• Supplementation with L-Theanine and L-Cystine improves the protection offered by Flu shots for type A bird flu in particular nursing home residents

    Feb 06, 2009
    Doctors at the Department of Internal Medicine at Nagoya Kosein Hospital, in Nagoya Japan state that flu vaccines do not confer as much protection in the elderly because their immune systems are not up to par and therefore they do not create a sufficient level of antibodies to fight the flu viruses when inoculated. Also, because they lack adequate immune system protection due to under function of their immune system making them the most at risk for developing the flu and dying from its complications.      Previous studies show that giving the amino acids L-Cystine and L Theanine to elderly mice improved the amount of flu specific antibodies they created when given a flu vaccine. To test the ability of the amino acids to improve immunity 32 nursing home residents were supplemented with both L-Theanine and L-Cystine and 33 were placed on inactive placebo all starting 14 days before immunization.
  • EPA, the fish oil omega-3 fatty acid, improves depression, stress, and hot flushes in menopausal women

    Feb 05, 2009
    Researchers at the University of Laval in Canada recruited 120 women aged 40 to 55 undergoing menopause and split them into two groups. One group took 1000mg of EPA from fish oils daily for eight weeks. The second group took look-alike capsules filled with sunflower oil (the inactive placebo group).
  • When it comes to lowering blood pressure you need to both lower your salt intake and increase your consumption of potassium

    Feb 04, 2009
    Individuals who need to reduce their blood pressure should focus on increasing their potassium intake, a mineral found in fruits, vegetables, dairy products and nutritional supplements, as well as reducing their salt intake. In this newly published study analysis showing the benefits of increased potassium intake Dr. Paul Whelton and his team crunched data from the Trials of Hypertension Prevention (TOHP) I and II.
  • Vitamin K2 reduces the risk of prostate cancer

    Feb 03, 2009
    Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg report that men whose intake of vitamin K2 was in the top 25 % had a 64 % lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to men whose intake of the vitamin was in the lowest 25%. For every 10 mcg daily increase in vitamin K2 intake, there was an 11 % reduction in the risk of prostate cancer. The intake of Vitamin K intake was estimated by food frequency questionnaire.
  • Two-year long human clinical study shows that Chondroitin Sulfate slows down arthritis of the knee

    Feb 02, 2009
    Researchers at the University of Paris Descartes enrolled 622 osteoarthritis patients from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and the United States for this newly published randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial. 309 participants were supplemented with 800 mg Chondroitin Sulfate, while the other 313 participants received a placebo daily for two years. The knee joint width was measured by x-ray imaging of the affected knee at the beginning of the study and at 12, 18 and 24 months.