Reducing salt in teen diet linked to future heart health – Cutting back on salt in teenagers’ diets by as little as one-half teaspoon, or three grams, a day, could reduce the number of young adults with high blood pressure by 44 to 63 percent, according to new research presented Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 meeting in Chicago. The […]

Vitamin D deficiency doubles stroke risk in whites, but not blacks – Low levels of vitamin D, the essential nutrient obtained from milk, fortified cereals and exposure to sunlight, doubles the stroke risk in whites, but not in blacks, according to a new report by researchers at Johns Hopkins. Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death, killing more than 140,000 Americans annually and temporarily or permanently […]

DHA-enriched milk might help brain development of preemies – Giving breastfeeding mothers DHA supplements, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, increases the concentration in their milk of this nutrient essential to brain growth and brain development, concludes a study presented recently by Université Laval researcher Dr. Isabelle Marc at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Babies born before the 30th week […]

Omega-3 fatty acids may fight gum disease

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, like DHA and EPA, may serve as a natural treatment to help fight gum disease, according to a new study. Periodontitis, a common inflammatory disease in which gum tissue separates from teeth, leads to accumulation of bacteria and potential bone and tooth loss. Although traditional treatments concentrate on the bacterial infection, more recent strategies target the inflammatory […]

Omega-3 DHA may limit stroke brain damage, help stroke recovery

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil, is a powerful therapeutic agent that can protect brain tissue and promote recovery in an experimental model of acute ischemic stroke, even when treatment is delayed by up to five hours, according to research led by Dr. Nicolas Bazan, Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at […]

DHA may improve age-associated memory impairment – Supplementing with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may improve memory and learning in older adults with mild cognitive impairments, according to a study published in the November 2010 edition of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. This is promising news for many aging Americans who are searching for options to maintain memory and support overall […]

Taking sleeping pills linked to 36 percent higher mortality risk – Taking sleeping pills or medications to treat anxiety increases mortality risk by 36 percent, according to a study conducted by Geneviève Belleville, a professor at Université Laval’s School of Psychology. The details of this study are published in the latest edition of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Dr. Belleville arrived at these results through […]

Pistachios and mindful eating

Pistachios can be a healthy and helpful addition to one’s diet, promoting a healthy pace of eating and mindful eating, according to presentations at this year’s American Dietetic Association’s annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). The S-L-O-W Down Pistachio Shell Dr. James Painter, a behavioral eating expert for more than 18 years and […]

Monounsaturated fatty acids in diet improve cholesterol levels – Adding monounsaturated fats (MUFA) to a cholesterol-lowering dietary portfolio in patients with mild to moderate elevated cholesterol levelsincreased HDL by 12.5 percent and lowered LDL levels by 35 percent, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Low HDL-C levels and high LDL-C levels are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The addition […]