In a study involving 366 older men and 592 older women (mean age: 75 years), subjects with the greatest vitamin C intake (highest tertile) were found to have significantly fewer hip fractures and non-vertebral fractures a …Read More
The health risk of too much vitamin E is low.
A recent review of the safety of vitamin E in the elderly indicated that taking vitamin E supplements for up to four months at doses of 530 mg or 800 IU (35 times the current RDA) had no significant effect on general health, b …Read More
L-Carnitine is a nutrient that is derived from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Its name is derived from the fact that it was first isolated from meat (carnus). L-Carnitine is not considered a dietary essential because it is synthesized in the body. The body produces carnitine in the liver and kidneys and stores it in …Read More
Guggul, an extract from the resin of the mukul myrrh tree (Commiphora mukul), has been used since 600 BC in Ayurvedic medicine to treat obesity and lipid disorders. Guggulipid, an ethyl acetate extract of this resin, is used to treat hyperlipidemia in India and is also available in the US. A 2002 study eval …Read More
Lutein is often hailed as a possible way to protect eyes from macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. Researchers at Harvard found eating 6mg of lutein a day (roughly 1/4 cup cooked spinach) lowered the odds of macular degeneration by 43%. Acco …Read More
Timed-release melatonin may improve sleep quality and morning alertness in insomnia patients with NO withdrawal effects
In a randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center study involving 170 primary insomnia outpatients (aged 55 years or older), treatment with prolonged-release melatonin (2 mg/d) for a period of 3 weeks was …Read More
UCLA neuroscientists have shown for the first time that a diet high in the omega-3 fatty acid DHA helps protect the brain against the memory loss and cell damage caused by Alzheimer's disease. The new research suggests that a DHA-rich diet may lower one's risk of Alzheimer …Read More
There are several fish oil supplements that are marketing themselves as being “Pharmaceutical Grade” implying that “Pharmaceutical Grade” fish oil supplements are the only fish oil supplements with a more potent fish oil and the only fish oil supplements free of mercury and other toxic substances.
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A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Omega 3 fatty acids in bipolar disorder was recently conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
BACKGROUND: Omega3 fatty acids may inhibit neuronal signal transduc …Read More