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Up to date news and comment about worldwide developments in natural health.
Analysis reveals big costs savings for DHA supplements during pregnancy
November 30, 2015
Supplementing pregnant mothers with DHA omega-3 could lead to significant costs savings for patients and healthcare systems, according to a new analysis from Australia.
Comment: Evidence continues to grow that supplements can reduce national healthcare costs. In one example, a study published in February 2013 found that supplement use can cut the length of hospital stays, decrease costs, and reduce the chance of readmissions. Particularly impressively, the researchers found that supplement use reduced the average length of hospital stays by over 2 days and the average cost by more than $4,700.
N-Acetyl Cysteine Benefits those with Bipolar Disorder
November 23, 2015
Those who took 2 grams of N-acetyl choline for 24 weeks had a significant 63.5% improvement in depression scores and a 54.6% improvement in bipolar depression scores compared to placebo.
Supplements may improve teenage behaviour in school: Oxford researchers
November 23, 2015
Giving nutrition supplements to teenagers may improve behaviour in schools, research from the University of Oxford has suggested.
Comment: For some years now, scientific interest has been growing in the possibility that behavioural problems may be treated through the use of nutritional supplements. Notably therefore, in a cutting edge experiment, researchers in the Netherlands are preparing to start a major study in which prisoners with anger management problems will be given supplements to determine whether improving nutritional status can reduce aggressive and antisocial behaviour. Building on previous work done in this area, inmates in five Dutch jails and two youth detention centres will be given vitamins, minerals and fish oil from early next year. If the approach proves successful, the country’s justice ministry plans to expand the program and offer the supplements to further prisoners with violent tendencies.
Grape seed extract reduces systolic blood pressure: Study
November 18, 2015
Grape seed extract reduces systolic blood pressure in middle aged adults with pre-hypertension by 5.6% after six weeks, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has suggested.
Dietary potassium may help prevent kidney and heart problems in diabetics
November 12, 2015
Diets rich in potassium may help protect the heart and kidney health of patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).
Comment: Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach provides a scientific breakthrough in understanding the cause, prevention, and adjunct management of diabetes. 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. This new understanding explains the reason for the severe circulatory problems that occur in this disease. Diabetes significantly increases the chances of developing atherosclerotic deposits, which by clogging the blood vessels can increase the risk of heart attacks, foot amputation, blindness and other severe consequences. Significantly, therefore, a six-month pilot study conducted by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has confirmed the positive effects of a synergistic combination of cellular micronutrients on diabetic patients. You can learn more about diabetes and read about this study here.
Chondroitin sulfate may beat anti-inflammatory drugs for knee health support
November 10, 2015
Daily supplements of chondroitin sulfate may be superior to celecoxib, a potent anti-inflammatory drug, for supporting knew joint health and delaying the progression of osteoarthritis, says a new study.
Comment: Not only are chondroitin sulfate supplements superior to celecoxib in the control of osteoarthritis, they are also completely safe. The known side-effects of celecoxib, on the other hand, are numerous and include serious liver problems; bleeding in the stomach or intestines; increased risk of heart attack or stroke; allergic reactions; breathing problems; skin problems; bloody or black, tarry stools; urinary problems; chest pain; shortness of breath; coughing up blood; heart rhythm problems; nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain; numbness or weakness in arms, legs or on one side of the body; calf pain; sudden or severe headache; dizziness; problems with vision, speech, or walking; swelling in hands, ankles, or feet; rapid weight gain; and tiredness or weakness. However, despite this incredibly long list of side-effects, the pharma industry ultimately benefits from them as further drugs are almost inevitably required in order to treat them. Thus, it can be seen that it is not in the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry to prevent diseases and health problems. To the contrary, in fact, their maintenance and expansion is a precondition for the industry’s financial growth.
Vitamin D Can Reduce Heart Disease Risks In Kidney Disease Patients
November 9, 2015
Supplementing with vitamin D is found to improve vascular health and reduce inflammation in early-stage chronic kidney condition.
Comment: With the end of heart disease now possible, the continued existence of the pharmaceutical industry depends on its suppression of the medical discoveries documented in Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking book, Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attacks – But People Do! If we, the people of the world, want to end the pharmaceutical "business with disease", it is therefore essential that we take advantage of these discoveries and help others to do the same. By sharing this important book as widely as possible, you can help save millions of lives and billions of dollars in health care costs.
Two decades of data and 100,000 participants support role of lutein-zeaxanthin in lowering AMD risk
November 6, 2015
Increased levels of lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with a whopping 40% reduced risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to researchers from Harvard and Brown.
Vitamin C kills tumor cells with hard-to-treat mutation
November 5, 2015
Maybe Linus Pauling was on to something after all. Decades ago the Nobel Prize–winning chemist was relegated to the fringes of medicine after championing the idea that vitamin C could combat a host of illnesses, including cancer. Now, a study published online today in Science reports that vitamin C can kill tumor cells that carry a common cancer-causing mutation and—in mice—can curb the growth of tumors with the mutation.
Comment: As the publication of this study demonstrates, little by little the scientific orthodoxy is catching up with Dr. Rath’s scientific discoveries in the area of cancer and the ongoing research being carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California. As documented in the book Victory Over Cancer by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, natural health approaches utilizing the power of Cellular Medicine have already been shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease.
