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Up to date news and comment about worldwide developments in natural health.
Vitamin E 'may help slow down onset of dementia'
December 31, 2013
Daily doses of vitamin E may help slow down the onset of dementia, a new study has indicated. In a study of 613 people with mild or moderate symptoms of dementia, those who were given a large dose of vitamin E supplements each day experienced a slower decline in their condition than those who were given a placebo.
A highly promising pilot study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research broke new ground in 2012 by identifying a safe and effective natural alternative to drug therapy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Like the Magi, carrying myrrh, frankincense, and gold, researchers from the University of Leicester have, for the first time, demonstrated the potential of treating ovarian cancer using the Christmas gift frankincense.
Nutritional supplementation with antioxidants and the B-complex vitamins has been shown to help prevent dementia. Half of all cases of Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, could be attributable to known dietary and lifestyle risk factors, and at least one fifth of current cases could be prevented right now.
A tomato-rich diet may help protect at-risk postmenopausal women from breast cancer, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Vitamins, Minerals Reduce AIDS Mortality
December 17, 2013
Twenty-six years ago, I worked with a client (woman, late 20s) who was HIV positive. She was a heavy drinker and drug user, a smoker, had a terrible diet, and a series of bad personal relationships. Her health was deteriorating. Desperate, she decreased her drug and alcohol use. She still smoked, ate a poor diet, and was under great stress. She took multivitamin/multimineral supplements irregularly. But she took a lot of vitamin C very regularly, for over two decades. Twenty-six years later, doctors cannot detect HIV in her system. They now say that she never had it. She did. She probably still does. But they cannot find it. She has no symptoms.
Vitamin D doses closer to 1,000 IU per day may be needed to lessen bone loss in postmenopausal women, says a new study from the UK.
A nearly 20-year observational study involving more than 44,700 black women nationwide found that regular vigorous exercise offers significant protection against development of an aggressive subtype of breast cancer. The findings from the Black Women's Health Study are being presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
A recent clinical trial from Japan demonstrates that vitamin D supplementation may be especially beneficial to patients with Parkinson disease.
New research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that omega-3 fatty acids in dietary supplements can cross the blood brain barrier in people with Alzheimer's disease, affecting known markers for both the disease itself and inflammation. The findings are presented in the Journal of Internal Medicine, and strengthen the evidence that omega-3 may benefit certain forms of this seriously debilitating disease.
Comment: Scientific evidence shows that omega-3 supplements are effective in controlling a wide variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, chronic inflammation and cancer. To learn more, visit the special omega-3 section on our Worldwide Studies and Research page and the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Increased intakes of magnesium may help people with a high cardiovascular risk to live longer, according to a new study from Spain.
Vitamin D decreases pain in women with type 2 diabetes and depression, according to a study conducted at Loyola University Chicago.
Long-term (24-month) supplementation with multivitamins plus selenium for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients in Botswana in the early stages of disease who had not received antiretroviral therapy delayed time to HIV disease progression, was safe and reduced the risk of immune decline and illness, according to a study appearing in the November 27 issue of JAMA.
Comment: Contrary to what the Pharma Cartel and its stakeholders in medicine and the media would have you believe, scientific evidence has clearly shown that micronutrients are effective in the control of HIV and AIDS. So much so, in fact, that even Dr. Luc Montagnier – recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of HIV – has now spoken out for nutrition and micronutrients in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To read about a clinical pilot study conducted in South Africa in HIV positive patients with advanced AIDS, click here. To access independent studies using micronutrients in HIV/AIDS, visit the Worldwide Studies and Research page on our Foundation website and the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Painful periods (primary dysmenorrhea) afflict approximately 25% of all women, with estimates for adolescents reaching as high as 90%. Given the prevalence of this disabling condition, and that treatment usually involves NSAID drugs and sometimes oral contraceptives - both of which have serious, even life-threatening side effects - natural alternatives are desperately needed. So what better place to look than your spice rack, which an under reported body of clinical research indicates may offer solutions at least as effective as drugs. There are no less than three clinical studies in the medical literature comparing fennel to the NSAID drug mefenamic acid for the treatment of painful periods in women.
A study led by Madhwa Raj, PhD, Research Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, has found that a super cocktail of six natural compounds in vegetables, fruits, spices and plant roots killed 100% of sample breast cancer cells without toxic side effects on normal cells. The results, which also revealed potential treatment target genes, are published in the November 2013 issue of The Journal of Cancer.
Comment: Nutrient synergy approaches like this are the future of medicine. A novel, scientifically based concept that has been introduced and successfully applied by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and their research team, the nutrient synergy approach is based on the fact that micronutrients work in the body by forming teams. This allows for achieving greater biological effects than when single nutrients are used, even in high doses. For maximum synergistic effect, it is necessary to select the correct nutrients and combine them in the right proportions. To access a wide variety of studies on the health benefits of nutrients from plants, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
People who regularly eat nuts appear to live longer, according to the largest study of its kind. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested the greatest benefit was in those munching on a daily portion.
Increased omega-3 levels may boost behavior, attention,
November 19, 2013
Increasing the levels of DHA and EPA omega-3s in red blood cells by dietary supplementation may improve attention, literacy, and behavior in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new study from Australia.
Men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet and took fish oil supplements had lower levels of pro-inflammatory substances in their blood and a lower cell cycle progression score, a measure used to predict cancer recurrence, than men who ate a typical Western diet, UCLA researchers found.
Comment: Victory Over Cancer IS possible! A wealth of scientific research and clinical studies have shown the paramount importance of essential cellular nutrients in controlling cancers of the prostate and other organs. To learn more, visit the Worldwide Studies and Research page on our Foundation website, the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website and the Scientific Facts section of the Cancer-Free World website.
High-dose resveratrol may boost heart health
November 13, 2013
Daily supplements containing resveratrol may reduce the production of compounds responsible for the build-up of cholesterol in the body of overweight and obese people, says a new study.
Adequate vitamin D levels are important for maintaining kidney transplant recipients' health, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2013 November 5-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.
