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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A study published in the journal Chest, has shown that fish oil supplementation may represent a potentially beneficial non-pharmacological intervention in asthmatic patients with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). EIB is a temporary narrowing of the airways that can be triggered by vigorous exercise. An estimated 80% of asthmatics experience EIB. For the study, 16 asthmatic volunteers had their normal diet supplemented for three weeks by either a placebo capsule or a [...]
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University of California Berkeley researchers reported findings that suggest the possibility that vitamin C may influence blood pressure in healthy young adults. Since lower blood pressure in young adulthood may lead to lower blood pressure and decreased incidence of age-associated vascular events in older adults, this could be good news regarding prevention for those who have a family history of high blood pressure.* Researchers studied 242 women between the ages [...]
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A new study published in Gastroenterology suggests that antioxidant supplementation was effective in relieving pain and reducing levels of oxidative stress in patients with chronic pancreatitis. The researchers investigated the potential of antioxidants since oxidative stress is implicated in the development of chronic pancreatitis.* The study, lead by Pramod Kumar Garg of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, included 127 patients with pancreatitis. Fifty-six participants were [...]
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According to results published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, a daily supplementation of B vitamins may reduce the risk of breast cancer and other cancers in women 65 and over.4 Over 5,000 women at a high risk of cardiovascular disease took part in the study, which investigated the effects of a daily supplement of folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 on cancer risk. Folate, vitamin B6, [...]
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A new study for the “Life….supplemented” consumer wellness campaign, by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)*** suggests some supplements to consider taking to improve health. “Life…supplemented” is dedicated to driving awareness about the mainstream use of dietary supplements as a part of a proactive personal wellness regimen that combines healthy diet, supplements and exercise. The study consisting of 1,177 healthcare professionals was conducted on-line. According to the survey, the top [...]
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Recent studies have found an association between selenium and a reduction in bladder cancer among women. Results were recently published in the December issue of Cancer Prevention Research indicated that an increased level of selenium may reduce a woman’s risk of bladder cancer by up to 34%.** According to lead researcher Margaret Karagas, if selenium does have the ability to prevent bladder cancer in a certain subset of women, this [...]
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The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)* study examined the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by adults and children in the US. This study consisted of more than 32,000 interviews to gather its data and found the following data regarding Americans who take CAM. 1. Among adults, the most popular supplements were: fish oil/omega 3/DHA, glucosamine, echinacea, flaxseed oil or pills and ginseng. 2. Nearly 38% of adults age [...]
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According to results published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, a daily supplementation of B vitamins may reduce the risk of breast cancer and other cancers in women 65 and over.* Over 5,000 women at a high risk of cardiovascular disease took part in the study, which investigated the effects of a daily supplement of folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 on cancer risk. Folate, vitamin B6, [...]
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