• Diabetics need their antioxidant vitamins

    Jun 16, 2008
    Diabetics are at greater risk of loosing memory than their healthy peers. In this new, small study diabetics were fed a high fat, the same meal with antioxidant Vitamins, or just water. The patients did not usually take antioxidant supplements.
  • Supplementing with DHA along with Lutein improves memory and verbal fluency in older women

    Jun 13, 2008
          Researchers at the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, in Boston note that a low intake of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) one of the two major fats in fish oils, and/or a low intake of Lutein may increase the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly. In the study 49 women aged 60 to 80 received one of the following four for 4 months in a double-blinded study; either 800mg of DHA each day, or 12mg of Lutein each day, or a combination of both DHA with Lutein, or inactive placebo. The subjects underwent cognitive testing measuring verbal fluency, memory, processing speed and accuracy, and self-reported mood at the start of and upon completion of the trial.
  • Calcium pills beat fractures, reducing risk by 72% in new clinical trial

    Jun 12, 2008
    Daily supplements of calcium may reduce the risk of fractures in a healthy population by 72 %, according to results of a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Emphasizing the importance of the supplements, researchers from University Hospital Zurich and Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire report that the benefits were no longer observed when supplementation was stopped. The use of calcium, usually in combination with vitamin D, has long been recommended to reduce the risk of bone fracture for older people, and the use of these supplements is widely accepted by the general public.
  • Vitamin D may prevent heart attacks in men according to Harvard scientists

    Jun 11, 2008
         Studies have shown that there is a spike in heart disease related deaths at higher latitudes and during the darker winter months; both of which decrease the natural production of Vitamin D in your skin due to a lack of sunshine (the sun interacts with cholesterol in your skin to create Vitamin D.      In the current study Harvard researchers reviewed medical records and blood samples from 454 men aged 40 to 75 who had heart attacks and survived or who had died of heart disease. They then compared that data with similar information from 900 living men who did not have heart disease.
  • Probiotic Bacteria May Ease Hay Fever; Study Shows Probiotics Can Change Immune

    Jun 10, 2008
         If warm weather leaves you sniffling, "good" bacteria may one day provide relief. New research shows that Probiotic bacteria, the healthy bacteria that should be present in everyone’s intestines, can alter the body's immune response to grass pollen -- a common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. The landmark study published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy suggests that in the future, these "good" bacteria (commonly referred to as Probiotics), may potentially offer a treatment option to the estimated 35.9 million people in the U.S.