Health News Archive: Our own database of published natural health research

For nearly a decade The Peanut Mill published Health News Update, our store newsletter featuring natural health solutions and articles detailing recent study findings on vitamins, herbs and nutrition. Many customers have told us how much they enjoyed learning about this important research, which typically was not being reported in mainstream media. So here it is again, collected from issues spanning 2000 to 2010. Browse down the list, or use the tag cloud to link directly to articles on your topics of interest.

Key remedies put PMS in the past

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a cluster of physical and emotional symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. Between 50 and 70% of women experience some degree of PMS regularly. Common complaints include fatigue, irritability, breast tenderness, [...]

“Vitamins are safe”: expert panel

An independent panel of university faculty, medical researchers and physicians experienced in nutritional therapeutics says that vitamin supplements are exceptionally safe for the public. A new report by the expert Vitamin Safety Review Panel rebuts [...]

Mental health: the nutritional links

Researchers in The Netherlands have discovered a link between nutrient deficiencies and schizophrenia. In a study on 61 schizophrenia patients, those not taking a daily multivitamin had low vitamin B12 and high homocysteine (a marker [...]

Taking EFA pays off for heart patients

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are widely believed to help prevent heart disease, and two recent studies show why. In a joint clinical study, US researchers explored the possible benefits of EFAs for patients with heart [...]

Creatine combo ups vigour, burns fat

If you’re looking for a edge in your workout or sports training, a combination of creatine and herbs may help, suggests a new study. Researchers tested the effects of creatine and a combination of ginseng [...]

Back pain? Three herbs that work!

Low back pain afflicts eight out of 10 people at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It is the second most frequent cause of [...]

Protein power! Do you need some?

In the last few years, protein powders have come out of the gym and into the kitchen. No longer just for athletes and weight lifters, protein has proven health benefits for all. Protein accounts for [...]

EFAs aid behaviour, language skills

Taking a combination of high-EPA fish oil and evening primrose oil can improve the behaviour of rowdy kids and help language skills, say researchers from England. In a five-month trial, 65 children with behavioural problems [...]

Copper eases toll of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating brain disorder characterized by progressive loss of cognitive abilities. Increasing evidence suggests the mineral copper may be associated with the progression of the disease. In a study from Saarland University [...]

Supplements support older athletes

If you’re an older adult exercising regularly, you’re on the right path for maintaining your health and independence as you age. However, older, active adults may need to support their bodies with extra nutrients. Researchers [...]

Cranberry may fight cancer spread

Compounds in cranberries, called proanthocyanidins, have inhibited the growth of human lung, colon and leukaemia cancer cells, without affecting healthy cells, according to a recent study from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. In this study, the [...]

Probiotics improve eczema in kids

Eczema is a form of allergic dermatitis that causes the skin — usually on the face, elbows and back of knees — to thicken and become inflamed, scaly and itchy. This reaction may be due [...]

What’s new against colds and flu?

Now that cold and flu season has arrived, you’ve likely begun hearing a lot about popular immune system helpers like echinacea, goldenseal, zinc and vitamin C — and for good reason. Years of solid research [...]

Sulforaphane helps detoxify liver

A compound found in broccoli sprouts can help the body detoxify carcinogens, reducing the risk of developing liver cancer, according to a recent study. US and Chinese researchers conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled trial to test [...]

Cold sores? Reach for lysine — quick!

At the Southern California University of Health Sciences, researchers found that a topical ointment containing the essential amino acid lysine effectively reduced the duration of cold sores. In previous studies, lysine was shown to decrease [...]

Peppermint oil eases IBS, even in kids

After an independent review of several well-designed clinical trials, it is clear that peppermint oil (PO) is an excellent choice for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients with non-serious constipation or diarrhea. For these patients, PO [...]

Ginger study shows anti-tumour power

Ginger is well known as an effective natural remedy for treating nausea related to both motion sickness and morning sickness. In a new study, a pungent compound of ginger called [6]-gingerol, known to have potent [...]

Nursing moms may need vitamin D

Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, found that high doses of vitamin D improved the vitamin D status of nursing moms and their infants. In this study, the objective was [...]

Two to the heart: Cardio essentials

Heart disease includes a number of separate but often related conditions, such as angina, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. As the number one cause of death in North America, heart [...]

Ginkgo studied for anticancer effect

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say an extract of Ginkgo biloba reduces the risk of aggressive cancer in animal experiments. The investigators report that treating mice with Ginkgo biloba both before and after implanting [...]

IBS patients find hope with turmeric

IBS affects an estimated 20% of North Americans, with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, flatulence, heartburn and fatigue. A recent study from the University of Reading in the UK has found that an [...]

Folic acid levels linked to depression

Researchers have always known that B-vitamins play a critical role in mood, but now a study has definitively connected folic acid levels with depression. Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston have said that low [...]

