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Up to date news and comment about worldwide developments in natural health.
Adults who include at least 150 minutes of physical activity in their routines each week live longer than those who don't, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Fish oil, glucosamine and chondroitin lead the way for anti-inflammatory potential: Study
December 11, 2012
Regular use of dietary supplements containing fish oil, or glucosamine and chondroitin may reduce markers of inflammation by up to 22%, says a new study.
Traditional remedies such as tea and honey are being deployed in the fight against superbugs as scientists have warned antibiotics are becoming increasingly redundant.
In a study published December 10 in Pediatrics, scientists at Umeå University in Sweden conclude that giving iron supplements to low birth weight infants reduces the risk of behavior problems like ADHD later in life.
A supplement containing a combination of fish oil, probiotics, and extracts from fruit and vegetables may improve lung function in young asthmatics, says a new study from Taiwan.
Women with higher circulating carotenoid levels are at a reduced risk of breast cancer according to a study published December 6 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Data from randomized trials support the ability of co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to improve heart function in people with congestive heart failure (CHF), say scientists from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Chock-full of Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, fish oil can help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation in the skin and joints, and promote healthy fetal development. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher has found that it has a positive effect on bedsores, too.
Mistletoe may not just be good for stealing a kiss during the holiday season. According to researchers in Australia, the festive yet parasitic plant can act as a possible therapy for those with colon cancer.
Supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) could postpone the onset of metabolic disorders and associated declines in cognitive functioning, according to new research.
Two new studies appearing in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences show that vitamin D may be a vital component for the cognitive health of women as they age.
Daily supplements of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may benefit intestinal health, suggests new data from a study with Crohn’s disease.
A new review of existing studies points toward a potential role for vitamin D in helping to prevent dental caries, or tooth decay.
Dietary antioxidant nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin C either from diet or supplements may help prevent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), according to a new study in Nutrition and Cancer.
A study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found a correlation between vitamin D3 serum levels and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes. The six-year study of blood levels of nearly 2,000 individuals suggests a preventive role for vitamin D3 in this disease.
Give pregnant women vitamin D supplements to ward off multiple sclerosis, research says
November 14, 2012
The risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) is highest in the month of April, and lowest in October, indicates an analysis of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The findings, which include several populations at latitudes greater than 52 degrees from the equator for the first time, strongly implicate maternal exposure to vitamin D during pregnancy.
People with diabetes often develop clogged arteries that cause heart disease, and new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that low vitamin D levels are to blame.
Scientists at London's Kingston University have uncovered evidence that lack of a particular form of vitamin D is associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Low antioxidant levels contribute to increased blood pressure during exercise for people with peripheral arterial disease, according to researchers at Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute.
Comment: This study found that, in severe cases of peripheral arterial disease, blood pressure increases more with exercise. However, by infusing vitamin C into the patients’ blood, the researchers were able to lessen the increase in blood pressure. To learn how high blood pressure can be normalized using vitamin C, magnesium, coenzyme Q-10, arginine and other essential micronutrients, click here.
Daily supplements of the French Maritime Pine bark extract Pynogenol may improve symptoms of asthma, according to results of a clinical trial.
Daily supplements of magnesium bisglycinate chelate may reduce the frequency and intensity of pregnancy-induced leg cramps, say results from a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
Long term consumption of green tea could help to slash the risk of gastrointestinal cancers by over a quarter, according to new research in Chinese women.
Mothers-to-be should take folic acid AND vitamin B12 to prevent birth defects, leading expert warns
October 31, 2012
Mothers-to-be should take vitamin B12 to prevent their children developing birth defects such as spina bifida, a charity has said. New research suggests that taking the supplement alongside folic acid will further help prevent the series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and central nervous system.
Increased intakes of the omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are associated with a reduced risk of anxiety, a study from Australia has reported for the first time.
High levels of vitamin D are associated with protection against bladder cancer, according to a multidisciplinary study coordinated by molecular biologists and epidemiologists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), the conclusions of which are being published October 30 in the Journal of National Cancer Institute (JNCI).
While Omega-3 essential fatty acids -- found in foods like wild fish and grass-fed livestock -- are necessary for human body functioning, their effects on the working memory of healthy young adults have not been studied until now. In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have determined that healthy young adults ages 18-25 can improve their working memory even further by increasing their Omega-3 fatty acid intake.
Ginger's culinary qualities are a delight, but its health benefits are simply stunning. It has been shown to be more effective against bacterial staph infections than antibiotics. It can kill cancer cells. Its anti-inflammatory effects are already famous. It can resolve brain inflammations, and ease or cure a variety of gut problems, such as ulcerative colitis and acid reflux. And ginger can even alleviate the effects of gamma radiation. What's not to love about this incredible herb?
A remarkable study performed at Chiang Mai University, Thailand and published in the American Journal of Cardiology last July, found that the administration of curcuminoids, natural phenols within the spice turmeric, reduced the frequency of myocardial infarction (heart attack) after coronary artery bypass in a group of 121 patients randomly selected to receive a placebo or 4 grams a day beginning 3 days before the scheduled surgery and continued until 5 days after surgery.
Comment: Studies using curcumin and other specific plant components have shown they are important for the protection and healthy functioning of our body cells. To learn more about these important natural substances, visit the phytobiologicals.com website. To learn how cardiovascular disease can be prevented and treated naturally, read Dr. Rath’s Cellular Health recommendations for eradicating this condition.
Daily supplements of multivitamins may reduce the risk of cancer by a modest 8%, says a new study published in JAMA.
Comment: Whilst the overall response of the mass media to this study has been notably positive, it could be argued that this may simply be because the multivitamin it used was manufactured by Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company, with funding provided by BASF, one of the world’s largest chemical companies. Notably, therefore, through giving a single low-level dose of nutrients daily, the reduction of cancer risk achieved in the study was almost guaranteed to be modest. Nevertheless, the publication of this study is a further sign that the replacing of drug approaches by natural health approaches to the control of cancer is now inevitable. To help seize the historic opportunity to significantly reduce and eventually eliminate cancer as one of the most dreaded diseases of our time, please support our international initiative for a Cancer Free World.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 63 percent of the deaths that occurred in 2008 were attributed to non-communicable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity—for which poor diets are contributing factors. Yet people that live in societies that eat healthy, plant-based diets rarely fall victim to these ailments. Research studies have long indicated that a high consumption of plant foods is associated with lower incidents of chronic disease.
Supplementation with vitamin D could help to battle systemic lupus by modifying immune responses, suggest researchers.
Supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) could help to reduce the symptoms of depression in elderly people, according to new research.
Comment: To access additional research and clinical studies about the health benefits of essential micronutrients in fighting depression, click here.
Increased blood levels of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 are associated with a reduced risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), says new data published in Nutrition Research.
Drinking a litre of mineral water every day can prevent cognitive decline in Alzheimer's sufferers by removing aluminium from their bodies, a study found yesterday. British researchers found drinking silicon-rich mineral water 'significantly reduced' the levels of neurotoxin aluminium in the body.
