Health Studies- October 2014

Vitamin D associated with 'a range of important health outcomes'

Increased blood levels of the sunshine vitamin are associated with significantly lower risks of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and fractures, according to data collected in the UK over 13 years.  Read more here.

Vitamin E Improves Nerve Health in Diabetics

Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that has been found to be effective in reducing pain in diabetic neuropathy patients.  Read more here.


Omega-3 reduces anti-social behaviour in kids: Long term study

High-dose omega-3 supplementation can reduce anti-social behaviour in children, 2-year study has found.  Read more here.

Low Vitamin D Levels Associated with Complications after Surgery

A recent study found that having adequate vitamin D blood levels may be a simple way to help reduce the risk of death from post-surgical complications.  Read more here.


Cinnamon may be used to halt progression of Parkinson's disease, study suggests

Neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that using cinnamon, a common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson's disease.  Read more here.


Restricting Calories May Improve Sleep Apnea, Blood Pressure 

Restricting calories may improve sleep apnea and reduce blood pressure in obese adults and those who restricted their calories had higher levels of oxygen in their blood and a greater reduction in body weight.  Read more here.

Study Identifies Dietary Contributors to Acne

A recent study suggests that diet, particularly foods with a high glycemic index, may influence or aggravate acne development.  Read more here.

Missing sleep may hurt your memory

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine.  Read more here.

Eating more beans can increase fullness

Eating about one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can increase fullness, which may lead to better weight management and weight loss, a new study has found.  A systematic review and meta-analysis of all available clinical trials found that people felt 31 per cent fuller after eating on average 160 grams of dietary pulses compared with a control diet.  Read more here.

Resveratrol supplements may boost mitochondrial function 

Supplements containing the red wine polyphenol resveratrol may counter the detrimental effects of a high fat diet including restoring mitochondrial function, suggest results of a study with mice.  Read more here.

Grape Seed Extract Helps Maintain Cholesterol Health

Researchers found that grape seed extract was associated with a reduction in oxidized LDL and may be useful in helping to prevent cardiovascular disease. Read more here.