Oxford-based researchers, in collaboration with researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada, have found evidence that lack of vitamin D may increase multiple sclerosis (MS) risk. They report that vitamin D may interact with a specific genetic component called HLA-DRB1*1501 that is known to increase the risk of MS. Similar findings were reported in a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association in December 2006. That [...]
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A recent study suggested that omega-3 supplementation may increase dopamine levels, thereby boosting mood. This gives fuel to an article published in Nutrition this month. The study, led by Laura Colangelo, analyzed dietary intakes of fish, EPA and DHA amongst 3,317 African-American and Caucasian men and women. The average age of the participants at the start of the study was 35. Symptoms of depression were measured using the 20-item Center [...]
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Researchers from Madrid’s Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro report that fortifying fermented milk with lutein may have health benefits, including eye health, according to results of a human study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Lutein, a nutrient found in various foods including green leafy vegetables and egg yolk, has a history in the dietary supplement market as a nutrient to reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration [...]
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According to data published in the January issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, an increased intake of carotenoids, particularly lycopene, was associated with protection against loss in bone mineral density at the lumbar spine in women and at the hip in men. The study provided data from 213 men and 390 women over the age of 75 for four years. The researchers measured the intakes of carotenoids, including alpha-carotene, [...]
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Arthritis & Rheumatism’s February issue published results of a chondroitin sulfate study associated with a significant reduction in joint space loss and pain, compared to the placebo group. The researchers were led by Andre Kahan of the University of Paris Descartes in Paris. Chondroitin sulfate is extracted from animal cartilage, such as sharks, but new vegetarian forms are also available. In dietary supplements, the compound is often formulated in combination [...]
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