Natural Foods Merchandiser

Supplement Slows Parkinson's
The first help in the form of a supplement for sufferers of Parkinson's disease could be on its way. The antioxidant Co-Q10 may help slow the progression of the early stages of the disease by as much as 44 percent, according to a recent study published in the Archives of Neurology in October. Patients in the early stages of Parkinson's who took 1,200 mg of Co-Q10 daily displayed marked improvement in motor skills, including walking, eating and dressing. The antioxidant may protect the mitochondria in brain cells from the disease, the study's authors say. The researchers, who presented their findings at the American Neurological Association meeting in New York late last year, are planning larger Co-Q10 studies soon.

Nothing Fishy About This
The American Heart Association recently jumped on board with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and the National Academy of Sciences with its recommendation that all Americans obtain more fish and plant oils in their diets. The AHA's recommendation went on to suggest that individuals with heart disease get at least 1 gram of fish oil daily and that people with elevated triglycerides get 2 grams to 4 grams of fish oil daily. The research committee suggests that individuals with heart disease consider taking fish oil supplements if they cannot obtain enough in their diets.

Herbs in the City
New York City-based Urban Botanica's hair and scalp conditioners are the first 100 percent natural hair treatment products for blacks. With ingredients including shea and mango butters, nettle and rosemary, the products offer customers with coarse or curly hair a clean break from the other petroleum-based hair products available to them. The company also makes body care products with the same all-natural ingredients.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIV/number 1/p. 40

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