Multi-Species Probiotics Affect Reaction to Sad Mood

Probiotics and SAD MoodA new study shows Probiotics significantly reduced cognitive reactivity to sad mood, which is a marker of vulnerability to depression and considered an important target for interventions.

20 healthy individuals with no current mood disorders participated in this 4 week triple-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, pre-and post-intervention assessment designed study.  Participants in the study received either a placebo or a Multi Species Probiotic supplement.  The Probiotic supplement contained these species of friendly bacteria: Bifiodobacterium  bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobaciullus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus salivarius, and Lactococcus lactis.   Cognitive reactivity to sad mood was determined using the revised Leiden index of depression sensitivity scale in both the pre- and post-intervention assessment.

Participants receiving the Probiotic supplement showed a significant reduction in their overall cognitive reactivity to sad mood.  This was largely seen in a reduction of aggressive thoughts and a reduction in ruminations (deeply considered thoughts about things).

It is believed that the brain and the intestines are closely connected by the gut-brain axis.  This study shows communications occur due to interactions with intestinal microbiota signaling molecules which play a role in brain regulation and behavior.  This may explain the positive mood effects often seen by individuals supplementing with Probiotic supplements.

ASK US.  WE KNOW.  NOBODY KNOWS NUTRITION LIKE WE DO.  NOBODY !

http://naturesvitaminsonline.com

http://earthwiself.com

Advertisements

Omega-3 and Moist Compresses Novel Approach to Dry Eyes

Omega3 and Dry EyeA new pilot study found a combination of supplementing with Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids and a Warm Heat Compress can be an effective alternative option for treating Dry Eye Disease (DED).

35 individuals (33 of whom completed the study) participated in this 4 week trial.  Participants varied in age from 18 to 75 years of age and suffered from Meibomian Gland Disease (MGD), an ocular surface disease.

The Meibomian glands secrete a protein and lipid (fat) mixture in the eye.  This mixture creates a clear optical surface for the cornea and improves stability as well as reduces the tear film evaporation.  Additionally MGD prevents tear overflow and bacterial colonization.  When the gland is not functioning it destabilizes the tear film which causes increased evaporation. MGD is believed to be an instigator of DED.

In this study, participants supplemented with supplement that contained 810 mg of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids and used a warm eye compress heated for 30 seconds in the microwave and left on closed eyes for 5 minutes daily.

Over 54% of the study participants were considered to have Dry Eye Disease.  Participants showed a significant improvement between baseline and the end of the study period with 45% of the participants reporting they no longer had symptoms of DED.

ASK US.  WE KNOW.  NOBODY KNOWS NUTRITION LIKE WE DO.  NOBODY !

http://naturesvitaminsonline.com

http://earthwiself.com

Folic Acid Supplements May Reduce Stroke Risk in Hypertensive Patients

Folic Acid and Stroke PreventionA new research team has suggested that supplementation with Folic Acid may reduce the risk of stroke by approximately 75% in individuals with High Blood Pressure.

Over 10,750 individuals who were a part of the China Stroke Primary Prevention Trial (CSPPT) participated in this RCT (randomized controlled trial).  Participants varied in age from 45 to 75 years of age.  All participants had Hypertension or were taking Anti-Hypertensive medication.  Participants were randomly assigned into two groups.  Group one contained over 5,400 patients who received either a daily 10 mg oral dose of Enalapril, an Anti-Hypertensive, plus 800 mcg of Folic Acid.  Group two contained over 5,300 patients who received only the Enalapril.

210 first strokes occurred in group two, the Enalapril only group, while 161 first strokes occurred in group one, the Enalapril plus Folic Acid group over a 4 year period.  Researchers determined that the risk of a first stroke was reduced from 5.6% to 1.8% in group one participants who shared low platelet counts and high homocysteine levels which represented a 73% risk reduction.  No benefits in Folic Acid supplementation was seen in participants with a high platelet count and low homocysteine levels.

Researchers concluded taking a B Vitamin or a Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplement containing Folic Acid was a wise move for all adults.

ASK US. WE KNOW.  NOBODY KNOWS NUTRITION LIKE WE DO.  NOBODY !

http://naturesvitaminsonline.com

http://earthwiself.com

 

Fighting Malnutrition:High-Dose Vitamin D Aids Weight Gain and Brain Development

Vitamin D and MalnutritionAccording to a new study supplementing with a high-dose of Vitamin D may improve language and motor skills development as well as improve weight gain in malnourished children.