Folic acid supplements during pregnancy may reduce the risk of childhood brain tumors, suggests new data from Australia.
Largest ever clinical study into echinacea finds herbal remedy can protect against colds
October 10, 2012
The herbal remedy echinacea can prevent colds and is of most benefit to people who are prone to them, according to the largest ever clinical study of the herbal medicine. Researchers found that taking three daily doses of the common remedy for four months reduced the number of colds. The duration of the illness suffered by patients also went down by an average of 26 per cent.
Happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, according new data.
Increased intakes of vitamin K1 may lower the risk of developing type-2 diabetes in elderly people with a high risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new study.
Taking folate or folic acid supplements may reduce risk of colorectal cancer, a study in Nutrition and Cancer suggests.
Increased intakes of magnesium may reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, says a new meta-analysis of data from 338,979 people.
Eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is associated with a lower risk of stroke, according to new research published in the October 9, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene. The study found that people with the highest amounts of lycopene in their blood were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than people with the lowest amounts of lycopene in their blood.
A daily multivitamin tablet may boost the memory and slow mental decline.
According to new studies, taking supplements has a beneficial effect on memory and may work by increasing efficiency of brain cells. One study showed that after just four weeks there were measurable changes in electrical activity in the brain when carrying out memory tests, not seen in a comparison group taking a placebo pill.
In tests, the cocktail of amino acids – building blocks of proteins – was found to increase the lifespan of mice by 12 per cent. That would equate to about an addition ten years in humans. It may also benefit especially the elderly or people with heart failure, chronic lung disease or other conditions characterised by flagging energy levels, researchers from the University of Milan said.
Environmental medicine researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institute have confirmed that antioxidant intake among children reduces the risk of allergies. The researchers studied the diets and allergy rates among 2,422 Swedish children who were eight years old. Blood samples were analyzed together with diets, gathered by way of questionnaires taken by parents of the children. The researchers compared antioxidant intake with allergy sensitization, including hay fever and asthma incidence. The study found that children who consumed higher levels of beta-carotene had a third less incidence of allergic rhinitis (hay fever). They also found that higher magnesium consumption resulted in more than a third less incidence in asthma.
Taking enough omega-3 fatty acid supplements to change the balance of oils in the diet could slow a key biological process linked to aging, new research suggests.
Inflammatory responses play roles at different stages of tumor development, including initiation, promotion, malignant conversion, invasion, and metastasis. The 'inflammation– cancer' connection is not restricted to increased risk for a subset of tumors. An inflammatory component is present in the microenvironment of most neoplastic tissues. High inflammatory levels appear to indicate increased cancer risk and poorer prognosis. Inflammation also decreases quality of life, impairs immune functions, plays a central role in cancer cachexia, and lowers toleration of some anti-cancer therapies. The existing level of inflammation may predict survival time for many cancers. People with the lowest levels of inflammation were twice as likely to live through the next several years. This study analyzed the effect of high-dose intravenous vitamin C (IVC) treatment on inflammation in cancer patients.
Comment: Significantly, for mankind to achieve 'Victory Over Cancer' it is not necessary to invent new, hi-tech approaches to control this disease. Dr. Rath’s decisive scientific discovery towards the effective prevention, control and ultimately the elimination of cancer is based on our new understanding of the critical role of micronutrients. The fact that the essential role of micronutrients in controlling cancer has thus far not been understood – let alone widely applied towards the control of the cancer epidemic – is no coincidence. It has been deliberately neglected and withheld in the interest of the pharmaceutical investment business. To learn about natural health approaches to cancer that have been shown to block all key mechanisms that make it a deadly disease, click here.
Consumption of higher levels of choline throughout early pregnancy may help to lower infant's vulnerability to stress-related illnesses in addition to protecting against chronic conditions later in life, say researchers.
Athletes competing this summer have benefited from an unlikely ingredient to fuel their Olympic and Paralympic success. Professor Andy Jones of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter has uncovered the properties of beetroot juice in boosting athletes' stamina.
Comment: In addition to boosting athletes’ stamina, research also suggests that beetroot juice can lower blood pressure, help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions and promote brain health in older adults.
A study in Acta Paediatrica suggests that supplementation of vitamin C, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids helps asthma patients.
Increased intakes of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale may reduce the risk of breast cancer by about 15%, suggests a new meta-analysis from China.
Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered that vitamin E may prevent cancer in patients with an under-recognized genetic disorder.
Intake of Vitamin C in diet can help keep the Alzheimer’s disease at bay, according to a new study. The study by German scientists found that the levels of antioxidants Vitamin C and beta-carotene in blood are lower in patients with dementia than in people without it. Scientists said that it might thus be possible to influence the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s by a person’s diet or dietary antioxidants.
Supplementation with L-carnitine improves the behavioral symptoms of autistic children, a new study conducted in Egypt has found.
Supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids might improve reading and behaviour for some children
September 10, 2012
A new study by the University of Oxford has shown that daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids (Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA) improved the reading and behaviour of underperforming children in mainstream primary schools.
Cranberry juice, rich in several antibacterial properties, may be able to prevent bladder infections in children.
Women who consume large amounts of vitamin E during pregnancy may be less likely to have children with asthma, scientists believe.
A common dietary supplement may help treat a very rare form of autism with epilepsy that is linked to an amino acid deficiency, a new study has found. An international team of researchers isolated a genetic mutation in some autism patients that speeds up the metabolism of certain amino acids.
A combination of regular doses of fish oil and gym exercises improved the muscular strength of a group of women in their late sixties by 20 per cent in a new study.
Cancer scientists at the University of York have shown a link between prostate cancer and vitamin A for the first time. Professor Norman Maitland, who was awarded £2.15m by Yorkshire Cancer Research a year ago to continue his groundbreaking research into prostate cancer, has found that a prostate specific gene is under the control of retinoic acid – a derivative of vitamin A. The discovery, which is published in the scientific journal Nucleic Acids Research, means that it will now be possible to test whether retinoic acid, if given therapeutically, can force prostate cancer stem cells to develop into more specialised cells – a process known as differentiation - which could kill them or render them more susceptible to chemotherapy.
Comment: As with the news earlier this year that high doses of vitamin C makes it easier for radiation therapy to kill brain tumour cells in cancer patients, the publication of this study is yet another sign that the 'cancer industry' realizes the replacement of chemotherapy and radiation by natural health approaches is now inevitable. For the meantime, however, in this study, it is still trying to control the field of prostate cancer treatment by advocating the ‘marrying' of an old profitable approach (chemotherapy) with a new approach (vitamin A). This 'delaying tactic' is being employed for one reason only: To protect the Pharma Cartel's near-trillion dollar a year income by diverting people's attention away from Dr. Rath's discoveries and the research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, which, without using either chemotherapy or radiotherapy, have already been shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. To read Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki's groundbreaking book, 'Victory Over Cancer', click here. To read research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting prostate cancer, click here.
