People taking high doses of the B vitamin folic acid are not at an increased risk of cancer, according to an international analysis - easing some concern about the possible side effects of national programs aimed to raise intake of the vitamin.
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How to lower your blood pressure without prescription drugs
Ray and Terry's 's insight:
There are many natural compounds that help manage blood pressure levels. Before you take a prescription drug to lower blood pressure, talk to your doctor and try exercise and dietary/supplement methods.
Although there have been conflicting reports on the benefits of omega-3 fish oil, a new study indicates that it’s still a good idea to take the supplement.
Scientists at the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University analyzed studies of omega-3 fish oil supplements and reached several conclusions. They said that taking the supplement, as well as eating fatty fish, may prevent heart disease, and that the supplement could be beneficial for serious health problems besides heart disease.
Linus Pauling Research:
Older people who take vitamin D and calcium supplements may live a bit longer than their peers, according to an international review of several studies covering more than 70,000 people.
The percentage may sound small, but over a population, the numbers are significant.
Finally, there’s an app for that. MyDS is a complete dietary supplement tracking app that allows consumers to keep track of the products they take, as well as doses and other ingredients. It allows multiple profiles, so you can also track your child, spouse or parent.
Always on hand, now you can complete the list at the doctor’s office or remember which calcium your mother asked you to pick up.
It’s free and it works on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Kindle and laptops.
App link (Chrome or Safari only): http://myds.nih.gov/
Taking a multivitamin supplement daily can improve cognitive performance in both children and adults, say UK researchers.
A series of neurological studies evaluated multi-vitamin usage amongst men, women and children. The findings associated supplementation with improved cognitive effects and mood.
Studies have shown that even a simple daily multivitamin can make a considerable difference in our long-term health. Most resources on the web just give us the same information rehashed into different words.
The author explains some of the less well-known supplements and how they affect and benefit your body.
Many people now use pharmaceuticals to help manage their moods. Anxiety is commonplace in a world where everything moves quickly and multi-tasking is a necessity.
Are there other options?
Possibly. New research lends credence to the use of two natural supplements for depression and anxiety.
In the last 100 years vitamins have been found to play vital roles in our health and wellbeing, but the full benefits of many vitamins is yet to be elucidated.In this special edition article NutraIngredients looks at some of the areas of vitamin...
Probiotics, believed to help with digestion, are increasingly being studied to treat wide-ranging conditions, from colic to cholesterol and the common cold.
One of the fastest-growing dietary supplements, probiotics are now prominent on drug and big-box store shelves. They are live microorganisms—or "good" bacteria—that when consumed in capsules or yogurt are said to confer a health benefit.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the dietary supplement industry's leading trade association, has released its comprehensive report, The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements (4th Edition).
The updated book assesses the current state of the science on the health benefits associated with select nutritional supplements. It looks at positive studies as well as null and negative study results.
Specifically, the report addresses multivitamins, antioxidants (vitamins C and E), calcium, long chain omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils), vitamin D, vitamins B-6 and B-12, fiber and folic acid.
The report can be downloaded (individual chapters or in its entirety) at the CRN website.
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent antioxidant also used by the body to convert blood sugar into energy.
Emerging research indicates that ALA may have neuroprotective qualities and help to repair nerve damage and maintain healthy vision.
ALA combines synergistically with both glutathione and CoQ10 to maximize free radical protection...
These are just two of the mounting studies on ALA and glucose management:
--ALA helps prevent the oxidative stress that is linked to impaired glucose management.
Resveratrol, the famed anti-aging supplement extracted from red wine, has experienced its share of controversy.
An experimental artifact, a pair of studies that questioned its health benefits, and the shady practices of one now-discredited scientist have put resveratrol in a bad light as of late.
But a recent study now attempts to help set the record straight by confirming one part of the resveratrol puzzle…
Curcumin (extracted from the spice turmeric) is currently one of the most studied natural remedies.
A recent controlled study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology involved administering curcumin (or sugar pills) to bypass patients.
Those given curcumin pills had significantly lower levels of inflammation and oxidative stress indicators, as well as a 65% reduced risk of heart attack following the bypass surgery.
The U.S. National Poison Data System has published its 2010 annual report on poisonings.
There are 60 billion doses of vitamin and mineral supplements taken per year in the USA, with zero fatalities reported.
Of all reports made to Poison Control, those that involved vitamins or minerals caused zero deaths (and very few incidents).
There were no reported deaths related to multiple vitamins, any of the B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, or E; or any other vitamin.
There was a small number of incidents listed under minerals. These mainly related to iron (not supplement pills) and sodium.
Source: Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Dart RC. 2010 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data System (NPDS): 28th Annual Report.
Minerals, page 131 of report (pdf page 163)
Vitamins, pages 137-139 (pdf 169-171)
(203 page pdf report: http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2010%20NPDS%20Annual%20Report.pdf )