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2013 May

Curcumin may prevent fatty liver disease

Curcumin supplements could help to reduce the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, early research has found.People with an unhealthy diet who are concerned about their liver health may benefit from taking a food supplement containing curcumin, new research suggests.Curcumin is found in the common curry ingredient turmeric and is…
2013 May

Actor Sir Michael Caine uses turmeric supplements for brain health

The potential health benefits of turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin are being recognised by an increasing number of people, with Oscar-winning actor Sir Michael Caine the latest celebrity to sing its praises.Acting legend Sir Michael Caine has revealed he is a fan of the Indian spice turmeric.The 80-year-old told…
2013 April

Clinical trial supports safety of saw palmetto in men with urological symptoms

Men with benign prostatic hyperplasia may be reassured by recent research showing the safety of supplements containing saw palmetto extract.Taking saw palmetto is a safe approach to easing lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a recent study has found.Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco…
2013 April

Oral vitamin D3 'the treatment of choice' for deficiency

A new clinical guideline has been published recommending oral vitamin D3 as the most effective treatment for vitamin D deficiency.People with insufficient levels of vitamin D should use an oral vitamin D3 supplement to improve their status, a new clinical guideline has stated.The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) has funded the…
2013 April

Exercise 'improves sleep' among menopausal women

Women who wish to take a natural approach to dealing with menopausal symptoms may benefit from leading a more active lifestyle.Women who experience hot flushes, palpitations and other troublesome symptoms during menopause may be able to improve their sleep by taking more exercise, a study suggests.Researchers at the University of…
2013 April

Natural approach favoured by people with MS

Research shows that many people with MS use supplements and herbal medicines to boost their overall health and wellbeing.A study involving people with multiple sclerosis (MS) has highlighted the widespread use of complementary therapies such as food supplements and herbal medicines among people with the neurological condition.MS affects around 100,000…
2013 April

Vitamin D 'vital for muscle function'

A new study shows that oral vitamin D supplementation may help to boost energy levels from within muscle cells.Vitamin D supplements can help to improve muscle function, a new study suggests.Researchers at Newcastle University and the local NHS trust recruited 12 patients with severe vitamin D deficiencies in order to…
2013 April

High levels of mercury linked to increased diabetes risk

Research has suggested a link between exposure to mercury in early adulthood and an increased risk of type-2 diabetes in later life.People who consume high levels of mercury may face an increase in their risk of type-2 diabetes, scientists have warned.The mercury in our diet mainly comes from fish and…
2013 April

Link between meat compound and heart disease underlines benefits of vegetarian diet

New research may help to explain why a vegetarian lifestyle appears to be healthier for the heart than a meat-eating diet.A compound found in red meat may promote hardening of the arteries or 'atherosclerosis', scientists have said.Research conducted at Cleveland Clinic in the US suggests that the compound carnitine is…
2013 April

Pesticide exposure in the womb 'linked to high blood pressure in adulthood'

A study has linked prenatal exposure to DDT to an increased risk of high blood pressure.Females who were exposed to a pesticide called DDT while in the womb appear to face a significant increase in their risk of high blood pressure in adulthood, a study has found.DDT (dichlorodiplhenyltrichloroethane) was first…