CLA inhibits breast and colon cancers

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), found naturally in meat and dairy products, offers several health benefits, including improving fat metabolism and insulin sensitivity and protection against heart disease and cancer. At the National Institute of Environmental [...]

Extra silica supports bone health

Osteoporosis affects approximately one in four women and one in eight men in North America. As a result, medical research is focused on new bone-building nutrients, particularly those that support the beneficial effects of calcium [...]

Time for Tears: Help for dry eyes

Our eyes are most happy when they are full of tears. Not so full that the tears are running down our cheeks — just enough that they are adequately lubricated. When the tear ducts do [...]

Adequate iron during infancy critical

American researchers report that children with low levels of iron as infants may grow up with brain deficiencies, even if they get early treatment. Their study of 185 teens from Costa Rica indicates that babies [...]

Holiday spices offer healing gifts

Those festive spices found in holiday treats may have a role to play beyond making things taste good! Recent studies on cinnamon, clove and ginger point to benefits in blood sugar management, diabetic complications and [...]

Many women lack vitamin K for bones

The levels of vitamin K in healthy menopausal women are inadequate to maintain bone health, says the lead researcher of a recent study from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. The researchers found that [...]

Probiotics help tackle gingivitis

Swiss researchers from Malmo University report that probiotics could be effective in the treatment of gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease that causes inflammation and bleeding). They performed a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study on [...]

Many options to ease leg cramps

At least 30% of all pregnant women get painful muscle cramps in their legs, particularly during the third trimester and most often at night. Researchers at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences conducted a study [...]

Anti-aging Essentials: the top picks

Oxidation, or free-radical damage, is the main force behind what we call aging. It wrinkles our skin, clouds our vision and may even clog our arteries. It can also lead to diseases such as arthritis, [...]

Women and Cancer: Calcium may offer protection

A University of Minnesota Cancer Center study found that women consuming more than 800 mg of calcium each day reduced their risk of colorectal cancer by as much as 26 to 46%. A 26% reduction [...]

Vitamin D and the Sun: Dermatology association provides guidelines

There has been some confusion about the amount of sun exposure required to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D, according to the Canadian Dermatology Association. "People are hearing many different recommendations, some of which can [...]

Trace Mineral Speeds Healing: Vanadium may help recovery from infections

Dietary supplements containing vanadium are used by body builders to help beef up muscles and by some diabetic people to control blood sugar. New research now suggests the naturally occurring element may help prepare the [...]

To Shed Pounds, Go Vegan: Study finds plant-based diet effective in weight loss

A low-fat, plant-based diet is more effective at helping women lose weight and improve insulin sensitivity than an omnivorous diet, shows a new study on 59 overweight, postmenopausal women. In the study, conducted by Neal [...]

The Tomato Effect: Lycopene curbs cancer cell growth

Lycopene is a nutrient found in tomatoes and other fruits that has been researched for its preventative effects in both cardiovascular disease and cancer. A recent study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food demonstrated [...]

The Toe Knows! Low selenium in toenails may point to arthritis risk

Insufficient levels of selenium in the body may be associated with a higher frequency of knee osteoarthritis, according to new research. Past studies have indicated that, in a particular area of China, severe shortages of [...]

The Gluten Connection: Celiac disease related to osteoporosis, researchers find

Rates of celiac disease are significantly higher in patients with osteoporosis, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They recommend using blood tests to screen osteoporosis patients for celiac disease [...]

The B for Your Bones: Low vitamin B-12 levels linked to osteoporosis

New research conducted by Katherine Tucker, PhD, of Tufts University, examined dietary factors in relation to osteoporosis and uncovered a positive association between vitamin B-12 and bone health. In other words, the authors conclude that [...]

The Anti-Aging Oat? Beta-glucan study suggests skin benefits

The fight against aging has received a scientific boost thanks to research that dispels a hard-held belief about the natural ingredient, beta-glucan. The study is the first to show that the oat beta-glucan can penetrate [...]

Tea Targets Cancer: Green tea extract potential anti-cancer agent

A study on bladder cancer cell lines showed that green tea extract has potential as an anti-cancer agent, proving for the first time that it is able to target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells [...]

Spice for the Mind? Curry ingredient studied for potential in Alzheimer’s

Why are the rates of Alzheimer’s disease in India among the world’s lowest? It may be the curry, a food staple in India, suggest researchers. Curcumin, the yellow pigment in curry spice, will be investigated [...]

Sunshine Vitamin Ups Cancer Survival: Vitamin D found to play a role in lung cancer progression

Getting enough vitamin D may be a matter of life or death, according to a new study that suggests it plays an important role in surviving lung cancer. Researchers found that the lung cancer patients [...]

