• Newly discovered benefits for very important vitamins; Vitamin K fights inflammation and Vitamin D is related to important cardiovascular-antioxidant protection

    Nov 23, 2007
    Scientists from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, state that there is evidence that Vitamin K and Vitamin D play a protective role against inflammation. They used high-quality investigational-research tools in evaluating this concept in 1,382 men and women with an average age of 59 years, who took part in the Framingham Offspring Study. The intake of Vitamin K and the vitamins level in test subjects' plasma was inversely related to circulating inflammatory markers; in other words the higher the level of Vitamin K in their plasma the lower the level of these markers that indicate a person is being damaged with inflammation.
  • Green Tea Extract (caffeine free) helps protect patients on dialysis

    Nov 21, 2007
    Patients with end stage renal disease on dialysis create a large amount of free radicals and these free radicals contribute to causing or worsening additional diseases (what we call comorbidities). In this study the level of various values were compared between 6 healthy subjects and 54 patients on hemodialysis. First a caffeine free Green Tea Extract was given to the 6 healthy patients and 10 dialysis patients to check its pharmacokinetics (rate of absorption, increase and decrease in blood levels, and excretion); the Green Tea Extract lasted in the blood of the dialysis patients longer than in the healthy patients but it also took longer to reach a peak level in the blood of these patients.
  • Red Yeast Rice may help prevent colon cancer

    Nov 20, 2007
    Epidemiological studies show that patients taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol have a reduced risk of colon cancer. In the present study lovastatin, one of the cholesterol lowering drugs, decreased the creation of new colon cancer cells and caused the cells to die. When lovastatin inhibits the creation of cholesterol it does this by preventing the changing of a fat in our liver known as mevalonate from being changed into cholesterol.
  • More research showing that Strontium prevents spinal fracture

    Nov 19, 2007
    Many bone fractures occur in women with osteopenia, a milder form of bone loss than osteoporosis and in osteopenia fracture risk is considered to be only moderate. Strontium as ranelate was studied in 1431 postmenopausal women with osteopenia in the spine. Depending on the site in the spine and the risk of fracture at baseline (the start of the study) Strontium decreased the risk of spinal fracture (vertebral fracture) from 41% to 59%.
  • Friendly Bacteria supplements may curb diarrhea caused by chemotherapy

    Nov 16, 2007
    In your intestines there coexist friendly and less friendly bacteria. Friendly bacteria improve digestive tract health significantly, while contributing to regularity and good digestion. Patients with colon cancer are often treated with the chemotherapeutic drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU).