Lutein and zeaxanthin are commonly known for eye health benefits. Recently, scientists found that lutein and zeaxanthin were the most bioactive agents present in carotenoids extracted from two popular Asian algae which blocked growth of human colon cancer cells.* They also found the extracts had a more powerful anti-cancer effect when used in combination. Researchers noted that both extracts were effective in battling colon cancer, but also speculated that these [...]
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An article in the Society for the Advancement of Education, states that 40% of American adults have experienced difficulty swallowing pills.* However, most have had no problems ingesting food or liquid, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Schwarz Pharma, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis. Of those people, 14% have delayed taking doses of their medication; eight percent have skipped a dose; and four percent have discontinued [...]
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There are eight forms of vitamin E: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta). While gamma-tocopherol is the most common form of vitamin E in the American diet, a new study from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center reports that intakes of vitamin E in the alpha-tocopherol form were associated with consistent and independent reductions in lung cancer risk.* According to this [...]
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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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A deficiency of B-vitamins may cause vascular cognitive impairment, according to a new study.* Research conducted at Tufts University, studied mice doing tasks such as holding on to a wire and walking a beam as well as spatial learning and memory with the Morris water maze. The mice were divided into three groups and fed different diets for 10 weeks. The control groups were fed a normal diet containing B [...]
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The United States adult population is said to be twenty-five percent obese. Calcium has been debated as a method of helping to enhance weight loss, especially in recent “milk” advertisements suggesting that if you drink 24 oz of milk every 24 hours it can help you lose weight.* Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo have researched this hypothesis. Higher levels of calcium intake were observed among women with normal [...]
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According research in Italy, a daily supplement of omega-3 may reduce mortality and hospital stay for patients with heart failure.1 In the Italian study, patients assigned to receive omega-3 instead of a placebo reduced the rate of mortality by 9%. For this particular study, 6,975 participants with chronic heart failure were randomly assigned to receive either a daily omega-3 supplement or placebo for almost 4 years. Less patients in the [...]
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