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Study: Intestinal Flora Determines Health of Obese People

Posted August 29, 2013

The international consortium MetaHIT, which includes the research group of Jeroen Raes (VIB / Vrije Universiteit Brussel), publishes in the leading journal Nature that there is a link between richness of bacterial species in the intestines and the susceptibility for medical complications related to obesity.

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Effects of low-volume walking programme and vitamin E supplementation on oxidative damage and health-related variables in healthy older adults

Posted May 10, 2013

Both exercise and vitamin E supplementation have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and cardiovascular disease risk in older adults, and when combined there is evidence suggesting that they act synergistically. The currently recommended amount of exercise for older adults is 150 min/week of moderate-intensity exercise; however, the minimum amount of exercise necessary to achieve health benefits is not known.

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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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Grapes Activate Genes Responsible For Antioxidant Defense In The Heart

Posted May 6, 2013

A study appearing in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry¹ demonstrates that grapes are able to reduce heart failure associated with chronic high blood pressure (hypertension) by increasing the activity of several genes responsible for antioxidant defense in the heart tissue. Grapes are a known natural source of antioxidants and other polyphenols, which researchers believe to be responsible for the beneficial effects observed with grape consumption.

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Support Healthy Digestion With This Unlikely Duo

Posted May 2, 2013

What do broccoli and blueberries have in common? New research suggests they could be very effective in alleviating digestive problems. In a study published in Nutrition, scientists at Nutrigenomics New Zealand examined the effects of these two foods on mice with symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The findings indicate that adding these foods to the diet may change the bacteria in the intestinal tract and also reduce inflammation commonly seen in this disorder.

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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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Clinical Trial Tests If Rice Bran Can Reduce Incidence of Cancer

Posted December 7, 2012

A recent University of Colorado Cancer Center review in the journal Advances in Nutrition shows that rice bran offers promising cancer prevention properties. Meanwhile, an ongoing clinical trial is testing the effectiveness of rice bran in preventing the recurrence of colon cancer.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Posted November 21, 2012

Praktikos Institute would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. We’re thankful that you choose www.praktikosinstitute.org for your natural health news and information. Have a safe and happy holiday.

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Vitamin D may prevent colorectal cancer

Posted October 25, 2012

Taking vitamin D supplements or sufficient exposure to sun rays often to prevent vitamin d insufficiency or deficiency may help prevent colorectal cancer, according to a study in Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The mouse study showed that mice chemically treated to induce preneoplastic lesions or dysplasia, a precursor to colorectal cancer, were less likely to develop the preneoplastic lesions if they were treated with a vitamin d supplement.

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Low Vitamin C May Be a Risk Factor for Pre-Eclampsia

Posted July 8, 2012

A year-long case-control study of 559 pregnant women from 2008-2009 found a strong association between low plasma vitamin C levels and pre-eclampsia.

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