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‘Unprecedented in its potential impact’: Could new anti-cancer study re-ignite the kava market?

Posted January 12, 2014

A patent-pending blend of compounds from kava with none of the potentially adverse liver effects may see the much-maligned herb re-emerge in the dietary supplement space, say researchers from the University of Minnesota.

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Natural Remedy to Anxiety? Ancient Extract, Kava, May Be the Answer

Posted May 19, 2013

If you’re looking for a more natural way to treat anxiety, scientists may have the answer. According to findings from an Australian study, Kava may be a good substitute for those wanting another approach. Patients with generalized anxiety disorders who took kava extract tablets for six weeks showed a significant reduction in their symptoms, compared with a control group that took placebo pills, according to the results.

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Kava: The anti-anxiety herb is making a comeback

Posted May 17, 2012

Kava, an herb from the Pacific islands whose roots yield relaxing compounds, has been sold in the U.S. for a long time. In 1900 kava extract appeared in the Sears Roebuck catalog as a “temperance wine,” an alternative to demon drink. Buyers who purchased the extract received a free tea set. Up until the 1950s kava products were registered in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, the official compilation of approved medicines, for the treatment of both gonorrhea and nervousness.

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Regular exercise improves health of people with long-term kidney disease

Posted April 30, 2012

There are many reasons why people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often lose fitness and have increasing difficulty performing normal daily tasks, but new research shows scientific evidence for the benefits of regular exercise for people with CKD, including those with a kidney transplant. They can improve their physical fitness, walk further, have healthier blood pressures, healthier heart rates, higher health-related quality of life scores and better nutritional characteristics compared to those who don’t exercise.

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Kidney Disease Patients Can Reap Rich Benefits From Pomegranate Juice

Posted April 30, 2012

A new study has claimed that patients suffering from kidney disease may benefit abundantly from pomegranate juice, as the antioxidant-rich drink also helps to manage blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

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Low Vitamin D Linked to Kidney Disease Complications

Posted April 30, 2012

Vitamin D deficiency is more common in children who suffer from kidney disease and contributes to thryroid problems and inflammation. These findings were published online ahead of print in the journal Kidney International.

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Vitamin D in Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted April 30, 2012

Dietary vitamin D supplementation is advocated throughout the world, and in recent years it has received substantial public interest. Vitamin D metabolism is complex. The active metabolite 1,25-hydroxyvitamin D is involved in calcium and phosphorus homeostasis and the vitamin D receptor is expressed in many tissues, such as skeletal muscle, brain, prostate, breast, colon, and immune cells. Vitamin D status is usually assessed by measurement of the inactive metabolite 25-hydroxyvitamin D in serum, but no consensus exists on optimal serum levels.

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