Coconut oil attacks the bacteria behind tooth decay and could be used in dental care products, according to research.
For decades before antibiotics became generally available, sunshine was used to treat tuberculosis, with patients often being sent to Swiss clinics to soak up the sun's healing rays. Now, for the first time scientists have shown how and why heliotherapy might, indeed, have made a difference.
Comment: An abundance of scientific research now exists to demonstrate the health benefits of vitamin D and other micronutrients in fighting tuberculosis. The very fact that this evidence exists proves that anyone who publicly or privately questions the health value of micronutrients does not serve YOUR health, or the health of the people, but rather the interests of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical 'business with disease'. To study the scientific evidence on the natural treatment of tuberculosis for yourself, click here.
Drinking green tea may affect parts of the brain linked to working memory, says the first study ever to use functional neuroimaging methods to test the effects of green tea on the brain.
Extracts from turmeric may help manage blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes, suggest data from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial from China.
Increased blood levels of all forms of vitamin E may reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment in older adults, says a new study from Europe.
A combination of vitamin D, resistance exercise and adequate energy intake may help astronauts maintain their bone health for up to six months in low gravity conditions, says a new study from NASA.
Comment: NASA has been studying the benefits of micronutrients for its astronauts for some time now. In addition to this latest research involving vitamin D, other areas it has been looking at include mitigating the effects of radiation through the use of vitamins, reducing bone loss through omega-3 fatty acids and specially formulated dietary supplements designed to meet the nutritional needs of long-duration spaceflight.
More than 40 plant-based compounds can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer, according to a first-of-its-kind study by a Washington State University researcher.
Comment: Based on scientific advances in the field of natural health, the historic opportunity now exists to significantly reduce and eventually eliminate cancer as one of the most dreaded diseases of our time. In this respect, the groundbreaking natural health approaches summarized in Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki’s groundbreaking book, 'Victory Over Cancer', already pave the way towards turning cancer into a manageable disease. Additional information on the health benefits of micronutrients in the battle against cancer can be found on the Scientific Facts page on our Cancer Free World website, in the Online Library on our World Health Alphabetization website, and on the Worldwide Studies and Research page on our Foundation website. We encourage you to visit these pages and to share the life-saving information they contain with your friends and family.
Being physically fit during your 30s, 40s, and 50s not only helps extend lifespan, but it also increases the chances of aging healthily, free from chronic illness, investigators at UT Southwestern Medical Center and The Cooper Institute have found.
A Compound found in green tea has been shown to shrink cancer tumours, causing almost half to disappear within one month, according to Scottish scientists. Researchers at the universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow said a technique they used to deliver the extract in concentrated doses to the tumours, under laboratory conditions, had caused 40 per cent of them to vanish. The experiments, on two different types of skin cancer, also resulted in 30 per cent and 20 per cent of them reducing in size.
Comment: The green tea extract used in this study, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), is one of a group of specific micronutrients that have repeatedly been shown in Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki’s cancer research to work synergistically on more than two dozen cancer cell types and control the disease in multiple ways: stopping its growth, its spread, the formation of new blood vessels in tumors (angiogenesis) and inducing natural cancer cell death (apoptosis). For more detailed information about Dr. Rath's cancer discoveries and the research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, click here. To review specific scientific studies on cancer carried out by the institute's research team, click here.
A study conducted in Mongolian schoolchildren supports the possibility that daily vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of respiratory infections in winter. In a report that will appear in the journal Pediatrics and has received early online release, an international research team found that vitamin D supplementation decreased the risk of respiratory infections among children who had low blood levels of vitamin D at the start of the study.
Comment: Dr. Rath's Cellular Medicine approach offers a breakthrough in the understanding of how infectious diseases spread in the body. Moreover, it also shows how you can support your body naturally in controlling this process. Cellular Medicine explains and proves that an optimum supply of specific micronutrients is critical in supporting various cellular functions that are essential for an effective immune response, a strong immune system and good health. To learn more about Dr. Rath's breakthrough discoveries in infectious diseases, click here. To read independent research and clinical studies on the use of essential micronutrients in combating infectious diseases, click here.
The potential benefits of omega-3s to reduce the long-term effects of brain trauma may be optimized by early administration, 'in the emergency department or sooner', says a new report.
Comment: An optimal supply of omega-3 fatty acids is crucial to health and vitality. To read scientific studies and reports on this important group of essential micronutrients, click here.
Supplements of anthocyanins - antioxidant pigments from fruit and vegetables - may reduce levels of inflammatory compounds in people with high cholesterol levels, says a new clinical trial from China.
An antioxidant-rich diet could do your lungs a favor when exposed to air pollution, according to a small new study. Researchers from Imperial College London found that asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients were more likely to be admitted to the hospital on days when there were high particulate matter levels outside, Environmental Health News reported. Particulate matter is a pollutant that causes oxidative stress in the body (raising the risk of health problems like heart attack). However, the researchers found that people who had higher levels of vitamin C in their blood were less likely than those with low vitamin C levels to go to the hospital on these high-pollution days, MyHealthNewsDaily reported.
Broccoli: The new weapon against breast cancer as researchers discover it could suppress tumours
August 18, 2012
Women with breast cancer are being given a broccoli-based medicine to see if it suppresses their tumours. Previous studies have suggested that a compound released after eating broccoli can boost protective enzymes in breast tissue. Now scientists have harnessed this molecule, sulforaphane, and are giving it to patients newly diagnosed with the disease.
A study to be published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) shows consumption of a Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil for two years is associated with increased serum osteocalcin concentrations, suggesting a protective effect on bone.
A paper published 15 August 2012 in Biology of Reproduction's Papers-in-Press reveals that eating 75 grams of walnuts a day improves the vitality, motility, and morphology of sperm in healthy men aged 21 to 35.
A combination of aged garlic extract and coenzyme Q10 may improve vascular health by improving the function of the cells lining
the blood vessels, says a new study with LA County firefighters.
Three months of consuming a daily supplement of resveratrol may help with blood sugar control and improve blood pressure in type-2 diabetics, suggests data from India.
Comment: The primary reason why adult onset diabetes (Type II) develops is a long-term deficiency of specific cellular micronutrients that work in synergy in millions of cells in the pancreas (the organ that produces insulin), the liver, and the walls of blood vessels. To read a summary of a pilot clinical trial conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute in patients with Type II diabetes, click here. To read about further studies on the health benefits of resveratrol, click here to visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
According to new research from the University of Adelaide, children fed healthy diets in early age may have a slightly higher IQ, while those on heavier junk food diets may have a slightly reduced IQ.
Short-term supplementation with vitamin E may support the function of cells lining blood cells from potential damage during the increase in blood sugar levels after eating, says a new study.
