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Supplements/Vitamins/Botanicals: April 2010 Archives

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Curcumin Nanoparticles 'Open Up' Resistant Cancers

ScienceDaily (Apr. 28, 2010)Pre-treatment with curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, makes ovarian cancer cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Ovarian Research found that delivering the curcumin via very small (less than 100nm) nanoparticles enhanced the sensitizing effect.Subhash Chauhan, PhD, and Meena Jaggi, PhD, led a team of researchers from Sanford Research and the University of South Dakota, USA, who carried out the in...

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Scientists Learn to Block Pain at Its Source

New Non-Addictive Painkillers from Substance Similar to Ingredient in Hot Chili Peppers ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2010) -- A substance similar to capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their heat, is generated at the site of pain in the human body. Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have discovered how to block these capsaicin-like molecules and created a new class of non-addictive painkillers.The findings were published April 26 in the Journal...

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Effects of omega-3 fatty acids in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers at State Hospital Muerzzuschlag, in Austria looked for changes in swollen and tender joints. First, the details. 23 patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis were assigned to a treatment group. Either 0.2 grams of fish oil emulsion/kg (active) or 0.9% saline (placebo) was injected for 14 consecutive days.Then, 20 weeks of 0.05 grams of fish oil/kg (active) or paraffin wax (placebo) was taken by mouth as capsules. A decrease in swollen and tender joint...

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Omega3 Fatty Acids and children's behavior.

From C.A.M Report- It's suggested that omega-3 fatty acids might have an effect on disorders such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. Researchers from the University of Wales, in Newport, UK looked for an association between omega-3 tissue levels and learning and behavior in school-aged children. First, the details. Cheek cell samples from 411 school children were collected and analyzed to establish the range in this population.Teachers and parents assessed general classroom attention and behavior in...

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Treating impotence with red ginseng

From CAM Report Prof. Ernst and researchers from the Korea Food Research Institute in Sungnam reviewed the evidence. First, the details. 20 electronic hand-searches without language restrictions were conducted.The quality of the studies was assessed using the Jadad score.7 studies were worth reviewing. And, the results. Collectively the evidence suggests effectiveness of red ginseng (Panax ginseng).The total number of patients studied and the design of the studies were too poor to draw definitive conclusions....

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Red clover to treat depressive symptoms in older women

Red clover to treat depressive symptoms in older womenFrom C.A.M. ReportLast year, a review of herbals to treat menopausal symptoms concluded that red clover provided no benefit.A year later and researchers from the General Teaching Hospital Korneuburg, in Austria report more positive findings using red clover extracts (MF11RCE).First, the details.    * 109 postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to take each treatment for 90 days.          o 2 daily capsules of MF11RCE (80 mg red clover isoflavones)         ...

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Chia -salvia hispanica

Chia -salvia hispanicachia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids (higher then flax) and have been shown to help with lowering cholesterol, controlling blood sugar and blood pressure.start with sprinkling them on your morning cereal- 2 tsp/ 4tsp a day -We now- carry ground chia seeds.....

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Exercise Recovery

Exercise Recovery      the road to optimal sports performance by Dr. Christine Louden In years past, many of us were exposed to the "no pain, no gain" school of thought when it came to fitness and strength. Recently, though, research has shown that many of the performance gains to be made from workouts actually depend almost as much on successful recovery as on the intensity of the exercise. It turns out that recovery is the time when the...

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Osteoporosis- case study

Osteoporosis- case studyby Dr. Jackie Germain Supplementing with Strontium:  Better than Osteoporosis Drugs? In the past 7 years, there have been four groundbreaking studies showing dramatic increases in bone mineral density and reduced fracture risk with Strontium supplementation.  Existing pharmaceutical drugs work by reducing bone resorption, but do not form new bone. Strontium on the other hand increases the production of new bone without compromising the quality of your existing bone. Common side effects from Fosamax and similar...

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Strontium Citrate-

Strontium Citrate-By Dr. Michael Kane  Strontium  is a naturally occurring mineral that has been studied for its role in bone support.  It was first studied in the 1940's and 1950's as a nontoxic treatment for osteoporosis and demonstrated significant improvement without side effects. The interesting thing is that strontium can support the bone structure in a number of ways,  It has been shown to decrease the process of bone breakdown but also stimulates the cells that...

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Lower cholesterol Naturally

Douglas, a 72-year-old gentleman, presented to the office with mild depression and high cholesterol. He has been dealing with high cholesterol most of his adult life. He tried several prescriptions, but had to discontinue each due to side effects. He came to us seeking an alternative. After the initial consultation, we made some minor modifications to  his diet and exercise routine and sent him for some labs to evaluate his cardiac markers, including : a cardio...

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Fatigue by Dr. Michael Kane

Fatigue by Dr. Michael Kane Fatigue is a common issue for many people. It can be challenging to find the cause of fatigue especially if it is not associated with any other physical symptoms. The assessment of anyone with fatigue should include a physical exam and some blood work. The blood work can help determine if the issue of fatigue is caused by an underlying problem like anemia, thyroid problem, adrenal fatigue, low testosterone, allergies or...

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Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal AllergiesbyDr. Michael KaneOne of the best things about spring and summer is the warm weather and the sun. In the excitement of spring many people have a dampened appreciation because of seasonal allergies. The common allergy symptoms of congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and fatigue can be annoying for some or downright debilitating for others.  The common drugs to deal with allergies are not without side effects and interactions. There are some simple things that...

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Niacin- For High Cholesterol

Niacin-  FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROLby Dr. Michael Kane Niacin is also known as vitamin b3. This vitamin can come in many forms some have different clinical effects. For lowering cholesterol, the niacin is often given in the time released form. This is the one that works best. Niacinamide can have some effect but it is not as effective as regular niacin. The products used to treat high cholesterol typically come in high strengths of 500 mg or higher.Niacin...

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5htp - 5 hydroxy-tryptophan

Supplement In Focusby Dr. Michael Kane 5htp - 5 hydroxy-tryptophan This supplement is a form of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is more commonly known as the compound in turkey that aides in sleep.  We use this supplement for insomnia but because it is a metabolic precursor to serotonin, it is also used for a number of ailments including depression, anxiety and fibromyalgia.  Although 5htp for the most part is well tolerated, some people can have some...

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