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%…

Digestive Health

Digestive Health Digest

In the past, when discussing digestive health, products targeting the prevention of gas and bloating, indigestion, diarrhea and constipation were in the forefront.  Specific conditions usually addressed were Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colon Cancer prevention and general support for healthy elimination.  Products like Fiber and Oat Bran were touted as providing cardiovascular support as well…

brain boosing b vitamins and parkinson's disease

Vitamin B3 May Benefit Those with Parkinson’s Disease

According to researchers individuals with a specific type of Parkinson’s disease (PD) may benefit from increasing their intact of Vitamin B3 (Niacin). Fruit flies that had a mutated form of the gene (PINK1) that usually protects cells from mitochondrial malfunction due to stress were studied by researchers.  These flies received food supplemented with niacin.  These…

Lutein and Cognitive Function

Lutein and Zeaxanthin Levels Linked to Better Cognitive Function

A new study has found that higher blood levels of Lutein and Zeaxanthin may be associated with improved memory, cognition and executive function.  Data from this study found higher Zeaxanthin levels were associated with increased processing speeds and higher levels of both Zeaxanthin and Lutein were associated with enriched scores for many cognitive measures. Data…

Cystic Fibrosis and Vitamin E

Vitamin E May Enhance Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

Researchers have found a certain harmful bacteria, Burkholderia cenocepacia, becomes highly resistant to antibiotics causing severe lung infections in individuals with cystic fibrosis.  A recent study however shows supplementing fat-soluble vitamins may increase the effectiveness of the antibiotics prescribed to treat these lung infections. The antibiotic capturing proteins, Lipocalins, were found to latch on to…