Start Prenatal Vitamins Early: Study finds first month may be critical for reducing birth defect

A mother’s nutrition during the first month of pregnancy may be critical in determining a child’s risk of developing Down syndrome (DS), according to a recent study. In particular, researchers found that an adequate intake [...]

Start Calcium Early: Study shows supplements before puberty help later on

New research on calcium and bone development suggests that efforts to prevent osteoporosis could actually start before puberty. In the study at The Ohio State University Medical Center, researchers found that calcium supplementation significantly increased [...]

Spice for the Mind? Curry ingredient studied for potential in Alzheimer’s

Why are the rates of Alzheimer’s disease in India among the world’s lowest? It may be the curry, a food staple in India, suggest researchers. Curcumin, the yellow pigment in curry spice, will be investigated [...]

Shedding Light on Prostate Cancer: Vitamin D from sun found to decrease risk

In the largest such study to date, a research team from three cancer centers measured sunlight exposure in men and found that increased exposure to sunlight may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. The researchers, [...]

Can new diet kick prostate cancer?

Men with early stage prostate cancer who make intensive changes in diet and lifestyle may stop or perhaps even reverse the progression of their illness, say researchers at the University of California at San Francisco [...]

Zinc may boost exercise potential

A small study from the US Department of Agriculture reports that low zinc might be the root cause of poor muscle strength and impaired cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses during and after exercise. This trial measured [...]

Omega fats prevent bone loss

The average North American gets too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3 fatty acids, at a ratio of approximately 10:1. However, a much lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids —a ratio [...]

Two herbs proven for prostate health

Saw palmetto and nettle extract are well-respected herbs, long used for the treatment of symptoms of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). BPH is the non-cancerous swelling of the prostate affecting many men over 50 that causes [...]

Can calcium prevent colon cancer?

Colon cancer is a leading cancer in men and women, especially in industrialized countries. Calcium is believed to be a protective agent for colon cancer because it may inhibit processes critical to the growth of [...]

ADHD: New research is promising

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) now affects between five and 10% of our school-aged children, most of them boys. It is characterized by hyperactivity, distractedness and difficulty with problem solving that can cause learning and [...]

Save Your Brain! Folic acid may protect against cognitive decline

According to a recent report, folate (folic acid), a B vitamin found in foods like leafy green vegetables and citrus fruit, may protect against cognitive decline in older adults. A team at Tufts University, led [...]

Reduce PMS Risk: Get more calcium and vitamin D, find researchers

A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D may lower the risk of developing premenstrual syndrome (PMS), according to a new study. While most women may experience mild emotional or physical premenstrual symptoms, as many [...]

Reduce Colon Cancer Risk: Adequate vitamin B6 plus alcohol plays a role

According to a new study, women with a high dietary intake of vitamin B6 over several years have a decreased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). Women who consume moderate to large amounts of alcohol in [...]

Protecting the Growing Brain: Pomegranate reduces risk of harm from premature birth

Expectant mothers at risk of premature birth may want to consider drinking pomegranate juice, say researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In a mouse study, they found the juice may help [...]

Pomegranate for Prostate: Extract combats cancer cells, say researchers

The extract or juice of the pomegranate shows major promise to combat prostate cancer, say researchers at University of Wisconsin Medical School. Earlier research has shown that the pomegranate is rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory [...]

Pill Protection: Extra calcium counters bone loss from oral contraceptives

Women who take oral contraceptives can counteract bone loss by making sure they have enough calcium in their daily diet, especially early in life, according to Purdue University research. Earlier research has indicated that optimizing [...]

Outrun the Blues! Regular exercise cuts depression symptoms by half

Jumping on that treadmill or bike is not only good for one’s health, but also can help significantly reduce depression, say researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The first study to look at exercise alone [...]

Is Omega-3 Anticancer? Study finds breast cancer benefits when combined with drug

Omega-3, the fatty acid found in oily fish, could be combined with a commonly used anesthetic to develop drugs to treat breast cancer, according to researchers. Compounds of omega-3 fatty acids and propofol reduce the [...]

Olive Oil for Pain? Compounds have anti-inflammatory action, say researchers

A naturally occurring chemical found in extra-virgin olive oils is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent, report scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania. Named “oleocanthal” by the researchers, the [...]

Oil Change for the Heart: Heart benefits seen in as little as two weeks with fish or soy oils

Taking daily supplements of fish or soy oil may improve cardiac function and protect against heart attacks in the short-term, say researchers from Emory University School of Medicine. The study results are the first to [...]

Soy protein helps strengthen bones

Postmenopausal women who consumed high daily levels of soy protein had reduced risk of bone fracture, according to a new study. Xianglan Zhang, MD, MPH, from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine examined the relationship [...]