aging

Vision Quest: Aging with Good Eyesight

An interview with Dr Mahmood Piraee, PhD By Jason Sebeslav Dr. Mahmood Piraee is a pharmacist with a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He has over 20 years of experience in natural products drug discovery and...

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 in Germany,...

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 from Purdue University have determined...

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 and vitamin D. Researchers at the...

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, cataracts, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer. Free radicals get...

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 by Katherine L. Tucker, PhD, studied a group of...

Weight-loss Wonders? Four common supplements linked to staying slim

Research shows that, on average, we gain between 10 (men) and 16 (women) pounds of body weight from age 25 to 50. Is there anything that can be done to change the slow march of weight gain that precedes middle age? Researchers suggest that the ingestion of four common...

Studies show key picks for elderly

Hoping for good mental and physical health in your senior years? It may be as simple as A-B-C—or rather, C, D and E! These three vitamins are the focus of two recent studies on how we can head off common health issues associated with aging. At Harvard Medical School,...

Lutein shines in aging vision trials

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in aging Western societies. Cataracts occur when protein in the eye lens becomes damaged, clouding vision. Two recent studies indicate that lutein, a type of carotenoid, can actually help...

Older women need calcium and D

Deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D are common in older individuals, particularly those who live in nursing homes. These deficiencies increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Recent studies show supplementation can decrease this risk and provide...

Anti-aging Essentials: the top three

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, cataracts, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer. Free radicals get...