Polyphenols from Concord grape juice may improve memory in seniors

As America’s baby boomers continue to age, the number of people 65 years of age and older is expected to double to 70 million by 2030. As such, age-related cognitive decline and incidence of chronic conditions, including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, is on the rise. Research supports that good nutrition – particularly a […]

Mediterranean diet lowers type 2 diabetes risk by 83 percent

The traditional Mediterranean diet provides substantial protection against type 2 diabetes, according to a study published by the British Medical Journal. The Mediterreanean diet is rich in olive oil, grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and fish, but low in meat, dairy products and alcohol. Current evidence suggests that such a diet has a protective role in cardiovascular disease, but little […]

Pycnogenol lowers blood sugar, LDL, and blood pressure in type 2 diabetics

Natural antioxidant pycnogenol in moderate doses improved blood sugar and reduced blood pressure medications. A new study published in the May 2008 (volume 8, issue 25) edition of the journal of Nutrition Research shows Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract (high in polyphenols) from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, reduces blood sugar in type […]

Tips on how to increase HDL cholesterol

Thanks to powerful cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, driving down low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, has been the primary approach to improving cholesterol levels. But there’s more to the story of cholesterol and cardiovascular risk than LDL alone. Another key player is high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good” cholesterol. Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower cardiovascular risk. […]

Twelve tips for maintaining diet, weight on vacation

Are you making progress with your diet and nutrition, but concerned because you’re going on vacation soon? On vacation, you’ll likely find yourself eating out three times a day for a week or more, so you need to find ways to work healthy choices into your trip. Elizabeth Schaub, R.D., dietitian at Baylor Regional Medical […]

Milk tripeptides in AmealPeptide® lower blood pressure

Milk-based dietary supplement produces significant results in two placebo-controlled trials . Two new clinical trials presented by Calpis Co., Ltd. at the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) Twenty-Third Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition (ASH 2008) show that the milk-derived dietary supplement AmealPeptide® reduces blood pressure in hypertensive patients. The studies, called AHEAD (Achieve Hypertension Efficacy with […]

Green tea polyphenols counteract neurotoxic effects of sleep apnea

Researchers examined the effects of green tea polyphenols (GTP), administered through drinking water, on rats who were intermittently deprived of oxygen during 12-hour “night” cycles, mimicking the intermittent hypoxia (IH) that humans with obstructive sleep apnea experience. People with obstructive sleep apnea have been reported to have increased markers of oxidative stress and exhibit architectural […]

Organic Milk Much Higher in Omega 3 Fatty Acids than Conventional Milk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today received a letter from 14 top scientists, asking the organisation to recognise the mounting body of evidence that organic milk naturally contains higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids than non-organic milk. The letter, sparked by the publication of ground breaking new research and sent to Dame Deidre […]