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”

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 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”