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Fiber and omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have at least modest antihypertensive benefits but research on flax seeds for this purpose have been conflicting. Flax seed constituents include fiber, an omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the peptide KCI-F1, and perhaps its most well-known component, the lignans. The purpose of this research was […]

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There is a robust amount of published research, including major clinical trials, on the ability of the Mediterranean diet (MeDiet) to protect against cardiovascular disease —now, according to results from the PREDIMED trial, it might also prevent breast cancer. One can easily read the specifics of the MeDiet on the internet and some excellent books, […]

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Sesame and OA

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis and involves the joint cartilage. The inflammation and degeneration can result in pain, swelling, decreased range of motion and mobility and even changes in the shape of the joint and abnormal bone growth. The knee joints are one of the most […]

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Both myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol have been shown to effect ovarian function and metabolic factors in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). They have been shown to improve androgen levels, increase the action of insulin, reduce systolic blood pressure and more. The purpose of the current study was to compare the effects of myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol […]

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There have been only 2 randomized clinical trials addressing whether or not vitamin and mineral supplements are effective for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. One of these, the Physicians’ Health Study II did not find an association between the use of a multivitamin-mineral (MVM) supplement and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in either incidence or mortality after […]

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Data on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women military personnel was evaluated at the Veterans Administration to determine the association between PTSD within 1 year of delivery and risk or a history of a prior diagnosis of PTSD and the risk of preterm birth. In more than 16,000 deliveries, 19% were in women with PTSD […]

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An Italian study at a fertility center conducted a study to assess in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes in women who were of normal body weight, of reproductive and with adequate ovarian follicles. Women with a vitamin D serum level < 20 ng/mL (considered deficient) were compared with those having > 20 ng/mL (optimal levels = […]

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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 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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