• Cranberries offer promise for diabetics

    Jul 24, 2009
    Dried cranberries with a reduced sugar and increased fibre content may benefit type-2 diabetics by delivering healthier blood sugar levels and improved function of the hormone insulin. Consumption of the dried cranberries led to better blood sugar control by decreasing peaks in glucose and lower insulin peaks, with a peak insulin of 15, compared to 22 for both bread and sweetened cranberries, while raw cranberries produced a peak of 10. Furthermore, blood sugar levels peaked at 158 minutes, compared to 175 minutes for both the bread and sweetened cranberries, and 127 minutes for raw cranberries.
  • Metabolic syndrome is deadly to heart failure patients

    Jul 23, 2009
    Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes that includes high blood pressure, fat accumulation around the waist (this contributes to inflammation and insulin resistance), high levels of bad LDL cholesterol and low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, high levels of harmful blood fats called triglycerides, and high blood sugar. In patients with heart failure, the organ becomes too weak to pump blood efficiently through a person's body, leading to fatigue, swelling of the legs, and difficulty breathing. “Metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and heart failure, but little is known about the impact of metabolic syndrome in patients who already have heart failure,” states lead researcher Dr.
  • High levels of antioxidant enzymes reduces the risk of heart disease

    Jul 22, 2009
    A meta-analysis conducted by Spanish researchers determined that higher levels of the body's antioxidant enzymes correlate with a lower risk of coronary heart disease. The bodys enzymes (Glutathione, SOD, and Catalase) defend against oxidative stress, which is characterized in atherosclerosis by the oxidation of lipids and proteins in the vascular wall, a process that is an initial step in the progression to heart disease. Oxidative stress is also involved in endothelial dysfunction (dysfunction of the cells lining blood vessel walls) leading to poor function of blood vessels.
  • Vitamin D3 in conjunction with well absorbed Curcumin fights Alzheimers disease

    Jul 21, 2009
    Scientists at the University of California Riverside and Los Angeles report that a combination of vitamin D3 and a form of Curcumin with superior absorption could help remove amyloid beta from the brains of Alzheimers disease patients. Amyloid beta accumulates in the brain when the brains immune system fails to clear it. The substance forms the plaques that, along with neurofibrillary tangles, characterize Alzheimers disease.
  • L-Carnosine may help prevent and even treat cataracts

    Jul 20, 2009
    A new study conducted on rat eye lenses indicates that the supplement L-Carnosine may help to prevent or even treat cataracts (a clouding of the lens of the eye one of the leading causes of vision loss around the world that can only currently be treated by surgery to replace the eye lens). Cataracts develop when the main structural protein in the lens, alpha-crystallin, forms abnormal clumps. The clumps make the lens cloudy and impair vision.