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Peanuts to the Rescue!

In this study, children of women who participated in the Nurses Health Study II (NHSII) and the Growing Up Today Study 2 (GUTS2) and were born between January 1990 and Dec 31, 1994 were identified. A questionnaire was sent out in 2009 to the mother of every child in these two studies in order to […]

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Iron supplementation During Pregnancy

Iron deficient anemia affects 38% of pregnant women around the world and is clearly one of the reasons prenatal iron supplements are recommended. Researchers in this systematic review and meta-analysis analyzed 48 randomized trials of iron supplementation, involving 17,793 women and 44 cohort studies of maternal anemia and birth outcomes involving 2 million women. Iron […]

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A great deal of confusion has been stirred up in the last few months about the potential harm of too much calcium intake. As is often the case, there are studies that reveal conflicting results. Examples of this include the following summaries: 1) Calcium from food does not appear to raise the risk of cardiovascular […]

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A recent study confirmed what we probably all already know: Women who don’t smoke, have a body mass index lower than 25, exercise at least 30 minutes a day and eat a Mediterranean-style diet have a significantly lower risk of sudden cardiac death. In the Nurses’ Cohort Study that followed 81,722 women from 1984 to […]

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Soy and lowered risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer

A meta-analysis of five case-control and two cohort studies examined the effects of soy intake on endometrial and ovarian cancer. 169,051 women and, 3516 with endometrial or ovarian cancer in the U.S., China, Italy and Japan with an average age of 54 were evaluated for their soy intake based on soy containing foods or soy […]

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In a randomized trial of more than 5400 women with cardiovascular disease or risk factors, women were randomized to placebo or a combination of folic acid 2.5 mg/day, Vitamin B6, 50 mg/day and Vitamin B12, 1mg/day. The women were over the age of 40, and two thirds of them had a history of cardiovascular disease […]

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Issues of cellular metabolism and mitochondrial dysfunction are very important in women’s health, creating numerous problematic changes that result in hypothalamic suppression as well as dysfunctions in the brain, heart, skeletal muscles, liver and endocrine system. The hypothalamus controls sleep, pituitary and autonomic functions. When hypothalamic function is suppressed, it can result in insomnia, irritable […]

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As the saying goes, you usually get what you pay for. But just so you know what you’re paying for, multivitamin-mineral supplements vary in four basic ways: ingredients potency quality manufacturing process In general, however, basic mass-market multiples are often sold at a lower price because they are inferior in one or more of those […]

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Thirty-two hirsute women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were studied in an open-label clinical trial. All the women were given 100 mg of spironolactone per day while sixteen of them also received 3.5 g/day of a licorice root extract standardized to 7.6% glycyrrhetinic acid. Study duration was two months. Systolic blood pressure significantly decreasd at […]

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Saffron in the treatment of PMS

The objective of this double-blind, placebo-controlled trail was to study whether saffron could be used to relieve PMS symptoms. 50 reproductive aged women with regular menstrual cycles and with PMS symptoms for at least the last 6 months were randomly assigned to receive 15 mg of saffron twice daily, or placebo twice daily, for four […]

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