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2013-03-29

Two More CoQ10 Studies for Fibromyalgia

So more and more evidence seems to back the use of CoQ10 for fibromyalgia sufferers. Today I present two more recently published studies.

The first study I'll cover was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 20 patients with fibromyalgia. Supplementation with 300 mg/day CoQ10 for 40 days was found to be associated with clinical improvements, including a prominent reduction in pain, fatigue, and morning tiredness.

2013-03-27

Magnesium and Ischemic Heart Disease

Magnesium is one of the best, yet commonly deficient, minerals the be utilized in cardiovascular conditions. However, previous studies on dietary magnesium and risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) have yielded inconsistent results, in part because of a lack of direct measures of actual magnesium uptake (it's always been a relatively inaccurate estimate based on diet recall). Therefore, the researchers of this new study looked at urinary excretion of magnesium, an indicator of dietary magnesium uptake.

2013-03-25

Olive Oil Compound May Help Clear β-Amyloid in Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) affects about 30 million people worldwide, but the prevalence is lower in Mediterranean countries, who consume lots of those of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) from olive oil.

However, newer research is showing that there are many other healthy compounds in olives and olive oil, one of them being oleocanthal, which has been suggested to protect the brain.

2013-03-22

Probiotics for Brain Health

Here's yet another study showing the brain/cognitive benefits of probiotics.In this newly published study, healthy women with no gastrointestinal or psychiatric symptoms were randomly assigned to groups given a fermented milk product with probiotic (FMPP), a non-fermented milk product, (the control group), or no intervention (a second control group) daily for 4 weeks.

Participants underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) before and after the intervention, to measure brain response to an emotional faces attention task and resting brain activity.

2013-03-08

Folate and B12 May Help Improve Schizophrenia Symptoms

In a new study involving 140 patients with schizophrenia, researchers found that adding folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements to treatment with standard antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia . 

 While the level of improvement across all participants was modest, results were more significant in individuals carrying specific variants in genes involved with folate metabolism. Since the improvement in symptoms varied based on which genetic mutations were present in each participant, the results also support a personalized medical approach to treating schizophrenia.

2013-03-04

A Grape Seed Extract that can Lower Blood Pressure


In a new study out of the University of California, Davis, researchers report that a specific grape seed extract (branded as MegaNatural-BP) was associated with significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in those with pre-hypertension.

Previously, a study using MegaNatural-BP found blood-pressure lowering effects at doses as low as 150 mg per day. However, in this study the dose was 300 mg daily. After eight weeks of daily supplementation, systolic BP came down by 8 mmHg and diastolic by 5 mmHg.