Comment: In the area of cardiovascular medicine, no medical procedure was more celebrated than the first heart transplant carried out by South African physician Christian Barnard, M.D. Today, however, we know that the correct way to treat heart failure is not by replacing the organ but by refueling it with bioenergy in the form of cellular micronutrients. To all intents and purposes, treating heart failure with a heart transplant operation is like replacing your car engine when you simply ran out of fuel. To learn how kidney disease can be treated naturally, visit the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -- a health problem in which the lungs lose their inherent springiness, making it progressively harder to breathe -- can have a dramatic effect on the ability to exercise and even perform simple activities of daily life because of the disease's fallout effects on skeletal muscles.
In a large prospective study published online in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers looked at the association between nut consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer among 75,680 women in the Nurses' Health Study, with no previous history of cancer. Consumption of nuts, including tree nuts (such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts), was inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer, independent of other potential risk factors for pancreatic cancer.
Drinking nitrate-rich beetroot juice for four days prior to a running time trial may boost performance, according to results of a study with trained female runners.
Increased intakes of magnesium are associated with decreased metabolic biomarkers of insulin resistance in non-diabetics, says a new study.
Supplementation with EPA-rich omega-3 fatty acids could help battle inflammation in the macula and therefore improve the vision in patients with dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), according to the findings of a new pilot study.
ADHD is not caused by a drug deficiency. But it may indeed be caused by profound nutrient deficiency, more accurately termed nutrient dependency. Although all nutrients are important, the one that an ADHD child is most likely in greatest need of is vitamin B-3, niacinamide.
Mediterranean diet may protect against cognitive decline, depression and stroke: Meta-analysis
October 29, 2013
Adherence to a Mediterranean diet may contribute to the prevention of a variety of conditions linked to the aging brain, including cognitive decline, depression and stroke, say researchers.
Moderate Exercise Not Only Treats, but Prevents Depression
October 28, 2013
Physical activity is being increasingly recognized as an effective tool to treat depression. PhD candidate George Mammen's review published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has taken the connection one step further, finding that moderate exercise can actually prevent episodes of depression in the long term.
Researchers say supplement cuts muscle loss in knee replacements
October 25, 2013
Twenty grams of essential amino acids taken twice daily for a week before and for two weeks after knee-replacement surgeries helped 16 patients, mean age 69, recover faster and with much less muscle atrophy than a control group ingesting a placebo..
Melatonin, B-Vitamins and Amino Acids Show Promise for Reflux Disease
October 24, 2013
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition where the muscle connecting the esophagus to the stomach does not close properly. Stomach contents leak back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn and acid indigestion. An estimated 44% of US adults experience GERD symptoms monthly, costing our healthcare system $24 billion per year. Ways to help with GERD include increasing fiber intake as well as fruits and vegetables. Now a new study has found that melatonin, B-vitamins and amino acids may also help.
EPA stands alone as a depression fighter
October 22, 2013
Omega 3s have been studied for their effect on cognitive health for decades. The science linking EPA with this health indication is less well developed than that for DHA, but new results are coming to the fore all the time, experts say.
Comment: Recent research and clinical studies confirm that essential micronutrients such as EPA, DHA, vitamin D and Curcumin are effective in fighting depression. To learn more, visit the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Regular moderate to vigorous exercise improves teens' academic performance, and particularly seems to help girls do better in science, indicates research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The improvements were sustained over the long term, with the findings pointing to a dose-response effect -- the more intensive exercise was taken, the greater the impact on test results.
A combination supplement containing zinc, vitamin C and Pycnogenol, an extract from French Maritime Pine bark, may be effective in shortening duration of the common cold and lessening the seven ‘pillar’ symptoms, including runny nose, nasal obstruction, sore throat, sneezing, high temperature, cough and general discomfort.
Comment: This study provides a good example of how, through using a nutrient synergy approach, carefully chosen groups of micronutrients can achieve greater biological effects in the body than when used individually. For maximum synergistic effect, it is necessary to both select the correct nutrients and combine them in the right proportions. The scientific concept of nutrient synergy has been introduced and successfully applied by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and their research team at the Dr. Rath Research Institute over many years now. To learn more about the nutrient synergy approach to health, visit the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
High serum omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content protects against brain abnormalities
October 17, 2013
According to a new study, high long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content in blood may lower the risk of small brain infarcts and other brain abnormalities in the elderly. The study was published in Journal of the American Heart Association.
Carol L. Cheatham, PhD, developmental cognitive neuroscientist with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) at the NC Research Campus, has research findings that prove just how critical fatty acids are to the cognitive development and cognitive functioning of infants, toddlers and young children.
Iron supplementation can provide cognitive
October 15, 2013
Giving daily iron supplements to anemic primary-school–aged children can have cognitive and physical benefits, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
New research suggests that high dietary intake of polyphenols are associated with longevity
October 10, 2013
It is the first time that a scientific study associates high polyphenols intake with a 30% reduction in mortality in older adults. The research, published on Journal of Nutrition, is the first to evaluate the total dietary polyphenol intake by using a nutritional biomarker and not only a food frequency questionnaire.
Comment: For optimum health, our daily micronutrient intake should include a wide variety of biologically active plant substances. To learn about the health benefits of green tea extracts, quercetin, resveratrol, curcumin, cruciferous vegetable extracts and other biological compounds contained in plants, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Drop and give me 20. But don't forget to eat your blueberries before and after you complete those push-ups. It turns out that that the fruit, already renowned for its extraordinary health properties, also delivers greater polyphenol absorption and fat-burning benefits during and after exercise.
Findings from a study involving thousands of postmenopausal women suggest that women who develop invasive breast cancer may benefit from taking supplements containing both multivitamins and minerals. The new research, published today in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, found that the risk of dying from invasive breast cancer was 30 percent lower among multivitamin/mineral users compared with nonusers.
Comment: Following a study published last year which similarly confirmed that micronutrients may cut cancer risk, the publication of this latest study is a further sign that the replacing of chemotherapy with natural approaches for controlling cancer is essentially 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.
Supplements of omega-3s may slow cellular ageing in older people with mild cognitive impairment, according to results of a pilot randomized clinical trial.
Comment: Numerous clinical studies have now documented the paramount importance of Omega-3 supplements in maintaining optimum health. To learn more, visit the Worldwide Studies and Research section of our Foundation website.