Increased intake of carotenoids from the diet may improve measures of asthma in asthmatic adults, says a new clinical trial.
Comment: Asthma is a disorder characterized by narrowing of the lung passageways, making breathing difficult. Symptoms include recurrent attacks of shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from this illness. Whilst we are aware of many of the factors that cause asthma, conventional medicine offers therapy only for the symptoms. To read about a pilot Cellular Health study being conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute in patients with asthma, click here. To read additional research and clinical studies on the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting asthma, click here and here.
Increased intakes of magnesium in the diet may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, says a new meta-analysis from Imperial College London and Wageningen University.
Taking a higher than the recommended dose of vitamin D each day may help improve the condition of low-risk prostate cancer, according to a new study. The study led by D.T. Marshall of the Medical University of South Carolina and colleagues found 55 percent of patients with low-risk prostate cancer improved their Gleason score after one year of vitamin D supplementation at the dose of 4000 IU per day.
Comment: For an overview of recent research and clinical studies on the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting prostate cancer, click here to visit our Cancer Free World website.
Increasing women's use of vitamin supplements could have a significant impact on the health of both mothers and their unborn babies, scientists have claimed.
Comment: For an overview of recent research and clinical studies on the health benefits of micronutrients in pregnancy and fertility, click here to visit the Online Library on our World Health Alphabetization website.
Increasing dietary intake of the antioxidant vitamins C, E, and selenium could help cut the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to two thirds, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.
Comment: To read an overview of the most recent research and clinical studies on the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting pancreatic cancer, click here.
Adding vitamin B12 to standard hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment significantly boosts the body's ability to keep the virus at bay, according to a new pilot study published in Gut.
Daily supplements of omega-3-rich fish oil may reduce the allergic response to some allergens, says a new study that adds to the immune modulating properties of the fatty acids.
Comment: To read an overview of the most recent research and clinical studies on the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting allergies, click here.
Mixing micronutrient powder into infants’ complementary food reduces rates of anaemia beyond what nutrition education alone can achieve, according to University of Otago-led research involving more than 3000 Cambodian under two year olds.
High consumption of vitamin E either from diet or vitamin supplements may lower the risk of liver cancer, according to a study published July 17 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
A component of turmeric -- curcumin -- reduces the incidence of type 2 diabetes and improves ß-cell function in adults with prediabetes, according to a study published online July 6 in Diabetes Care.
Comment: >Modern Cellular Medicine provides a breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes. The primary cause of type 2 diabetes is a long-term deficiency of certain vitamins and other essential nutrients in the millions of cells in the pancreas (the organ that produces insulin), the liver, the blood vessel walls and other organs. To read research and clinical studies on the natural treatment of diabetes, click here and here . To read studies on the numerous health benefits of curcumin and other plant components, click here to visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Juice made from wild blueberries may reduce oxidative damage to DNA by around 3% and decrease the risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases, suggests new data.
A new study has indicated that raising vitamin D concentrations among hospital patients has the potential to greatly reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections. Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a leading cause of death in the US health care arena, with an overall estimated annual incidence of 1.7 million cases and 100,000 deaths. Patients are often vitamin D deficient since many diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory infections are linked to low vitamin D concentrations. Pneumonia is the most likely HAI, followed by bacteremias, urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, sepsis, and others.
People who regularly drink cranberry juice or take cranberry capsules are less likely to get urinary tract infections, a new review of past evidence suggests.
A clinical trial of an Alzheimer’s disease treatment developed at MIT has found that the nutrient cocktail can improve memory in patients with early Alzheimer’s. The results confirm and expand the findings of an earlier trial of the nutritional supplement, which is designed to promote new connections between brain cells.
Comment: Through its use of a nutrient cocktail, this study provides further evidence of the effectiveness of the nutrient synergy approach pioneered by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and the researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.
Some neurologists believe that the debilitating forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) could soon come to an end thanks to vitamin D.
New research by medics at Trinity College Dublin suggests that folic acid plays a vital role in preventing a major birth defect. This is in addition to the established protection against neural birth defect such as spina bifida The findings published in the July 2012 edition of the leading primary care journal, the British Journal of General Practice show that the risk of having Cleft Lip and Palate (CLP) was more than four times higher if mothers had not taken folic acid in the first trimester.
In the latest study to look at the effect of vitamin D on fracture risk, Swiss researchers found that taking more than 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily could reduce the risk of hip fractures in older women by 30 percent.
Low levels of vitamins B6 and B12 are associated with an increased risk of impaired cognition, says a new study that adds support to links between B vitamin intake and cognitive function.
Increased levels of selenium in the body may be associated with a 25% reduction in the risk of type-2 diabetes, says a new study from Korea and Harvard.
A diet rich in vegetables could help stave off the development of the serious condition acute pancreatitis, suggests a large study published online in the journal Gut.
Green tea extract shows extensive health benefits for obese hypertensives: Human study
June 26, 2012
Extracts from green tea may lead to improvements in blood pressure, blood sugar levels and markers of inflammation, says a new study from Poland with obese hypertensives.
Comment: Worldwide, several hundred million people suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). Of all cardiovascular health conditions, this is the single largest epidemic. The epidemic spread of this disease is largely due to the fact that, until now, the causes of high blood pressure have been insufficiently, or not at all, understood. To learn how high blood pressure can be eradicated naturally, click here. To read studies on the numerous health benefits of green tea extracts and other plant components, click here to visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Women with moderate to severe depression had substantial improvement in their symptoms of depression after they received treatment for their vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds.
New research shows that omega-3 fatty acid supplements can lower inflammation in healthy, but overweight, middle-aged and older adults, suggesting that regular use of these supplements could help protect against and treat certain illnesses.
Supplements of vitamins C and E may protect against the increase in markers of oxidative stress in women receiving oral contraceptives, says a new study.
Low levels of folic acid during pregnancy may increase emotional health problems in children, says a new study.
Comment: To read an overview of the most recent research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in pregnancy and fertility, click here.
A new study shows that the compound Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ) reduces oxidative damage, a key finding that hints at its potential to slow the progression of Huntington disease. The discovery, which appears in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Huntington's Disease, also points to a new biomarker that could be used to screen experimental treatments for this and other neurological disorders.
Drinking pomegranate juice may help to reduce blood pressure, according to a recently published study.
A study recently published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) suggests that vitamin D—when taken with calcium—can reduce the rate of mortality in seniors, therefore providing a possible means of increasing life expectancy.
A new study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute suggests that women who consume the recommended daily dosage of folic acid, the synthetic form of folate or vitamin B-9, during the first month of pregnancy may have a reduced risk of having a child with autism.
Daily supplements of vitamin C may decrease heart rate during exercise and reduce the perception of fatigue and exertion, suggests new data.
Increased intakes of omega-3s and higher blood levels of the fatty acids are associated with a 15% decrease in the risk of heart failure, says a new meta-analysis.
