Omega 3 and Alzheimer's Disease

Omega-3 Could Aid Alzheimer’s Prevention

New research finds individuals with high Omega-3 intakes have an increase in blood flow in the brain suggesting a link might exist between Omega-3 and Alzheimer’s Disease. Over 160 randomly selected people participated in this trial.  These participants were taken from clinics and their brain function was studied using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). …

Probiotics and Immune

Could Probiotics Restore Microbiome Imbalance Linked to Auto-Immune Disorder?

A new study finds that probiotics may aid in restoring imbalances in gut bacterial in patients with the auto-immune disorder systemic sclerosis.  Systemic sclerosis affects connective tissue in the body.  It is not a common condition, but results in the skin thickening and becoming hard.  Occasionally this condition creates problems with blood vessels and internal…

Cranberry and UTIs

Cranberry Effective Against Recurrent UTIs

A new meta-analysis of seven clinical trials shows daily cranberry intake might reduce the risk of recurrent urinary tract infections (rUTI) significantly. After reviewing scientific literature, researchers chose seven relevant randomized controlled trials for this meta-analysis.  In general the studies were fairly small with only 2 of the studies having over 300 participants.  Data from…

Omega-3 Peri Natal Depression

Omega-3 and Perinatal Depression

A new meta-analysis has found a critical role for Omega-3 in decreasing pre and post-natal depression (perinatal).  This meta-analysis also found cases of depression might be associated with a higher Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio.  This translates into a potential new way to treat perinatal depression (PND) because of Omega-3’s neuroplastic, anti-inflammatory and safety effects. 12 eligible studies…

Prenatal Folic Acid

Prenatal Folic Acid Could Benefit Children’s Psychological Development

A new study finds that supplementation with Folic Acid has beneficial effects on the psychological development of children if taken during the first trimester and beyond. 39 women participated in this randomized controlled trial.  22 of the participating mothers supplemented with folic acid throughout their pregnancy while the remaining 17 only supplemented with folic acid…

Vitamin D

Vitamin D Blunts Negative Impact of Statins in Diabetes Patients Post Exercise

A new study shows patients with Type 2 Diabetes who are taking statin drugs and supplementing with Vitamin D improves their cardio respiratory fitness as well as muscle mitochondria. 28 individuals participated in this randomized controlled trial.  Data from the participants upon completion of the trial showed that participants cardio respiratory fitness decreased by 8.4%…

Hypertension

Dietary Potassium Linked with Lower Blood Pressure

A new meta-analysis of several population studies has found that increasing dietary potassium may help with supporting healthier blood pressure levels.  Researchers looked at the link between blood pressure and dietary potassium, sodium and the ratio between potassium and sodium. Researchers found that the higher the dietary potassium, measured from dietary recall and urinary excretion,…