Improved understanding of the roles of inflammation and oxidative stress in psychiatric disorders has generated new leads in the search for novel therapies. One such investigative compound currently in clinical trials is an amino acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), which appears to reduce the core symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, autism and cravings in addictions including cocaine, cannabis abuse and cigarette smoking.
Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, suggests a review of evidence published in BMJ today.
Comment: Dr. Rath’s discovery reveals that coronary heart disease occurs for exactly the same reason that clinical (early) scurvy does – a deficiency of vitamin C in the cells composing the artery wall. Humans, unlike animals, develop heart disease because their bodies cannot produce vitamin C. The average diet provides enough vitamin C to prevent scurvy, but not enough to guarantee stable artery walls. As a consequence of vitamin C deficiency, millions of tiny cracks and lesions develop in the artery walls. Subsequently, cholesterol, lipoproteins and other blood risk factors enter the damaged artery walls to repair these lesions. In the case of chronic vitamin deficiency, this repair process becomes continuous. Over the course of many years, atherosclerotic deposits develop. Deposits in the arteries of the heart eventually lead to heart attack; deposits in the arteries of the brain lead to stroke. To learn how cardiovascular disease can be eradicated naturally, visit the Dr. Rath Research Institute website and read Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!
Increased blood levels of vitamin K1 are associated with improved episodic memory in healthy older adults, says a new study that provides support for vitamin K and brain health.
A groundbreaking new study published in Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has revealed that garlic is at least as effective as the blockbuster blood pressure lowering drug atenolol in reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients diagnosed with essential hypertension, a condition linked to the #1 cause of death in developed countries.
Insomnia is characterized by a number of sleep-related problems, including an inability to initiate or maintain sleep and early morning awakening due to an inability to resume sleeping. Insomnia often manifests as excessive daytime sleepiness, frequently resulting in functional impairment throughout the day. Insomnia is estimated to cost our healthcare system more than $60 billion per year, robbing each American of 11.3 days of work each year. Statistics show the prevalence of insomnia to be as high as 40-50% of elderly people older than 60 years of age. This is of significant concern because memory weakness and increased reaction time caused by insomnia put the elderly at higher risk for falling, cognitive impairments, weak physical function, and a nearly 3 times higher risk of mortality. Finally, insomnia frequently results in decreased quality of life and general health and increased health costs, stress, and depression. Now a new study suggests that magnesium supplementation may be an affordable and effective way to help improve sleep quality.
New evidence suggests that taking vitamin B supplements may help reduce the risk of stroke. The research appears in the September 18, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Comment: Every second man and woman in the industrialized world dies from the consequences of atherosclerotic deposits in the coronary arteries (leading to heart attack) or in the arteries supplying blood to the brain (leading to stroke). The epidemic spread of these cardiovascular problems is largely due to the fact that, until now, the true nature of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease has been insufficiently understood. To learn how cardiovascular diseases can be eradicated naturally, visit the Cellular Health section on our Foundation website and read chapter 2 of Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!
Supplemental resveratrol should be considered as an adjunct to standard anti-diabetic agents in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, according to two studies conducted at the University of Medical Sciences in Iran and JSS University in India.
Comment: Worldwide, more than 100 million people suffer from diabetes. Diabetic disorders have a genetic background and are divided into two types: juvenile and adult. Juvenile diabetes is generally caused by a genetic defect that leads to an insufficient production of insulin in the body and requires regular insulin injections to control blood sugar levels. The majority of diabetic patients, however, develop this disease as adults. Adult forms of diabetes also have a genetic background. However, the causes that trigger the outbreak of the disease in these patients at any stage in their adult lives have been unknown. It is, therefore, not surprising that diabetes is yet another disease that is still growing on a global scale. To learn how diabetes can be eradicated naturally, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website. To learn more about the health benefits of specific plant compounds such as resveratrol, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
‘Timely’ research: Higher omega-3 levels linked to lower risk of depressive symptoms
September 17, 2013
American women with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids have a 49% reduction in risk of elevated depressive symptoms, a result that has been hailed as ‘timely’ by a leading industry expert.
Comment: Recent research and clinical studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids and other micronutrients are effective in fighting depression. To learn more, visit the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
An estimated 5 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from dry eye. Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) occurs when the body cannot properly produce tears to lubricate the eye or when the surface of the eye becomes inflamed or irritated. Because omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, they were used in a study to determine if supplementation might help chronic dry eye.
Comment: Clinical studies and scientific research have documented the paramount importance of micronutrients and nutrition in maintaining eye health. To learn more, visit the Worldwide Studies and Research page on our Foundation website.
Heart failure is a serious condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood or oxygen to support other organs in the body. The condition affects around 5.7 million people in the U.S. and costs the nation $34.4 billion yearly (healthcare services, medications and lost productivity). Recent research has found that supplementing a combination of coenzyme Q10 and selenium for two years decreased the deterioration of cardiac function and cardiac death in participants with moderate heart failure.
Down syndrome fetuses dramatically benefit when their mothers increase their intake of the nutrient choline during pregnancy and nursing, report Cornell researchers in the journal Neurobiology of Disease. Increased choline by moms bolsters brain functions and plays a profound health role for Down syndrome offspring throughout their lives.
'Compelling data': RCT shows blueberry flavonoids boost endothelial function and heart health
September 11, 2013
Flavonoids from blueberries may improve vascular function in healthy men, according to findings of two randomized, controlled, double-blind, crossover human-intervention trials from Europe.
Consumption of omega-3 from food or supplements could help to improve sleep quality in children, according to new data presented yesterday.
Are you walking into rooms but can't remember why? Staring into the refrigerator and wondering what you needed? Forgetting familiar phone numbers? Maybe an orange or a carrot would help. A study from the University of Ulm suggests that people with mild dementia – an early sign of Alzheimer's Disease – have significantly lower blood concentrations of vitamin C and beta-carotene than their healthy counterparts. The researchers suggest it might be possible to influence the development of Alzheimer's Disease by your diet or by taking dietary antioxidants.
Comment: Scientific research and clinical studies have clearly shown the health benefits of a wide variety of micronutrients in fighting Alzheimer's disease. To learn more, visit the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website and the Worldwide Studies and Research on our Foundation website.
