Omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplements may help with symptoms associated with depression, suggests a joint Anglo-Iranian study. This study researched the therapeutic effects of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) found in omega-3 fatty acid and people with major depression. The study compared omega-3 to fluoxetine, and a combination of the two. Sixty participants were given either 1000 mg EPA, 20 mg fluoxetine, or a combination for 8 weeks. Patients in this double [...]
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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can destroy the beta cells of the pancreas, which make and release the hormone, insulin. Scientists from the University of California, Davis, hypothesized that feeding diabetic, non-obese mice diets rich in polyphenols, or vitamin A, would lessen the autoimmune inflammatory process associated with type 1 diabetes.  These researchers studied 45 female, non-obese mice, and found the incidence of diabetes was reduced to 25% from 33% in mice receiving 1% dietary [...]
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The amount of carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, in the macula are thought to affect the development of age-related maculopathy (ARM). A recent Japanese study researched the levels of carotenoids in normal Japanese participants versus those with ARM.* The study found that normal levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the macula were about 1471 “units”. Those with early AMD had a mean of only 620 units and those with late AMD had a mean of only 427 units [...]
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