Daily supplements of an extract from French Maritime Pine bark may boost vascular health in people with stable coronary artery disease, according to data from a gold standard randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study from Switzerland.
New research by scientists at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital highlights another medical condition improved by exercise: the skin affliction called psoriasis. In a study published online by the journal Archives of Dermatology, researchers found that vigorous activity reduced the risk of women developing psoriasis by as much as 25 or 30 percent, compared with the women in the study who exercised least.
Tart cherries may help reduce chronic inflammation, especially in people suffering from debilitating joint pain and arthritis, according to new research. In fact, researchers from Oregon Health and Science University suggest tart cherries have the "highest anti-inflammatory content of any food" and can help people with osteoarthritis manage their disease.
Daily supplements containing folic acid may reduce hardening of the arteries and counter the development of atherosclerosis, suggests a new meta-analysis by Chinese scientists.
Eating nuts may help combat diabetes and heart disease, research has found. A study showed that those who ate tree nuts, including cashews, walnuts and pistachios, were slimmer and had low BMIs than non consumers.
Daily supplements of a watermelon extract may help reduce moderately elevated blood pressure in obese middle-aged adults, suggests a new study.
Prescribing iron supplements may help some women with fatigue even if they are not officially anaemic, Swiss researchers suggest. A severe shortage of iron is the most common cause of anaemia resulting in lethargy, weakness and feeling faint. A study of 198 women, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, showed iron pills may also help those with moderately low iron levels too.
High doses of the herb American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) over two months reduced cancer-related fatigue in patients more effectively than a placebo, a Mayo Clinic-led study found.
Spanish scientists have concluded that a combination of vitamins C and E, when applied topically, show photo-protection activity against erythema due to their high absorption properties, and could aid in preventing sunburn.
If you’re over 65 and you don’t want to fall and wind up in the hospital — that is, if you’re over 65 — it’s a good idea to take a Vitamin D supplement, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Supplements of B vitamins may reduce the risk of stroke by about 12%, according to a new meta-analysis published in Clinical Nutrition.
A specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder. The antioxidant, called N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC, lowered irritability in children with autism as well as reducing the children's repetitive behaviors.
Increased intakes of magnesium in the diet may reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality by about 50%, suggest new results from Japan.
London fruit sellers may want to stock up on New Zealand blueberries after a study found athletes who eat them recover faster from exercise. Massey School of Sport and Exercise head Associate Professor Steve Stannard worked with University colleagues and the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research on the paper, which has just been published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Dr Stannard says the findings could help Olympians and other athletes return to peak performance faster after strenuous exercise.
Long-term supplementation with a combination of selenium and co-enzyme Q10 may decrease cardiovascular mortality by about 6%, according to a new study from Sweden with 'results that cannot be ignored'.
Increased levels of the omega-3 DHA may be associated with improved literacy in children with learning abilities, according to a new study from Australia.
Prenatal micronutrient, food supplementation intervention in Bangladesh decreases child death rate
May 15, 2012
Pregnant women in poor communities in Bangladesh who received multiple micronutrients, including iron and folic acid combined with early food supplementation, had substantially improved survival of their newborns, compared to women in a standard program that included usual food supplementation, according to a study in the May 16 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on Global Health.
Vitamin E may protect against oxidative stress: Study
May 14, 2012
Daily supplements of vitamin E may protect cells from the detrimental effects of oxidative stress in healthy middle-aged to elderly people, says a new study from China.
UU vitamin research combats stroke risk
May 11, 2012
Vitamin B2, which is found in dairy products, can help lower high blood pressure, according to research by the University of Ulster.
Omega-3 may reduce risk of Alzheimer’s: Study
May 7, 2012
Consumption of omega-3 rich foods could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by lowering levels of plasma beta-amyloid, according to new research.
Exercise slows muscle wasting from age and heart failure
May 7, 2012
Exercise can counteract muscle breakdown, increase strength and reduce inflammation caused by aging and heart failure, according to new research in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal. The benefits for heart failure patients are similar to those for anyone who exercises: there's less muscle-wasting, and their bodies become conditioned to handle more exercise. Age of the patients didn't matter, either, researchers found.
Prenatal choline may program healthier babies: study
May 4, 2012
Increased maternal intake of the nutrient choline could reduce their kid’s chances of developing hypertension and diabetes later in life. In a study led by Marie Caudill, associate professor of nutritional sciences, and graduate student Xinyin Jiang, a group of third-trimester pregnant women consumed 930 milligrams of choline, more than double the recommended 450 milligram daily intake. The result for their babies was 33 per cent lower concentrations of cortisol – a hormone produced in response to stress that also increases blood sugar – compared to those from a control group of women who consumed about 480 milligrams of choline.
Jogging 'adds five years or more to life'
May 3, 2012
Regularly jogging increases life expectancy for men by six years and women by five years, cardiologists have found. As little as an hour a week is enough to deliver the surprising health benefit, according to the medics, who studied the longevity of around 2,000 Danish joggers with that of those who exercised less.
Sunshine vitamin may offer protection from winter virus’, suggest researchers
May 2, 2012
Supplementation with vitamin D could help to protect against viral infections during the winter, according to new research.
Scientists have discovered athletes who eat baked beetroot before a race run put in a faster time. The purple root vegetable contains high levels of chemicals called nitrates, which have been shown to boost exercise performance
Eating more berries may reduce cognitive decline in the elderly
April 26, 2012
Blueberries and strawberries, which are high in flavonoids, appear to reduce cognitive decline in older adults according to a new study published today in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society. The study results suggest that cognitive aging could be delayed by up to 2.5 years in elderly who consume greater amounts of the flavonoid-rich berries.
Resveratrol-rich grape extract shows heart health benefits: Human data
April 26, 2012
One year of supplementation with a resveratrol-containing grape extract decreased markers of inflammation and boosted heart health, says a new human study from Spain.
Comment: To read about further studies on the health benefits of resveratrol, curcumin, green tea extracts, quercetin, cruciferous vegetable extracts and other natural plant compounds, click here.
Exercise reduces risk of death from cardiovascular disease in people with high blood pressure
April 19, 2012
In the study, all-cause and CVD mortality risks were found to be significantly higher among study participants that didn't exercise compared with active participants at all blood pressure levels. Moreover, the excess mortality risks of physical inactivity, when converted into a "blood pressure equivalence of physical activity" measurement, revealed that physical inactivity was similar to a rise in mortality risk equivalent to an increase in blood pressure of 40-50 mmHg.
Comment: Regular physical activity is a precondition for good health and should be performed by everyone. To read research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting high blood pressure, click here and here.
Daily physical activity may reduce Alzheimer's disease risk at any age
April 18, 2012
Daily physical activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline, even in people over the age of 80, according to a new study by neurological researchers from Rush University Medical Center that will be published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology on April 18.
Multivitamin supplements boost brain function, say UK researchers
April 17, 2012
Taking a multivitamin supplement daily can improve cognitive performance in both children and adults, say UK researchers.