The cost of treatment for patients with low back pain is a worldwide health problem. The cost of all back pain in the United States is $240 billion and low back pain exceeds $100 billion per year, two-thirds of which are a result of lost wages and reduced productivity. While alternative healthcare options like chiropractic are cost-effective (patients with low back pain who sought chiropractic care first had 40% lower health care costs compared to medical care), a new study suggests that alpha lipoic acid and SOD (superoxide dismutase) may be a cost-effective way to help those with low back pain.
Quercetin is one of the most abundant of a type of antioxidants, called flavonoids. It is present in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and berries and shown to possess a number of healthful properties, most notably as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Now a new study suggests that quercetin combined with vitamin C may improve both inflammation and cell damage levels.
Comment: For maximum synergistic effect in both preventative and disease treatment situations, it is necessary to select the correct nutrients and combine them in the right proportions. This is because micronutrients work in the body by forming nutrient synergy teams which allow for achieving greater biological effects than is the case for single nutrients acting independently. To learn more about studies on the health benefits of quercetin and other specific plant components, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Dietary B vitamins may have favorable effects on blood pressure according to a “nutrient-wide” statistical study published by the American Heart Association.
Comment: Modern Cellular Medicine provides a major breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of high blood pressure, with a clinical study conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute having shown that the condition can successfully be controlled naturally, without drugs. To learn more, visit the Cellular Health and Studies Worldwide sections on our Foundation website.
Eating lots of broccoli may slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis, UK researchers believe.
A case-control study in Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing Za Zhi (Great China Journal of Liver Diseases) suggests that maintaining a healthy serum vitamin D level can help prevent liver cirrhosis, a precursor to more severe liver diseases such as liver cancer.
Lung cancer is deadly but a recent study in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that vitamin D may help prevent the disease. T.Y. Cheng from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA and colleagues conducted the study and found non-smokers who had intake of greater than 800 IU of vitamin D per day were almost 63% less likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer, compared with those who had intake of less than 100 IU per day.
Comment: To read an overview of the most recent research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting lung cancer, visit the Scientific Facts section of our Cancer Free World website. The collection of scientific information available on this website clearly proves that anyone who privately or publicly questions the health value of micronutrients in controlling cancer does not serve YOUR health, or the health of the people, but rather the interests of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical investment 'business with disease'. To read more studies on natural approaches to fighting cancer, visit the Studies Worldwide section on our Foundation website and the online library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Taking vitamin D supplements may lower children's risk of respiratory infections, according to a new study.
Comment: Contrary to the claims made by Wikipedia and other websites controlled by special interest groups, studies show that vitamins and other micronutrients are helpful in controlling the common cold and improving immunity. To learn more, visit the Studies Worldwide section of our Foundation website and the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.
Eating two kiwifruit a day can improve mood and energy levels, a new University of Otago study shows.
Comment: Notably, the scientists who conducted this study attributed the effects of the kiwifruit to its vitamin C content, which they stated helps activate a number of enzymes in the body that enhance the levels of metabolic energy and various neurochemicals in the brain.
Higher Intake of Fruits and Vegetables May Reduce the Risk of Bladder Cancer in Women
August 23, 2013
University of Hawaii Cancer Center Researcher Song-Yi Park, PhD, along with her colleagues, recently discovered that a greater consumption of fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of invasive bladder cancer in women.
Comment: The data in this study suggested that women with the highest intake of vitamins A, C, and E had the lowest risk of bladder cancer. To learn the scientific facts about the proven role of micronutrients in controlling bladder cancer, visit the Cancer Free World website.
Recent research from the University of Toronto has confirmed that even short-term use of cinnamon can significantly reduce blood pressure – especially among those who are prediabetic or type-2 diabetic.
Comment: Scientific research and clinical studies have documented the value of vitamin C, magnesium, coenzyme Q-10, arginine and other essential micronutrients in helping to normalize high blood pressure conditions. Dr. Rath’s Cellular Health recommendations comprise specific essential micronutrients that are needed for the optimum functioning of vascular wall cells and, thereby, contribute to preventing high blood pressure and helping reverse existing high blood pressure conditions. To learn more, visit the Cellular Health Research section of our Foundation website.
Eating lots of fruit might decrease your risk of developing a dangerous abdominal aortic aneurysm, according to a large, long-running study.
The essential amino acid supplement leucine is a practical and affordable way to prevent muscle wasting in bed-bound patients, say researchers.
A six-month treatment of fish oil can help reverse liver disease in children with intestinal failure, according to new research published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
Comment: Research and clinical studies have proven the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting liver disease. To learn more, visit the online library on the World Health Alphabetization website and the worldwide studies and research page on our Foundation website.
Overweight women who take regular intense exercise cut their risk of developing endometrial cancer, the most common form of womb cancer, by more than a third (39 per cent), according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer today.
Comment: A Cancer Free World is possible, but it needs your support to help bring it about. To learn about natural health approaches that have been shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease, we recommend the book ‘Victory Over Cancer’ by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki. To support our international initiative for a world free from cancer, sign the petition on the Cancer Free World website and educate yourself about the scientific facts.
Eating raw garlic can prevent cancer, study suggests
August 7, 2013
Eating raw garlic twice a week can cut the chances of lung cancer by almost half, new research suggests.
If you are among the millions of Americans suffering from joint pain and arthritis, there's good news about a favorite summer treat. According to research from Oregon Health & Science University, tart cherries help reduce the chronic inflammation that leads to pain. In fact, the Oregon researchers declared that tart cherries have the "highest anti-inflammatory content of any food" and can help osteoarthritis patients manage their condition.
Research has shown repeatedly that cruciferous vegetables fight cancer. Vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower contain a cancer-protective compound called sulforaphane. This powerful compound improves the liver's ability to detoxify carcinogens and other toxins. In fact, broccoli has been shown to kill the stem cells that make cancer immortal.
Supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 could help to boost eye health for people who suffer with dry eye, according to new RCT data.
Watermelon is so much more than just a highly refreshing summertime treat. From the perspective of a growing body of clinical research, it is a truly medicinal food. Only this month, research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found watermelon juice is an effective remedy for reducing the recovery heart rate and muscle soreness in athletes who were given 500 ml of watermelon juice (16.9 oz) containing 1.17 grams of the naturally occurring amino acid L-citrulline.
