LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2015 Archive 8

December 18, 2015

Probiotics increase iron absorption from fortified drink by 50%: Study

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Probiotics may help increase iron absorption from iron-fortified foods, say Swedish researchers.

Read more about the study here.


December 17, 2015

Any Truth to Negative-Calorie Foods?

(NaturalNews) By eating the following 10 low-calorie foods, you can increase your chances of slimming down, helping you build the confidence you need and desire.

Fortunately, some delicious foods have negative calories, meaning your body actually burns more calories digesting them than they contain.

Read more about the report here.


December 14, 2015

Soap and Cancer?

Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent commonly added to soaps and shampoos. Robert H. Tukey, from the University of California/San Diego, and colleagues found that triclosan disrupted liver integrity and compromised liver function in mouse models.

Read more about the research here.


December 9, 2015

Predicting Cognitive “D”ecline

A number of previous studies suggest that Vitamin D deficiency associates with brain structural abnormalities and cognitive impairments. Joshua Miller, from the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and colleagues studied 382 men and women, in their 60s to 90s, residing in an outpatient clinic, assessing them for vitamin D levels and cognition once a year for an average of five years.

Read more about the research here.


December 8, 2015

Melatonin Supplementation Associated with Decreased Fat Mass in Postmenopausal Women

An article published online in Clinical Endocrinology reports the outcome of a randomized, double-blind trial that revealed improvements in body composition among postmenopausal women who received melatonin.

Read more about the research here.


November 25, 2015

Anti-Aging Effects of Antioxidant Revealed

Telomeres are the end caps of chromosomes, protecting the DNA complexes from deterioration during cell division. Telomere shortening is considered a marker of cellular aging, and prematurely shortened telomeres are thought to contribute to atherosclerosis . Wayne Alexander, from Emory University School of Medicine, and colleagues employed a mouse model of atherosclerosis to research the potential for alpha lipoic acid – a potent antioxidant for which previous studies have suggested anti-inflammatory effects.

Read more about the research here.


November 24, 2015

Vitamin D Good For More Than Just Cancer Prevention; It Also Prevents Heart Problems

(NaturalNews) Spending time outdoors soaking up the sun is beneficial not only for a healthy-looking tan, but for your heart's health as well. Studies have shown that vitamin D, which is primarily obtained through exposure to the sun's rays, can help in preventing coronary artery disease, heart attacks and strokes.

Read more about the report here.


November 20, 2015

N-acetylcysteine Supplementation Associated with Lower Plasma Levels of Homocysteine

An article that appeared online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals a reduction in total plasma homocysteine in men who were supplemented with N-acetylcysteine (NAC), an antioxidant derivative of the amino acid L-cysteine. Elevated homocysteine has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia and other adverse conditions.

Read more about the report here.


November 19, 2015

2 Muscle-Preserving Foods

Approximately 1 out of 3 adults age 50 and older suffer from sarcopenia, a progressive loss of muscle mass and strength, which can affect a person's energy and ability to perform daily activities. Christopher Adams, from the University of Iowa, and colleagues explored the cause of age-related muscle weakness and atrophy, discovering the first example of a protein that causes muscle weakness and loss during aging.

Read more about the research here.


November 18, 2015

The Power of Ginger in Fighting Cancer

(NaturalNews) Ginger naturally contains a compound that is up to 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy drugs at killing the cancer stem cells that make malignant tumors so dangerous, according to a study published in the journal PLoS.

Read more about the report here.


November 17, 2015

Meta-Analysis Associates Probiotic Supplementation with Lower Cholesterol

The results of a meta-analysis published in the journal PLOS One affirm an association between probiotic supplementation and a reduction in total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in humans.

Read more about the analysis here.


November 17, 2015

Preserving Muscle in Menopause

New research suggests that taking vitamin D supplements can help women to significantly increase their muscle strength and reduce the loss of muscle mass for at least 12 years after menopause.

Read more about the research here.


November 13, 2015

Does Sugar Cause More Health Damage Than We've Been Told?

