• Vitamin E supplement decreases the risk of dying in Alzheimer’s patients

    Apr 23, 2008
    Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine report that Vitamin E supplements improve the survival of people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. "Vitamin E has previously been shown to delay the progression of moderately severe Alzheimer's disease. Now, we've been able to show that vitamin E appears to increase the survival time of Alzheimer's patients as well," said lead author Valory Pavlik, PhD.
  • Low Vitamin D linked to clogging of the arteries in your legs

    Apr 22, 2008
    Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when arteries away from the heart become narrowed due to a buildup of fatty-atherosclerotic plaque; the blood vessels involved become narrowed or clogged. This condition usually affects the legs resulting in pain reducing the ability to walk. Data from 4839 participants in the NHANES study shows that having a decent level of active Vitamin D in the blood (exceeding 29 ng/ml) reduces the incidence of PAD compared to a level below 18 ng/ml.
  • Animal study lends credence to Blueberries and brain health

    Apr 21, 2008
    The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School shows that supplementing the diet of rats with blueberries over a 12-week period caused a long-term improvement in brain power. The research team said that improvements in spatial working memory tasks emerged within three weeks and continued throughout the period of the study. Three groups of adult male rats were used in the study.
  • Genistein, the major plant-like estrogen from soy linked to lower breast cancer risk

    Apr 18, 2008
    Soy supplies us with estrogen like compounds known collectively as phytoestrogens, the major phytoestrogen being Genistein. Researchers found that among more than 24,000 middle-aged or older Japanese women, those with the highest level of Genistein in their blood had a 65 % drop in the likelihood of developing breast cancer over a 10 year period; “This finding suggests a risk-reducing rather than a risk-enhancing effect of isoflavones on breast cancer, even at relatively high concentrations within the range achievable from dietary intake alone," write the researchers, led by Dr. Motoki Iwasaki of the National Cancer Center in Tokyo.
  • Spirulina decreases heavy metal toxicity (arsenic)

    Apr 17, 2008
    Forty-one patients with chronic arsenic poisoning were randomly treated orally by placebo (17 patients) or Spirulina extract (250 mg) and Zinc (2 mg) (24 patients) twice daily for 16 weeks. Within two-weeks of starting the Spirulina plus Zinc combination therapy Arsenic started excretion in the urine started to increase. Within four-weeks there was a sharp increase in the excretion of Arsenic which lasted for another two-week period.