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Seniors: Minimize risk of functional losses with this vitamin

Posted August 30, 2013

Vitamin D has been in the spotlight for a number of years with evidence stacking up that the majority of all chronic, degenerative diseases are worsened by low levels of vitamin D. Research recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism evaluated nearly 2000 people aged 55 years and older for the relationship between their physical performance abilities and vitamin D levels in their blood.

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A diet based on multiple functional concepts improves cognitive performance in healthy subjects

Posted July 18, 2013

Disorders such as the metabolic syndrome (MetS), impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes, are associated with increased risk of cognitive decline. Also several of the individual key features that define the MetS, e.g. hypertension, impaired glucose regulation, dyslipidemia, obesity, and inflammation, are related to an increased risk of cognitive decline. Consequently, a diet that prevents metabolic disorders might be expected to prevent cognitive decline.

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Garlic, Grape Seed, and Multivitamins May Exert Chemopreventive Effects Against Hematological Malignancies

Posted April 30, 2012

In a prospective study involving an analysis of data collected from 66,227 men and women between the ages of 50 and 76 years, out of which 588 cases of hematological malignancy were identified, high use of garlic supplements, ever use of grape seed supplements, and supplementation with multivitamins were all inversely associated with hematological malignancies.

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Aged Garlic Extract May Enhance Immune Function

Posted April 30, 2012

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel intervention study examined the effect of aged garlic extract on immune cells.

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Aged garlic may ease cold symptoms

Posted April 30, 2012

Americans spend close to $3 billion dollars a year on over-the-counter cold medications, and roughly $400 million on prescription meds. On top of that, lost revenues from work absence are estimated at about $20 billion. Finding ways to prevent colds and flu, or to at least minimize their symptoms or duration, can save both time and money. Several botanical supplements are commonly used to prevent and treat colds. One of them is garlic, which contains multiple phytochemicals that stimulate the immune system to help fight off unwanted viruses and other germs.

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Garlic Effective in Lowering Triglyceride Levels

Posted April 30, 2012

The influence of garlic on serum lipid parameters was found to be beneficial in this meta-analysis. 26 studies were included. Serum total cholesterol (TC) and triglyceride (TG) levels in the garlic group were reduced and more effective for subjects with long-term intervention and higher baseline TC levels.

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Garlic and Blood Pressure Medication

Posted April 30, 2012

Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors, are commonly prescribed medications used to treat high blood pressure. Drugs in this classification include captopril, enalapril and lisinopril. The University of Maryland Medical Center does not list garlic as a contraindicated supplements for ACE inhibitors directly, but reinforces the fact that garlic can thin the blood and exaggerate activity of heart medications. Discuss all options with the prescribing cardiologist before taking garlic supplements.

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Garlic Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Associated Metabolic Syndromes in Fructose Fed Rats

Posted April 30, 2012

Type 2 diabetes mellitus, characterized by peripheral insulin resistance, is a major lifestyle disorder of the 21st century. Raw garlic homogenate has been reported to reduce plasma glucose levels in animal models of type 1 diabetes mellitus. However, no specific studies have been conducted to evaluate the effect of raw garlic on insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes mellitus. This study was designed to investigate the effect of raw garlic on fructose induced insulin resistance, associated metabolic syndrome and oxidative stress in diabetic rats.

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Garlic may help fight colon cancer

Posted April 30, 2012

Many savvy food consumers may have already known this: garlic helps fight cancer. A new study found evidence suggesting that the odor-bearing compounds in garlic may help prevent colon cancer from spreading to other organs.

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Garlic-derived organosulfur compounds destroy food bacteria

Posted April 30, 2012

Researchers are investigating the antimicrobial properties of garlic. By using infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, scientists were able to discover garlic-derived organosulfur compounds are more powerful that garlic-derived phenols.

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