Curcumin Shows promise in Easing Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain
April 16, 2012
In a recent medical study, curcumin was found to be better than conventional medications at relieving the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Eating cruciferous vegetables may boost breast cancer survival rate
April 13, 2012
Consumption of increased amounts of cruciferous vegetables such as turnips and bok choy was associated with improved breast cancer survival rates among Chinese women, say researchers.
Fruit and vegetable consumption linked with reduced risk of diabetes
April 12, 2012
Consumption of a greater quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables could slash the risk of diabetes by 21%, according to data from a new study.
Omega 3 fatty acids can stop cancer from spreading
April 11, 2012
Omega-3 agents could potentially block the path of primary cancer tumours, preventing more advanced cancers, according to researchers.
Comment: Whilst the goal of these researchers is seemingly to develop a new class of drugs based upon omega 3 fatty acids, the reality is that there already exists a wealth of research and clinical studies about the health benefits of these essential micronutrients in fighting disease. To learn more, click here and here.
Vitamin C good for blood pressure: Meta-analysis
April 10, 2012
Short-term supplementation with vitamin C may reduce blood pressure, with benefits even greater for people with high blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis.
Comment: Modern Cellular Medicine provides a breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of high blood pressure. The main cause of high blood pressure is a chronic deficiency of essential nutrients in millions of artery wall cells. To read about clinical studies in high blood pressure conducted by the researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, click here. To access further studies and research reports on treating high blood pressure naturally, click here.
Marine omega-3s may reduce depressive symptoms: Study
April 6, 2012
Increased intakes of the marine omega-3s EPA and DHA may be associated with a decrease in the number of depressive symptoms, say researchers from the University of Rochester, New York.
Eating berries can cut men's risk of Parkinson's disease by 40 per cent
April 5, 2012
Eating strawberries, blue- berries, blackcurrants and blackberries could help to protect against Parkinson’s disease, researchers suggest. Men who ate the fruits along with other foods rich in flavonoids were found to be 40 per cent less likely to develop the brain disease. And those who ate berries at least once a week could cut their risk of developing the disease by a quarter compared with those who never ate them, the study by British and U.S. experts also found.
Pycnogenol Improves Symptoms of Menopause
April 4, 2012
Menopause is a normal change for women that typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 years. Menopause is diagnosed after the menstrual period has been absent for one year. Symptoms prior to menopause, or perimenopause, include hot flashes, night sweats, menstrual irregularities, vaginal dryness, dyspareunia, mild urinary incontinence, mood changes, cognitive changes and sleep changes. Currently, it is estimated that 37.5 million women are reaching or currently beginning menopause. Symptoms of perimenopause can have a considerable impact on the quality of life for some women, which is why many women seek alternative treatments. Recent research has shown that Pycnogenol, an extract from pine bark, is helpful in alleviating the symptoms of perimenopause.
L-Carnitine May Help Lung Health in Children
April 4, 2012
Childhood asthma has been called “a major public health problem” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Childhood asthma increased an average of 4.3% every year from 1980 to 1996. It accounts for 14 million missed school days each year, is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among those younger than 15 years of age, and costs society $3.2 billion each year . Now a new study suggests that L-Carnitine, shown to benefit exercise recovery, may also benefit lung health in children.
Sunshine vitamin supplements could boost critically ill survival rates
April 4, 2012
Vitamin D supplementation could help to boost survival rates of critically ill patients in hospital intensive care units, suggest researchers.
Omega-3s may improve health of blood vessels: Meta-analysis
March 29, 2012
Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve the function of blood vessels and support vascular health, says a new meta-analysis of 16 studies.
Thyme may be better for acne than prescription creams
March 28, 2012
Herbal preparations of thyme could be more effective at treating skin acne than prescription creams, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin this week.
Vitamin D supplements may help you live longer: Study
March 27, 2012
Vitamin D supplements may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes and boost survival for older people, suggests a new analysis.
Beetroot juice may lower blood pressure: Pilot study
March 21, 2012
Consuming beetroot juice or beetroot-enriched bread may reduce blood pressure due to the high nitrate content of the vegetable, says a new study from the UK.
Comment: A growing amount of research suggests that, in addition to lowering blood pressure, beetroot juice may boost performance and endurance during athletic activity, help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions and promote brain health in older adults.
Magnesium lowers blood pressure
March 15, 2012
Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire have found that magnesium supplements may offer small but clinically significant reductions in blood pressure. In a paper published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers also discovered that the size of the effect increased in line with increased dosage.
Comment: As “nature’s calcium antagonist,” magnesium is essential for an optimum mineral balance in the blood vessel wall cells. An optimum mineral balance is a precondition for the relaxation of the artery walls. However, rather than relying on a single-nutrient approach, the most effective strategy for eradicating high blood pressure naturally is to take advantage of “nutrient synergy”. To learn more about how high blood pressure can be eradicated naturally, click here and here.
Maternal supplementation could aid unborn baby growth
March 14, 2012
Supplementation with vitamins and minerals could help to boost the growth of unborn babies in developing countries, according to the results of a new study.
Exercise might boost kids' academic ability
March 12, 2012
Promoting physical activity among young school kids can end up improving their academic performance, a new study suggests.
Omega-3 may reduce risk of irregular heart beat: Harvard study
March 12, 2012
Increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common irregular heart beat (chronic arrhythmia) in adults, by about 30%, says a new study.
Calcium, vitamin D modulate human energy metabolism
March 12, 2012
There is considerable evidence that calcium and vitamin D intake are influential in modulating energy metabolism in humans, according to a study published online March 2 in Obesity Reviews.
Pine bark extract may ease menopause symptoms: Study
March 8, 2012
Daily supplements of a French maritime pine bark extract may ease the symptoms of menopause and ease digestive problems, says a new study with Italian university students.
Lutein & zeaxanthin may reduce cataract risk
March 7, 2012
Increased levels of lutein and zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of cataract by about 40%, suggests new research from Finland.
Strong scientific evidence that eating berries benefits the brain
March 7, 2012
Strong scientific evidence exists that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits has beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes, scientists report. Their new article on the value of eating berry fruits appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Scientists pinpoint how vitamin D may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer's
March 6, 2012
A team of academic researchers has identified the intracellular mechanisms regulated by vitamin D3 that may help the body clear the brain of amyloid beta, the main component of plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Vitamin D intake may be associated with lower stress fracture risk in girls
March 5, 2012
Vitamin D may be associated with a lower risk of developing stress fractures in preadolescent and adolescent girls, especially among those very active in high-impact activities, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging: Study
March 5, 2012
High intake of the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) could help protect the aging brain, according to research.
Taking a daily vitamin pill could prevent skin cancer, scientists reveal
March 2, 2012
A daily vitamin pill could help prevent skin cancer - particularly among women, it has emerged. Scientists say taking food supplements containing vitamin A can make people less likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. A study found that retinol - a key component of Vitamin A - could protect against the illness.
