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Ubiquinol (Reduced CoQ10) May Improve Blood Sugar

A new small open-label study on ubiquinol was recently published and shows some promise for those with diabetes. This study focused on type 2 diabetics receiving conventional medication, who also received an oral dose of 200 mg ubiquinol daily for 12 weeks. 5 healthy controls were also assigned to receive an oral dose of 200 mg ubiquinol daily for 4 weeks to examine the effects of ubiquinol on insulin secretion.


Cancer From "Safe" Levels of Herbicides & GM Corn

Here is a study that didn`t get the coverage it deserved by mass media last week. New findings from the first long-term peer-reviewed toxicity study on the world’s most popular herbicide--Roundup--and GM (genetically-modified) crop engineered to tolerate Roundup show an increase in cancer rates.


L-Carnitine Improves Behaviour in Autistic Kids

Another study shows L-carnitine can improve symptoms in autism. Experts in the field believe that  autism is influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental and immunological factors.  New evidence has suggested that autistic patients show increased vulnerability to oxidative stress coupled with mitochondrial dysfunction, which is confirmed by altered brain energy metabolism, lowered cellular energetic and deficient reserve mitochondrial energy capacity.

Since L-carnitine is essential in transporting the main source of the body's energy (long fatty acids) to the mitochondria, therapy with this amino acid has shown to be useful (as I discussed in THIS post from last year).


Gut Bacteria Improve Fat Absorption

Another study has shown that certain strains of gut bacteria can increase the absorption of dietary fats,  allowing us to extract more calories from the same amount of food. The clinical implications of this, I guess, depends on the situation--famine vs. obesity.

The researchers explain that the presence of the Firmicutes species in the gut is very important in increasing fat absorption, indicating that a person’s microbiota can have a very real effect on their ability to absorb fat and thereby harvest more calories from the diet, said the researchers.


Berries Prevent Stiffness in Arteries

In recent years, berries have increasingly become familiar to the general population as being healthy for the heart. According to the Doctrine of Signatures, strawberries look like hearts, so that's been obvious for decades. Research over the last number of years has not only shown most berries have heart and cardiovascular benefits, but also revealing what compounds in the berries may be responsible for these effects.

This new study gives more evidence to the health benefits of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are the pigments found in many fruits and berries, and they are primarily known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.


Omega-3s Can Help Activate Vitamin D

This is a really interesting study that was published a number of weeks ago, and very relevant to a couple other studies I've previously discussed.

In this new randomized, open-label, controlled study found that omega-3 fatty acids may activate vitamin D, increase fetuin-A levels, and modify erythrocyte membrane contents. Subjects taking the omega-3 fatty acids for 6 months showed that the levels of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D were increased.


Residual Antibiotics in Meat Make it Dangerous to Eat

(The kinda rhymes! ...the title, that is)

Hot on the heels of the study confirming some potential benefits of organic foods, here's a another reason to continue eating certified organic meat...

Antibiotics are used to promote growth and/or to treat bacterial infections in conventionally-grown livestock. However, as we should all know by now, these can eventually end up in the meat; and therefore, US and EU regulators have set limits on the concentrations used in meat destined for human consumption.

Products like pepperoni, salami, sausages are fermented using lactic acid-producing bacteria in a curing process many cultures have employed for hundreds of years. This fermentation process helps solidify and acidify the sausages.


Coffee Could Prevent Colon Cancer

Another study shows coffee's potential to prevent cancer–this time colorectal cancer.

Using data from 489,706 men and women taking part in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, researchers analysed information from self-administered questionnaires of demographics diet and lifestyle. The researchers followed the participants for an average of 10.5 years and found approximately 16% of participants drank four or more cups of coffee per day.


Healthy Diet & Supplements Improve Sperm DNA

Is the iPhone 5 being launched today?
This new study on male reproductive health would seem like common-sense to most, but some still don't see nutrition as being critical in all aspects of human health (yeah, I know, crazy eh?...but they do exists in large numbers).

The results of this new study on older men found that high intake of micronutrient was strongly associated with improved quality of sperm DNA.

The researchers found that men over 44 years of age who consumed the most vitamin C had 20% less DNA damage in their sperm compared to men age category who consumed the least. The same was true for vitamin E, zinc, and folate.


Organic Foods Reduce Exposure to Pesticide Residues & Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Well, here's a little guff to start the week. This guff is mainly directed at media, and only partially at the study that was published last week.

This was a systematic review of more than 200 previous studies. The main outcome from this--and what the media picked up and reported--was that there is generally no difference in nutritional value or risk for bacterial contamination between organic and conventional foods. For example, one such headline read, "Organic produce is no healthier or nutritious, finds review."

Now, while some studies have suggested organic food is more nutritious, I don't think that's the main issue. In fact, most who consume organic food do so with the primary objective to reduce exposure to pesticides. In fact, this study found that organic food consumption reduced exposure to any detectable pesticide residues by around 30%! That's significant, but why isn't this the main headline?

What about the benefits to the environment? The wildlife? Our lakes and rivers? Our water-supply? The farmers and their families? Those who live in rural communities in close proximity to farms? ...and so on.


Chocolate Prevents Stroke

As if there wasn't enough positive research on chocolate (click HERE to read the other studies I've covered), here's another study that shows weekly consumption of moderate amounts could lower risk of stroke.

The study examined data from more than 37,000 men over 10 years to investigate potential links between chocolate consumption and the risk of stroke. Interestingly, although it's dark chocolate has previously been associated with heart health benefits, but about 90% of the chocolate consumed during the study was milk chocolate.

Analysis revealed that men who ate the largest amount of chocolate (about 63 g/week) had a 17% lower risk of stroke compared to those who did not consume any chocolate.
 The researchers said that for every 50 g/week increase in chocolate consumption, the risk of stroke decreased by about 14%.

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Source: Chocolate consumption and risk of stroke: A prospective cohort of men and meta-analysis

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Magnesium Prevents Colon Cancer

This study was published a few weeks ago, but I only came across it now--so not necessarily brand-spankin' new, but recent enough for me to discuss.

In a case-controlled study involving 768 people with colorectal adenomas, a meta-analysis of 3 other case-controlled studies (colorectal adenomas), and 6 prospective cohort studies (carcinomas), researchers found that dietary magnesium may be associated with lower risk of colorectal tumours.