Vitamin D deficiency doubles stroke risk in whites, but not blacks

HopkinsMedicine.org – 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 […]

Fisetin neuroprotective against Huntington’s disease

Salk.edu – Fisetin, a natural phytochemical found in strawberries and other fruits and vegetables, slows the onset of motor problems and delays death in three models of Huntington’s disease, according to researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The study, published in the online edition of Human Molecular Genetics, sets the stage for further investigations into fisetin’s neuroprotective properties […]

Vitamin C may be life-saving treatment for sepsis

Physicians caring for patients with sepsis may soon have a new safe and cost-effective, natural treatment for this life-threatening illness – Vitamin C. Research led by Dr. Karel Tyml and his colleagues at The University of Western Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute have found that vitamin C can not only prevent the onset of sepsis, but can […]

How SAM-e, vitamin B6 boost hydrogen sulfide in body

UMich.edu – How the dietary supplement SAM-e boosts the activity of a natural protein that uses vitamin B6 to make more hydrogen sulfide in the body has been revealed by researchers at the University of Michigan. The researchers have solved the structure of this protein that is integral to processes responsible for maintaining a healthy heart and nervous system. The protein […]

DHA-enriched milk might help brain development of preemies

ULaval.ca – 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

CRNUSA.org – 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 […]

Sleep apnea linked to gray matter damage, cognitive deficits

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may blame their daytime difficulties on simple sleepiness, but new research suggests that their brains may be to blame. Specifically, their cognitive challenges may be caused by structural deficits in gray matter, brought on by the intermittent oxygen deprivation that comes with OSA. The good news is that these deficits may be partially or […]