Taurine may provide heart health benefits: Study
March 2, 2012
Taurine could provide protection against heart disease in women with high cholesterol, according to the results of a new study.
Multivitamins may boost short-term memory, says meta-analysis
March 1, 2012
A daily multivitamin may improve immediate recall memory, according to a meta-analysis of 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials.
Vitamin D may ease painful periods
February 28, 2012
A single large dose of vitamin D may help women with painful periods feel more comfortable and skip painkillers, Italian researchers report.
Flavonoid rich citrus fruits may reduce stroke risk
February 27, 2012
Consumption of flavonoid rich foods and supplements could lead to reductions ischemic stroke risk, say researchers.
Leucine supplements may combat muscle loss in older people
February 27, 2012
The amino acid leucine may help older people synthesize muscle in response to lower protein meals, suggests a new study.
Vitamin D3 may cut fat mass, boost heart health markers
February 24, 2012
Daily supplements of vitamin D3 may improve certain markers of heart health like HDL cholesterol, and lead to significant reductions in body fat mass in overweight and obese people, says a new study.
Omega-3 linked with reduced risk for smallest babies
February 21, 2012
Omega-3 fatty acids may have a role in preventing heart attack or strokes in adults who were small at birth, according to University of Sydney researchers. The findings published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, suggest the use of supplements for the first five years of a child's life may prevent the development of such life-threatening conditions.
Vitamin C 'boosts tumour death in cancer patients'
February 20, 2012
Researchers claim to have found evidence that vitamin C can boost tumour death in brain cancer patients, a finding which could pave the way for an effective treatment for the disease. An international team, led by University of Otago, says its research has revealed that high doses of vitamin C makes it easier for radiation therapy to kill brain tumour cells in cancer patients.
Comment: The publication of this study is yet another sign that the 'cancer industry' realizes the replacement of chemotherapy and radiation by natural health approaches is now inevitable. For the meantime, however, it is still trying to control the field of cancer treatment by ‘marrying' an old profitable approach (radiation) with a new approach (vitamin C). This 'delaying tactic' is being employed for one reason only: To protect the Pharma Cartel's near-trillion dollar a year income by diverting people's attention away from Dr. Rath's discoveries and the research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, which, without using either chemotherapy or radiotherapy, have already been shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. To read Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki's groundbreaking book, 'Victory Over Cancer', click here. To read independent research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting cancer, click here.
Quercetin-glucosamine-chondroitin mix shows joint health potential
February 20, 2012
Combining quercetin with the established joint health ingredients glucosamine and chondroitin may reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis, suggests new data from Japan.
Comment: The findings of this study constitute further evidence of the effectiveness of the nutrient synergy approach pioneered by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and the researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.
Vitamin D, Calcium and the Vitamin D Receptor in Colon Cancer Prevention
February 20, 2012
In recent years, nutritional research of vitamin D has reached beyond bone health to include potential benefits to the treatment of diabetes, cancer, heart and brain disease. The receptor to vitamin D has been identified within the cells of at least 37 different tissues of the body. Adequate levels of vitamin D and calcium may confer protection against many diseases including the risk of colon cancer and colorectal adenoma, as evidenced by an accumulating number of studies.
Omega-3s linked to slower eye sight loss in people with retinal disease: Study
February 14, 2012
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids in combination with vitamin A supplements may slow the decline in eye sight in people with retinitis pigmentosa, says a new study in the Archives of Ophthalmology.
Magnesium linked to better blood pressure: Meta-analysis
February 13, 2012
Supplements of magnesium may offer 'small but clinically significant reductions' in blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis from the UK.
Comment: Worldwide, several hundred million people suffer from high blood pressure. Of all cardiovascular health conditions, this is the single largest epidemic. The epidemic spread of this disease is largely due to the fact that, until now, the causes of high blood pressure have been insufficiently, or not at all, understood. Modern Cellular Medicine provides a breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of high blood pressure. The main cause of high blood pressure is a chronic deficiency of essential nutrients in millions of artery wall cells. To read about clinical studies in high blood pressure conducted by the researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, click here. To access further studies and research reports on treating high blood pressure naturally, click here.
Exercise in early 20s may lower risk of osteoporosis
February 13, 2012
Physical exercise in the early twenties improves bone development and may reduce the risk of fractures later in life, reveals a study of more than 800 Swedish men carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Comment: Regular physical activity is a precondition for good health and should be performed by everyone. To read research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting osteoporosis, click here.
Fish oil might help prevent psychiatric disorders
February 9, 2012
A study is now underway to test the effectiveness of Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) for treating psychiatric symptoms. This new study by Researchers at Zucker Hillside Hospital's Recognition and Prevention (RAP) Program, is a randomised double-blind trial that was designed to test whether Omega-3 fatty acids improve clinical symptoms, and help adolescents and young adults (ages 12 to 25) who are at elevated risk for severe psychiatric disorders function better in school, work and other social environments.
Pneumonia wonder drug: Zinc saves lives
February 8, 2012
Respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, are the most common cause of death in children under the age of five. In a study looking at children given standard antibiotic therapy, new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine shows how zinc supplements drastically improved children's chances of surviving the infection. The increase in survival due to zinc (on top of antibiotics) was even greater for HIV infected children.
Green tea helps keep elderly agile, study finds
February 8, 2012
Elderly adults who regularly drink green tea may stay more agile and independent than their peers over time, according to a Japanese study that looked at thousands of people.
Integrative medicine: Vitamin D can help turn health around
February 1, 2012
The winter season is upon us, with a lack of daylight hours, cloudy days and temperamental weather. And so we pack on the winter pounds, get the winter blues, and go into relative metabolic hibernation until spring arrives. But what if we could circumvent some of this seasonal downturn in our health? Paying attention to our vitamin D intake may be a way to improve our health, and to improve a host of medical conditions.
Vitamin C Prevents Radiation Damage
February 1, 2012
Workers with severe radiation exposure at the Fukushima nuclear plant had major reduction in cancer risk when supplemented with vitamin C and other anti-oxidative nutrients. Sixteen men aged between 32 and 59 years worked 5 to 6 weeks in a radiation contaminated area, collecting contaminated water, measuring radiation levels, operating heavy machinery, and removing debris. Blood samples were obtained to measure whole blood counts and blood chemistry, plasma levels of free DNA, and 47 cancer related gene expressions.
Four workers who took intravenous vitamin C (25,000 mg) therapy before they went in, and continuously took anti-oxidative supplements during the working period, had no significant change in both free DNA and overall cancer risk.
Three workers that did not have preventive intravenous vitamin C had an increase in calculated cancer risk.
Maternal omega-3 reduces eczema risk in children: Study
January 31, 2012
Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy could cut the risk of babies developing eczema and egg allergies by over a third, say researchers.