(NaturalNews) Sugar causes even more health damage than has been previously believed, suggests a study conducted by researchers from Touro University and the University of California-San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital that was published in the journal Obesity.

The researchers found that when they replaced the sugar in obese children's diets with an equal number of calories from starchy food – including junk food such as potato chips – the children's symptoms of metabolic syndrome began to reverse in less than ten days.

Read more about the study here.


November 11, 2015

Trial Studies Effects of Resveratrol on Alzheimer’s Patients

A study investigating the effects of the dietary polyphenol resveratrol in people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) has produced some promising results. Professor R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD, director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center, and colleagues conducted the randomized, placebo-controlled, 52-week trial of resveratrol in 119 people diagnosed with mild to moderate AD.

Results showed that treatment with increasing doses of resveratrol prevented a decline in amyloid-beta40 (Abeta40) levels in blood and cerebrospinal fluid.

Read more about the research here.


November 10, 2015

Does Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation Help Prevent Fractures?

An updated meta-analysis from the National Osteoporosis Foundation that was published online on October 28, 2015 in the journal Osteoporosis International supports the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements to reduce the risk of fracture in middle-aged to older men and women.

Read more about the analysis here.


November 4, 2015

Can Elderberry Ease Inflammation?

Previously, studies report that anthocyanins from dietary sources may reduce inflammation and address obesity-related medical complications. An abundant source of anthocyanins, black elderberry extract was investigated for its potential to affect markers of inflammation. NJ Farrell, from the University of Connecticut, and colleagues employed a lab animal model of obesity, in which mice were fed a low-fat diet, high-fat diet, or a high fat diet supplemented with either 0.25% or 1.25% black elderberry extract, for 16 weeks.

Read more about the research here.

October 30, 2015

Can Brief Walks Reverse Health Damage Caused By Sitting For Too Long?

(NaturalNews) Sedentary lifestyles are more commonplace than ever before. It's easy to let a haze of laziness fall over the body when everything has become so convenient. The depravity of modern society is self-inflicted. More and more people are crying victim, but all along have been victimizing themselves.

Something as simple as walking has become a chore for many people. Out in the public square, people limp and drag their feet with no apparent injury. They simply have lost the energy in their gait, the muscle in their step, and the fluidity in their motion.

A new study calls out to everyone, the young and the old, to take more walks throughout the day to maintain vascular strength.

Read more about the report here.


October 29, 2015

Meta-Analysis: Vital Muscle Vitamin

Dietary supplementation of Vitamin D may enhance muscle strength, among young healthy adults.

Read more about a new meta-analysis here.


October 16, 2015

The Power of Purple Potatoes

Purple-fleshed potatoes contain compounds that suppress the growth of colon cancer tumors (cell and mouse models).

Read more about recent research here.


October 15, 2015

Nine Foods That Can Help Prevent Cancer

(Natural News) Whether the cancer is benign or capable of progressing, there are several steps a patient can take to bring his or her body to its normal state of healing and regeneration. Here is a list of nine foods that help prevent cancerous tumors in the body:

Read more about the report here.


October 14, 2015

Can Chemotherapy Backfire and Make Cancer Worse?

Long considered the most effective cancer-fighting treatment, chemotherapy may actually make cancer worse, according to a shocking new study.

Read more about the study here.


October 14, 2015

Mediterranean Diet Associated with Lower Incidence of Breast Cancer?

A trial reported in JAMA Internal Medicine found a significantly lower risk of invasive breast cancer among women who consumed a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil in comparison with women assigned to a reduced fat control diet. "No prior nutrition intervention trial has addressed the effect of the Mediterranean diet specifically on breast cancer," authors Estefania Toledo, MD, MPH, PhD, and colleagues announce.

Read more about the research here.


October 12, 2015

Five Good Mood Foods That Support Mental Health

(NaturalNews) Studies find that what you eat plays a huge role in lowering your anxiety and boosting your mood. The more you choose a healthy, whole-food treat over a nutrient-empty, quick fix, the more you'll reap the benefits - both now and later.