Antioxidants may reduce oxidative stress in men with prostate cancer
November 3, 2015
A higher intake of antioxidants may lead to less oxidative stress among men with prostate cancer, US researchers have found.
Comment: Prostate cancer is the leading cancer in men; one in every six will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. In developed countries it is now the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among men. Worldwide, an estimated 12 million new cases are diagnosed each year. To learn how a specific combination of micronutrients including vitamin C, green tea extract, selenium and others opens up exciting new possibilities in treating prostate cancer, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s newsletter.
Increasing vitamin D supplementation
November 2, 2015
Elderly women should take in more vitamin D than previously recommended during the winter months. This is the finding of a new study just released by a team of researchers led by ETH Professor Michael B. Zimmermann.
Obese people need more vitamin E, but actually get less
November 2, 2015
A recent study suggests that obese people with metabolic syndrome face an unexpected quandary when it comes to vitamin E -- they need more than normal levels of the vitamin because their weight and other problems are causing increased oxidative stress, but those same problems actually cause their effective use of vitamin E to be reduced.
Vitamin D linked to lower blood pressure and improved fitness
November 1, 2015
Taking vitamin D supplements may lower blood pressure and boost exercise performance, research has shown.
Comment: Unlike the Cellular Medicine approach to controlling high blood pressure, 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 without correcting the primary underlying problem — a “spasm” of the blood vessel wall. To learn how high blood pressure can be eradicated naturally by addressing its root cause, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website.
The Indian village fighting fluoride poisoning with vitamins and clean water
October 29, 2015
A pioneering project to cure children crippled by fluoride poisoning holds hope for tens of millions of people.
Vitamin B3 can lower risk of skin cancer, researchers find
October 22, 2015
A simple oral dose of an active form of vitamin B3 may be the secret to stopping people with significant sun damage from developing some forms of skin cancer.
Comment: Skin cancer is the most common of all types of cancers. While melanoma is the most feared form of skin cancer, non-melanoma skin cancers occur far more often. For example, while the American Cancer Society estimates that 73,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, there will be 3.5 million new cases of non-melanoma cancers. To learn how a specific micronutrient combination has been shown to be effective in controlling skin cancer, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s fortnightly newsletter.
Certain carotenoids may hold protective role against breast cancer: Research
October 21, 2015
Specific carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer, research in China has suggested.
Comment: Around 1 in 8 women are likely to develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Worldwide, approximately 1.38 million new cases are diagnosed and 458,000 deaths occur from this disease every year. However, despite a variety of expensive treatment options and the availability of pharmaceutical drugs, the long-term outlook for the cure of breast cancer using orthodox approaches remains poor. To learn how a specific combination of micronutrients including vitamin C, lysine, proline, green tea extract and others have been shown to be effective in controlling breast cancer, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s fortnightly news page.
NAC supplements may benefit cardiovascular health: Human data
October 14, 2015
Four weeks of supplementation with N-acetylcysteine (NAC) may reduce levels of homocysteine and improve blood pressure, says a new analysis of two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials.
Vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women improves bone mass in offspring
October 12, 2015
Children born to mothers receiving vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy are more likely to have a higher bone mass if born during the winter months, according to recent study findings presented at The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Annual Meeting.
Selenium may help fight pre-cancer cervical condition
October 7, 2015
Long-term consumption of selenium supplements may help reverse the progression of the ‘pre-cancer’ condition cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 1 (CIN1), say researchers in Iran.
Comment: Although treatable in its early stages, once cervical cancer has metastasized patient outcome is poor. Significantly, therefore, research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California has shown that critical steps in its development and spread can be inhibited through the use of a specific combination of micronutrients that includes vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, and an extract from green tea.
Iodine Supplementation Shown to Improve Thyroid Function and Cholesterol Levels
October 5, 2015
To determine if iodine supplementation could alter thyroid hormone levels and cholesterol levels, 163 overweight or obese, iodine-deficient Moroccan women were randomly assigned to either a placebo group or a treatment group. The treatment group received 200 micrograms of iodine each day for 6 months. After 6 months, the thyroid hormone was 33% lower in the treatment group than in the placebo group. Thyroid hormone ratios also improved in the iodine group. The most drastic results were observed with reduction in cholesterol levels in the body.
Vitamin D3 supplementation helps women build muscle even after menopause
September 30, 2015
The benefits of vitamin D supplementation for postmenopausal women have been widely debated. But a new study from Sao Paulo, Brazil, now documents that vitamin D supplementation can significantly increase muscle strength and reduce the loss of body muscle mass in women as late as 12+ years after menopause.
Comment: Women benefit from proper micronutrient supplementation at all stages of life. For example, a woman’s body needs extra nutritional support during physiological transitions such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause. Women are also affected by different health problems than men and are more often diagnosed with autoimmune diseases, arthritis, osteoporosis and depression. To learn more, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s newsletter.
Organic Food during Mother's Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Male Birth Defects
September 30, 2015
Expecting mothers eating mostly organic produce reduce risk of urogenital anomalies in male offspring.
Daily dose of vitamin C can slash your risk of heart attacks
September 24, 2015
A daily dose of vitamin C could prevent strokes and heart attacks and provide protection against blindness and diabetes.
Comment: Slowly but surely, the message from the recent study published by our research institute – that an optimum intake of vitamin C is the key measure for preventing heart disease – is beginning to get through. Building on a discovery made by Dr. Rath in the early 1990s, the widespread spreading of this knowledge will ultimately deal a major blow to the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the pharmaceutical industry’s associated $30 billion annual sales in patented statin drugs.
