Health Studies- March 2014

Omega-3 and metabolism: DHA may reduce risk of metabolic conditions

Omega-3 fatty acids, especially in the form of DHA, may be of ‘significant value’ in reducing the risk of metabolic conditions including fatty liver disease, according to new research.  To read more, click here.


Vitamin C status may be linked to stroke risk

Consumption of foods and supplements that are rich in vitamin C could help reduce the risk of the most common type of hemorrhagic stroke, say researchers.  To read more, click here.


Social anxiety and tryptophan  
A small, pilot study suggests that tryptophan may help those with social anxiety.  To read more, click here.


Abdominal fat accumulation prevented by unsaturated fat

Fat composition of food not only influences cholesterol levels in the blood and the risk of cardiovascular disease but also determines where the fat will be stored in the body.  To read more, click here


Omega-3 and birth weight

Higher intakes of fish during pregnancy may lead to infants with a higher birth weight, as well as reducing the risk of pre-term births, according to new research.  To read more, click here.


Vitamin E helps slow mental decline in Alzheimer's patients

Recent research suggests that alpha tocopherol slows functional decline in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease patients.  To read more, click here.


Daily multivitamin supplement may decrease cataract risk in men

Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use may lower cataract risk by around 9%, according to a new trial of nearly 15,000 men.  To read more, click here.


Omega-3 backed for Alzheimer’s disease potential

Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids could help to prevent and even reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by stimulating newly identified ‘resolution pathways’, according to researchers.  To read more, click here.


Pain relievers and recurrent headaches and chronic migraines

Frequent use of non-narcotic pain medications such as aspirin and Tylenol have been identified as major risk factors in the development of chronic migraines.  To read more, click here.


Melatonin may reduce risk of certain breast cancers

Melatonin may have the potential to reduce the risk of certain breast cancers by slowing the growth of tumours, according to a new early stage study.  To read more, click here.


Melatonin and strenuous exercise

A new study suggests that oral supplementation of melatonin during high intensity exercise helps reduce oxidative stress.  To read more, click here.


Glucosamine plus chondroitin may reduce joint space narrowing

Two years of daily supplementation with a combination of glucosamine and a low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate may significantly reduce joint space narrowing in the knee, says a new study.  To read more, click here.


L-arginine and obesity

A new pilot study suggests that L-arginine, an amino acid normally made by the body and found in many foods that have protein, may help with central obesity.  To read more, click here


Vegetarian diet could slash blood pressure

Consuming a vegetarian diet may be associated with lower blood pressure, and as such could be used to reduce blood pressure and heart disease risk, say researchers.  To read more, click here.


Vitamin E and dialysis patients

In a recent study, researchers found that vitamin E supplementation improved lipid profiles in patients undergoing hemodialysis.  To read more, click here. 


Pesticides increase risk for Parkinson's disease

Previous studies have shown the certain pesticides can increase the risk for developing Parkinson's disease. Now, UCLA researchers have now found that the strength of that risk depends on an individual's genetic makeup, which in the most pesticide-exposed populations could increase the chances of developing the debilitating disease by two- to six-fold.  To read more, click here.


Even moderate weight loss can prevent and cure obstructive sleep apnea

A sustained weight loss of just 5% was enough to prevent obstructive sleep apnea from worsening and even cure it in a long-term follow-up.  To read more, click here.