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Polyphenols are potent antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, and have been shown to help prevent several illnesses including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. Moderate wine consumption may help prevent or even lower cardiovascular risk, probably due to the high polyphenol content.
This is the first study to show that tomato juice reduces inflammation biomarkers in overweight and obese females, although it agrees with previous studies in men. The anti-inflammatory effect of tomato juice is likely due to lycopene, although tomato juice also contains other important nutrients such as beta-carotene and vitamin C.
Many but not all studies have found that long term use of multivitamins is associated with lower risk of colon cancer. It is thought that deficiencies in vitamin D, B6 and folate may result in errors in important cellular processes, such as growth, differentiation, and DNA synthesis and repair.
This is a strong study due to its prospective design, large sample size, well-matched controls and consideration of many potential confounding factors. Although the exact mechanism by which vitamin B6 helps to prevent cancer is still unknown, the laboratory data shows that it is important in several pathways that may inhibit cancer, and this study also supports a role for vitamin B6 in preventing postmenopausal breast cancer.
This study shows the potential benefit of the correct dosage of aged garlic extract in treating high blood pressure when taken with prescription medicines.
It may be that some women consume enough folic acid at the critical time to allow for closure of the neural tube and prevent a neural tube defect, but not enough to prevent more subtle anomalies of brain development that could lead to ASDs.
Ginkgo biloba has a long history of use in traditional medicine for treating blood disorders and improving memory; however, studies conflict on its efficacy in preventing or treating dementia.
The drugs that are currently available to suppress appetite and aid in weight loss have side effects such as gastro-intestinal discomfort and increased blood pressure; thus they are only prescribed to patients who are obese or overweight with complications. Researchers are looking at flax-seed as a natural appetite suppressant. Flaxseeds contain viscous dietary fibers, which have been shown to increase the sensation of satiety and decrease the amount eaten at the next meal.
This study compared the effect of 3 different kinds of honey and a placebo (silan date extract) on nighttime cough and sleep in children.
The researchers wanted to test the effect of a diet high in legumes on blood sugar control, serum lipid levels and blood pressure as a treatment for type 2 DM and related coronary heart disease (CHD).