• Alpha-Tocotrienol, a more obscure version of Vitamin E powerfully protects the brain

    Sep 30, 2010
    Palm oil derived Tocotrienols is the richest source of Alpha-Tocotrienol; one of eight naturally occurring and distinct vitamin E analogs (a unique version of Vitamin E). Alpha-Tocotrienol possesses unique biological activity that is distinct from its antioxidant activity. Current developments in Alpha-Tocotrienol research demonstrate the ability to protect neuronal brain cells.
  • Gamma-Tocotrienol may help fight pancreatic cancer

    Sep 29, 2010
      Experiments conducted at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, demonstrated that gamma-Tocotrienol helped suppress pancreatic tumor growth as well as render tumors more sensitive to gemcitabine, one of two drugs approved to treat the disease. In their introduction to the article, Dr Bharat Aggarwal and colleagues note that the transcription factor NF-kappaB (nuclear factor-kappaB sets genes into motion) has been associated with cell proliferation (multiplication of cancer cells), invasion, angiogenesis (creation of a tumors personal blood supply), metastasis, antiapoptosis (preventing the death of the cancer) and resistance to the effects of chemotherapeutic drugs in multiple tumors. Gamma-Tocotrienol, one of the eight members of the vitamin E family, has been shown to inhibit the activation of NF-kappaB in several cancer cell lines, in addition to suppressing the proliferation of a variety of tumor cells.
  • Taurine and magnesium connected to lower risk of dying from heart disease in a study from 25 countries

    Sep 28, 2010
       In the 1980s it was proven that Taurine (an amino acid) decreased blood pressure and stroke mortality in stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats. Later, the WHO-coordinated Cardiac Study demonstrated that among 5 dietary factors; namely total cholesterol, body mass index, sodium, magnesium, and the Taurine to creatinine ratio in 24-hour urine, both the Taurine to creatinine ratio and magnesium to creatinine ratio were inversely related to coronary heart disease deaths in both men and women and the Taurine to creatinine ratio was inversely related to stroke deaths in both men and women. The ratio means that protected people consumed more magnesium and Taurine in their diets and this was observed through a higher level excreted in the urine and the higher level was strongly linked to not dying from a stroke or heart attack or other related event.
  • Risk of developing diabetes falls as level of intake rises

    Sep 27, 2010
       Adding to the evidence that the mineral magnesium decreases the risk of diabetes a new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that the more you continuously consume from either/both food and supplements, the lower is the risk of developing diabetes. Dr Ka He and colleagues analyzed diabetes risk and magnesium intake in 4,487 people between the ages of 18 to 30 who were followed for twenty years. Over the two decades 330 subjects developed diabetes.
  • Resveratrol supplements improve heart health

    Sep 15, 2010
         Daily supplements of Resveratrol may improve vascular function and lead to improved cardiovascular health, according to new research. The study evaluated the acute effects of Resveratrol supplementation on circulatory function, revealing that Resveratrol improves flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) - a marker of cardiovascular function. “Oral Resveratrol supplementation elicited an acute dose related improvement in endothelium-dependent vasodilatation, as demonstrated by significant increases in FMD at each dose relative to the placebo,” wrote the researchers, led by Dr Narelle Berry from the University of South Australia.