Health Studies- February 2014

Vitamin E and Alzheimer's

Daily supplements of vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) may slow functional decline in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, say results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial.  To read more, click here.


Omega-3 Fatty Acids and ADHD

In a study of 90 Australian children with ADHD symptoms, researchers found that omega-3 fatty acids were associated with improvements in attention, literacy and behavior problems.  To read more, click here.


Can fish oil help preserve brain cells?

Senior women with higher levels of omega-3s had larger total brain volumes eight years later.  To read more, click here.


Higher vitamin D dose needed for bone health benefits for older women

Vitamin D doses closer to 1,000 IU per day may be needed to lessen bone loss in postmenopausal women, says a new study from the UK.  To read more, click here.


Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Health

In a recent study, Acetyl-L-Carnitine improved systolic blood pressure and insulin resistance in patients with increased cardiovascular disease risk.  To read more, click here.


Physical activity significantly extends lives of cancer survivors

Research has found that expending more than 12,600 calories per week in physical activity reduced mortality in cancer survivors by up to 48%.  To read more, click here.


Can an apple a day keep the doctor (and statins) away?

The old proverb may stand the test of time, according to new research that suggests consuming an apple a day has the same benefits as statin drugs for people over 50.  To read more, click here.


Fish Oil and Prostate Health

A recent study suggests that fish oil supplementation may benefit prostate health.  To read more, click here.


People who enjoy life maintain better physical function as they age

People who enjoy life maintain better physical function in daily activities and keep up faster walking speeds as they age.  To read more, click here.


Resveratrol a smoker’s best friend?

Resveratrol supplements could hold cardiovascular benefits for smokers, a new study has suggested.  To read more, click here.


Chilled fruit loses 80% of antioxidants

Freeze-drying strawberries keeps all their Vitamin C and polyphenols and 92% of their antioxidants, saving more nutrients than by chilling.  To read more, click here.


Vitamin D may be linked to multiple sclerosis activity and progression

High levels of vitamin D may be associated with reduced disease activity and a lower risk of progression for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new research.  To read more, click here.


Pine bark extract may boost fitness and muscle recovery

Daily supplements with extracts from French Maritime Pine bark may boost endurance and reduce cramping by controlling oxidative stress, according to a new study.  To read more, click here.


Vitamin D may improve cognition and mood in people with Parkinson's

Increased levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of developing cognitive impairments and depression in people who suffer from Parkinson's disease, according to new research.  To read more, click here


Vitamin E supplements may reduce bone fracture rate in the elderly

Use of vitamin E alpha-tocopherol supplements may reduce the rate of bone fractures in older people, says a new study that supports the potential bone health benefits of the vitamin.  To read more, click here.


Omega-3s may boost heart health for people with Metabolic Syndrome

Omega-3 supplements may boost endothelial function, arterial stiffness, and inflammatory status in people with metabolic syndrome, according to a new study from the University of Athens Medical School in Greece.  To read more, click here.


Krill oil shows heart health benefits in humans

Daily supplements of krill oil may reduce triglyceride levels and boost heart health, says a new study with 300 people from Aker BioMarine Antarctic.  To read more, click here.