Vitamin D linked to reduced risk of lung cancer: Meta analysis
September 22, 2015
Increasing vitamin D status is associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing lung cancer, according to a new meta-analysis of existing data.
Fruit and vegetables aren't only good for a healthy body – they protect your mind too
September 16, 2015
Eating a Mediterranean diet or other healthy dietary pattern, comprising of fruit, vegetables, legumes, and nuts and low in processed meats, is associated with preventing the onset of depression, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. A large study of 15,093 people suggests depression could be linked with nutrient deficits.
Comment: As the scientific concept of Cellular Medicine describes, deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other micronutrients are the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases. Based on this knowledge, Cellular Medicine defines an optimum daily intake of specific micronutrients as a basic preventative measure for maintaining health. The scientific principles underlying this approach should form the basis of a new global healthcare system. Each and every day that its implementation is delayed, countless thousands of patients worldwide continue to suffer and die from preventable diseases that are not actually real “diseases” but simply the consequences of a long-term deficiency of essential micronutrients.
Beetroot juice improves sprinting and decision-making during exercise
September 18, 2015
Rugby players take note: drinking high nitrate beetroot juice improves both sprint performance and decision-making during prolonged intermittent exercise such as rugby and football, according to scientists from the University of Exeter.
Resveratrol impacts Alzheimer's disease biomarker
September 11, 2015
The largest nationwide clinical trial to study high-dose resveratrol long-term in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease found that a biomarker that declines when the disease progresses was stabilized in people who took the purified form of resveratrol.
Comment: Evidence is growing that Alzheimer’s disease can be controlled using natural approaches. For example, a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed 168 elderly people and found that a combination of B vitamins and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids can prevent brain shrinkage, a hallmark of the devastating condition. To learn more about the natural treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, visit the online library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Vitamin C 'as effective' as regular exercising for heart patients, overweight adults
September 9, 2015
Exercising is important for maintaining physical fitness and good health. However, a recent study conducted by the researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder suggests that vitamin C supplements and daily physical exercise provide the same benefits in terms of blood circulation in overweight and obese people.
Comment: In April 2015, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California published a groundbreaking study in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease proving that heart disease is an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Building on a discovery made by Dr. Rath in the early 1990s, this publication deals a major blow to the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the pharmaceutical industry’s associated $30 billion annual sales in patented cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. To learn more about this study, read the official press release on our Foundation website. To learn how heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and many other cardiovascular conditions can be prevented naturally, without drugs, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!
Dutch prisoners to get extra vitamins to curb aggression
September 7, 2015
The Netherlands is about to begin a major experiment in which people in jail will be given food supplements to determine if certain vitamins make them less aggressive.
Comment: In recent years, research conducted in the Netherlands, the UK, the United States and other countries has resulted in growing evidence that a poor diet containing a low intake of micronutrients may be a modifiable causal factor in antisocial behaviour. As a result, the role food supplements can potentially play in shaping social behaviour – both in prisons and in the wider community – is becoming increasingly clear. The underlying thesis is simple: the brain needs to be nourished just like all other parts of the body, and it is therefore vital to consider the nutritional needs of the brain as a key factor in governing behaviour. To learn more about the link between nutrition and behaviour, visit the website of the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour.
Vitamin D increases muscle strength: Review
September 1, 2015
Vitamin D supplementation significantly increases upper and lower limb strength, a review of seven trials has found.
Amino acid supplements may boost vascular endothelial function in older adults: Study
August 28, 2015
A combination of HMB (a metabolite of leucine), glutamine and arginine may improve vascular function and blood flow in older people, says a new study.
Vitamin D may play key role in preventing macular degeneration
August 27, 2015
Vitamin D has been studied extensively in relation to bone health as well as cancer. Now, a team led by a researcher at the University at Buffalo has discovered that vitamin D may play a significant role in eye health, specifically in the possible prevention of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, among women who are more genetically prone to developing the sight-damaging disease.
Comment: Research and clinical studies have shown that micronutrients such as the carotenoid zeaxanthin, alpha carotene, vitamins C and E, and zinc are beneficial in the control of macular degeneration. To learn more, visit the online library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Lemon Juice Could Prevent Norovirus Infection
August 26, 2015
Citric acid may prevent the highly contagious norovirus from infecting humans, scientists discovered from the German Cancer Research Center. Therefore, lemon juice could be a potentially safe and practical disinfectant against the most common pathogen of severe gastrointestinal infections.
Pregnant women's diet linked to baby heart risk
August 25, 2015
Women who eat healthily before and during pregnancy may cut the risk of their baby developing a heart problem, researchers believe.
Comment: Still unrealized by many doctors, research and clinical studies have clearly demonstrated the health benefits of micronutrients in pregnancy and fertility. To learn more, visit the online library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
GABA supplementation improves planning for actions
August 18, 2015
People show an enhanced ability of prioritizing planned actions after the ingestion of the food supplement GABA. Psychologists Laura Steenbergen and Lorenza Colzato, with their colleagues at the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition and fellow researchers from the Technical University of Dresden, published their findings inScientific Reports.
Vitamin D supplements could help reduce falls in homebound elderly
August 17, 2015
Every year falls affect approximately one in three older adults living at home, with approximately one in 10 falls resulting in serious injury. Even if an injury does not occur, the fear of falling can lead to reduced activity and a loss of independence. Research has shown that vitamin D plays a key role in maintaining muscle integrity and strength and some studies suggest vitamin D may reduce the risk of falls.
