Health Studies- February 2015

Vitamin D may boost immune response to colorectal cancer risk
Vitamin D may help to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by priming the immune system to respond against tumor cells, according to new data.  Read more about the study here.

Fenugreek for painful periods
In a study of young women, fenugreek was shown to decrease the pain severity and associated symptoms of painful periods. Read more about the study here.

Whey protein may benefit muscle mass in calorie restricted weight loss diets
A recent study suggests that supplementing weight loss diets with whey protein may help preserve muscle mass and increase the quality of weight loss.  Read more about the study here.

Selenium levels linked to colorectal cancer risk in women
Researchers recently found that women with higher selenium levels had a lower risk of colorectal cancer risk than women with lower selenium levels.  Read more about the study here.

Niacin lessens alcohol fatty liver in rats
In a recent study on rats, those exposed to alcohol showed a lessening of fatty liver development when the rats were supplemented with dietary niacin.  Read more about the study here.

Coffee is the new sunscreen? Study links consumption to reduced melanoma risk
Researchers suggest drinking four or more cups of coffee a day could decrease the risk of melanoma by 20%, saying it is possible that the drink has a ‘protective role’ against UVB-induced skin cancer.  Read more about the study here.

The healing power of gratitude
People who practice gratitude on a daily basis are actually healthier than people who do not practice gratefulness.  Read more about the study here.

Oatmeal for breakfast may increase satiety and mean a lower calorie lunch
Consumption of oatmeal, rather than ready-to-eat-cereal, at breakfast may result in greater feelings of fullness and lower calorie intake at lunch, especially in overweight people, says research backed by PepsiCo owned Quaker Oats.  Read more about the study here.

Pistachios benefit blood sugar control and inflammation levels
In a recent study, researchers found that pistachios have a glucose- and insulin-lowering effect and promote a healthier metabolic profile.  Read more about the study here.

Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction 
A new study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.  Read more about the study here.

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Decreased Lung Health in the Elderly
Recent research suggests that higher vitamin D levels may help manage asthma in the elderly. Read more about the study here.

Pea protein supplements match whey for muscle thickness gains 
Supplementation with pea protein may produce the same bicep muscle thickness improvements as whey protein, suggests a new study from Roquette and the University of Burgundy in France.  Read more about the study here.