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Vitamin C, beta-carotene may stem dementia

12 September 2012


Vitamin C and beta-carotene may protect against dementia, researchers in Germany suggest. Scientists discovered the serum-concentration of the antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene were significantly lower in patients with mild dementia than in the control group.

Source: UPI.com (Sept 9/12)

Pine bark, CoQ10 improves heart failure

26 June 2011


Pycnogenol, or pine bark, and Coenzyme Q10 in combination helped treated heart failure patients be more physically energetic, researchers in Italy found.

Source: UPI (Jun 22, 2011)

Research Cited in Article:
Investigation of Pycnogenol® in combination with coenzymeQ10 in heart failure patients (NYHA II/III)
Source: Panminerva Medica (2010)

FTC: POM Wonderful health claims are bogus

27 September 2010


POM Wonderful isn't quite as wonderful as it claims, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday, after filing a complaint that challenges the company's statements that pomegranate can prevent and treat everything from heart disease to erectile dysfunction.

Source: LA Times (Sept 27, 2010)

Chromium Picolinate May Lessen Inflammation in Diabetic Nephropathy; Supplement Linked to Decreased Protein in the Urine of Diabetic Mice

22 September 2010


Taking chromium picolinate may help lessen inflammation associated with diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease), say researchers at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. In a study comparing diabetic mice treated with chromium picolinate with those that received placebo, the researchers found that mice who received the supplement had lower levels of albuminuria (protein in the urine), an indication of kidney disease.

Source: ScienceDaily (Sept 22, 2010)

Supplements for osteoarthritis 'do not work'

16 September 2010


Two popular supplements taken to combat joint pain do not work, a study says. The review of 10 previous trials by Bern University in Switzerland found glucosamine and chondroitin did not have any beneficial effect on osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. The supplements are not normally given on the NHS, although they are bought over the counter in UK pharmacies. But the researchers said they did no harm so if people wanted to continue taking them they could.

Source: BBC News (Sept 16, 2010)

Research cited in article:
Effects of glucosamine, chondroitin, or placebo in patients with osteoarthritis of hip or knee: network meta-analysis
Source: British Medical Journal (Sept 16, 2010)

supplements (duplicate... see both examples - this and the one below)

16 September 2010


Two popular supplements taken to combat joint pain do not work, a study says. The review of 10 previous trials by Bern University in Switzerland found glucosamine and chondroitin did not have any beneficial effect on osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. The supplements are not normally given on the NHS, although they are bought over the counter in UK pharmacies. But the researchers said they did no harm so if people wanted to continue taking them they could.

Source: BBC News (Sept 16, 2010)

Research cited in article:
Effects of glucosamine, chondroitin, or placebo in patients with osteoarthritis of hip or knee: network meta-analysis
Source: British Medical Journal (Sept 16, 2010)

Herbal Supplements Face New Scrutiny

14 September 2010


The (US) federal government is stepping up research into the safety and effectiveness of a wide range of over-the-counter supplements, including plant oils, garlic, soy, elderberry, licorice, black cohosh, St. John's wort and the Asian herb dong quai. The aim is to better understand how compounds in the plants affect health and to help consumers make more informed choices about supplements, which can interact with prescription drugs, cause side effects or lead to new health risks.

Source: Wall Street Journal (Sept 14, 2010)

Oral administration of Aloe vera and honey reduces walker tumour growth by decreasing cell proliferation and increasing apoptosis in tumour tissue

13 September 2010


Cancer is diagnosed in approximately 11 million people and is responsible for almost 8 million deaths worldwide every year. Research in cancer control has shown the importance of co-adjuvant therapies. Aloe vera may reduce tumour mass and metastasis rates, while honey may inhibit tumour growth. This study suggests Aloe vera and honey can modulate tumour growth by reducing cell proliferation and increasing apoptosis susceptibility.

Source: Phytotherapy Research (Sept 13, 2010)

Role of Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation and Aspirin Use in Cancer Survivors

10 September 2010


Multivitamins and multiminerals are widely used in the United States, but their efficacy and, perhaps more importantly, the potential for harm in individuals who have cancer have received relatively little study. Beyond their general effects on health, the use of vitamins and minerals by patients with cancer has unique implications because of their potential direct effects on existing cancers, effects on factors that may influence carcinogenesis, such as immunity, and interactions with treatment. Some evidence suggests that vitamin D at higher than standard doses may improve cancer-specific and overall survival for several cancer sites. Besides vitamin D, there is little evidence that nutritional supplements lower the risk of recurrence or improve survival from cancer, although some benefits may be possible in specific subgroups. (click link for more)

Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology (Sept 10, 2010)

Vitamin 'may help prevent' spina bifida

9 September 2010


Scientists have begun a study to determine if an everyday vitamin supplement could help prevent one of Britain's most common birth defects. Every year about 100 children in the UK are born with spina bifida and other neural tube defects. Prospective mothers are advised to take folic acid as a way of preventing the condition. However, scientists think the vitamin inositol, taken with folic acid, may be more effective at preventing defects.

Source: BBC News (Sept 9, 2010)

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