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Increased intake of fish can boost good cholesterol levels

Posted March 4, 2014

The consumption of fish has long been known to be beneficial for health; however, the mechanisms by which fats and other useful nutrients found in fish work in the human body are not fully known. Now research confirms that increasing the intake of fatty fish increases the number of large HDL particles. People who increased their intake of fish to a minimum of 3-4 weekly meals had more large HDL particles in their blood than people who are less frequent eaters of fish. Large HDL particles are believed to protect against cardiovascular diseases.

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DSM Proposes Adaptations to Vitamin E Intake Requirements

Posted February 6, 2014

The conclusions of a workshop led by DSM to address the challenges of setting appropriate intake recommendations for vitamin E have been published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. The paper, which outlines a concept for the appropriate assessment of vitamin E status and functionality in order to define desirable vitamin E requirements, is part of the global nutritional ingredient supplier’s ongoing commitment to advance research into the essential micronutrient.

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Study: Adolescents’ Salt Intake Correlates With Obesity, Inflammation

Posted February 4, 2014

Most adolescents consume as much salt as adults – some more than twice the recommended daily allowance – and that high sodium intake correlates with fatness and inflammation regardless of how many calories they consume, researchers report.

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The co-use of conventional drugs and herbs among patients in Norwegian general practice: a cross-sectional study

Posted October 31, 2013

Different patient groups are known to use herbal remedies and conventional drugs concomitantly (co-use). This poses a potential risk of herb-drug interaction through altering the drug’s pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics. Little is known about co-use among patients in general practice. The primary aim of this study was to compare patients in general practice that co-use herbal remedies and conventional drugs with those who do not. The secondary aim was to register the herb-drug combinations with potential clinical relevant interactions among the co-users.

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Making sense of conflicting advice on calcium intake

Posted October 18, 2013

In recent years, studies have reported inconsistent findings regarding whether calcium supplements used to prevent fractures increase the risk of heart attack. Now, in an assessment of the scientific literature, reported as a perspective piece in the October 17, 2013 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a UC San Francisco researcher says patients and health care practitioners should focus on getting calcium from the diet, rather than supplements, when possible.

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Resveratrol lowers caloric intake to aid weight management and extend natural lifespan

Posted October 16, 2013

Nutritional researchers are continually examining naturally occurring compounds to determine their potential impact on human health. A number of nutrients have been found to provide critical antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support for cellular metabolism and lower disease risk for most chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and dementia. Resveratrol sits high atop a short list of protective chemicals, as it has repeatedly demonstrated superior effectiveness as an aid to promote vibrant health.

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Association between fruits and vegetables intake and frequency of breakfast and snacks consumption: a cross-sectional study

Posted August 28, 2013

There are very few studies on the frequency of breakfast and snack consumption and its relation to fruit and vegetable intake. This study aims to fill that gap by exploring the relation between irregular breakfast habits and snack consumption and fruit and vegetable intake in Tuscan adolescents. Separate analyses were conducted with an emphasis on the potentially modifying factors of sex and age.

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Monitoring Nutrient Intake Can Help Vegetarian Athletes Stay Competitive

Posted July 20, 2013

A balanced plant-based diet provides the same quality of fuel for athletes as a meat-based diet, provided vegetarians seek out other sources of certain nutrients that are more commonly found in animal products, according to a presentation at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Expo®.

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Intravenous vitamin C helps breast cancer patients

Posted April 30, 2012

Many people may not know this: some alternative doctors have been using intravenous vitamin C for years to treat a variety of malignancies, but few studies reveal the efficacy. A new study in the Nov 2011 issue of In Vivo shows that IV vitamin C can at least help eliminate side effects of breast cancer treatments such as nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, depression, sleep disorders, dizziness and hemorrhagic diathesis.

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