Health Studies- May 2014

Omega-3 Fats May Decrease Artery Calcification in Men

Researchers recently suggested that having high blood levels of omega-3 fats may be a way to minimize artery calcification.  To read more, click here.


Whey protein’s benefits for improved body composition  

Intake of whey protein as a supplement or in combination with resistance exercise, or as part of a weight-loss or weight-maintenance diet, may boost body composition for men and women.  To read more, click here. 


Morning rays keep off pounds

A new Northwestern Medicine® study reports the timing, intensity and duration of your light exposure during the day is linked to your weight -- the first time this has been shown.  People who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day.  To read more, click here.


Omega-3 Fats Benefit Mental Health in Older Malnourished Children
A recent study showed that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improved cognitive test scores in older malnourished children.  To read more, click here.


Antimicrobial from soaps promotes bacteria buildup in human noses

An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people to infection.  To read more, click here.


Cinnamon May Benefit Liver Health in Those with Liver Disease

A recent study suggests that taking 1500 mg cinnamon daily may be helpful in improving nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.  To read more, click here. 


Want spring allergy relief? Avoid stress

Stress doesn't cause allergies, but easing your mind might mean less allergy flare-ups this spring. According to a study published in the April issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergy sufferers with persistent stress experience more allergy flares.  To read more, click here.


Vitamin D May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Vitamin D deficiency exists in 70-90 percent of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Medical studies have shown that increased vitamin D levels either through sun exposure or supplementation improves cognitive function in the elderly.  To read more, click here.


Glucosamine could increase lifespan by mimicking effects of 'low-carb diet'

Supplementation with glucosamine could increase longevity by up to 10%, according to new animal research that suggests the compound may have similar metabolic effects as a calorie-restricted or low-carb diet.  To read more, click here.


Climate change and rising CO2 will reduce quality of food

Elevated levels of carbon dioxide can block plants' absorption of nitrates, leading to foods and crops with a reduced nutritional quality, new field trials have found.  To read more, click here.