Rice is effective in lowering cholesterol

    Feb 19, 2007
    The National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, University of Tromso, in Norway has performed a review of the research on Red Yeast Rice. The meta-analysis includes ninety-three randomized trials covering 9625 study participants. The combined results shows a significant ability to lower cholesterol (lowered by at least 16%), LDL-cholesterol levels (lowered by 22%), and triglyceride levels (dropped a minimum of 7%), and also an ability to raise beneficial and protective HDL levels compared to placebo.
  • Drinking moderate amounts of tea reduces the risk of dangerous arrhythmias in heart attack survivors

    Feb 16, 2007
    Drinking tea is linked with a decrease in the risk of dying in heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) survivors. Scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard School of Public Health enrolled 3882 heart attack survivors in this study between the years 1989 and 1996. They were admitted into the study within four days of admission to the hospital.
  • Flax Lignans improve hair loss in men

    Feb 15, 2007
    Androgenic alopecia (AGA) is the most common form of hair loss in both men and women. In AGA there is too high a level of the powerful male hormone DHT. DHT enters into the hair follicle and sends a signal for the follicle to miniaturize; the hair that then grows is thinner, brittle and likely to fall out.
  • Second recent study shows that selenium slows cognitive decline

    Feb 14, 2007
    Selenium is a mineral needed for detoxification, immune function, and antioxidant activity. Studies over the last couple of years show that low selenium levels increase the risk of developing heart damage, hepatitis, cancer, cataracts, poor immune system function, and now you can add age-related mental decline. Selenium is also part of the health-span extending glutathione system.
  • Vitamin D clearly cuts the risk of breast cancer

    Feb 13, 2007
    The results of data from a combination of two studies regarding breast cancer and Vitamin D is very clear; women with the lowest blood levels of active Vitamin D had the highest rates of breast cancer, and the breast cancer rates dropped as Vitamin D levels increased. The analysis included 1760 individuals and those with the highest blood levels of active Vitamin D had a 50% drop in the risk of developing breast cancer. The study is published on line ahead of print in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.