Health Studies- April 2014

Probiotics may boost ‘quality of life’ for hay fever sufferers

Hay fever suffers may benefit from daily probiotic supplements, according to a new study that found improvements in ‘quality of life’ scores and ocular symptoms.  To read more, click here.


Olive Leaf Lowers Blood Pressure

Researchers found that olive leaf extract not only lowered blood pressure, but it also lowered total cholesterol and triglycerides in patients with stage 1 hypertension.  To read more, click here.


Vitamin D linked to better breast cancer patient survival

Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as those with lower levels, new research has suggested.  To read more, click here.


Olive Oil May Help Increase Fat-Burning in the Obese

In a controlled trial, rats given a standard diet supplemented with olive oil had a 26% higher oxygen intake and 58% higher rate of fat burning compared un-supplemented rats.  To read more, click here.


Omega-3 Fats Benefit Those with Dry Eye Syndrome

A recent study suggests that omega-3 fats may help dry eye syndrome by modulating the inflammatory process in the body.  To read more, click here.


Physical activity and occasional drinking found to be associated with decrease in vision impairment

Study shows modifiable lifestyle behaviors may alter the odds of developing sight loss not correctable with glasses or contact lenses.  To read more, click here.


Meta-analysis finds omega-3s equal lifestyle changes for blood pressure benefits

Consuming omega-3 supplements or omega-3-rich food may be as effective as reducing sodium or alcohol, or increasing exercise for reducing blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis of 70 randomized controlled studies.  To read more, click here.


Lycopene Improves Both Inflammation and Cholesterol Levels in Overweight Individuals

Researchers recently found that increased lycopene intake had heart-protective benefits in moderately overweight, middle-aged patients.  To read more, click here.


Omega-3 Fats May Decrease Artery Calcification in Men

In an international study done on men in Japan and the US, Japanese men with omega-3 blood levels136% higher than US Caucasian men had a 69% lower rate of calcium build-up in arteries.  To read more, click here.


Healthy eating may reduce the risk of preterm delivery: Population data

A healthy diet packed with fruit, vegetables, and omega-3 rich fish could help to reduce the risk of pre-term babies, according to new research.  To read more, click here.


Magnesium Clears Up Mucus and Improves Breathing in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

In a study of pediatric Cystic Fibrosis patients, researchers found that Magnesium helped improve respiratory muscle strength.  To read more, click here.


Calcium and vitamin D may improve cholesterol in postmenopausal women

Supplementation with calcium and vitamin D after menopause could help to improve women's cholesterol profiles, according to new research.  To read more, click here.


Omega-3 Fats Benefit Blood Vessel Health in Those with Metabolic Syndrome
In Metabolic Syndrome patients, omega-3 fats were found to improve endothelial function and arterial stiffness with a parallel anti-inflammatory effect.  To read more, click here.