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Healthy Insights: Fish for Inflammation

Eating fish reduced inflammation and chances for heart and circulatory problems. Doctors are beginning to focus on short-term vs. long-term inflammation. In short-term inflammation due to infection, the immune system releases lymphocytes and neutrophils to attack the invading pathogen. But in long-term, non-infectious inflammation, neutrophil levels remain elevated, leading doctors to measure the ratio ofContinue reading “Healthy Insights: Fish for Inflammation”

Digestion: Probiotics and oat beta-glucan strengthen the gut

Probiotics protect the gut in NAFLD The job of the small intestine is to digest and absorb nutrients through its mucosal membrane lining, and to act as a first line of defense against pathogens. When the lining functions properly, bacteria and toxins can’t pass through and leak into the bloodstream, while beneficial nutrients can. SinceContinue reading “Digestion: Probiotics and oat beta-glucan strengthen the gut”

Mind & Mood: Omega-3 and vitamin D preserved memory in AD, reduced depression

Omega-3 and vitamin D preserved memory in AD, reduced depression In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), memory continually deteriorates. In the first phase of this study, 33 people with mild to moderate AD took 2,300 mg of omega-3 fish oil per day, or did not take omega-3 supplements. Doctors tested memory at the start of the study,Continue reading “Mind & Mood: Omega-3 and vitamin D preserved memory in AD, reduced depression”

Healthy Knees: Turmeric and curcumin reduce OA knee pain

Osteoarthritis In osteoarthritis (OA) joint cartilage, ligaments, linings, and nearby bone break down. The most common affected areas include hips, knees, hands, and spine, which become stiff and painful. Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines reduce symptoms, but donot have a clear clinical effect on the condition, and do have serious long-term side effects. Doctors are searching forContinue reading “Healthy Knees: Turmeric and curcumin reduce OA knee pain”

Oral Health: Nutrients help ensure healthy teeth and gums

What is gingivitis? Gingivitis begins with red, swollen gums that bleed easily, and is reversible with treatment and good home care. Doctors also believe diet is an important factor. Micronutrients preserve periodontal health In this study, doctors collected diet information from 450 participants, average age 50, who also had an oral exam. Most were obese,Continue reading “Oral Health: Nutrients help ensure healthy teeth and gums”

Mind & Body: nutrients help control weight, boost quality of life

Garcinia cambogia and glucomannan reduce weight, improve body composition In an effort to find effective treatments for overweight and obesity, doctors looked to Southeast Asia for the flowering plant, garcinia cambogia (GC), and a to natural fiber supplement, glucomannan (GNN). This study covered 136 adults aged at least 18, with a body-mass index score greaterContinue reading “Mind & Body: nutrients help control weight, boost quality of life”

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