Omega-3 supplements may reduce psychosis risk: researchers
August 12, 2015
For young people at high risk of developing schizophrenia, a 12-week intervention with omega-3 supplements might reduce the long-term risk of progression to the psychotic disorder, according to a paper published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.
Every mother-to-be 'should take iodine to boost baby's brain': Taking supplement can increase child's IQ and help development during early months
August 10, 2015
Giving pregnant women a simple supplement would boost babies’ brain power and make billions for the economy, experts say. Iodine helps brain development, particularly in the womb and first months, and improves children’s IQ.
Curcumin for sports nutrition? RCT supports role for pain reduction after heavy exercise
August 10, 2015
Supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment that gives turmeric its color, may reduce pain associated with exercise, and perhaps boost performance, says a new study.
Comment: Research shows that curcumin is effective in helping control depression, inflammation, cancer, arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases. To read study abstracts on the health protective effects of curcumin and other specific plant compounds, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Continuous supplementation with carotenoids may further boost eye health: Study
August 7, 2015
Sustained supplementation with the macular carotenoids can lead to greater augmentation of macular pigment and improve contrast sensitivity, says a new study.
Comment: Research and clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of micronutrients in helping control eye diseases such as glaucoma, night blindness, cataracts, optic neuritis and others. To learn more, visit the worldwide studies and research page on our Foundation website.
Astaxanthin may reduce soccer player muscle damage: Study
August 7, 2015
The carotenoid astaxanthin can reduce muscle inflammation “induced by rigorous physical training” Serbian researchers have found.
Diet to beat dementia: Eating food rich in vitamins and minerals keeps the brain younger
August 6, 2015
A diet bursting with superfoods like whole grains, nuts and berries can help keep the brain seven years younger, research suggests. Experts say the key to boosting mental function is to eat meals packed with large doses of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Magnesium supplements may help blood sugar management for pre-diabetics: RCT
August 4, 2015
Magnesium chloride supplements may lower blood sugar levels and counter insulin resistance, says a new study from Mexico.
Comment: You may be surprised to learn that the fastest growing disease in the world today is diabetes. Every day approximately 5200 Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, which results in hundreds of cases of leg amputations, blindness and kidney failure. Worldwide, diabetes is one of the most common non-communicable diseases and is at the forefront of the public health challenges the world faces this century. In the last two decades, the number of people suffering from diabetes has skyrocketed and is projected to increase from 171 million in 2000 to 438 million in 2030. To learn how micronutrients can help in maintenance of blood sugar, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s fortnightly news page.
Amino acids may improve arterial health and blood pressure: Study
July 28, 2015
Increased intake of select amino acids may improve blood pressure and measures of arterial health in healthy women, says a new study from England.
Comment: One in every three adults – approximately 67 million people in the United States – already has high blood pressure, with many more having pre-hypertension. Hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure, is diagnosed when blood pressure readings are consistently higher than 140/90. Worldwide, there are over 1 billion people living with uncontrolled hypertension and the number is expected to increase 60% by the year 2025. The lifetime risk of developing high blood pressure is more than 90% after the age 55-60. To learn how micronutrient synergy helps in high blood pressure, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s fortnightly news page.
Vitamin E significantly improves liver function for fatty liver patients: Meta-analysis
July 22, 2015
Vitamin E can significantly improve liver function in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) including non-alcoholic steatohepatisis (NASH), a meta-analysis of five clinical trials.
Elderberry benefits air travelers
July 21, 2015
The negative health effects of international air travel are well documented but now it seems that the common elderberry can provide some relief.
Mediterranean Diet Can Help Men Fight Prostate Cancer
July 21, 2015
Mediterranean diet can help New Zealand men fight prostate cancer, says a study by researchers from University of Auckland.
Comment: Research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has demonstrated how prostate cancer can respond to a specific combination of micronutrients including vitamin C, green tea extract, selenium and others. By taking advantage of micronutrient synergy, studies using this approach have repeatedly proven to be the most effective approach to health. Making possible the affecting of multiple biological targets at once, a synergistically chosen combination of micronutrients can simultaneously affect key mechanisms of cancer, improve the functions of many organs, and provide multiple other positive health benefits.
‘Vitamin E tocotrienols are potential candidates for maintenance of heart health’, says study
July 16, 2015
Garlic extract may be an effective weapon against multi-drug resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTI), according to a recent study published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science.
Cinnamon Vs. Ibuprofen For Menstrual Pain
July 10, 2015
Why risk using a pain killer with deadly side effects? Natural alternatives are often not only safer but more effective, and cinnamon is no exception.
Using garlic to combat antimicrobial resistant urinary tract infections
July 10, 2015
Garlic extract may be an effective weapon against multi-drug resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTI), according to a recent study published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science.
Why Eating More Vitamin C Can Help You Live Longer
July 8, 2015
Vitamin C has long been touted for its health-boosting benefits, but new research has found it goes one step further — it can help you live longer.
Comment: This study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that people with the highest concentrations in their blood of vitamin C were the least likely to develop heart disease or die prematurely. Notably therefore, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California recently published a groundbreaking study in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease proving that heart disease is an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Building on a discovery made by Dr. Rath in the early 1990s, this publication deals a major blow to the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the pharmaceutical industry’s associated $30 billion annual sales in patented cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. To learn more, read this press release.
