Healthy Insight: Greens for speed

A diet rich in nitrates from green leafy vegetables such as arugula, chard, collards, dandelion, kale, and spinach strengthens the lower body. In this study, doctors measured nitrates in the diets of 3,759 men and women, average age 49, and found those who got 91 mg of nitrates per day—81 percent from vegetables—could knee-lift 5.7Continue reading “Healthy Insight: Greens for speed”

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”

Breathe! Nutrients reduce colds, flu, and boost lung function

Elderberry for cold and flu This review of five studies covered 936 participants, aged five to 70 years, who exhibited cold, flu, and flu-like symptoms, and who took a placebo or any one of several forms of elderberry, including liquid extract, lozenges, and hot beverages, at doses of 175 to 240 mg, up to fiveContinue reading “Breathe! Nutrients reduce colds, flu, and boost lung function”

Lifelong Immunity: vitamins C, E and probiotics boost immunity

Vitamins C and E increase immune cell function Could vitamins C and E be the fountain of youth? In this study, doctors took blood samples of several types of immune white blood cells (WBC) in 22 older men and women who took 500 mg of vitamin C with or without 298 IUof vitamin E. DoctorsContinue reading “Lifelong Immunity: vitamins C, E and probiotics boost immunity”

Healthy insight: whole grains – healthy pancreas

The pancreas gland makes digestive enzymes and hormones that control blood sugar levels. In this study, doctors measured the diets of 55,995 men and women, aged 50 to 64, and followed up for 17.5 years. Overall, when whole grains inthe diet reached 50 grams per day, chances of developing pancreatic cancer decreased by 7 percentContinue reading “Healthy insight: whole grains – healthy pancreas”

Healthy women: nutrients improve women’s reproductive health

Vitamins D, B6, and EGCG reduce fibroids Uterine fibroids (UF) tend to occur during childbearing years, and while they do not increase chances for uterine cancer, they can create discomfort and alter the menstrual cycle. Doctors don’t know what causes UF but suspect hormonal changes play a role. UF contain more estrogen and progesterone receptorsContinue reading “Healthy women: nutrients improve women’s reproductive health”

Ahead of the curve: early-stage discoveries: EFA oleic acid, ginger, okra/yogurt

Good results in the lab can lead to larger human trials. Here are some of the most promising recent findings. EFA oleic acid in MS The essential fatty acid, oleic acid, aids the function of immune regulatory (T-reg) cells impaired by multiple sclerosis (MS). Doctors first exposed T-reg cells to oleic acid, which activated theirContinue reading “Ahead of the curve: early-stage discoveries: EFA oleic acid, ginger, okra/yogurt”

Healthy lipids: alpha lipoic acid and oat beta glucan improved lipid profiles

ALA reduced glucose, triglycerides, in gestational diabetes In pregnancy, hormonal changes can raise blood sugar levels and, together with oxidative stress, lead to gestational diabetes. In this study, 60 pregnant women, aged 30 to 32, diagnosed with gestational diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, took a placebo or 100 mg of alpha lipoicContinue reading “Healthy lipids: alpha lipoic acid and oat beta glucan improved lipid profiles”