Month: October 2016

Top Research Updates #237 31 OCT 2016

AlchePharma Production Top Research Updates #237 31 OCT 2016 1. Mulberry extract activates brown fat, shows promise as obesity treatment 2. Early supplementation may help offset early-life stress on the adult brain 3. Turns out protein quality matters when it comes to building muscle

Resveratrol reverses heart damage in mice with Chagas disease

Public Release: 27-Oct-2016   Antioxidants may be beneficial for people with chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy PLOS   IMAGE: This is Trypanosoma cruzi. Credit: Michael Wunderli, Flickr Resveratrol is the antioxidant found in red wine and famous as a food supplement capable of mimicking the effects of exercise and low calorie diets in the heart. Now Vilar-Pereira…

Crystalline Maculopathy reversed with high dose Lutein (case study)

Public Release: 27-Oct-2016 Is more, better? Finding the balance between nutritional supplements and eye health Excess lutein supplements linked to formation of crystal deposits in the eyes University of Utah Health Sciences In the past decade, ophthalmologists have been prescribing nutritional supplements to be taken daily to prevent or slow vision loss from age-related macular…

Natural compound reduces signs of aging in healthy mice

Public Release: 27-Oct-2016   Safety of NMN being tested in small clinical trial in Japan Washington University School of Medicine   IMAGE: Much of human health hinges on how well the body manufactures and uses energy. For reasons that remain unclear, cells’ ability to produce energy declines with age, prompting scientists to… view more Credit:…

High quality evidence suggests vitamin D can reduce asthma attacks

Public Release: 27-Oct-2016   Wiley   A recent Cochrane Review has found evidence from randomised trials, that taking an oral vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma medication is likely to reduce severe asthma attacks. Asthma is a common chronic disease affecting about 300 million people worldwide. The symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing,…

Asthmatics could breathe easier in the future with help from an unlikely quarter — parasitic hookworms

Public Release: 26-Oct-2016 Worms against the wheeze   James Cook University Asthmatics could breathe easier in the future with help from an unlikely quarter — parasitic hookworms. Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) researchers, at James Cook University (JCU) in Cairns, Australia, have identified a protein secreted by hookworms that suppresses asthma in…

Iron supplements in the fight against lead

Public Release: 26-Oct-2016   ETH Zurich   Lead is a toxic heavy metal that was added to petrol for use in cars until as recently as 25 years ago. It is particularly harmful to the developing brains of infants, children and teenagers, and the damage it does is irreversible. The situation becomes significantly worse if…

Additional benefit of omega-3 fatty acids for the clearance of metabolites from the brain

Public Release: 26-Oct-2016   Research in The FASEB Journal suggests that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could improve the function of the glymphatic system and promote clearance of amyloid-β peptides from the brain Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology   New research published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which…

Early supplementation may help offset early-life stress on the adult brain

Public Release: 26-Oct-2016   New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that short and early dietary supplementation prevents reduced nutrient levels and lasting effects of early-life stress on later learning and memory in adults Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Early-life stress has been shown to impair learning and memory in later life, but…

Mulberry extract activates brown fat, shows promise as obesity treatment

Public Release: 26-Oct-2016   New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that rutin extracted from mulberries acts as an activator of brown adipose tissue (BAT) to mimic cold which regulates energy metabolism by enhancing BAT activity Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Good news for those who want to activate their brown fat (or…

Onions contain a powerful cancer fighting compound

Onions contain a powerful cancer fighting compound Onions contain a powerful cancer fighting compound We review the study” Anti-cancer effects found in natural compound derived from onions ” This study was done in regard to Ovarian Cancer, but should have potential in a variety of cancers. * Tsuboki, J. et al. Onionin A inhibits ovarian…

Vitamin D supplementation may dramatically extend lifespan

Public Release: 25-Oct-2016 A new look at vitamin D challenges the current view of its benefits Research in C. elegans shows the popular supplement engages longevity genes to increase lifespan and prevent the accumulation of toxic proteins linked to many age-related diseases Buck Institute for Research on Aging A simple Google search for “what does…

Turns out protein quality matters when it comes to building muscle

Public Release: 25-Oct-2016 Internationally venerated skeletal muscle scientist takes a critical look at how protein quality impacts muscle mass and strength gains with resistance exercise Pollock Communications Rosemont, IL, October 25, 2016 – Attention Crossfit®, HIIT, Orange Theory® and absolutely anyone who cares about maintaining muscle mass – Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal…

Study: Toss eggs onto salads to increase Vitamin E absorption

Public Release: 25-Oct-2016   Purdue University Adding whole eggs to a colorful salad boosts the amount of Vitamin E the body absorbs from the vegetables, according to research from Purdue University. “Vitamin E is the second-most under-consumed nutrient in the average American diet, which is problematic because this fat-soluble nutrient has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,”…

Research Update News # 236

  Ralph Turchiano Research Update News # 236 1. New brain signature test for fibromyalgia has a 93 percent accuracy rate 2. Folinic acid could help children with autism communicate better 3. Jet lag treatment? Blast of thin air can reset circadian clocks

Blast of thin air can reset circadian clocks

Public Release: 20-Oct-2016   Cell Press IMAGE: This is an abstract visualization of how variations in oxygen levels can change circadian rhythms through the protein HIF1α. Credit: Asher et al./Cell Metabolism 2016 We might not think of our circadian clock until we are jetlagged, but scientists continue to puzzle over what drives our biological timepiece.…

Study shows low vitamin D levels are associated with increased negative and depressive symptoms in psychotic disorders

Public Release: 19-Oct-2016 International Early Psychosis Association New research presented at this year’s International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting in Milan, Italy (20-22 October) shows that low vitamin D status is associated with increased negative and depressive symptoms in psychotic disorders. The research is by Dr Mari Nerhus, NORMENT Research Centre, Institute of Clinical Medicine,…

Trial finds taurine improves symptoms of young people suffering first episode psychosis

Public Release: 19-Oct-2016 International Early Psychosis Association New research presented at this year’s International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting in Milan, Italy (20-22 October) shows that supplementation with taurine improves symptoms in young people suffering a first episode of psychosis (FEP). The study is by Dr Colin O’Donnell, Donegal Mental Health Service, Letterkenny, County Donegal,…

Anti-cancer effects found in natural compound derived from onions

Public Release: 19-Oct-2016   Kumamoto University   IMAGE: Onion A increases anti-tumor immune response by inhibiting the immune suppression actions of macrophage and myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSC). Credit: Dr. Yoshihiro Komohara Research from Kumamoto University, Japan has found that a natural compound isolated from onions, onionin A (ONA), has several anti-ovarian cancer properties. This…