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A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition indicates that the effects of the metabolic syndrome, a significant risk fact for developing type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, is reduced by adding omega-3 fatty acids to a high complex carbohydrate, low fat diet.  In particular, the supplements improve the blood lipid (fat) levels.   “Fish oil […]

An observational study funded by the National Institute of Aging and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found a large percentage of nursing home residents have a low zinc levels (in their blood).  The researchers determined that residents with normal blood zinc levels had a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of pneumonia, compared to those […]

Following the publication of research suggesting calcium supplements could increase the risk of heart attack, the industry responded with the assertion that the research was “cherry picked.”   According to the authors of the study published in the British Medical Journal, the findings indicate that while calcium supplementation is helpful in treating osteoporosis (thinning of […]

Nutrition researchers from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are evaluating the components of cinnamon and other spices to explore their beneficial effects on insulin levels and other functions.   Richard Anderson’s research, conducted at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland indicates that certain spices may be beneficial to some diabetic patients.   Their […]

For the first time, a study has determined a link between long term and frequent capsaicin consumption and  blood pressure reduction.   The study provides fresh evidence to support the theory that capsaicin improves blood vessel function and lower blood pressure.   Published in the journal Cell Metabolism, it suggests that the blood vessel receptor […]

A pilot study conducted by a team of University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester and VA Center of Canandaigua researchers found that cherry juice blend could have modest but beneficial effects on sleep in older adults with insomnia.  Drinking tart cherry juice every day could help millions of people with insomnia, according to their study […]

Canadian researchers at the University of Montreal discovered that vitamin B3 can treat drug resistant fungal infections that attack individuals with compromised immunity and can lead to death. Fungal infections that include Candida, Apsergillus are resistant to current drug therapy.  This study found vitamin B3 has broad antifungal properties.   Patients with diminished immune system […]

A world renowned researcher believes that Vitamin K may be “the next vitamin D” if research continues to determine its increasing benefits for your health.   Cees Vermeer, Ph.D, one of the world’s renowned researchers in the field of vitamin K,  in 1975 created a vitamin K research group, which is now the largest group […]

The US Army has funded a 20 month project, to identify nutritional therapies that can help prevent, mitigate or treat traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.   The Institute of Medicine has established an expert committee that will, “consider preventative interventions as well as those that might be effective during the acute phase and […]

A new animal study conducted by University of Massachusetts researchers determined that eating a handful of pecans everyday might have long-term benefits for the nervous system and could help to prevent certain diseases that occur in the latter decades.    The researchers believe consumption might help to ward off such degenerative diseases as Lou Gehrig’s […]

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