Category Archives: Nutrition

IN BRIEF: Study shows Kiwi fruit effective in reducing cold and flu symptoms duration

IN BRIEF: Study shows Kiwi fruit effective in reducing cold and flu symptoms duration

OK, we are nearing spring in the Norther Hemishere, but the Southern is going into winter… So we should  know that the Kiwi fruit is shown to have beneficial properties against upper respiratory infections, according to a study published in the journal of nutrition [1] Two caveats The study was done on …Read the Rest

Consumption of  Berries Benefit Brain Health

Consumption of Berries Benefit Brain Health

By now, most everybody knows that eating berries is good for one’s health. The consensus is that the benefit is in the antioxidants the berries contain. For an in depth story on the role antioxidants play in your body’s biochemistry see our post [1] The research we are bringing to …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Bladder Infections Antibiotic Cefpodoxime found inferior to Ciproflaxacin

IN BRIEF: Bladder Infections Antibiotic Cefpodoxime found inferior to Ciproflaxacin

Bladder Infections are common in women. They are even more common in women with medical conditions like Diabetes , Multiple Sclerosis, and/or wheelchair users.  It is serious business because of the possibility of recurrences.  The antibiotic of choice is  Ciproflaxacin (Cipro)as discussed in our previous post Status of treatments for Urinary …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: High Dose Vitamin D Not Effective Against Multiple Sclerosis

IN BRIEF: High Dose Vitamin D Not Effective Against Multiple Sclerosis

A study from Norway shows that High Doses of Vitamin D (20,000 IU/ week ) is not effective against MS : “…Supplementation with 20,000 IU vitamin D3 weekly did not result in beneficial effects on the measured multiple sclerosis-related outcomes…” Measured outcomes were : ” Annualized relapse rate (ARR), EDSS, multiple …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Honey has substantial antioxidant properties

IN BRIEF: Honey has substantial antioxidant properties

Honey ‘s anti-bacteria/wound healing properties are well documented. [1]. Other benefits such as antioxidant effects are starting to be discovered by academia [2]. For a honey company site about the benefits, see [3] from New Zealand. Most of  the references do not explicitly say that the honey is raw or cooked, …Read the Rest

Healing Antioxidants: From Food or Supplements? Part (II)

Healing Antioxidants: From Food or Supplements? Part (II)

This is part II of  “Should we obtain our antioxidants from food or from supplements?”   We will address the main questions about the consumption of antioxidant supplements, the pills and capsules containing some form of the particular antioxidant desired, Vitamin C, Glutathione,  etc. We will now discuss the many …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: New Probiotic Industry Lobby Launched To Pressure FDA to Loosen  Gut Bacteria Controls

IN BRIEF: New Probiotic Industry Lobby Launched To Pressure FDA to Loosen Gut Bacteria Controls

Danone launches new Probiotic Industry lobby group : Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) together with other Big Food names like Dupont Danisco and Hansen   In our previous posts of  Dec 2011,   Food industry and the FDA are involved in a tussle over the safety of new probiotic bacteria , and  Jan 2012 …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Turmeric helpful for Lupus

IN BRIEF: Turmeric helpful for Lupus

Oral Supplementation of Turmeric Decreases Proteinuria, Hematuria, and Systolic Blood Pressure in Patients Suffering From Relapsing or Refractory Lupus Nephritis From the   Journal of Renal Nutrition Warning:    Turmeric can aggravate anemia: MediNewsDigest ; “Antioxidants in Food and Supplements Part (I)    

Should we obtain our  antioxidants from food, or from supplements?: Part (I): The Food Antioxidants

Should we obtain our antioxidants from food, or from supplements?: Part (I): The Food Antioxidants

Antioxidant supplements are big business: As of 1999  in the US [1], the vitamin C  market was worth $843 Million; the Vitamin E  market $731 Million. Quoting Nutraceutical World [2]:  “…Overall, for the estimated $25 billion U.S. dietary supplement industry, the prognosis is good, very good…[for expansion]”  That was in 2010. …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Some Alzheimer’s Medications Seem More Effective For Women than For Men

IN BRIEF: Some Alzheimer’s Medications Seem More Effective For Women than For Men

Elsevier is about to publish an article that is a little bit troubling: Some individuals with Alzheimer’s  are taking cholinesterase inhibitors [7], and the benefits seem to be strongly gender dependent: ” Among women, a higher PI (i.e., greater duration of use) of cholinesterase inhibitors was associated with slower progression… …Read the Rest

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