High levels of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 are associated with increased risk of colon cancer and other cancers. Israeli scientists from the Colorectal Unit Departments at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev along with other centers enlisted 56 colon cancer patients scheduled for surgical removal of their cancer into a double-blind randomized, controlled clinical trial. The patients were scheduled for surgery within a few days to a week.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Extracted the Anthocyanin cyanin-3-rutinoside from Black Raspberry and purified it; it is Black raspberry?s major Anthocyanin antioxidant. The Black Raspberry constituent caused the death of leukemia cells and the greater the concentration of the antioxidant and the longer the exposure time to it the better it killed the cells. Paradoxically, although it acted as a free radical generator in the cancer cells causing a build up of peroxides which were inhibiting the cell activity, in healthy cells it had just the opposite effect protecting them from damaging free radicals.
Fish Oil supplements improve symptoms in Alzheimer?s disease patients Some individuals have genes which allow Alzheimer?s disease to develop at an earlier age. Scientists at Sweden?s Karolinska Institute split 174 Alzheimer?s patients into two groups. One group received fish oil supplements very high in DHA for 6-months, the second group received inactive placebo.
240 Obese Japanese men and women were given either a high potency Green Tea supplying 583mg of Polyphenols known as Catechins or a low potency Green Tea supplying just 96mg of Catechins for 12-weeks in a double-blind study. The lower potency Green Tea served as the placebo. The subjects maintained their regular diet and their usual level of physical activity.
The damaging effects of alcohol on the brain are well known; ethanol?s (the alcohol in alcoholic beverages) damaging effect on DNA in brain cells is well documented. A test was performed to measure the damaging effect alcohol has on brain DNA and which antioxidants may prevent this. A quick and high administration of alcohol in animals causes significant damage to the DNA in areas of the brain involved with learning and memory (known as the hippocampus), and areas of the brain responsible for coordination and movement (known as the cerebellum).
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