Read more about the report here.


October 9, 2015

Do Antioxidants Help Protect Immune Function?

A recent article published in Cell Reports describes the role of antioxidants in slowing aging of the thymus, a gland responsible for the production of immune cells known as T lymphocytes. The thymus reaches its peak size at adolescence and subsequently begins to atrophy. Decreased T cell production is compensated for by existing T cell duplication; however, this eventually results in memory T cell dominance and a reduction in the ability of the immune system to respond to new pathogens. "The thymus begins to atrophy rapidly in very early adulthood, simultaneously losing its function," explained lead researcher Howard T. Petrie, who is presently affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. "This new study shows for the first time a mechanism for the long-suspected connection between normal immune function and antioxidants."

Read more about the research here.


October 8, 2015

Disease Dangers of Chronic Inflammation

Whereas acute inflammation is often necessary as a protective defense against infection and other insults, unchecked, chronic inflammation is implicated in a number of diseases – most notably, arthritis autioimmune diseases. and certain cancers. Anne Marie Minihane, from the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom), and colleagues, report that the nutrition status of the individual with for example a deficiency or excess of certain micronutrients (such as folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin 1, vitamin E, zinc) may lead to an ineffective or excessive inflammatory response.

Read more about the research here.


October 7, 2015

Can Healthy Gut Bacteria Help Prevent Age-Related Diseases?

(NaturalNews) Scientists experimenting with fruit flies in a bid to understand how some people can remain in good physical and mental health until a very old age while others do not are hinting that it might have something to do with the gut.

Indeed, other recent studies have also started linking diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson's to changes in a person's gut bacteria. So far, however, researchers have been unable to pinpoint a direct cause.

"Age-onset decline is very tightly linked to changes within the community of gut microbes," senior author David Walker of the University of California, Los Angeles, told Agence France-Presse. "With age, the number of bacterial cells increase substantially and the composition of bacterial groups changes."

Read more about the research here.


October 6, 2015

Anti-Inflammation for Anti-Aging

Severe inflammation is an aspect of many aging-related diseases, and the lifelong accumulation of molecular damage resultant from chronic inflammation has been suggested to serve as a major contributor to the process of aging. Thomas von Zglinicki, from Newcastle University (United Kingdom), and colleagues studied data collected on Japanese centenarians (men and women age 100 years), and older.

Read more about the research here.


October 6, 2015

Wild Blueberry Polyphenols Show Promise as Periodontal Disease Therapy

A recent issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry documents the findings of Quebec's Laval Université of an antibacterial effect for a polyphenol-rich extract of blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) against Fusobacterium nucleatum—a bacterium associated with various forms of periodontitis. In addition, blueberry showed an ability to combat inflammation caused by exposure to the bacterium.

Read more about the research here.


October 2, 2015

Top 10 Health Benefits of Cherries

(NaturalNews) Cherries have a deep red color which signifies its richness in polyphenol flavonoid compounds known as anthocyanin glycosides. These antioxidants have a wide range of health benefits, and tart cherries contain more of these antioxidant substances than sweet cherries. The antioxidant content in frozen cherries is slightly lower, and canned cherries have an even larger decrease in antioxidant content, but the amount of antioxidants in canned cherries is still significant.

Read more about the report here.


October 1, 2015

Tweaking Mitochondria via Nutrition

Known as the “cellular powerhouse,” mitochondria generate most of a cell’s biochemical energy; as well, the organelles regulate cell death (apoptosis). Recent evidence suggests that mitochondrial defects may be linked to severe muscular and nervous disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and aging itself.

Read more about the evidence here.


October 1, 2015

Can Astaxanthin Improve Muscle Recuperation for Athletes?

Astaxanthin is a pink-orange carotenoid found in salmon and has been shown by some published studies to exert antioxidant effects, Ivana Baralic, from the Sports Medicine Association of Serbia, and colleagues administered astaxanthin (4 grams) daily, or placebo, to 40 young, trained Serbian soccer players for 90 days.

Read more about the research here.


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