‘An exciting finding’: Are the brain health benefits of B vitamins dependent on omega-3 levels?
July 6, 2015
B vitamins may protect against age-related brain wasting, but only in people with high omega-3 levels, says a new study from the University of Oxford that extends our understanding of how nutrients work together.
Comment: Through finding that the ability of B vitamins to protect against age-related brain-wasting is dependent upon people having optimum levels of omega-3 fatty acids, this study essentially further validates the micronutrient synergy approach pioneered by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and the researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California. Over many years, the scientific research conducted at the Institute has demonstrated that the most effective results from micronutrient supplementation are achieved by applying specific and properly selected micronutrient combinations acting in biological synergy. To learn more, and to access additional studies utilizing the nutrient synergy approach, visit the online library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Omega-3s show ‘positive effects’ for athletic endurance and muscle function
July 1, 2015
Supplements of omega-3s may improve neuromuscular function and aspects of fatigue for athletes, says a new study from the University of Toronto.
Comment: Regular physical activity is a precondition for achieving and maintaining good health. Moderate, regular exercise such as walking or bicycling is ideal and can be performed by everyone. Significantly therefore, studies show that micronutrients such as vitamin C, L-carnitine, CoQ10, L-arginine and others can have a variety of beneficial effects in people who exercise, including those who suffer from health problems.
Omega-3 supplements, antioxidants may help with preclinical Alzheimer's disease
June 30, 2015
Here's more evidence that fish oil supplementation and antioxidants might be beneficial for at least some people facing Alzheimer's disease: A new report describes the findings of a very small study in which people with mild clinical impairment, such as those in the very early stages of the disease, saw clearance of the hallmark amyloid-beta protein and reduced inflammation in neurological tissues.
Comment: A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that supplements can halt the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Carried out over a period of two years by scientists at the University of Oxford in the UK, it followed 168 elderly people and showed that a combination of B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids prevented brain shrinkage, a hallmark of the devastating condition. Potentially a significant development in the control of Alzheimer’s disease, by employing a micronutrient synergy-type approach it provided further clinical evidence that the most effective supplementation can be achieved by utilizing carefully chosen combinations of nutrients acting in biological synergy.
Cognitive-boosting blackcurrants show Parkinson’s potential
June 25, 2015
Two varieties of blackcurrant have been found to boost cognitive performance and alertness, with one variety showing particular promise in blocking the enzymes associated with Parkinson's.
Zinc supplements reduce pregnancy complications & new-born infections: Study
June 23, 2015
Zinc supplementation of zinc-deficient women reduces pregnancy complications and new born infection, say Egyptian researchers.
Comment: There is now clear scientific evidence that micronutrient supplements improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes. To learn more, visit the online library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Green tea supplement backed for prostate cancer reduction: RCT findings
June 1, 2015
Consumption of a green tea extract has been suggested to reduce rates of cancer in certain individuals while reducing levels of the cancer biomarker prostate-specific antigen (PSA), say researchers.
Comment: Studies conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki have shown that the green tea extract epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) has multifaceted actions in cancer prevention and carcinogenesis. A potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrient, it works in synergy with other micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine and proline in simultaneously controlling multiple mechanisms in cancer growth and spread. Research carried out at the Institute has proven that a specific combination of micronutrients containing EGCG is effective in preventing cancer metastasis by inhibiting the action of collagen digesting enzymes and, in addition, the growth of new blood vessels to the tumor (anti-angiogenesis).
Mega-doses of Vitamin D may decrease hospital stays for critical care patients, study suggests
May 27, 2015
Hospitalized patients often have insufficient levels of vitamin D because of the lack of physical activity and exposure to the sun. Vitamin D is thought to increase the ability of immune cells to fight infection.
Omega-3s may slow age-associated muscle loss: RCT data
May 22, 2015
Fish oil-derived omega-3s may slow the normal decline in muscle mass and function in healthy older people, says a new study from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.
Omega-3 consumption could enhance ‘cognitive flexibility’ in older adults
May 22, 2015
A higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could lead to better cognitive flexibility in adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's, say researchers.
Higher doses of Vit E could protect lungs from air pollution
May 16, 2015
British researchers have found that vitamin E may help offset the negative effects of air pollution on our lungs.
B Vitamin Is Found to Help People Prone to Some Types of Skin Cancer
May 13, 2015
An inexpensive vitamin can help reduce the occurrence of common skin cancers in people prone to that disease, researchers reported on Wednesday. In a clinical trial, people who took two pills a day of nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3 available as a nutritional supplement, had a 23 percent lower risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer than those who took placebo pills.
More iron equals bigger babies, research suggests; personalised nutrition can help
May 13, 2015
Depleted maternal iron levels in early pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of the baby being ‘small for gestational age’, something the study’s authors say needs a personalised nutrition solution in the absence of official recommendations.
Research points to omega-3 as a nutritional intervention for childhood behavioral problems
May 8, 2015
At the forefront of a field known as "neurocriminology," Adrian Raine of the University of Pennsylvania has long studied the interplay between biology and environment when it comes to antisocial and criminal behavior. With strong physiological evidence that disruption to the emotion-regulating parts of the brain can manifest in violent outbursts, impulsive decision-making and other behavioral traits associated with crime, much of Raine's research involves looking at biological interventions that can potentially ward off these behavioral outcomes. A new study by Raine now suggests that omega-3, a fatty acid commonly found in fish oil, may have long-term neurodevelopmental effects that ultimately reduce antisocial and aggressive behavior problems in children.
