• L-Theanine may help protect the memory during a stroke

    Aug 31, 2007
    In this study a blockage stroke (ischemic stroke; the most common form by far) was simulated in laboratory animals. L-Theanine was supplemented immediately after the first stroke. L-Theanine significantly protected their memory and this effect was evident 7 days after the second stroke.
  • The higher the level of Vitamin D and/or Vitamin C the lower the risk of dying in the elderly

    Aug 30, 2007
    In this study 208 men and 191 women 75 years of age in 1999-2000 were followed on average for 70 months; none of these seniors were living in institutions but still lived in their community. Blood samples were used to test the level of various nutrients in their blood; Iron, B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D (the active form). Having lower levels of Vitamin D increased the risk of dying over the study period with ever increasing serum levels related to a steadily declining risk of dying.
  • Lacking Vitamin K may be responsible for developing varicose veins

    Aug 29, 2007
    It is the job of matrix GLA protein (MGP) to keep the arteries in the heart and the rest of the body clean and clear. MGP whisks calcium away from blood vessel walls preventing clogging and hardening of these blood vessels and protecting our circulatory system. However, MGP requires Vitamin K to work and MGP cannot play its central role in maintaining the health of the entire cardiovascular system if the level of Vitamin K is low.
  • Flaxseed Lignans and Soy Foods slash the risk of prostate cancer in this Scottish study

    Aug 28, 2007
    Scottish men between the ages of 50 to 74 had their blood tested and filled out food frequency questionnaires to determine their phytoestrogen intake. The Lignan created out of Flaxseed lignans known as enterolactone significantly impacted health and decreased the risk of prostate cancer by 60% and soy foods decreased the risk by 48%. The study is published in the August 2007 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition.
  • Low Selenium causes weak muscles in the hips, knees, and hands in those over 65 years-of-age

    Aug 27, 2007
    Researchers have found that in a group of 891 adults aged 65 and up, those with the lowest blood levels of the mineral Selenium had poor muscle strength around the hips, knees, and hands. Selenium plays an important role in muscle function including the heart muscle and selenium is needed for creating muscle and repairing it, In fact studies now link muscle diseases, genetic muscle defects, and muscular dystrophies to poor use of or low levels of Selenium. Those seniors in the bottom 25% of selenium levels were at much greater risk of having weak muscles when it came to hand grip strength, the ability to move the hip, and the ability to extend the knees vs.