Omega-3 levels linked to cognition and behavior in schoolchildren: Oxford University study
July 19, 2013
Blood levels of DHA and other omega-3s are directly related to measures of cognition and behavior in schoolchildren with below average reading ability, says a new study from the UK.
A new study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research has confirmed for the first time in a randomized, controlled clinical trial that the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression.
A simple daily dose of the “sunshine vitamin” could be the key to keeping fit and active in old age.
Vitamin and mineral supplements can enhance mental energy and well-being not only for healthy adults but for those prone to anxiety and depression, according to a July 15 panel discussion at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo held at McCormick Place.
Vitamin D influences many other physiological processes, including muscle function, cardiovascular homeostasis, nerve function, and immune response. Furthermore, accumulated evidence suggests that vitamin D also mediates the immune system response to infection. Infections are very common in patients from neurosurgical intensive care unit.
Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord after birth benefits newborn babies, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The authors found babies' blood and iron levels were healthier when the cord was clamped later.
Increasing intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could cut the risk of developing breast cancer by up to 14%, according to a meta-analysis of 26 clinical studies.
Turmeric, a key ingredient in spicy curry dishes, has long been known to have medicinal values. Now new research finds a substance in turmeric, curcumin, may provide lasting protection against potentially deadly lung damage in premature infants.
Comment: To learn more about the health benefits of curcumin and other specific plant components, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Supplements of vitamin E tocotrienol in combination with antioxidant polyphenols and niacin may improve inflammatory markers and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in seniors, says a recent clinical trial.
Comment: This clinical trial essentially confirms the effectiveness of the nutrient synergy approach pioneered by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, which is based on the principle that the health benefits of micronutrients are maximized when combined in "teams." The nutrient synergy approach allows for achieving greater biological effects than would be possible using any single nutrient acting independently. For maximum synergistic effect, it is necessary to select the proper nutrients and combine them in the right proportions. Two of the plant components used in this clinical trial – resveratrol and quercetin – are particularly notable in that they have been shown to offer important health benefits. To learn more, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Consuming green tea may improve blood sugar management, according to a meta-analysis of 17 randomized clinical trials.
Comment: Conventional medicine concedes that the causes of high blood pressure are unknown in over 90% of patients. The frequent medical diagnosis “essential hypertension” was therefore established to describe high blood pressure conditions in which the causes remain unknown. As such, conventional, pharmaceutical-oriented medicine is confined to treating the symptoms of this disease. Beta-blockers, diuretics and other high blood pressure medications artificially lower the blood pressure (symptom-oriented approach) without correcting the primary underlying problem — a “spasm” of the blood vessel wall. However, by following the Cellular Medicine approach, high blood pressure can be eradicated naturally. Further information on studies using natural health approaches to control high blood pressure can be found on the Studies Worldwide page on our Foundation website.
The potential brain health benefits of increased intake of DHA at birth may take several years to emerge, according to data from a small cohort of children.
Comment: In this study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers found that children who had been fed formula with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA went on to exhibit significant positive effects in rule-learning and inhibition tasks, vocabulary tests and intelligence. For more information about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, visit the online library on the World Health Alphabetization website and the Studies Worldwide page on our Foundation website.
Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood may reduce the risk for hip fractures in postmenopausal women, recent research suggests.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that can be accompanied by fatigue, headache, sleep disturbances, and depression. Despite the fact that it affects up to 2% of Americans at a cost of $5,945 per patient each year, the cause of fibromyalgia has yet to be found. Research has started to suggest that cell damage by free radicals and improper function of the energy-making component of the cell, the mitochondrion, may contribute to the onset of fibromyalgia. Now a new randomized double blind study suggests that Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may benefit patients with fibromyalgia.
Increased levels of vitamin B6 are associated with less damage to DNA for men, suggests new data from Japan.
In women who have type 2 diabetes and show signs of depression, vitamin D supplements significantly lowered blood pressure and improved their moods, according to a pilot study at Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing.
Blindness in the developed world is most commonly caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Over 15 million Europeans are affected by this condition, a figure that is expected to double over the next decade. But the latest research has proven that certain nutrients can prevent this from happening, dispelling the idea that as we age, our eyesight subsequently deteriorates.
Many well-intentioned workout resolutions have been thwarted by the first signs of sore, stiff muscles in the days following a visit to the gym. A new study finds that two common kitchen spices help relieve that post-workout muscle pain.
Taking iron daily during pregnancy is associated with a significant increase in birth weight and a reduction in risk of low birth weight, finds a new study.
Vitamin D supplementation may help delay early onset of puberty in girls, a new clinical study finds. The results were presented Monday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Vitamin B3 may be useful in treating the inherited neurological disease Friedreich's ataxia, new findings suggest.
Vitamin C may substantially reduce bronchoconstriction caused by exercise, says Dr. Harri Hemila from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Hemila's meta-analysis "Vitamin C may alleviate exercise-induced bronchoconstriction" was published in BMJ Open (7 June, 2013).
Millions of people could reduce their risk of high blood pressure by going out in the sunlight every day, says a report published today.
Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years, which is likely why still today both rural and urban populations have some of the lowest prevalence rates of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the world. A recent study on patients with AD found that less than a gram of turmeric daily, taken for three months, resulted in 'remarkable improvements.'
Comment: To access the full text of this study, click here. To read about other important clinical studies documenting the paramount importance of micronutrients and nutrition in treating Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Worldwide Studies and Research page on our Foundation website and the Online Library on our World Health Alphabetization website.
Cigarette smokers – a group at increased risk of heart problems – may benefit from daily omega-3 supplements, suggest new data from Greece.
Superfoods have been shown to fight prostate cancer, in a ground-breaking study. Men who had been treated with surgery or radiotherapy for the disease were given a capsule containing essence of pomegranate, green tea, turmeric and broccoli. At the end of a six-month trial, their PSA levels - a protein which is an indicator of the cancer - were 63 per cent lower than those who took a placebo.
Comment: A large number of studies now exist showing the health benefits of green tea extracts, quercetin, resveratrol, curcumin, cruciferous vegetable extracts and other specific plant compounds. To learn more, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
A large scale statistical study has concluded that the use of oral nutritional supplements can cut the length of hospital stays, cut costs, and reduce the chance of readmissions.
