• Nucleotides improve the balance of bacteria in the intestines of infants

    Jul 10, 2008
         Nucleotides are ingredients found in some foods and breast milk. They are thought to be important for growth, repair, and differentiation (normal cell growth) of the digestive tract.  Higher intake of Nucleotides may balance the intestinal bacteria and help prevent diarrhea in infants.       Infants were split into 3 groups with one group being breastfed (44 infants), one group receiving regular baby formula (37 infants) and one group receiving the same formula but with Nucleotides added. The supplementation lasted from birth until 20 weeks of age.
  • Those lacking Vitamin D may need 3,800 to 5000 Units a day to attain optimal-beneficial levels

    Jul 09, 2008
         Research conducted at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, has determined that individuals with vitamin D insufficiency need an average dose of 3800 to 5000 international units (IU) per day in order to attain optimal levels. One hundred thirty-eight men and women with baseline serum values of 25-hydroxyvitamin D of less than 80 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) were included in the current study. Optimal levels have been proposed to be at least 75 nanomoles per liter by U.S.
  • DHA boosts children’s' brain power

    Jul 08, 2008
             Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is one of the two important fats in fish oils. Sufficient DHA intake can improve mental acuity among pre-school children. The study, 'Assessing the Effect of Docosahexaenoic Acid on Cognitive Functions in Healthy, Preschool Children is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, state-of-the-art study.
  • Red Wine Polyphenols may protect you when eating meat

    Jul 07, 2008
         Drinking a little red wine makes a meaty meal healthier, thanks to the polyphenol compounds in red wine, an Israeli study shows. The researchers cooked turkey thighs and then ground them up for the study. They fed the ground turkey to rats, with or without red wine that had been stripped of its alcohol leaving only the antioxidants known as polyphenols intact.
  • Low vitamin B tied to hip fracture risk

    Jul 04, 2008
    Older adults who are low in B vitamins or have elevated levels of a blood protein called homocysteine may be at increased risk of suffering a hip fracture, new study findings suggest supporting evidence from previous research. The body's homocysteine levels are known to go up when B vitamin levels are depleted. However, in the new study, researchers found that homocysteine and also lacking certain B vitamins were each independently linked to hip fracture risk.