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Supplements/Vitamins/Botanicals: May 2010 Archives



Natural Health News

Supplements- Buyer beware



The New York Times reports, "Nearly all herbal dietary supplements tested in a Congressional investigation contained trace amounts of lead and other contaminants, and 16 of the 40 supplements tested contained pesticide residue that exceeded legal limits.Here are the details of what the Government Accounting Office found.Trace amounts of at least one potentially hazardous contaminant.    * Found in 37 of the 40 herbal dietary supplement products tested.          o None contained amounts considered to pose an...

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Probiotics (mixed strains) Benefit Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome



Probiotics (mixed strains) Benefit Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Particularly Those with Loose Stools Reference: "Effect of probiotics on symptoms in korean adults with irritable bowel syndrome," Hong KS, Kang HW, et al, Gut Liver, 2009; 3(2): 101-7. (Address: Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea).  Summary: In a placebo-controlled study involving 70 adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS, Rome III criteria), supplementation with a mixture of probiotic strains...

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Quercetin Intake Can Benefit Athletic Performance and Endurance



 Quercetin Intake Can Benefit Athletic Performance and Endurance Reference: "The dietary flavonoid quercetin increases VO(2max) and endurance capacity," Davis JM, Carlstedt CJ, et al, Int J Sport Jutr Exerc Metab, 2010 Feb; 20(1):56-62. (Address: Division of Applied Physiology, Dept. of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA. E-mail: markd@mailbox.sc.edu ).  Summary: In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study, results indicate that supplementation with quercetin (500 mg/d) for...

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Zinc Supplementation May Help Protect Against Atherosclerosis



Topic: Zinc Supplementation May Help Protect Against Atherosclerosis Reference: "Zinc decreases C-reactive protein, lipid peroxidation, and inflammatory cytokines in elderly subjects: a potential implication of zinc as an atheroprotective agent," Bao B, Cardozo LJ, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2010 Apr 28; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Internal Medicine School of Medicine Wayne State University Detroit MI, USA).  Summary: In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 40 healthy elderly subjects (aged 56-83...

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Multivitamins Can Add Sparkle for Healthy Young People



Multivitamins Can Add Sparkle for Healthy Young PeopleScienceDaily (May 14, 2010) -- The effects of multivitamins are most often researched in the elderly. This is one of very few studies to assess the relationship between supplementation with vitamins/minerals and psychological functioning in healthy groups of non-elderly adults. This study shows how a proprietary multivitamin and mineral supplement improves mood and mental performance while also reducing stress, mental tiredness and fatigue in healthy males.Research into a...

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Long-Term Use of Vitamin E May Decrease COPD Risk



Long-Term Use of Vitamin E May Decrease COPD Risk, Study FindsScienceDaily (May 16, 2010) -- Long-term, regular use of vitamin E in women 45 years of age and older may help decrease the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by about 10 percent in both smokers and non-smokers, according to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and Brigham and Women's Hospital."As lung disease develops, damage occurs to sensitive tissues through several proposed...

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NASA Studies Find Omega-3 May Help Reduce Bone Loss



NASA Studies Find Omega-3 May Help Reduce Bone LossScienceDaily (May 11, 2010) -- NASA-sponsored studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may play a role in mitigating bone breakdown that occurs during spaceflight and in osteoporosis. Ongoing research for decades has looked for ways to stop bone density loss in astronauts. The solution could have significant implications for space travelers and those susceptible to bone loss on Earth.The studies' results are...

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Many Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Vitamin D



Many Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Vitamin D: Prenatal Vitamins Help, but Are Not Enough for EveryoneScienceDaily (May 11, 2010) -- Seven out of every ten pregnant women in the United States are not getting enough Vitamin D according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. While prenatal vitamins do raise Vitamin D levels during pregnancy, the study shows that higher doses may be needed for...

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Vitamin D levels and the risk of colon cancer



Vitamin D levels and the risk of colon cancerFrom C.A.M. ReportResearchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC, in Lyon, France) and Imperial College of London, UK report a significant reduction in risk.First, the details.    * The study was conducted within the EPIC study, a cohort of more than 520 000 participants from 10 western European countries.    * 1248 cases of colorectal cancer developed after enrollment and were matched to 1248 cases with...

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How Dark Chocolate May Guard Against Brain Injury from Stroke



How Dark Chocolate May Guard Against Brain Injury from StrokeScienceDaily (May 5, 2010) -- Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that a compound in dark chocolate may protect the brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals already known to shield nerve cells from damage.Ninety minutes after feeding mice a single modest dose of epicatechin, a compound found naturally in dark chocolate, the scientists induced an ischemic stroke by essentially cutting off blood supply to...

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Anti-inflammatory effects of ginger



From C.A.M.ReportGinger (Zingiber officnale) exerts anti-inflammatory effects, and heat treatment of ginger has been suggested to enhance its pain relieving effects. Now, researchers from Georgia College and State University, in Milledgeville report the results of 2 studies in adults. First, the details. 74 volunteers consumed 2 grams of either raw (study 1) or heated (study 2) ginger, or placebo for 11 days.Participants performed 18 eccentric actions of the elbow flexors (movement of the forearm...

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