Increased circulating levels of magnesium may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new meta-analysis from Harvard School of Public Health supporting the heart health benefits of the mineral.
A study of 100 German athletes has found daily supplementation with 300mg of CoQ10 form Ubiquinol significantly boosted their power performance.
A health supplement that is widely available on the High Street is being hailed as the biggest thing to slash deaths from heart failure in the past 10 years. Researchers are so convinced by the results they say the pills should be added to standard treatment. In a study, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplements were found to halve the number of deaths in heart patients from all causes.
Why is fish oil good for the heart? A new study suggests that this omega 3 fatty acid-rich nutrient could blunt some cardiovascular effects of mental stress.
Comment: Studies show that Omega 3 fatty acids from fish are useful in the control of not only cardiovascular disease but also neurological problems, chronic inflammation, cancer and other conditions. To learn more, visit the worldwide studies and research section of our Foundation website and the online library on our World Health Alphabetization website.
There is actually a wide spectrum of medical uses for vitamin C. Evidence exists documenting it as the best antiviral agent now available ... IF used at the proper dose. Vitamin C can neutralize and eliminate a wide range of toxins. Vitamin C will enhance host resistance, greatly augmenting the immune system's ability to neutralize bacterial and fungal infections. Now the National Institutes of Health has published evidence demonstrating vitamin C's anti-cancer properties. With so many medical benefits, why do so few doctors know of them?
Comment: Scientific interest in the use of vitamin C for the control of cancer has been growing for some years now. In a study published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in September 2005, scientists at the National Institutes of Health confirmed that vitamin C selectively kills cancer cells. In this respect, their work confirmed the discoveries of Dr. Rath and his research team who, over three years earlier, had presented their findings at the 19th Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference in Florida and published details of their scientific breakthrough in ‘USA Today’. Subsequently, in 2006, the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association followed up on this research when it published details of two cancer patients who had been cured using intravenous vitamin C and nutritional supplements. A third cancer patient who had followed a similar treatment regimen lived for seven years from diagnosis, the majority of which time she remained cancer-free despite being a long-standing cigarette smoker. Significantly, therefore, recent research confirms that high dose intravenous ascorbate treatments may reduce inflammation in cancer patients and that they are safe and well-tolerated.
Widely-used fish oil supplements modestly increase amounts of a hormone that is associated with lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
Taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women live longer, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
Vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB in the lab, scientists have found. The surprise discovery may point to a new way of tackling this increasingly hard-to-treat infection, the US study authors from Yeshiva University say in Nature Communications.
Comment: With an estimated 650,000 people worldwide currently having multidrug-resistant TB, finding a safe and effective way to control this dangerous public health problem is of vital importance. To learn more about recent research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting tuberculosis, visit the online library on our World Health Alphabetization website.
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, conventionally used for joint health, may have the potential to guard against colorectal cancer, according to researchers.
A new study is suggesting that a high dose of B vitamins could stop the onset of Alzheimer’s by preventing shrinkage of the medial temporal lobe, the area of the brain that defines the disease.
Comment: Over the past decades, the Pharma Cartel has spent billions of dollars trying, unsuccessfully, to come up with a patented synthetic drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Significantly therefore, this study, carried out by researchers from Oxford University in the UK and published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, shows that a nutrient synergy approach using a combination of vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid was successful in slowing the atrophy of gray matter in brain areas affected by the disease. To learn more about recent research and clinical studies on the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting Alzheimer's, visit the online library on our World Health Alphabetization website.
A new study has found for the first time that vitamin D supplementation can relieve the symptoms of Crohn's disease.
The amount of time asthma patients spend soaking up the sun may have an impact on the illness, researchers have suggested. A team at King's College London said low levels of vitamin D, which is made by the body in sunlight, was linked to a worsening of symptoms.
Men who are physically fit in middle age have a lower risk of developing and dying from certain cancers, new research indicates.
Increased intakes of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA may counter the alleviate oxidative stress in older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), says a new study from Malaysia.
Recent research has confirmed and quantified that whole extracts of Garlic and Ginger have the ability to stop several species of multi-drug resistant bacteria.
Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure, cut the risk of heart attack and stroke - and even prolong life, a study suggests.
Magnesium intake may be just as important as calcium is for healthy bone development, and parents should know that, suggest experts.
Comment: Healthy development and maintenance of bone is dependent not upon any single micronutrient acting alone, but on an optimum daily intake of specific micronutrients acting together in synergy. Significantly, therefore, research carried out by the Dr. Rath Research Institute has shown that the healing time for bone fractures can be reduced by supplementation with an essential nutrient complex containing vitamin C, vitamin B6, and the amino acids lysine and proline. To learn more, click here.
Preterm infants may need to be given 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day to ensure they develop strong bones, according to a study to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Pregnant women are advised not to smoke during pregnancy because it can harm the baby's lungs and lead to wheezing and asthma, among other problems. If a woman absolutely can't kick the habit, taking vitamin C during pregnancy may improve her newborn's lung function and prevent wheezing in the first year of life, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 4, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Comment: Amongst the wide variety of serious health problems that smoking causes, it also dramatically increases the risk for cardiovascular disease. The underlying reason for this is that cigarette smoke contains millions of free radicals, which are aggressive molecules that damage the cells of our blood vessels and other organs and accelerate biological rusting. Free radicals and other toxic substances in cigarette smoke reach the bloodstream via the lungs and can damage the blood vessel pipeline along its entire length of 60,000 miles. In the body’s defense against these aggressive molecules, antioxidants are used up. Among all antioxidants, vitamin C is the first one to be destroyed. With the body’s vitamin reserves thus depleted, cardiovascular disease starts in the blood vessel system — just as in early scurvy. For anybody who smokes, therefore, it is definitely worth the effort to stop.
Daily supplements of Pycnogenol, an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine, may help reduce health risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, suggests new data from a human study.
Vitamin therapy is a promising avenue to improving symptoms of pain, tingling and numbness in hands and feet typical of diabetic neuropathy, a study by Tulane University researchers concluded.
Increased blood levels of vitamin D may increase the rate of muscle recovery after intensive exercise, says a new study from Utah-based scientists.
