Vitamin D decreases the risk of fibroids

Vitamin D decreases the risk of fibroidsWomen who get sufficient vitamin D is approximately one-third less likely to develop fibroids in the wall of the uterus, according to a U.S. study published in the journal Epidemiology. This study is the first to relate uterine fibroids to the level of vitamin D.

Researchers from the National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS) at George Washington University recruited 1,036 women aged 35-49 years of which 620 was colored and 416 was white. The women had their blood levels of vitamin D measured and and they also stated how much sun they got during the day. Fibroids were detected using ultrasound device.

Fewer complications and improved survival with high vitamin D

A study has shown that patients with low vitamin D levels in the blood are at increased risk of serious complications or death after surgery, cardiac surgery excluded. For each 5 ng/ml  increase of vitamin D in the blood the overall risk of death and complications after surgery decreased seven percent.

A group of researchers wanted to investigate to what extent there is a relationship between vitamin D levels and severe consequences such as serious hospital infections and deaths after surgery. The researchers analyzed data from 3,500 patients who all had undergone surgery in the period 2005-2011, which did not involve the heart, and where simultaneous data on patients' vitamin D levels around the time of surgery from three months before to one month after were available .

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate combo may aid in osteoarthritis

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate combo may aid in osteoarthritisCombined supplementation with chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine could help to reduce knee joint pain, stiffness, and functional disability of people with osteoarthritis, according to new research published in the top rheumatology journal: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

The study was a double-blind Multicenter Osteoarthritis Intervention trial called "MOVES" In total 606 patients with knee osteoarthritis and moderate-to-severe pain participated in the trial. The patients were recruited from France, Germany, Poland, and Spain. The patients were randomised to receive 400 mg condroitin sulfate (GS) plus 500 mg glucosamine hydrochloride (GLU) three times a day or 200 mg celecoxib every day for six months.

Celecoxib is an anti-inflammatory drug of the NSAID type used to treat among others the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and acute pain in adults.

The primary objective of the study was to reduce the score from a standard questionnaire called WOMAC used by health professionals to evaluate the condition of patients with osteoarthritis.

Has science found the perfect Heart Drug?

A strong heart is vital to your health. Lack of cardiac strength is exactly what causes people with heart failure to deteriorate so rapidly. For decades, digoxin has been the most commonly used heart-strengthening drug but a recently published study has shed light a whole new heart-boosting compound that is particularly interesting because it reduces mortality, strengthens the heart, and does not appear to have side effects.

Selenium Compounds fights cancer

In a new scientific study Danish researchers from Copenhagen University have demonstrated that methylated selenium compounds can regulate the body's immune system enabling it to better fight certain cancers. These selenium compounds are found in certain foods such as garlic and broccoli, but also in selenium yeast.

Could scarce nutrient help infertile couples?

Could scarce nutrient help infertile couples?A new study links thyroid disorders to female infertility. At the same time, it is known that selenium, an essential micronutrient, is required for normal functioning of the thyroid gland. Modern diets are depleted of selenium and the question is: Could selenium supplements be a good place to begin for infertile couples before embarking on expensive IVF therapy?

Low vitamin D is a killer

Low vitamin D is a killerDanish researchers have found a link between low levels of vitamin D in the blood and increased risk of early death. The alarming finding is published in the British Medical Journal.

Having low levels of vitamin D in the blood increases your risk of premature death by 30-40 per cent, according to a large Danish study that was published this week in the esteemed science journal, British Medical Journal. According to lead investigator Børge Nordestgaard, Clinical Professor at the University of Copenhagen and Chief Physician at Herlev Hospital, having vitamin D levels of 30 nanomoles per liter of blood, which is 20 nanomoles below the recommended level in Denmark, increases a person’s risk of dying of cancer by 40 per cent, while increasing all-cause mortality by around 30 per cent.

New life-saving heart treatment

New life-saving heart treatment The Danish cardiologist and researcher, Chief Physician Svend Aage Mortensen,from the Copenhagen Heart Centre at Rigshospitalet, is very optimistic about a new type of therapy for chronic heart failure where a natural compound is used to increase energy levels in the heart muscle.

“In my opinion, to include this new type of therapy is a paradigm shift in the treatment of chronic heart failure,” says the Danish cardiologist, Chief Physician Svend Aage Mortensen from The Heart Center of Copenhagen University Hospital. He has worked with this specific form of treatment ever since the first clinical studies were conducted in Copenhagen in 1983.

