- Acai well absorbed
The Brazilian palm berry known as acai (ah-sigh-EE) has proven its ability to be absorbed in the human body when consumed both as juice and pulp, according to US researchers from Texas. Showing the berry’s absorption in humans is important because it is known to contain numerous antioxidants. Initial studies on the berry examined antioxidant […]
- Caffeine debunked
While it is a widely held belief – even among some health professionals – that caffeine drinks like coffee and tea are diuretic (increase urine output), research does not support it.
- Can green tea prevent diabetes?
American researchers from the Medical College of Georgia were startled to find that a compound found in green tea could slow or even prevent the development of type 1 diabetes in mice. Daily green tea consumption may cut disease levels by up to one-third. Dr. Stephen D. Hsu and colleagues tested the effects of green […]
- Ginkgo improves dementia symptoms
Two recent studies support earlier research on the use of ginkgo for improving cognitive function, particularly in older people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Seniors with dementia scored better on memory tests and had other improvements. In the first, researchers from Ukraine enlisted 400 patients with dementia in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 22-week study. They […]
- Grapes for blood pressure?
Grapes may prevent salt-induced hypertension (high blood pressure),according to a new study. US researchers at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center studied the effect of regular table grapes – a blend of green, red and black grapes – that were mixed into lab rats’ diet in a powdered form, as part of either a high- […]
- Herb-vitamin blend improves hepatitis
A combination of a milk thistle extract and vitamin E can help improve the health of patients with hepatitis C infection, report Italian researchers D’Annunzio University. In a study involving 40 patients with chronic hepatitis C viral infection (HCV),supplementation with a combination of silybin-phospholipids(an active compound in milk thistle) and vitamin E for a period […]
- Lung cancer slashed by vitamin E
Researchers at the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center have found that taking more vitamin E substantially reduces lung cancer. Their new study shows that people consuming the highest amounts of vitamin E had the greatest benefit. When they compared persons taking the most vitamin E with those taking the least, there was a 61% […]
- Multi boosts kids’ brain function
School-aged children can improve brain function simply be taking a daily multi vitamin and mineral supplement,say British researchers from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. In their randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled,parallel group study involving 81 healthy children between 8 and 14 years of age, supplementation with multi vitamins and minerals for a period of 12 weeks improved […]
- Vitamin D over winter protects the heart
The temperature might not be the only thing plummeting this winter. Many people also will experience a decrease in their vitamin D levels, which can play a role in heart disease, according to a new review article. Low vitamin D may be a factor in heart disease, says researcher. Vitamin D deficiency results in part […]
- Peppermint oil, fibre aid IBS
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) affects up to 20% of all Canadians – predominantly women – and is characterized by abdominal pain and discomfort along with changes in bowel function, diarrhea, constipation or both. Researchers found peppermint oil significantly helpful in 40% of cases. While some IBS drugs have been pulled from the market over safety […]
- Supplement helps jet lag
A new study reveals Pycnogenol, pine bark extract from the French maritime pine tree, reduces jet lag in passengers by nearly 50%. The two-part study,consisting of a brain CT scan and a scoring system, showed Pycnogenol lowered symptoms of jet lag such as fatigue, headaches, insomnia and brain edema(swelling) in both healthy individuals and patients […]
- Vital veggie for smokers?
The cancer preventive properties of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables appear to work specifically in smokers, according to research from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Cruciferous vegetables have been shown to be protective in numerous studies, but this is the first comprehensive study that showed a protective benefit in smokers, specifically in former smokers, according […]
- Vitamin C Lowers Elevated Marker of Inflammation
Posted Nov 27, 2008 GOOD old vitamin C – plenty of which is found in oranges – made its name in the 1980s largely due to the efforts of two-time Nobel Prize winner, the late Linus Pauling. Part of that early excitement died with him. However, it may soon be back in the news. Maybe […]