A winter after discovering Canada for France, Jacques Cartier's exploration crew started suffering and dying from the dreadful scurvy disease in 1535. But thanks to an Iroquoian healer, they were miraculously cured by a tea made from pine bark. Nearly 500 years later, a research team from Western has found that an over-the-counter pill boasting the same antioxidants may reduce risk of cataracts – the clouding of the normally clear lens of an eye – when delivered through the correct method.
Taking a specific form of a vitamin E supplement can accelerate the health benefits that occur when people quit smoking, new research suggests. In the small study, improvement in blood vessel function associated with the added vitamin E potentially translates into an estimated 19 percent greater drop in future risk for cardiovascular disease.
The dangers of salt are well known, but a new study shows that you can reduce the chances of a stroke by eating more potassium.
Women who had sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely to develop fibroids than women with insufficient vitamin D, according to a study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health.
Drinking a cup of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure, researchers say. Drinking 250ml (8oz) cut high blood pressure readings by 10mm of mercury (mmHg) in a study of 15 patients, bringing some into the normal range, the journal Hypertension reports. Most marked after three to six hours, the effect was detectable a day later.
Women who had sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely to develop fibroids than women with insufficient vitamin D, according to a study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health.
L-Carnitine Significantly Improves Patient Outcomes Following Heart Attack, Study Suggests
April 11, 2013
L-carnitine significantly improves cardiac health in patients after a heart attack, say a multicenter team of investigators in a study published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Their findings, based on analysis of key controlled trials, associate L-carnitine with significant reduction in death from all causes and a highly significant reduction in ventricular arrhythmias and anginal attacks following a heart attack, compared with placebo or control.
Cohort study indicates that selenium may be protective against advanced prostate cancer
April 10, 2013
A greater level of toenail selenium was associated with a significant decrease in the risk for advanced prostate cancer, according to data presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, held in Washington, D.C., April 6-10.
A daily dose of fish oil may be good for a healthier heart in overweight, middle-aged men, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.
Vitamin D is vital for making our muscles work efficiently and boosting energy levels, new research from Newcastle University has shown. A study led by Dr Akash Sinha has shown that muscle function improves with Vitamin D supplements which are thought to enhance the activity of the mitochondria, the batteries of the cell.
Frequent consumption of walnuts could help to slash the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost a quarter, according to new research.
Drinking green tea or taking a supplement containing green tea extracts may improve the body’s antioxidant protection in people with the metabolic syndrome, says a new study.
High consumption of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids might be associated with a lower risk of dying among older adults by as much as 27%, according to new research.
Comment: Providing further support to this finding, additional studies show that omega-3 fatty acids can play important roles in the battle against cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, chronic inflammation, cancer and other health problems.
The heart health benefits of omega-3-rich fish oil may be linked to its ability to favorably influence the variability in heart rates, says a meta-analysis of 15 studies.
Supplements of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may improve memory and reaction times for healthy young people, says a new study that could ‘translate into far-reaching benefits’.
A combination of lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids may boost the pigment in the retina and help people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says new data from Germany.
Maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D can help people breathe better and may even protect against tuberculosis (TB), according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
Comment: A wide range of research and clinical studies now exist that show the health benefits of vitamin D and other micronutrients in fighting tuberculosis. This collection of scientific facts proves that anyone who privately or publicly questions the health value of micronutrients does not serve YOUR health, or the health of the people, but rather the multi-billion dollar investment 'business with disease' based on patented pharmaceutical drugs.
Childhood and adolescent obesity rates in the United States have increased dramatically in the past three decades. Being obese puts individuals at greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease in which individuals have too much sugar in their blood. Now, University of Missouri researchers found vitamin D supplements can help obese children and teens control their blood-sugar levels, which may help them stave off the disease.
Study reveals potential immune benefits of vitamin D supplements in healthy individuals
March 20, 2013
Research from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) shows that improving vitamin D status by increasing its level in the blood could have a number of non-skeletal health benefits. The study, published online in PLOS ONE, reveals for the first time that improvement in the vitamin D status of healthy adults significantly impacts genes involved with a number of biologic pathways associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease (CVD), infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases.
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from daily supplements of phosphatidylserine (PS), according to a new study from an international team of researchers.
Supplementation with vitamin D could help to improve muscle functions in people with low levels of the sunshine vitamin, according to new research.
Vitamin D supplements significantly reduced blood pressure in the first large controlled study of African-Americans, researchers report in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
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. Among other functions, these cells are responsible for the availability of “relaxing factors” (nitric oxide), which decrease vascular wall tension and keep the blood pressure in normal range. The natural amino acid arginine, vitamin C and other components of Dr. Rath’s Cellular Health recommendations contribute to the optimum availability of these artery wall relaxing factors. In contrast, chronic deficiency of these essential nutrients can result in spasms and a thickening of the blood vessel walls, which can eventually elevate blood pressure. To learn more about the Cellular Medicine approach to controlling high blood pressure, click here. To read independent studies showing the importance of micronutrients and nutrition in maintaining normal blood pressure, click here.
A study by researchers at King's College London highlights a link between lifelong exercise and improved brain function in later life.
Resveratrol, a substance found in the skin of red grapes as well as in pomegranates and Japanese knotweed, has been a popular dietary supplement for many years. It has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, possibly the potential to extend life, prevent several different cancers, protect the heart, ameliorate common diabetes symptoms, and control plaque in the brain and otherwise help with Alzheimer’s disease. And that isn’t even a complete list.
Comment: To learn more about the health benefits of resveratrol and other specific plant components, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Fertilisers could help tackle nutritional deficiency in African country, researchers say
March 12, 2013
Enriching crops by adding a naturally-occurring soil mineral to fertilisers could potentially help to reduce disease and premature death in the African country of Malawi, researchers have said.
Supplements of vitamin D may improve cardiovascular health for diabetics, says a new study with implications for recommended doses in diabetics.
Green Tea Extract Interferes With the Formation of Amyloid Plaques in Alzheimer's Disease
March 5, 2013
Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a new potential benefit of a molecule in green tea: preventing the misfolding of specific proteins in the brain. The aggregation of these proteins, called metal-associated amyloids, is associated with Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.
A daily multivitamin supplement may enhance mood and energy, according to new research conducted at Swinburne University of Technology.
Women who consume a diet rich in iron are up to 40% less likely to develop PMS than those who consume low amounts, say researchers.
