Category Archives: Nutrition

On Rice, Arsenic, and Organic Farming

On Rice, Arsenic, and Organic Farming

A post in the AllergyMenu [1] caught our attention. It purports that arsenic pollution is rampant in the rice we consume. The obvious question is: Does buying organic rice protect you? TheAllergyMenu claims that organic farming does, quoting them: “…Foods grown organically are your best choice since the land is …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Rosemary Shown To Help Against Depression

IN BRIEF: Rosemary Shown To Help Against Depression

  It is always comforting to hear that a study has shown a culinary herb to be beneficial against a condition. One feels that one can hopefully avoid the cost and side effect of of pharmaceuticals. Plus it brings memories of simpler times when individuals had a better chance at …Read the Rest

The Double Edge of vitamin D Supplementation: From Heart disease to Multiple Sclerosis

The Double Edge of vitamin D Supplementation: From Heart disease to Multiple Sclerosis

Low blood serum  levels of vitamin D are often associated with  chronic issues as diverse as Multiple Sclerosis and Cardiovascular diseases. Is vitamin D supplementation helpful, and does it carry risks? Let us look first at the role of vitamin D in Cardiovascular diseases: My previous post on the dangers of …Read the Rest

Folic Acid Benefits In Food Fortification Programs Need Clarifications

Folic Acid Benefits In Food Fortification Programs Need Clarifications

Folic acid has been added to food as part of the US government fortification program, with particular benefits for pregnant women  [1], cardiovascular , and neuro-degenerative diseases, [2] and  Multiple Sclerosis.  Elsewhere, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) recommends Folate or its synthetic form, Folic acid and claims that “…The …Read the Rest

Direct Anti-Inflammatory Treatment Of Heart Disease: New Clinical Trial

Direct Anti-Inflammatory Treatment Of Heart Disease: New Clinical Trial

The US National Institute of Health is launching a clinical trial (Phase III) for using Methotrexate as an anti-inflammatory for cardiovascular issues. Methotrexate has been used against cancer, some autoimmune disorders,  even abortion!   This is a very potent drug, what is the NIH ‘s drive for this clinical trial [1]? …Read the Rest

MND BRIEF: Butter flavoring implicated in Alzheimer’s

MND BRIEF: Butter flavoring implicated in Alzheimer’s

From an article in Chemical Research in Toxicology [1], Diacetyl (DA) aggravates beta-amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s. Problem is besides pop corn butter flavoring, DA is present in many food. Is that News? Yes and no.  We published a post [2] in Dec 2010 discussing another study that shows DA could …Read the Rest

MND BRIEF: Study Shows Multiple Sclerosis Burns Up Vitamin D, But Do Vitamin D supplements fight MS?

MND BRIEF: Study Shows Multiple Sclerosis Burns Up Vitamin D, But Do Vitamin D supplements fight MS?

  A study shows that Multiple Sclerosis (MS) treatment by Interferon-Beta  improves  the ability of the MS patient to produce vitamin D by exposure of their skin to the sun The research was done at the Australian facility  Menzies Research Institute Tasmania Quoting the article [1]: “…In this study, we found …Read the Rest

IN DEPTH: Is There A Role For Nutraceuticals In Heart Disease?

IN DEPTH: Is There A Role For Nutraceuticals In Heart Disease?

Heart disease falls  into several classes: Coronary disease is the most frequent [1], but valvular [2] is not far behind: Who doesn’t have a relative or friend who had some heart valve replaced or bypass surgery? Actually [2] is giving epidemiology statistics: “…Aortic valve sclerosis (aortic valve thickening and calcification) seem …Read the Rest

IN DEPTH: About Heart Risks, Calcium, and Food Fortification

IN DEPTH: About Heart Risks, Calcium, and Food Fortification

All right, what are the foods and food  supplements that are touted as beneficial for your heart? Easy: Vitamins: E , B complex, D, K Compounds and polyphenols: CoEnzymeQ10, Resveratrol, Flavonol, Soy  Minerals: Selenium, magnesium and many more… We posted in MND [1] on such and other nutrients reputed to be good …Read the Rest

On TBARS and Other Measurements of Your Body’s Oxidation

On TBARS and Other Measurements of Your Body’s Oxidation

For the folks who want to know if their antioxidant supplementation is doing what it ought to, there are several ways to measure the oxidation level of the lipids in your blood. For that purpose, there are some chemical reactions that tell the tale. They occur when “assays”, or chemical …Read the Rest

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