Amino acid found in some foods could improve oral health
May 7, 2015
A naturally occurring amino acid found in some foods could help millions of people avoid cavities and gum disease, researchers have revealed. Arginine, a common amino acid, could help significantly improve oral health as it breaks down dental plaque, according to a collaborative study by experts at Newcastle University and University of Michigan, USA.
Pine bark extract may boost endothelial function in at-risk people
May 6, 2015
Daily supplements of extracts from French Maritime Pine bark may strengthen metabolic parameters, reduce LDL cholesterol and curb oxidative stress in people with an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD).
Omega-3s may boost performance for cyclists: Study
May 6, 2015
Supplements containing omega-3s may increase concentrations of NO and boost blood flow, thereby enhancing exercise performance in cyclists, says a new study from Poland.
Dietary carotenoids linked to lower type 2 diabetes risks in healthy adults
May 1, 2015
High dietary intakes of alpha- and beta-carotene are associated with reduced type 2 diabetes risk in generally healthy adults, says data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Netherlands (EPIC-NL).
Cranberry juice helps ward off common infection
April 28, 2015
University of Michigan researchers have identified one more health benefit of the tart, red berries we most often associate with the holidays. Cranberries—in this case, in extract capsule form—have been found to lower the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) by 50 percent in women who have a catheter in place while undergoing elective gynecological surgery.
Fish-liver oil when younger may reduce heart disease risk when older
April 27, 2015
Consuming fish-liver oil three times weekly in adolescence or midlife may reduce a woman’s chances of coronary heart disease later in life, say Icelandic researchers.
Comment: Scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California have published a groundbreaking study in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease proving that heart disease is an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Building on a discovery made by Dr. Matthias Rath in the early 1990s, this publication deals a major blow to the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the pharmaceutical industry’s associated $30 billion annual sales in patented cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. To learn more, read the 25 April, 2015 press release on our website.
Pooled analysis confirms vitamin E as a treatment for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
April 23, 2015
Results revealed today at The International Liver Congress 2015 show that vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol) is an effective treatment for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH occurs when the liver becomes inflamed due to the accumulation of fat.
‘Great economical and clinical benefit’: Garlic is an ‘effective and safe approach’ for BP management, says meta-analysis
April 21, 2015
Dietary supplements with garlic (Allium sativum) may beneficially affect blood pressure for hypertensives, says a meta-analysis of 7 randomized controlled trials.
Supplements can halt Alzheimer’s in groundbreaking dementia prevention treatment
April 19, 2015
The first treatment to arrest the development of Alzheimer’s disease has been revealed by University of Oxford scientists. The groundbreaking two-year study discovered a combination of B vitamins and omega-3 found in oily fish prevented brain shrinkage, a hallmark of the devastating condition that develops in 550 people a day in the UK.
Mushrooms boost immunity
April 17, 2015
Could a mushroom a day help keep the doctor away? A new University of Florida study shows increased immunity in people who ate a cooked shiitake mushroom every day for four weeks.
Vitamin D during pregnancy may improve newborn outcomes: Meta-analysis
April 15, 2015
Supplements of vitamin D during pregnancy may increase birth weight and length of newborns, says a new systematic review and meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials.
What impact will mid-life vitamin D levels have on cognitive health 13 years later?
April 15, 2015
Higher vitamin D levels at middle age may pre-determine better cognitive outcomes later in life, according to a 13-year follow-up study.
Vitamin K1 may improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels for pre-diabetics
April 14, 2015
Supplements containing vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) may improve glycemic status and insulin sensitivity for premenopausal and pre-diabetic women, says a new study.
Vitamin D may offer pain and movement support for obese people with joint health issues
April 10, 2015
Ensuring adequate levels of vitamin D may boost the movement of obese individuals with osteoarthritis compared with obese people with insufficient D levels, says a new study from the University of Florida.
Boost Memory, Regenerate Neurons with This Ancient Plant
April 10, 2015
Considering the fact that gingko biloba is the oldest known tree in existence (deemed for this reason a "living fossil"), isn't it poetic how this plant has also been used to promote long life as both a food and medicine in traditional cultures as well?
Vitamin D – depression link seen in 5000-strong study
April 7, 2015
Those with higher vitamin D levels have a lower risk of depression, according to a Finnish population study.
Understanding fish oil benefits during pregnancy
March 31, 2015
A study by University of Western Australia has advanced understanding of why children whose mothers take fish oil supplements during pregnancy have greater health benefits.
Folic acid may help elderly weather heat waves
March 31, 2015
Supplemental folic acid can enhance blood vessel dilation in older adults, according to Penn State researchers, suggesting that folic acid supplements may be an inexpensive alternative for helping older adults to increase skin blood flow during heat waves and reduce cardiovascular events.
Ginger: The Enemy of Type 2 Diabetes
March 25, 2015
Ginger has been studied to have value in over 150 health conditions with type 2 diabetes top on the list. With anti-diabetic drugs linked to increased cardiovascular mortality, natural alternatives are needed now more than ever.
