Research & Your Health

CHFA has partnered with InspireHealth to bring you Research & Your Health, a series of articles written in accessible, everyday language, focused on the latest scientific research of natural health products.

  • Flavonoids in Berries Boost Mental Cognition in Older Adults

    Berries are high in flavonoids, especially anthocyanidins, which are unique in their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and move to areas involved in memory and learning such as the hippocampus. Flavonoids also have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As oxidative stress and inflammation are thought to contribute to cognitive impairment, increased consumption of flavonoids may be a strategy to reduce cognitive decline in older adults.

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  • Goji Berry Juice Reduces Free Radical Related Conditions

    Lycium barbarum, a famous Chinese medicinal, herb also known as goji berry or wolfberry, is used for its beneficial effect on anti-aging, vision, kidney and liver functions. More specifically, recent studies have shown that extracts improve metabolism, glucose control, antioxidation, immune system function and are anti-cancer. The study’s authors had previously shown that GoChi, their goji berry extract containing its complex sugars, helped to prevent conditions caused by free radicals in oxidative stress, such as diabetes.

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  • Pregnant Women May Reduce Allergies in Children by Eating Nuts

    The causes of the increasing rates of asthma and allergies are unclear and controversial. For example, it is unknown whether peanut and tree nut allergies in children can by prevented by their mothers avoiding nuts during pregnancy, or by eating them.

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  • Vitamin K2 May Reduce Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

    Vitamin K is necessary for the activity of a group of proteins that inhibit calcium build-up in the blood vessels, which is a step in the formation of atherosclerotic (or fatty), calcium-hardened plaques. One of these vitamin K-dependent proteins is matrix Gla-protein (MGP). In fact, mice missing MGP die soon after birth from massive calcium deposits in the aorta and heart. A hypothesis is that by not eating enough vitamin K, vitamin K-dependent proteins like MGP are underactive, and that leads to increased calcium deposits in the atherosclerotic plaques and therefore, an increased risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and death.

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  • Daily Intake of Flaxseed Oil Increases Skin Hydration and Smoothness

    The present study was performed to evaluate the effect of daily supplementation with flaxseed oil and safflowerseed oil on healthy volunteers with sensitive skin.

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