Lipids: Garlic and probiotics improve blood pressure, lipids

Aged garlic extractimproved blood pressure People with high cholesterol often have elevated blood pressure, a major factor in heart and circulatory conditions. In this study, 67 adults with moderately elevated total cholesterol levels, and high LDL cholesterol levels, aged at least 18, took a placebo or 250 mg of aged garlic extract per day forContinue reading “Lipids: Garlic and probiotics improve blood pressure, lipids”

Immunity: Vitamin D, omega-3s, and probiotics support immune function

Vitamin D, omega-3s reduce autoimmune disorders The immune system sometimes mistakenly attacks healthy cells, resulting in autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid impairment, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel. In this large study, doctors reviewed records of 25,871 men and women, average age 67, who took 2,000 IU of vitamin D per day by itself, withContinue reading “Immunity: Vitamin D, omega-3s, and probiotics support immune function”

Heart & Circulation: Artichoke, bergamot, and vitamin D protect health

Artichoke, bergamot, and lipids In an earlier study, participants with mildly elevated cholesterol levels had not responded to bergamot alone. Here, doctors added artichoke leaf extract, hoping to unlock the benefits of bergamot. In this study, 60 men and women, aged 18 to 65, with mildly elevated cholesterol, from 220 to 280 mg per deciliterContinue reading “Heart & Circulation: Artichoke, bergamot, and vitamin D protect health”

Relief: Alpha-lipoic acid and vitamin D help ease pain

Alpha-lipoic acid When doctors don’t know what causes a symptom, they call it “idiopathic.” This holds true for generalized pain. In this study, 210 adults, aged 18 to 75, diagnosed with idiopathic pain in the joints or muscles, took a placebo, or 400 or 800 mg of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) per day. Compared to theContinue reading “Relief: Alpha-lipoic acid and vitamin D help ease pain”

Eye: Lutein, zeaxanthin, meso-zeaxanthin preserve vision

Carotenoids improve glaucoma status In glaucoma, nerves and other cells in the retina of the eye degenerate, and it is the leading form of blindness. In this study, 55 people with open-angle glaucoma, the most common type, took a placebo or a combination of carotenoids: 10 mg lutein, 2 mg zeaxanthin, and 10 mg meso-zeaxanthin,Continue reading “Eye: Lutein, zeaxanthin, meso-zeaxanthin preserve vision”

Metabolism: Nutrients improved body health measures

Turmeric reduced weight, improved mood This study followed 90 healthy overweight adults, aged 50 to 69, who took a placebo or 979 mg of turmeric extract per day. At four, eight, and 12 weeks, those taking turmeric saw significant decreases in body weight, and improvements in body mass index scores, compared to placebo. At eachContinue reading “Metabolism: Nutrients improved body health measures”

Bone: Nutrients help restore bone density in postmenopause

Vitamin D with bisphosphonates Women with osteoporosis may take bisphosphonates, like alendronate, to increase bone mineral density (BMD), but long-term side effects include jaw and other atypical fractures. One of the ways to reduce side effects is to periodically discontinue treatment, as the bone density benefits continue during the interim, known as the “tail effect.”Continue reading “Bone: Nutrients help restore bone density in postmenopause”

Heart & Circulation: Iron and folic acid provide heart and kidney protection

Circulating iron protects the heart To determine iron deficiency, doctors typically measure iron and ferritin stored in the body. While iron stores may be sufficient, too little circulating iron may prevent the body from working properly, leading doctors to consider “functional” iron deficiency (FID) circulating and stored—rather than “absolute” iron deficiency (AID)— stored iron only.Continue reading “Heart & Circulation: Iron and folic acid provide heart and kidney protection”

Diabetes Update: Nutrients reduced inflammatory factors and pain in type 2 diabetes

Vitamins D, E, and resveratrol Vitamins D, delta-tocotrienol E, and resveratrol have cholesterolreducing, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects, which doctors tested, separately and together, on metabolic markers in type 2 diabetes. In the first phase of the study, 120 participants took a placebo, or individually 10,000 IU of vitamin D, 500 mg of delta-tocotrienol,or 500 mgContinue reading “Diabetes Update: Nutrients reduced inflammatory factors and pain in type 2 diabetes”

Digestion: Everyday Nutrients Promote Gastrointestinal Health

Vitamin D protects against cancer People eating the refined diet typical of developed countries may have greater chances for colorectal cancer, with low levels of vitamin D raising chances further. As this study revealed, Black populations in the U.S. are more likely than any other domestic racial or ethnic group to have these issues, andContinue reading “Digestion: Everyday Nutrients Promote Gastrointestinal Health”