Comment:Conventional medicine is confined to treating the symptoms of diabetes by lowering elevated blood levels of sugar. However, cardiovascular disease and other diabetic complications occur even in those patients with controlled blood sugar levels. Thus, lowering blood sugar levels is a necessary, but incomplete, treatment of diabetic disorders. Modern Cellular Medicine now provides a breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of adult diabetes. The primary cause of adult onset 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 and the blood vessel walls, as well as other organs. To learn more, visit the Cellular Health section of our website.
Vitamin D supplements may slow prostate cancer
March 23, 2015
Vitamin D supplements may slow or prevent low-grade prostate cancer from progressing, a small new study suggests.
Melatonin can help you get a good night's sleep in a noisy environment
March 19, 2015
Using melatonin could provide more and better quality sleep compared to using an eye mask and earplugs in a simulated noisy and illuminated environment, according to research published in open access journal Critical Care. This study was carried out on healthy subjects but could have future implications for intensive care unit (ICU) patients.
Vitamin D may help prevent and treat diseases associated with aging, study finds
March 17, 2015
Vitamin D may play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of diseases associated with aging, according to researchers at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). These findings were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Aging and Gerontology.
Vitamin K Supplementation Shown to Improve Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels
March 16, 2015
An estimated 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes and 89 million have pre-diabetes. That equates to 1 in 3 US adults with pre-diabetes, which is important to note because diabetes increases the risk of death by 50% and costs $245 billon each year. Regulating blood sugar and insulin levels can help prevent pre-diabetes from becoming diabetes. Recent research has found that supplementing with vitamin K1 can improve glycemic control of both blood sugar and insulin levels in pre-diabetic pre-menopausal women.
High dose zinc acetate lozenges may help shorten symptoms associated with the common cold
March 16, 2015
According to a meta-analysis published in BMC Family Practice, high dose zinc acetate lozenges shortened the duration of common-cold associated nasal discharge by 34%, nasal congestion by 37%, scratchy throat by 33%, and cough by 46%.
Comment: Contrary to the impression given by the mass media, several studies have also shown vitamin C (ascorbic acid) to be effective in controlling symptoms associated with the common cold. To learn more, visit the Worldwide Studies and Research page on our Foundation website.
Iron and zinc found to be a mood booster for women
March 12, 2015
Deakin University health researchers have found that increasing iron and zinc intakes can help boost a woman's mood and memory and may be a way to address cognitive decline in old age.
Mediterranean diet could cut heart disease risk by nearly half
March 9, 2015
People following a Mediterranean-style diet could slash their risk of heart disease by up to 47%, according to a new ten-year study.
Lutein/zeaxanthin may boost retinal sensitivity for people with early AMD: Long-term study
March 5, 2015
Two years of supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin may boost macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and retinal sensitivity in people with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says a new study.
Comment: Vitamins and other micronutrients play key roles in the maintenance of good eyesight. To learn how these natural health approaches can help prevent blindness and control diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, optic neuritis and other common eye problems, visit the Worldwide Studies and Research section of our Foundation website.
Omega-3 fatty acids appear to protect damaged heart after heart attack
March 4, 2015
Taking omega-3 fatty acids appeared to lower inflammation and guard against further declines in heart function among recent heart attack survivors already receiving optimal standard care, according to results from a randomized, controlled trial to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego.
Comment: Research clearly shows that omega-3 fatty acids are useful in controlling not only cardiovascular disease but also neurological disease, chronic inflammation, cancer and other health problems. To learn more, visit the special omega-3 research page on our Foundation website.
Lycopene may ward off kidney cancer in older women
March 2, 2015
A higher intake by postmenopausal women of the natural antioxidant lycopene, found in foods like tomatoes, watermelon and papaya, may lower the risk of renal cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer.
Vitamin D and omega-3 together may help mental illness
February 27, 2015
Vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function and social behaviour with particular relevance for battling ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, say researchers.
Sunshine vitamin can stop diabetes: Boost your health just by going outside
February 24, 2015
A lack of vitamin D rather than obesity makes people more likely to develop the condition, a study has found.
The Doctor Game: Magnesium wards away the undertakers
February 20, 2015
In 1979 Dr. David Chipperfield reported a finding in the British medical journal, Lancet. He had discovered that patients suffering from angina pain had low blood levels of magnesium. Equally important, he found that by prescribing this mineral, often referred to as “nature’s natural dilator,” the spasm of the coronary artery could be relieved, preventing a fatal heart attack and ultimately, the need to call an undertaker.
Ingredient in olive oil kills cancer cells with their own enzymes
February 16, 2015
A Rutgers nutritional scientist and two cancer biologists at New York City's Hunter College have found that an ingredient in extra-virgin olive oil kills a variety of human cancer cells without harming healthy cells. The ingredient is oleocanthal, a compound that ruptures a part of the cancerous cell, releasing enzymes that cause cell death.
Higher folate diet may reduce migraine frequency
February 16, 2015
Eating more folate, found in various green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, may reduce migraine frequency, a QUT research team has found.
Consuming oily fish could repair damaged blood vessels
February 13, 2015
Eating oily fish may not only keep your heart healthy but it could actually help to fix damaged blood vessels faster, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, University of Reading scientists have found.
Curcumin may improve cholesterol levels for people with MetS: Study
February 9, 2015
Daily supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment from turmeric, may help slash LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with metabolic syndrome, says a new study from Taiwan.
