• If you lack Vitamin D your immune system will not be able to protect you from bacterial and viral infection

    Mar 05, 2010
         The immune system protects us from billions of bacteria, viruses, and other parasites with ease. We do not have to reflect upon the fact that while we converse with our friends, watch TV, or go to work, inside our bodies, our immune system is constantly on the alert, attacking at the first sign of an invasion by harmful organisms.      The immune system is very complex.
  • EGCG from Green Tea helps reduce inflammation in obese subjects by regulating their immune system

    Mar 04, 2010
         Scientists at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento state that obesity predisposes you to an increased incidence of diabetes and CVD. Also, obesity is a pro-inflammatory state. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are essential for regulating inflammation and are down-regulated (inhibited from acting) in pro-inflammatory states.
  • Red Yeast Rice works very well in lowering cholesterol in patients who have to discontinue statin treatment due to muscle pain

    Mar 03, 2010
         Researchers at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tested the tolerability of Red Yeast Rice (2,400 mg twice daily) versus the statin drug pravastatin (20 mg twice daily) in patients with previous statin intolerance.      Currently, no consensus has been reached regarding the management of hyperlipidemia in patients who develop statin-associated myalgia (SAM; muscle pain and inflammation). Many statin-intolerant patients use alternative lipid-lowering therapies, including Red Yeast Rice.
  • Niacin may help improve brain function following stroke

    Mar 02, 2010
         Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute scientific director Michael Chopp, PhD, recently presented his discovery of a protective effect conferred by vitamin B3, or niacin, on neurologic function following a stroke. Niacin is commonly recommended for people with high serum cholesterol that is associated with cardiovascular disease. The ability of Niacin to increase high density lipoprotein (HDL), a protective form of cholesterol, helps lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Treatment of children with high cholesterol: Efficacy and safety of a combination of Red Yeast Rice Extract and Policosanol

    Mar 01, 2010
         Researchers at the Department of Pediatrics, University of Turin in Italy state that to prevent cardiovascular disease which occurs with blood fat disorders, it is required to treat the condition from childhood. The aim of this study was to evaluate, in a group of children affected by primary dyslipidemia, the efficacy, tolerability and safety of a short-term treatment with a dietary supplement containing Red Yeast Rice Extract and Policosanol.      40 children affected by heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) or Familial Combined Hyperlipidemia (FCH), aged 8-16 years, were enrolled in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial.