Fisetin neuroprotective against Huntington’s disease – 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 – 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 – 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 […]

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 […]