Ginkgo for PMS

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND abstracted from “A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial of Ginkgo biloba L. in treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome” from volume 15, number 8, 2009 of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of physical, behavioral and psychological symptoms that occur one to two weeks before menstruation. (1,3) Continue reading “Ginkgo for PMS”

Foods That Reduce Colorectal Polyps

Abstracted By Jessica Patella, ND abstracted from “Foods and Food Groups Associated with the Incidence of Colorectal Polyps: The Adventist Health Study” from the 4 May 2011 online edition of theNutrition and Cancer. While colorectal cancer has decreased over the past 20 years, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death and theContinue reading “Foods That Reduce Colorectal Polyps”

Vitamin D Related to Reduced Mortality

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND  from “An estimate of the global reduction in mortality rates through doubling vitamin D levels” from the 6 July 2011 online edition of theEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Research on vitamin D has skyrocketed in the past 10 years, with thousands of research studies being published each year (1).  AContinue reading “Vitamin D Related to Reduced Mortality”

How You Supplement with L-Carnitine for Exercise Endurance Makes a Difference

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND from “Chronic oral ingestion of L-carnitine and carbohydrate increases muscle carnitine content and alters muscle fuel metabolism during exercise in humans” from a 2011 publication of The Journal of Physiology. L-carnitine is a popular supplement for exercise endurance, although the research on its effectiveness is mixed.  Recent research in TheContinue reading “How You Supplement with L-Carnitine for Exercise Endurance Makes a Difference”

A Few Brazil Nuts Per Day Help Cholesterol Levels

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND  from “Brazil nuts intake improves lipid profile, oxidative stress and microvascular function in obese adolescents: a randomized controlled trial.” from the May 2011 publication ofNutrition & Metabolism. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years (1).  In adolescents, aged 12-19 years, the obesity rate increased from 5%Continue reading “A Few Brazil Nuts Per Day Help Cholesterol Levels”

Are You Taking Enough Omega-3 for Heart Health

bstracted by Jessica Patella, ND,  from “Impact of low vs. moderate intakes of long-chain n-3 fatty acids on risk of coronary heart disease” from a 2011 publication of The British Journal of Nutrition. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide (1).  Coronary heart disease accounts for approximatelyContinue reading “Are You Taking Enough Omega-3 for Heart Health”

Supplements to Add to Your Beach Bag This Summer

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND,  from “Supplement use and risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma” from the June 2011 publication of Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Summer is the time of year people are going to the beach or spending time by the pool.  Along with packing sunscreen in your beach bag, recentContinue reading “Supplements to Add to Your Beach Bag This Summer”

Omega-3 Oils for Elderly Depression

By Jessica Patella, ND abstracted from “Long Chain Omega 3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Supplementation in the Treatment of Elderly Depression: Effects on Depressive Symptoms, on Phospholipids Fatty Acids Profile and on Health-Related Quality of Life” fromThe Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging.  Depression is a major concern in the elderly, because it is associated withContinue reading “Omega-3 Oils for Elderly Depression”

Dietary Fiber and Breast Cancer Risk

By Jessica Patella, ND, abstracted from “Effect of dietary fiber intake on breast cancer risk according to estrogen and progesterone receptor status” in the 4 May 2011 online publication of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women (1).  Although death rates from breast cancer haveContinue reading “Dietary Fiber and Breast Cancer Risk”

A Review of Nutrients for Bone Health

By Jessica Patella, ND abstracted from “The Role of Nutrients in Bone Health, from A to Z.” from Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. Osteoporosis has become a major public health concern.  Approximately 10 million Americans over 50 years of age have osteoporosis of the hip (1).  In 2005, the economic cost of fracturesContinue reading “A Review of Nutrients for Bone Health”