Cutting-edge research

Cutting-edge research

Vitamin D needs calcium
A meta-analysis of seven major randomised trials of vitamin D and calcium found that 400-800IU/day vitamin D alone was not effective in preventing bone fractures, while vitamin D combined with calcium together do "reduce hip fractures and total fractures, and probably vertebral fractures, irrespective of age, sex, or previous fractures." The trials encompassed 68,517 participants. Results were published online in BMJ.
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The beta on beta-glucans
Subtle differences in the molecular structure of various beta 1,3/1,6 glucans can significantly affect their ability to enhance innate immune-system responses, according to new research from Biothera presented recently at the National Cancer Institutes' Frontiers in Basic Immunology 2009.
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Soy renaissance built on lunasin
Lunasin, a soy peptide often discarded in the waste streams of soy-processing plants, may have important health benefits that include fighting leukemia and blocking the inflammation that accompanies such chronic health conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Two new studies conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign vouch for the benefits.
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Curcumin is the spice of life
Curcumin's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may improve the health status of the elderly. The action of curcumin, which is the yellowish pigment in the spice turmeric, is thought to postpone the onset of age-related diseases by blocking the NF-kB-dependent inflammation. The whole story was unveiled at a symposium in Italy and can be seen online.
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