Persons treated with statins benefit from Q10

Danish researchers have shed some light on the longstanding mystery: Why do we see so many people treated with cholesterol-lowering statins experiencing muscle pain and in some cases, also impaired glucose tolerance. The answer is a lack of Q10!

Persons treated with statins benefit from Q10The scientists were able to demonstrate that the cholesterol-lowering drug Simvastatin reduces the amount of coenzyme Q10 in the muscles, whereby the so-called oxidative phosphorylation is reduced. Oxidative phosphorylation is the process by which the muscles cleave ATP molecules which are chemically bound energy. In short, the theory goes that when the muscles have to work with too little energy available, pain occurs.

Chromium yeast can cure your sweet tooth

Chromium yeast can cure your sweet toothDo you feel an insatiable desire for sweets all the time? Do you find yourself snacking in between meals? A simple think like a daily chromium supplement may resolve your problem and even help you lose weight.

Stop blaming yourself for having a weak character. Put an end to all the self-hatred. That overpowering desire for sweets and sugary foods could very well be a sign that you are not getting enough chromium, and if that is the case you can easily correct the problem by taking chromium yeast in supplement form. We’ll get back to that later. People with a chromium deficiency are known to develop cravings so don’t be too hard on yourself.

Folic acid supplements reduce the risk of glaucoma

Folic acid supplements reduce the risk of glaucomaUsing data from two large previous studies, a group of American researchers were able to show that a high intake of the B vitamin folic acid appears to reduce the risk of developing a specific type of the eye disease glaucoma. Scientists believe it is done by lowering blood levels of homocysteine.

In fact, folic acid from dietary supplements was more effective in reducing the risk of glaucoma than folic acid from the diet. It may be due to the oddity that the form of folic acid we get from supplements is the better absorbable than folic acid from the diet.

Vitamin E benefit Alzheimer's patients

A high dose of vitamin E daily has in a double - blind, placebo-controlled study shown to reduce the progression of Alzheimer's disease by 19% compared with placebo in elderly people who had the disease in mild to moderate degree.

Vitamin E benefit Alzheimer's patientsResearchers from Chicago, Illinois recruited 613 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's to participate in their study. The participants were randomly divided into one of four groups: The first group received 1000 international units (IU) of vitamin E twice daily, the second group received 20 mg per day of the Alzheimer's drug Memantine, the third group received the combination of vitamin E and Memantine and the last group received a corresponding placebo.

Magnesium protect against fractures

Magnesium beschermt tegen breukenA study from Norway have shown that drinking water with a relatively high level of magnesium may reduce the risk of hip fractures. On the other hand, the researchers found no independent preventive effect from the water's calcium content. Although the study was made in Norway, several issues are also relevant in other European countries.

Norway has a high incidence of hip fractures, and it is worst in the cities. The population's intake of calcium is considered to be sufficient, because the Norwegians have a high intake of dairy products. The Norwegian health authorities generally regard the magnesium intake of the population to be adequate, but recognize that it may be too low for certain groups, such as the elderly.

More Vitamin C increases breast cancer patient survival

A meta-analysis conducted by researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden with data from 10 observational studies collectively involving more than 17,500 women with breast cancer shows that a high intake of vitamin C from supplements or from the diet improve women's chances of survival significantly.

Fish oil lowers inflammation and anxiety

Fish oil lowers inflammation and anxietyIn a study from Ohio State University researchers have shown that a group of healthy young students who took supplements of fish oil achieved a significant reduction of inflammation and more surprisingly: of anxiety. In addition, it seems likely that elderly and sick will get even more benefits of fish oil supplements.

Fish oil for depression: It's EPA that works

Studies on the effect of fish oil on depression has previously been mixed. For this reason English scientist Julian Martins decided to update our knowledge on this subject. His research shows that the omega-3 fatty acid EPA is more effective against depression than DHA.

Slow the Aging Process With Fish Oil

A small but very interesting study of 33 elderly people suggest that intake of omega-3 fatty acids may slow a biological key process in the body's cells associated with the aging process. If the result is confirmed, it could make fish oil a big hit in anti-aging.

Slow the Aging Process With Fish OilThe purpose of the study, which was a randomized, controlled pilot study was to investigate whether chromosomal telomere shortening would be attenuated with the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA found in fish oil or in the omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid found in safflower oil.

Fish and fish oil reduces the risk of blood clots

There are good and solid evidence for the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. More recently, a new scientific study from Norway published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that supplementation with fish oil either equals or was better than eating fish regarding a reduction of venous thrombosis. The combination of fish and fish oil supplements can reduce the risk of venous thrombosis by almost 50%.

