Natto K2 Supp Slows Bone Loss
A new supplement to prevent bone loss may be coming to town. Vernon Hills, Ill.-based Natural Inc. recently brought Natto K2, a traditional Japanese fermented soy ingredient, to U.S. markets. Natto K2, a branded ingredient, is naturally high in K2, a vitamin that helps in bone formation. Research shows a correlation between high levels of K2 and a lower incidence of osteoporosis. Vitamin K works not only by inhibiting cells that break down bone tissue but also stimulates cells that form bone tissue.
HABA employees looking to learn more about complementary medicine should consider attending the Medicines from the Earth 2003 conference, May 31 to June 2, in Black Mountain, N.C. More than 40 botanical medicine presentations will be given by practitioners and researchers, including Robert Rountree, M.D., herbalist David Winston and Jill Stansbury, N.D. Topics include "Treating Inflammation with Botanical Herbs" and "Phytoestrogens and Cancer Risk: What is the Evidence?" Daily herb walks and nightly entertainment will be offered. Continuing education credits are available for medical professionals. For more information, call 800.252.0688.
Move Over, Ritalin
There may be something new in the arsenal in the fight against attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It appears that the vitamin-like compound L-carnitine reduces attention and behavior problems in boys, according to research published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids (2002). In the 16-week study, 24 boys ages 6 to 13 randomly received either L-carnitine (100 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight, up to 4 g daily) or a placebo. The subjects' parents reported that 54 percent of the L-carnitine group showed significant improvement vs. only 13 percent for the placebo group. The subjects' teachers reported similar behavior changes, although not quite as noticeable. About 3 percent to 5 percent of school-aged children in the United States have ADHD.