Cochrane review should ‘end all the debates on chondroitin’s efficacy for osteoarthritis’
February 6, 2015
Chondroitin sulfate is safe and efficacious for improving pain and functional capacity in people with osteoarthritis, says a new review from the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.
Comment: In the past, the Cochrane Collaboration has been notorious for attacking natural health approaches on the basis of seemingly predetermined conclusions. Notably however, in recent years it has admitted that vitamin C is beneficial against the common cold; that giving vitamin D3 to elderly women increases their survival and reduces falls; that vitamin A could save one million lives a year; and that magnesium sulphate protects very premature babies from cerebral palsy. Time will tell whether this welcome change of mind continues.
Children who get vitamin A may be less likely to develop malaria
February 3, 2015
Children under age 5 living in sub-Saharan Africa were 54 percent less likely to develop malaria if they had been given a single large dose of vitamin A, new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.
Glucosamine plus chondroitin sulphate may aid joint health in osteoarthritis
February 2, 2015
Combined supplementation with chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine could help to reduce knee joint pain, stiffness, and functional disability of people with osteoarthritis, say researchers.
Green tea ingredient may target protein to kill oral cancer cells
January 28, 2015
A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer.
Comment: Aided by the team of researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Dr. Rath has identified a specific combination of nutrients that can pave the way towards turning cancer into a manageable disease. This nutrient combination includes not only the green tea extract discussed in the above article, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), but also vitamin C, the amino acids L-lysine and L-proline, and other micronutrients which work synergistically together. Dr. Rath’s extensive research – conducted on more than two dozen cancer cell types – has shown that this nutrient combination is effective in controlling cancer in multiple ways: stopping its growth, its spread, the formation of new blood vessels in tumors (angiogenesis), and inducing natural cancer cell death (apoptosis). To learn more about the natural control of cancer, read the book “Victory Over Cancer!”
Diet and nutrition essential for mental health
January 28, 2015
Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaboration led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has revealed.
Vitamin D important for more than just bones
January 28, 2015
Vitamin D is often called the sunshine vitamin and the key to healthy bones. While these are true attributes, they only tell part of the story. In fact, most people do not get enough vitamin D from the sun, and the consequences go way beyond your bones.
Green tea extract may boost ‘metabolic efficiency’ and help endurance training: Human data
January 27, 2015
Supplements of green tea extract may enhance performance in active men by improving metabolic efficiency and economy, says a new study.
High blood pressure? Just beet it! Beetroot juice lowers blood pressure in UK study
January 22, 2015
Drinking a cup of beetroot juice every day can ‘significantly lower blood pressure’ among patients with high blood pressure, according to a study in the journal Hypertension.
New research suggests walnuts may improve memory
January 21, 2015
Eating walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests, including those for memory, concentration and information processing speed according to new research from the David Geffen School of Medicine at The University of California, Los Angeles, led by Dr. Lenore Arab. Cognitive function was consistently greater in adult participants that consumed walnuts, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.
Vitamin D may enhance exercise benefits for type-2 diabetics: Study
January 16, 2015
Combining vitamin D supplements and circuit training may trim belly fat levels and improve blood lipid profiles in elderly women with low D levels and type-2 diabetes.
Comment: Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach provides a breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of adult diabetes. Its primary cause 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. In individuals with an inherited predisposition to diabetes, deficiencies of vitamins and other essential nutrients can trigger a diabetic metabolism and the onset of adult diabetes. Conversely, the optimum intake of vitamins and other essential nutrients can help prevent the onset of this disease and assist in correcting existing diabetic conditions and their complications. To learn more, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute and read about a clinical study in type-2 diabetes conducted by its researchers under the leadership of Dr. Alexsandra Niedzwiecki.
Folic acid saves 1,300 babies each year from serious birth defects of brain, spine
January 15, 2015
Fortifying grain foods with the B vitamin folic acid has saved about 1,300 babies every year from being born with serious birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (NTDs), according to new data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).The number of babies born in the United States with these conditions has declined by 35 percent since 1998.
Vitamin D protects against colorectal cancer by boosting the immune system
January 15, 2015
A new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators demonstrates that vitamin D can protect some people with colorectal cancer by perking up the immune system's vigilance against tumor cells.
Comment: The scientific progress in micronutrient synergy research brings hope that biological regulation in cancer prevention and therapy will soon replace toxic and ineffective treatments. To learn more, read about the work done towards the natural control of colon cancer by the Dr. Rath Research Institute.
Daily consumption of blueberries may lower blood pressure
January 9, 2015
With hypertension (HTN) affecting nearly 80 million people in the United States and cardiovascular disease (CVD) the leading cause of death, any intervention that can lower blood pressure has the potential to save lives. In a study in the current issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Florida State University researchers found that daily consumption of blueberries for eight weeks resulted in significant reductions of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Garlic supplements effective for blood pressure management: Meta-analysis
January 7, 2015
Dietary supplements with garlic (Allium sativum) may beneficially affect blood pressure, especially for hypertensives, says a meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials.
Low vitamin D status may mean longer respiratory support for intensive care patients
January 6, 2015
Vitamin D status may impact the duration of respiratory support required by intensive care unit (ICU) patients, according to a cohort study.
Vitamin B may counter negative effect of pesticide on fertility
January 5, 2015
Women who have adequate levels of B vitamins in their bodies are more likely to get and stay pregnant even when they also have high levels of a common pesticide known to have detrimental reproductive effects, according to new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research.
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