Findings reported in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology state that vitamin D may enhance the skin’s ability to produce a peptide called cathelicidin, which protects against skin infection and may also induce cathelicidin production in normal skin.* The study, which focused on atopic dermatitis (also known as atopic eczema) recruited 14 people with moderate to severe eczema and 14 people with normal skin. All of the participants were [...]
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Glucosamine has mainly been used as a base ingredient in joint health dietary supplements. It has been shown to help rebuild and repair human cartilage, and is often used in conjunction with chondroitin, which gives cartilage elasticity. As awareness grows and consumers increasingly seek products containing the ingredient, the glucosamine market has undergone two major developments: It has turned vegetarian, and it has also started cropping up in foods and [...]
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Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are believed to lessen the risk of many chronic ailments including arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and memory loss. However, it may also help protect the heart against certain damaging effects of air pollution. In a study by a team of researchers at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health, supplementation with Omega-3 was significantly associated with reduced cardiac stress.* The study examines the effects of Omega-3 [...]
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According to the Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT II), people with milder forms of osteoarthritis may benefit the most from chondroitin supplementation.* Researchers Hochberg and Clegg, looked at data from 1,583 people with an average age of 58.6. Of these participants, 64 per cent were women, and 26.9 per cent of the study population suffered from swollen joints. Patients given chondroitin supplementation had significant improvement in knee pain compared to [...]
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