Prenatal supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA may help to cut the risk of preterm and low birth weight babies, says new study data.
Taking omega-3 fish oils could help to protect against skin cancer, according to researchers at The University of Manchester. The team has just carried out the first clinical trial to examine the impact of the fish oils on the skin immunity of volunteers. Led by Professor Lesley Rhodes, Professor of Experimental Dermatology from the Photobiology Unit Dermatology Centre at the University, the study analysed the effect of taking omega-3 on 79 healthy volunteers.
Comment: Skin cancers can arise from various skin layers and cell types. The exposure of the skin to the environment has a special relevance because of a wide variety of carcinogens that can interact directly with the genetic material of the skin cells and increase the risk for skin cancer. Significantly, therefore, researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have investigated the effects of a specific micronutrient combination on human melanoma and murine melanoma skin cancer cell lines using both in vitro and in vivo approaches. To learn more, click here.
About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even drink wine with meals, a large and rigorous new study has found.
Consumption of green tea may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by modifying the metabolism of oestrogen, according to new research.
Comment: Research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has shown that a nutrient synergy combination including vitamin C, the amino acids L-lysine and L-proline and a green tea extract known as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) is effective in controlling more than two dozen different cancer cell types in multiple ways. To learn more, click here.
Exercise doesn't only strengthen your heart and muscles – it also beefs up your brain. Dozens of studies now show that aerobic exercise can increase the size of critical brain structures and improve cognition in children and older adults.
Daily supplements of extracts from the bark of French Maritime Pine may help reduce the symptoms of the menopause like hot flashes and night sweats, says a new study.
According to an updated Cochrane review on vitamin C and the common cold, vitamin C seems to be particularly beneficial for people under heavy physical stress.
Comment: Research shows that vitamin C and other micronutrients are effective against the common cold and in supporting the immune system. To learn more, visit the studies worldwide page on our Foundation website and the online library on our World Health Alphabetization initiative website.
Women who took folic acid supplements in early pregnancy almost halved the risk of having a child with autism. Beginning to take folic acid supplements later in pregnancy did not reduce the risk. This is shown in new findings from the ABC Study and Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study published in the Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA).
Women taking supplements containing isoflavones may have a lower risk of breast cancer, with high content supplements consistently linked with reduced risk, says a new analysis from Canada.
Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may reduce the rate of hip fracture by almost 40%, says a new analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI).
Sprinkling a spoonful of cinnamon on breakfast foods not only adds a burst of flavor but also dramatically lowers an individual's blood sugar levels, potentially reducing the chance of developing diabetes, says a new study from Ball State University.
A team of academic researchers has pinpointed how vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance the immune system's ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease.
Living in a sunnier climate may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to US researchers. Their study of more than 200,000 women, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggested a link between sunlight and the risk of developing the disease. They speculated that vitamin D, which is produced in sunlight, may protect the body.
Having adequate levels of vitamin D during young adulthood may reduce the risk of adult-onset type 1 diabetes by as much as 50%, according to researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The findings, if confirmed in future studies, could lead to a role for vitamin D supplementation in preventing this serious autoimmune disease in adults.
A high intake of carotenoid compounds may help to prevent or delay the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to Harvard researchers.
Daily supplements of lutein may improve vision and help with tasks such as driving at night, say data from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Oral supplements containing extracts from green tea may help protect against sunburn and the longer-term effects of UV damage, says a new study from the UK.
Supplementing children's diets with fish oil is one of several effective ways to raise a young child’s IQ levels, according to a new report.
In a new study, preliminary data yields conflicting but mainly positive evidence for the use of n–3 fatty acids and chromium in the treatment of bipolar depression. Limited evidence found that inositol may be helpful for bipolar depression, but larger sample sizes are needed. Preliminary randomized, controlled trials suggest that choline, magnesium, folate and tryptophan may be beneficial for reducing symptoms of mania.
Eating more fruit and vegetables may make young people calmer, happier and more energetic in their daily life, new research from the University of Otago suggests.
A study in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics suggests that taking megadoses of vitamin C before and after a person gets a cold or influenza can help prevent the viral infections and relieve symptoms effectively.
Comment: To read further studies about the use of vitamin C in preventing and treating the common cold, click here.
New research from Japan and China have confirmed that certain medicinal herbs and their constituents have the ability to directly inhibit influenza as well as stimulate the body's own immune system in order to counteract the flu virus. The most recent finding is from China's Northwest A&F University. Here researchers determined that two medicinal herbs known for clinical success in influenza treatment, and at least fifty phytochemicals contained in them, can inhibit the growth of the flu virus.
Comment: A wealth of studies now exist that show the health benefits of phytobiologicals such as green tea extracts, Quercetin, Resveratrol, Curcumin, cruciferous vegetable extracts and others. To learn more, please visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Choline supplementation during pregnancy presents a new approach to schizophrenia prevention
January 15, 2013
Choline, an essential nutrient similar to the B vitamin and found in foods such as liver, muscle meats, fish, nuts and eggs, when given as a dietary supplement in the last two trimesters of pregnancy and in early infancy, is showing a lower rate of physiological schizophrenic risk factors in infants 33 days old. The study breaks new ground both in its potentially therapeutic findings and in its strategy to target markers of schizophrenia long before the illness itself actually appears.
Women who ate at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week had fewer heart attacks. Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that have cardiovascular benefits.
Fish oil plus sterols and B vitamins may improve heart disease risk factors: Pilot study
January 11, 2013
A mixture of B vitamins, fish oils and plant sterols shows promise in boosting heart health by improving the lipid profile of young people with high levels of cholesterol, according to new research.
A nutritional supplement available over-the-counter may offer protection from Alzheimer's disease, a study by the University of Virginia and Northwestern University suggests. Researchers at Northwestern and U.Va.'s School of Medicine set out to evaluate the effectiveness of chiro-inositol, a compound that occurs naturally in certain foods and is available as a nutritional supplement, in protecting the brain from beta amyloid toxins, which cause Alzheimer's.
Three months of coenzyme Q10 supplementation may improve the morphology and motility of sperm in infertile men, according to new data.
Prescribing omega-3 supplements within two weeks of a heart attack reduces the risk of death by almost a third, claim UK researchers.
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