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Carotenoids from Fruits and Vegetables May Help Prevent ALS

Posted July 27, 2013

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, is a devastating degenerative illness that incapacitates its victims in a manner similar to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. At present, there is no known cure or effective treatment for the illness, believed to be the result of oxidative stress caused by decades of poor diet, stress, environmental toxins and poor physical conditioning. Researchers have now discovered that increased consumption of foods containing colorful carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene and lutein, may prevent or delay the onset of ALS.

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Vitamin D Supplementation May Have a Beneficial Effect in ALS patients

Posted July 22, 2013

In a study of 37 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (median age: 55 years; median symptom onset: 61 months), researchers found that vitamin D supplementation (2,000 international units daily) was safe over a period of 9 months and may have a beneficial effect on ALSFRS-R scores.

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine in the Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Posted May 8, 2013

In a pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study involving patients between the ages of 40 and 70 years with definite or probable amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), who were self-sufficient (able to swallow, cut food/handle utensils, walk), with forced vital capacity of > 80%, who were followed for 48 weeks, supplementation with acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC), 3 g/d, added to riluzole 100 mg/d, was found to be “effective, well-tolerated and safe.”

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Carrots, Spinach Linked to Lower Lou Gehrig’s Risk

Posted January 30, 2013

Eating brightly colored fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants may help prevent the muscle-wasting disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to a new study.

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Vitamin E and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Posted January 17, 2013

In a study involving 29,127 Finnish male smokers between the ages of 50 and 69 years with serum alpha-tocopherol concentration above the median (greater than or equal to 11.6 mg/l) were found to have a 0.56 age-adjusted relative risk (RR) of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as compared to those with alpha-tocopherol levels below the median. Neither serum beta-carotene nor beta-carotene supplementation were associated with ALS.

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Coenzyme Q10 May Benefit Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Posted January 6, 2013

In this case report and review, a 75 year old medical scientist (unbiased for treatment with coenzyme Q10) with ALS was treated with a highly bioavailable form of coenzyme Q10 (solubilized ubiquinol, Tishcon Corp., NY), starting at 200 mg, twice daily for 4 weeks, followed by 500 mg, twice daily, and then back down to 200 mg twice daily, was found to have significant improvements in symptoms, including improvements in hand grip power, and a slowing of the progression of muscle wasting.

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The Fat-Soluble Vitamin that Has Been Shown to Reduce Coronary Calcification

Posted April 30, 2012

Vitamin K is thought to reduce coronary calcification, thereby decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease. However, studies have reported inconsistent results — possibly because of the different effects of vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (menaquinone or MK). Few studies have included both.

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