Vitamin E

The Health Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E, an antioxidant, is a fat-soluble nutrient and can only be obtained through food or through supplementation.  It is well known for its benefits for the skin, however it also beneficially for the heart and the brain.  A deficiency of Vitamin E is usually caused by a genetic abnormality or a fat malabsorption disorder.…

Q10-Pre-Diabetes

CoQ10 Deficiency Linked to Pre-Diabetes

According to a new study in eLife low levels of CoEnzyme Q10 (COQ10) in muscle and fat cells are associated with insulin resistance. Researchers found a reduction in mitochondrial CoQ10 levels in samples from insulin-resistance humans, mouse modes and in cellular in vitro experiments.  The study also found that the reduction in mitochondrial CoQ10 brings…

Lutein and Age Related Macular Degeneration

Two Decades of Data and 100,000 Participants Support Role of Lutein-Zeaxanthin in Lowering AMD Risk

New research has found that increased levels of lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with a reduction in the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Over 102,000 people participated in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study which provided over 20 years of data.  Both studies indicated individuals with the highest…

Vitamin E and Gallstones

Could Vitamin E Protect Against Gallstones?

A new study recently published in Nutrients points to a lower risk of Gallstone Disease being linked to higher blood levels of Vitamin E.  Additionally researchers found participants with Gallstone Disease had a lower alpha tocopherol/cholesterol ratio than healthy participants.  Gamma tocopherol levels/cholesterol ratios were also higher in healthier participants but the results were not…