• Coffee may cut stroke risk in women; but its not the caffeine

    Feb 27, 2009
    New research from Spain shows that drinking Coffee significantly lowers the risk of developing a life-threatening stroke in women and its not the caffeine. Dr. Esther Lopez-Garcia of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and her colleagues found that over the course of more than two decades, women who drank coffee several times a week were actually 1/5th less likely to suffer a stroke than those who drank coffee less than once a month if they were otherwise healthy.
  • Higher intake of Zinc may reduce the risk of developing diabetes in women

    Feb 26, 2009
    A new Harvard study involving 82,297 women aged 33 to 60 taking part in the Nurses’ Health Study shows that over the course of 24 years, 6,030 of these women developed type-2 diabetes. After relating the incidence of the disease with data obtained from a validated food frequency questionnaire, the researchers note that women with higher total intakes of the mineral Zinc had a reduction of up to 28 per cent in their risk of developing diabetes. The results of the study are published online ahead of print in the journal Diabetes Care January 26th, 2009.
  • Animal study shows that common nutrients may protect hearing

    Feb 25, 2009
    Antioxidant-rich supplements may reduce the damage caused to hearing by noise and perhaps even age-related hearing loss according to promising results from animal studies. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about 26 million Americans have noise-induced hearing loss. The new studies using guinea pigs and mice found that supplements of beta carotene and vitamins C and E, and the mineral magnesium consumed prior to exposure to loud noise could prevent both temporary and permanent hearing loss in the animals.
  • B-Complex Vitamins Fight Migraines

    Feb 24, 2009
    An Australian study shows that safe, inexpensive B Vitamins could be powerful heavy hitters in the fight against migraines. Professor Lyn Griffiths of Griffith University said a trial found that Vitamin B-complex supplements and also the B vitamin folic acid significantly reduced the symptoms associated with migraine.   “The trial provided Vitamin B-complex supplements and Folic Acid to more than 50 long-term migraine sufferers for six months,” said Griffith, who is director of Griffiths Genomics Research Center.
  • Increased intake of vitamin C-rich foods may reduce the risk of hardening of the arteries, and ultimately protect against heart disease in elderly men, says a new study from Norway

    Feb 23, 2009
    Writing in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, researchers from Ulleval University Hospital in Norway report that increased intakes of Vitamin C and fruit and berries were associated with less thickening of the carotid artery.   “Increased intake of vitamin C and fruit and berries seemed to contribute to the lesser progression of the carotid intima media thickness (IMT) in elderly men who were given dietary advice,” wrote lead author Ingrid Ellingsen. “Focusing on the intake of vitamin C-rich plant foods may be an important therapeutic intervention in regard to their risk of cardiovascular disease.”   The study appears to be in line with the cardiovascular benefits of vitamin C reported recently by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, who found that a one mg per decilitre increase in blood vitamin C levels was linked to a 4.1 and 4.0 mmHg improvement in systolic and diastolic blood pressures.