- Adequate B12 vital in pregnancy
Pregnant women with low levels of vitamin B12 have three times the risk of delivering babies with neural tube defects, according to anew study led by a University of Toronto researcher. "In a population-based, case-control study of more than500 pregnant women in Ontario, we found the risk of neural tube defects tripled in the presence [...]
- Beer for brain health?
Spanish researchers report thatmoderately high levels of beer intake may protect against the uptake ofaluminum, a suspected factor in Alzheimer’s disease. The effect appears to bedue to levels of silicon in beer, which can range between about 10 to 40 mg perlitre. The silicon in the beer was able to reducealuminum uptake in the digestive [...]
- Diet, exercise can affect fertility
If you’re a woman hoping to become a mother soon, eating a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining normal weight will improve your chances, say researchers. In a recent study, diet and lifestyle data from 17,544women were matched to the outcomes of their attempts to become pregnant.Researchers found diet had the greatest impact on [...]
- Essential Fatty Acids
Getting your essential fatty acids (EFAs) from oily fish or from appears to be equally effective at increasing blood levels of EFAs.
- Scents-ual mood setters!
Deborah Mitchell, author of Nature’s Aphrodisiacs (Dell, 1999) suggests these essential oils to help rekindle the libido: Basil: This spicy sweet scent is said to restimulate sexual desire. The oil is extracted from the plant flowers and leaves and can be used in an aroma lamp. Jasmine: This plant and its scent have been used [...]
- Herb’s effect on mood “significant”
In a new clinical trial, patients with mild-to-moderate depression given rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) extract showed significant improvements in depression compared to those given placebo.The six-week trial was conducted on 89 subjects, aged 18 to 70, who were assessed with clinically significant depression according to two different standard measurements used in psychiatry: the Beck Depression Inventory [...]
- Mushrooms and cancer
Researchers at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea, report that eating mushrooms may protect women from breast cancer. They looked at the diets of 362 women between 30 and 65 years with breast cancer, and a group of matched control subjects. After adjusting for a number of factors, both the daily intake and the average consumption [...]
- Prostate protection on your plate!
Men looking for ways to maintain a healthy prostate gland should begin by considering their diet, according to recent research studies.In one, German researchers looked at 40 elderly male patients with confirmed benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate) who were free from prostate cancer. The men were given supplements of lycopene, a compound found [...]
- Super results for migraine sufferers
Sometime in their lives, up to 20% of men and up to 35%of women will suffer migraines. While most experts agree that migraines are the result of excessive constriction of blood vessels in the head followed by are bound dilation period, the exact cause of this pattern is not fully known. Migraine headaches are often [...]
- Take tea with a twist
Looking to supercharge your nextcup of green tea? According to new research, adding lemon juice can triple the bio-availability of natural antioxidants in green tea called catechins. Catechins have been studied for the prevention of chronic diseases like cancer (including colon, breast and prostate cancers) and heart disease. Source: Mol NutrFood Res 2007;51:1152-62
- Vege-man? Take vitamins!
If you’re a vegetarian man, yourhealth complaints may be related to missing micronutrients. Indian researchersevaluated 502 lactovegetarian adults (vegetarians whodon’t eat eggs but do consume dairy products), average age of 30 years, andquestioned them on the presence and severity of health complaints. Theresearchers found that intakes of various micronutrients, includingbeta-carotene, riboflavin, iron and zinc, were [...]
- Vitamins boost performance
Iranian researchers report thatsupplementation with vitamins C and E may significantly enhance aerobic powerin athletes. In their three-week study, 36 male physical education studentswere assigned either vitamin E (400 mg/d); vitamin C (1000 mg/d); both vitaminE and C; or a placebo. In a 12-minute run test, all three vitamin groupsperformed significantly better compared to subjects [...]
- What’s Hot – Neti pots
What is it? A small,spouted container used to flush the nasal passages with salt water. Why use it? To improve chronic sinus infection, allergic sinusitis, headaches and coughs. What’s the research? In 2002, researchers reported that "daily…nasal irrigation improves sinus-related quality of life, decreases symptoms, and decreases medication use in patients with frequent sinusitis." A [...]