• Zinc helps with diarrhea in children: study

    Feb 29, 2008
    Treatment with zinc supplements can cut the severity and duration of acute or persistent diarrhea in children researchers note in the in the February issue of Pediatrics. The findings stem from a pooled analysis of data from 22 relevant studies, including 16 that focused on the benefits of zinc in 15,231 children with acute diarrhea and six that looked at 2968 children with persistent diarrhea. Zinc use cut the average duration of both acute and persistent diarrhea according to the researchers from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
  • Berries improve blood pressure, and HDL cholesterol, while decreasing the odds of a dangerous blood clot

    Feb 28, 2008
    Berries are a particularly rich source of polyphenols. They also contain other actively protective substances, such as vitamin C. Previous studies indicate that the consumption of polyphenol-rich foods (e.g., cocoa, green tea, and red wine) improve the function of systems related to cardiovascular health.
  • Women tea-drinkers have less plaque in arteries

    Feb 27, 2008
    Women who drink tea may be protecting themselves from a build-up of artery-clogging plaque lowering their risk for heart disease and stroke, according to findings from a French study. The investigators, all with INSERM, France's national institute for medical research, found that older women who reported drinking at least three cups of tea a day were less likely to have plaque in the carotid arteries in their neck than those drinking less tea. The team analyzed ultrasound measures of carotid artery plaque among 2,613 men and 3,984 women, aged about 73 years old on average, in relation to tea drinking and other dietary habits, and medical and personal history obtained during in-person interviews conducted from 1999 to 2001.
  • Flax Lignans reduce the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease in middle aged men

    Feb 26, 2008
    Scientists from the Research Institute of Public Health, Kuopio, Finland state that enterolactone (the major Lignan derived from Flaxseed) reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack, and cancer. Because of this prior research they checked the level of enterolactone in 1889 men aged 42 to 60 and followed them for over 12 years on average. The higher the level of enterolactone in the serum of these men the lower the risk of dying from coronary heart disease or other forms of cardiovascular disease.
  • Black Seed improves asthma

    Feb 25, 2008
    In previous studies the ability of Black Seed to relax the bronchi in asthma; therefore allowing easier breathing. And Black Seeds anti-allergy effects have been demonstrated on the guinea-pigs respiratory tract. In the present study, the prophylactic (preventive) effect of Black Seed extract on asthma disease was examined by scientists at the Department of Physiology, Ghaem Medical Center, Mashhad.