• Fish Oil supplements benefit lupus patients in a number of ways

    Nov 15, 2007
    In the severe form of the autoimmune disease lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE) the immune system can attack many organs including the joints, skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system. SLE is also a disease of the vascular system leading to cumulative damage to blood vessels. In a study of 60 patients with SLE, those who took large servings of Fish Oil supplements had a decrease in their symptoms with an additional improvement in blood vessel function and blood flow.
  • Long-term Beta-Carotene supplementation truly protects the memory and brain power

    Nov 14, 2007
    In this new study, Harvard researchers looked at the long-term effects of Beta-Carotene supplementation on brain function in 5956 men over a 1-year or 18-year period in the Physicians' Health Study II. The men were randomly given placebo or 50mg Beta-Carotene (83,333 IU Vitamin A activity from 50mg Beta-Carotene) on alternate days. In interviewing the men at the close of the Beta-Carotene study, all of whom were over the age of 65 it was found that using Beta-Carotene for a short term would not be enough time to show memory protection.
  • Low Vitamin B12 status strongly tied to mental decline in agingadults

    Nov 13, 2007
    Individual amino acids combine to create different proteins and proteins are the building blocks of your body. One of the essential amino acids you obtain when you eat any protein is methionine and methionine is necessary to life; it is found in meat, fish, and dairy, and to a lesser degree in fruits and vegetables. One of the many pathways that methionine enters into is its conversion to Cysteine; an amino acid necessary for the formation of tissues and detoxification of dangerous chemicals.
  • Milk Thistle and NAC may protect organs and tissues from sepsis

    Nov 12, 2007
    Sepsis is infection in the blood. The large number of free radicals generated during sepsis causes organs throughout the body to malfunction leading to shock and organ failure (multiple organ dysfunction syndrome). Sepsis was induced in rats via an operation.
  • Accumulating evidence from cellular and animal studies suggests that EGCG from Green Tea may help prevent and treat pancreatic cancer

    Nov 09, 2007
    Scientists from the Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have previously shown that EGCG from Green Tea inhibits the growth and causes the death of human pancreatic cancer cells. In this study human pancreatic cancer was grafted into mice. Giving the mice EGCG decreased the ability of the pancreatic cancer cells to survive, and inhibited the production of blood vessels designed to feed the tumor.