• Curcumin from Turmeric has a great influence on many skin conditions

    Jun 19, 2007
    Scientists at the Uniformed Services, University of Health Sciences in Bethesda state that Curcumin, the active compound derived from the herb Turmeric has many different activities and is very safe even when given at higher doses. There is existing data showing its benefit for skin diseases including use for scleroderma, psoriasis, and skin cancer. It works in many ways including as a potent antioxidant and it also reduces inflammation.
  • Pomegranate may help erectile dysfunction

    Jun 18, 2007
    53 men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction were placed on a Pomegranate juice drink or placebo for four weeks, then a two-week period with no supplementation, then they were all switched from Pomegranate or placebo to the other agent they had not yet used; those on Pomegranate were switched to placebo and those on placebo were switched to Pomegranate. Pomegranate was modestly better than placebo in improving erectile dysfunction; This pilot study suggests that longer treatments may achieve statistical significance. The study is published in the June 14th, 2007 issue of the International Journal of Impotence Research.
  • Green Tea powder supplement improves glycosylated hemoglobin and diastolic blood pressure in patients with prediabetes

    Jun 15, 2007
    In this study Japanese researchers examined the effects of Green Tea Powder on patients with prediabetes. Sixty of these subjects aged 32-73y were split into two groups. The first group was treated with a Green Tea Extract powder supplying 544mg Polyphenols and 456mg of these Polyphenols were present as catechins (such as EGCG).
  • Low vitamin D levels associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity

    Jun 14, 2007
    In this important study, 8186 men and 7902 women over the age of 20 were examined for any contribution Vitamin D may make against cardiovascular disease. The active form of vitamin D was well below the recommended goal in the blood of women, those 60 and older, and in ethnic minorities (African Americans and Mexican Americans). When comparing those subjects with the top 25% of intake vs.
  • Eating enough protein triggers satiation

    Jun 13, 2007
    Low intake of magnesium can lead to heart arrhythmias and blood sugar elevation Scientists at the US Department of Agriculture placed a small group of postmenopausal women on a low magnesium diet where they received 101 mg of the mineral daily for the first 78 days of the 136 day long study; this amount is a third of the RDA. After 78 days they were supplemented with 200mg of magnesium unless changes in heart rhythm forced them to supplement earlier. The women ranged in age from 47 to 75y.