Choline

Choline,-An Underused, Essential Nutrient

Choline is an essential vitamin-like nutrient that is useful for helping the body to maintain optimal health.  Only recently has this vital nutrient gained attention for its role in supporting healthy liver function, prenatal development, brain and heart health and athletic performance and recovery.  As a matter of fact Choline is the most recent nutrient…

Folic Acid and Cognitive Impairment

Folic Acid and Dementia: Supplementation Benefits Elderly People with Mild Cognitive Decline

Elderly people with mild cognitive impairment saw significant improvements in both cognitive performance and reduced inflammation when supplementing with 400 mcg of Folic Acid daily for a period of 12 months. Over 150 seniors with mild cognitive impairment were randomly assigned to two groups.  One group received daily Folic Acid supplementation (400 mcg) and the…

Magnesium

Magnesium Supplements Show Potential Anti-Inflammatory Effects

A new meta-analysis found supplementing with Magnesium may reduce levels of inflammatory biomarkers. 11 randomized controlled trials were used for this meta-analysis which was designed to study how plasma C-reactive protein (CRP) was affected by oral Magnesium supplementation.  CRP is an established marker of inflammation and is high in individuals with chronic inflammation.  Researchers found…

Chondroitin and Knee Osteoarthritis

Chondroitin Sulfate as Good as Widely Used Anti-Inflammatory Drug for Knee Osteoarthritis

New research shows a high quality Chondroitin Sulfate supplements may be as effective as a very commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for treating knee osteoarthritis. Over 600 individuals with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis were randomly assigned to receive one of three different daily treatments.  Participants were then monitored for six months.  One group was given an…

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…