Archive for August, 2010

S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e), an over-the-counter dietary supplement, can be an effective, relatively well-tolerated, adjunctive treatment for adults with major depression who do not respond initially to their treatment with antidepressant medication, according to a new study conducted by investigators at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. SAM-e is a naturally occurring, sulfur-containing amino acid […] – Selenium, a dietary trace mineral, may help to prevent the development of bladder cancer. According to results of a study published in the September 2010 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, selenium intake is associated with decreased risk of bladder cancer. “The lower […]

NIH-funded scientists at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio are finding that certain phytochemicals, or natural plant compounds (like resveratrol), when given in combinations, may suppress damage that can cause skin cancer. The substances, which occur naturally in grapes, berries, walnuts and a number of other plant-based foods, were tested on mice that had […] – A group of “professional couch potatoes,” as one researcher described them, has proven that even moderate exercise – in this case walking at one’s own pace for 40 minutes three times a week – can enhance the connectivity of important brain circuits, combat declines in brain function associated with aging, and increase performance […] – Two new studies on resveratrol and red wine point to their possible benefits for body fat metabolism and vascular endothelial function. The “French Paradox” refers to relatively low cardiovascular disease prevalence in France despite high dietary saturated fat consumption and cigarette smoking. Among factors thought to provide cardioprotective benefits to the French is […] – Dietary recommendations related to maintaining a healthy heart routinely suggest substituting low-fat or nonfat dairy products for their full-fat counterparts. However, a growing literature is beginning to question this long-held and dogmatic belief, with several studies actually documenting inverse relations between dairy products and cardiovascular risk. Furthermore, researchers have identified compounds relatively unique […]