Lycopene, a carotenoid from tomatoes, has been found to be inversely related to cancer risk. A recent Dutch study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researched how lycopene might affect the body in persons at greater risk for colorectal cancer. The randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded crossover study included 40 men and 31 postmenopausal women with a family history of colorectal cancer and/or a personal history of colorectal adenomas.* Higher [...]
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Co-Q10 is a vitamin-like substance present in most human cells and is responsible for the production of the body’s own energy. A Japanese study of coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) studied its effects on physical fatigue. Seventeen participants were randomly given 300 mg/day of Co-Q10 or a placebo.* For 8 days, subjects performed workload trials on a bicycle for set hours and maximum speeds. The researchers found that oral intake of coenzyme [...]
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Recent research studies have highlighted the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin for AMD and other eye conditions, however, what about for those people with healthy eyes? The February 2008 issue of Optometry & Vision Science published a study about lutein and zeaxanthin which found that many visual performance issues (including contrast sensitivity) are compromised under glaring light conditions. The human macular pigments (MPs), lutein and zeaxanthin, were found to be [...]
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The Centre for Vision Research at the University of Sydney, Australia, studied the dietary and supplement intakes of antioxidants and the long-term risk of incident age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Over 10 years, 2454 participants were examined and reexamined. Those participants that had higher amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin intake had a reduced risk of incident neovascular AMD and those with above median intake had a reduced risk of soft or [...]
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