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B-vitamins can improve concentration among people with psychosis risk

B-vitamins can improve concentration among people with psychosis risk

A new study has shown that B-vitamins are beneficial for maintaining concentration skills among people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The study was performed by researchers from Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Melbourne,...

Vitamin C protects body’s gut-to-liver vitamin transfer function

Vitamin C protects body’s gut-to-liver vitamin transfer function

A new study has revealed that low vitamin C levels impair the "gut to liver" transfer of vitamin E. This biological function is crucial when the body is experiencing times of inflammation. The research was conducted at Oregon State University and published in the...

Higher vitamin A intake lowers skin cancer risk

Higher vitamin A intake lowers skin cancer risk

People whose diets included high levels of vitamin A had a 17 percent reduction in risk for getting the second-most-common type of skin cancer, according to a new study from Brown University in Providence, RI. The researchers made the conclusions after analyzing data...

Vitamin D supplements slow progression of type 2 diabetes

Vitamin D supplements slow progression of type 2 diabetes

Vitamin D supplementation may slow the progression of type 2 diabetes, according to a new Canadian study. Low vitamin D levels have previously been associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes; however, this is the first major study to demonstrate...

Proven joint nutrient glucosamine also provides heart benefits

Proven joint nutrient glucosamine also provides heart benefits

Glucosamine supplements have long been known as a natural remedy for joint pain; however, a new study is shedding light on a surprising new health benefit for those who take it. Namely, it appears when taken regularly glucosamine also lowers a person's risk of...

Study once again proves prostrate benefit of saw palmetto

Study once again proves prostrate benefit of saw palmetto

Natural health practitioners have recommended saw palmetto for urinary tract infections, among other ailments, for centuries. Now a new study shows it works as well, or better, than pharmaceutical prescriptions for enlarged prostrate. Serenoa repens, commonly known as...

Higher vitamin K intake helps lower blood pressure, according to study

Higher vitamin K intake helps lower blood pressure, according to study

Increased levels of vitamin K in the blood appears to improve cardiovascular health, according to new research conducted by cooperating scientists in Belgium and The Netherlands. Vitamin K was shown to provide benefits by reducing arterial stiffness and improving...

German study proves critical need of dietary supplements for elderly

German study proves critical need of dietary supplements for elderly

Persons over the age of 65 are virtually guaranteed to have insufficient levels of at least one micronutrient in their blood. And odds are they are deficient in several critical micronutrients. This is the conclusion of an investigation conducted by researchers at the...

Study on EFA’s in flaxseed show myriad of benefits

Study on EFA’s in flaxseed show myriad of benefits

Flaxseed was first cultivated in China and India some 5,000 years ago. Oil from flaxseed was used medicinally by ancient Greek and Roman populations over 2,000 years ago. So, it could be said that flaxseed has been prized as a “nutritional supplement” for literally...

Vitamin C supplements shorten hospital ICU stay

Vitamin C supplements shorten hospital ICU stay

Providing a vitamin C regimen to ICU patients lowered the average stay by 8% according to meta-analysis research conducted at the University of Helsinki. The research was carried-out by Dr. Harri Hemilä from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Dr. Elizabeth...

Zinc deficiency linked to high blood pressure

Zinc deficiency linked to high blood pressure

Inadequate zinc levels contributed to high blood pressure (hypertension) in a new study conducted on mice. The research demonstrated that lower-than-normal zinc levels altered the way the kidneys handle sodium. Zinc deficiency is common in people with chronic...