185 severely malnourished children between the ages of 6 and 58 months provided the data for this trial.  All the participants were given high energy food sachets and were randomized to either receive a Vitamin D supplement or a placebo.  The study lasted 8 weeks.

The group who were receiving the supplement of Vitamin D experienced a significant improvement in weight (.26 kg compared to the control group).  Additionally Vitamin D seemed to considerably reduce the proportion of children experiencing delayed global development, delayed language development and delayed motor development, which were defined by reaching milestones like learning to talk or walk.

Throughout the world may children live with severe malnutrition which increases their risks of suffering from both physical and mental health conditions.  Currently only modest amounts of Vitamin D are included in the high energy food sachets, which are the typical protocol for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition.

Further studies are planned.

ASK US.  WE KNOW.  NOBODY KNOWS NUTRITION LIKE WE DO.  NOBODY !

http://naturesvitaminsonline.com

http://earthwiself.com

 

Oily Fish, Vitamin B6 and Zinc May Delay Menopause

Menopause and Fish Oil, Vitamin B-6 and ZincNew research supports a later onset of natural menopause when there is a high intake of oily fish, Zinc and Vitamin B6.  The opposite seems to likely when the diet is high in refined carbohydrates.

Data from the UK Women’s Cohort Study (UKWCS), which had over 14,000 women participants, was used for this research.  A health study and a reproductive history were given.  A diet questionnaire was also filled out by all participants.  A follow up questionnaire and another survey were given to the participants after four years.  This allowed the researchers to determine that 900 women had experienced the beginnings of natural menopause.  The diets of these participants were then assessed.

Researchers found that in women whose diet’s included high amounts of oily fish, there was a delay in the beginning of their menopause by almost 3 years.  In women whose diet included high amounts of rice and refined pasta, their menopause was more like to begin a year and a half earlier than average.  Additionally the study found that an association also existed between the antioxidant properties of Vitamin B6 and Zinc and a later onset of natural menopause. Women who experience menopause earlier than average have a greater risk of future unhealthy conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis.

Further studies are needed to clarify how these findings may affect well being and health.

ASK US.  WE KNOW.  NOBODY KNOWS NUTRITION LIKE WE DO.  NOBODY !

http://naturesvitaminsonline.com

http://earthwiself.com

 

Resveratrol’s Inflammatory Potential Boosts Bone Health in Obese Men

Resveratrol and Bone HealthA new study finds resveratrol may increase bone health in obese men, by supporting increased bone formation and mineralization.

74 men with an average age of 49 years old, participated in this double blind placebo controlled randomized study.  The mean body mass index (BMI) of participants was 33.7.  It seems that resveratrol activated a gene called sirtuin1 (Sirt1) and was effective in changing bone alkaline phosphatase (BAP).  BAP improved significantly over the 16 week study.

Resveratrol, a polyphenol, has been associated with benefits for cardiovascular health, blood sugar support and energy and endurance enhancements.  Resveratrol is the phytonutrient found in grapes and red wine.

ASK US.  WE KNOW.  NOBODY KNOWS NUTRITION LIKE WE DO.  NOBODY!

http://naturesvitaminsonline.com

http://earthwiself.com

 

Melatonin Supplementation Benefits Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

Alzheimers and MelatoninA benefit in cognitive function and sleep for both men and women with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease, was seen in a double blind placebo controlled study using a sustained-  release melatonin.

Melatonin is a hormone released from a gland found in the brain called the pineal gland.  Melatonin regulates the body’s circadian rhythm and helps initiate sleep.  Sleep plays an essential role in memory consolidation.

73 patients who were receiving drug therapy for Alzheimer’s disease participated in this study.  The participants received a prolonged release melatonin or a placebo every night for 24 weeks.

Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index assessments, Mini-Mental State Examination, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living and Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale Cognition tests were given before the study, 12 weeks into the study and at the end of the study.  In addition a sleep diary which kept tract of awakenings midsleep was completed.

After the 24 weeks, participants who had received the melatonin showed significant cognitive performance in comparison to participants who received the placebo.  Also the melatonin group had improved sleep efficiency compared to prior to the study’s onset.  For 13 individuals who had insomnia at the start of the trial the melatonin improved all their test results significantly.

Researchers believe that improved sleep efficiency may lead to less risk of beta amyloid deposits increases in the ability of the body to clear beta amyloid from the brain.  Ultimately this slows Alzheimer’s disease progression.

ASK US.  WE KNOW. NOBODY KNOWS NUTRITION LIKE WE DO.  NOBODY!

http://naturesvitaminsonline.com

http://earthwiself.com