Honey could be effective at treating and preventing wound infections
January 31, 2012
Manuka honey could help clear chronic wound infections and even prevent them from developing in the first place, according to a new study published in Microbiology. The findings provide further evidence for the clinical use of manuka honey to treat bacterial infections in the face of growing antibiotic resistance.
Vitamin D Can Boost Fertility In Men And Women
January 30, 2012
Going on holiday to sunnier climes could help boost your chances of having a baby, a study has revealed. Researchers discovered that sunlight boosts fertility in men and women by increasing their levels of vitamin D.
Green tea may reduce functional disability risk: Study
January 27, 2012
Consuming at least five cups of green tea per day may reduce the risk of functional disabilities like osteoporosis and stroke, suggests new data from Japan.
January 26, 2012
Migraines are seriously debilitating and affect nearly 10% of the United States population. Women are affected more than men, at a ratio of about 3:1 (18% vs. 6%). There is an economic impact as well. It is estimated employers lose about $13 billion annually from lost workdays due to migraines. Not only are migraines extremely painful for those that experience them, but persons who have migraines are more likely to suffer from other chronic conditions, such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, hypertension and depression. Also, those that have a major depressive episode are almost three times as likely to have a migraine than those that do not have an episode (20.4% vs. 7.3%). Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, shows promise in helping those that suffer from migraines.
Aged garlic reduces cold and flu severity: RCT data
January 26, 2012
Supplements of an aged garlic extract may reduce the number of days a person suffers from cold and ‘flu by 61%, says data from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
Study unlocks Pycnogenol’s skin health mechanism
January 26, 2012
Daily supplements of an extract from French maritime pine bark may boost skin elasticity by 25% and skin hydration by 8%, says a new study.
CoQ10 may enhance anti-inflammatory potential of Med diet
January 24, 2012
Supplementing a Mediterranean-style diet with co-enzyme Q10 may reduce markers of inflammation and improve a range of health measures, including heart and joint health.
Magnesium May Benefit Stroke Risk
January 23, 2012
In the United States, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds, totaling 795,000 Americans each year. Of those Americans suffering a stroke, 137,000 will die, about 1 every 4 minutes, accounting for 1 of every 18 deaths. Stroke is currently the number 4 cause of death in the U.S. and will cost $73.7 billion for stroke-related medical costs and disability in 2010. While nutrition, including olive oil, 1000 mg per day of potassium, over 35 grams of fiber per day and over 47 mg of flavonols per day may help with stroke risk, a new study suggests that magnesium may also help.
Magnesium may reduce stroke risk: Meta-analysis
January 19, 2012
Increased intakes of magnesium in the diet may reduce the risk of stroke, says a new meta-analysis from Sweden. Pooling data from seven prospective studies revealed that, for every 100 mg per day increase in magnesium intake, the risk of stroke was reduced by about 9%.
Daily dose of rosehip extract could help cut heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels
January 18, 2012
A daily dose of the herbal remedy rose hip could cut the risk of heart disease, new research shows.
More vitamin E linked to better mental function: Study
January 11, 2012
People with decreased mental function and Alzheimer's disease are more likely to have low blood levels of vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols, suggest new findings from an international team of researchers.
Omega-3 linked to better memory in former depressives: Study
January 11, 2012
Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in membranes of red blood cells (erythrocytes) is associated with better mental function in older people recovering from depression, suggests new research.
Pycnogenol Improves Both Mental and Cellular Health in Elderly
January 9, 2012
Pycnogenol is a bark extract from the French maritime pine that is rich in plant antioxidants called polyphenols. These polyphenols are thought to be responsible for pycnogenol's significant health benefits at levels of 100-150 mg of Pycnogenol per day for up to 8 weeks. While recent research found 100 mg of Pycnogenol per day for 8 weeks to show “a role for Pycnogenol to improve cognitive function in normal students”, research also suggests that Pycnogenol may also improve cellular health and mental health in the elderly.
Inositol Helps Metabolic Health in Postmenopausal Women
January 9, 2012
Metabolic Syndrome affects over 47 million Americans and is characterized by a number of risk factors that include central obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen), increased blood pressure (130/85 mmHg or higher), and insulin resistance (the body can't properly use insulin to control blood sugar). The condition is also known as “Syndrome X” because it consists of so many symptoms. Metabolic Syndrome becomes a significant problem for postmenopausal women due to the physiological changes brought on by menopause. The increased risks of obesity, reduced blood sugar control and high blood pressure characterized by Metabolic Syndrome all increase the risk of cardiovascular disease which costs our healthcare system $450 billion per year. Now a new study (4) suggests inositol may help with metabolic health in postmenopausal women.
Vitamin D again shows anti-diabetic activity
January 9, 2012
Increased blood levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of developing diabetes, suggests data from Spain that adds to a growing both of science supporting the anti-diabetic potential of the sunshine vitamin.
Omega-3 may enhance benefits of strength training for the elderly
January 6, 2012
Supplementing a strength training regime with omega-3-rich fish oil may enhance the benefits of the regime, says a new study with 45 elderly women.
'Silver bullet' supplement could slow brain aging
January 4, 2012
Professor David Rollo and a group of researchers at McMaster may have found a "silver bullet" when it comes to slowing the aging of the brain. The team's latest paper documents a new dietary supplement that completely maintains learning ability in older mice. "These findings are not just significant, they're remarkable," says Rollo. The tests were conducted by Vadim Aksenov, a PhD candidate in the Rollo laboratory in McMaster's Department of Biology. A complex nutritional supplement containing 30 ingredients, including vitamins such as B1, C, D and E, along with beta-carotene, ginseng, green tea extract, cod liver oil and other acids and minerals, was used in the test.
Comment: In finding that a combination of micronutrients is effective in maintaining brain function, this study essentially confirms the nutrient synergy approach to health pioneered by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and the researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute. The concept of nutrient synergy maximizes the health benefits of micronutrients through the discovery they work best in "teams". Thus, it is not the intake of any one single nutrient that ensures good health, but rather a combination of various different micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements. The groundbreaking research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute focuses on nutrient synergy as the most effective approach to optimizing cellular metabolism and restoring its balance, and has repeatedly shown that this approach is more effective than using individual nutrients, or their random combination.
Micronutrient combination may boost male fertility: Study
January 4, 2012
A combination of eight micronutrients may boost sperm quality and enhance the chance of conception, suggests new data from Austria.
Exercise cuts bowel cancer risk
January 4, 2012
Researchers at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) have found people who engage in vigorous physical activity may be protected against types of colorectal cancer.
Gold kiwifruit may slash severity of common cold: Study
January 2, 2012
Eating a couple of gold kiwifruit every day may reduce the severity of symptoms of the common cold, says new data from New Zealand.
Comment: Kiwifruit are a dietary source of vitamin C, a key micronutrient that has previously been shown to be helpful in the treatment of the common cold. To access scientific studies on the use of vitamin C against the common cold, click here.
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