Pregnant with plenty of vitamin D have strong children

Pregnant with plenty of vitamin D have strong childrenYet another example of how vitamin D affects more than strong bones. A study has shown that babies whose mothers took vitamin D during pregnancy had a stronger hand grip and greater muscle mass. This improved muscle strength may also be able to improve their health later in life.

The study included nearly 700 English mothers and their children, where the researchers measured levels of Vitamin D in late pregnancy and found that high levels of vitamin D in women's blood during pregnancy meant that the child had a stronger hand grip at the age of 4 years. Muscle mass was also slightly improved in the children who had received much vitamin D, but this evidence was somewhat weaker.

Expert task force recommend glucosamine and chondroitin

Expert task force recommend glucosamine and chondroitinA group of leading international experts (ESCEO) says in a new report that glucosamine sulfate in a pharmaceutical grade is safe and effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis and that it can be recommended as a basic treatment of this disorder. Also chondroitin is recommended.

The new expert report provides guidelines for physicians treating patients with osteoarthritis based on the latest research published in recognized scientific journals. The aim is to optimize treatment and to build consensus among doctors about these guidelines.

Chromium yeast could help ease your diabetes symptoms

If you are type-2 diabetic, you may find that taking a daily supplement of organic chromium yeast can help you cope with your condition.

Chromium yeast could help ease your diabetes symptomsDo you have type-2 diabetes? Then you probably know all about the problems that follow in the wake of this condition – the increased risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels and all that. What you may not know, however, is that you can cope with your condition a lot easier by taking daily supplements of organic chromium yeast.

Stable blood sugar

The reason why chromium is so important when you have diabetes is that this particular nutrient works in close collaboration with insulin by accentuating the effect of this vital hormone. Chromium literally “unlocks” cells from the inside and helps insulin push more sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into the cells where the sugar is converted into energy. By ensuring that the sugar reaches the cells instead of piling up in the blood, it becomes easier to avoid maintain relatively stable blood sugar levels in the body.

Cholesterol lowering medicine may damage your muscle tissue

Even short-term contact with cholesterol lowering drugs can cause potentially harmful side effects such as exercise intolerance and muscle pain, scientists report.

Cholesterol lowering medicine may damage your muscle tissueStatins, a widely used class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, are believed to cause exercise intolerance and damage muscle tissue. Now, a team of researchers from Columbia University – College of Physicians & Surgeons, have come one step closer to understanding why. Reporting in the June Archives of Neurology, the team of scientists describe how 34 patients on cholesterol-lowering medicine (atorvastatin) displayed significant reductions in their levels of coenzyme Q10, a vitamin-like substance which cells need in order to produce energy.

Stronger heart - longer life?

Stronger heart - longer life?
Could the use of two nutritional supplements help you achieve this? According to Scandinavian research the answer could be yes. Most of us have a desire to live as long as possible but the truth is that, as we grow older, our risk of falling victim to cardiovascular disease increases. The good news is that two new Scandinavian studies have come up with some really exciting results showing that it is possible to live longer and make the heart stronger without medicine or surgery.

50% fewer deaths

With help from two nutritional supplements, the researchers have managed to reduce cardiovascular deaths by over 50% at the same time as boosting heart health. With this research, modern cardiology has taken a large step forward towards betterprevention of heart ailments.

Nutrients can improve your skin, hair, and nails

More and more women take key nutrients that work from the inside to support smooth skin, strong nails, and healthy hair.

Nutrients can improve your skin, hair, and nailsYou probably spend a fortune already on expensive face creams and the like but did you know that a supplement combining two specific micronutrients is one of the best things you can take for your skin, hair, and nails? More and more women include selenium and zinc as part of their daily routine for beauty and appearance and find that it works surprisingly well.

Q10 protects your muscles

A lot of people take supplements of coenzyme Q10 to increase their energy levels but according to a new study the substance is even able to counteract muscle damage caused by intense physical activity.

Q10 protecs your musclesSport requires a lot of energy and many athletes use the vitamin-like substance as a natural shortcut to increased energy and improved performance. However, the compound also appears to protect against some of the muscle damage that is often seen among hardcore athletes. In a study which researchers from the University of Granada in Spain conducted on 20 ultra-runners, those athletes who took supplements of coenzyme Q10 had significantly less muscle tissue damage compared with runners who were given identical “dummy” capsules.   The study is published in the European Journal of Nutrition and is claimed to be the first to show that coenzyme Q10 protects muscle tissue against damage caused by extreme sport.

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