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B-vitamins

Folic acid levels linked to depression

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 folic acid (folate) levels are associated with slower improvements of the medical treatment of depression. In this study, 110 outpatients [...]

Folic acid among top heart nutrients

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Attendees at the American Heart Association’s 58th Annual High Blood Pressure Research Conference heard evidence that women who consumed more than 800 mcg/day of folic acid reduced their risk of high blood pressure by almost a third compared to those who consumed less than 200 mcg/day. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston used [...]

Vitamins lower risk of arthritis

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by widespread damage and inflammation in the joints and soft tissues surrounding the joints. Researchers at the University of Manchester in England compared dietary intake of antioxidants and the risk of developing a type of rheumatoid arthritis called inflammatory polyarthritis (IP). They recorded the diets of a large group of [...]

Help for Depression: B-vitamin shows promise

By | June 13th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

Research published in BMC Psychiatry shows that people suffering from depression respond better to treatment if they have high levels of vitamin B-12 in their blood. Researchers from the Kuopio University Hospital in Finland monitored 115 patients suffering from depression over a six-month period, and grouped them according to how well they responded to treatment: [...]

B-vitamins lower breast cancer risk

By | June 4th, 2015|HNU Archive|

A comprehensive review by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reveals that folic acid and vitamin B-6 can help protect women against breast cancer. While several studies have shown that a diet rich in B-vitamins may help reduce breast cancer risk, this was the first review where the participants’ lifestyle and dietary information [...]

Break free of chronic fatigue!

By | May 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

We all experience periods of fatigue, “brain fog” or muscle aches once in a while. But for those with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), these symptoms are a daily reality. People with CFS may also suffer memory loss, headaches, depression, fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and a host of other symptoms that can lead to [...]

B-vitamins critical for heart health

By | May 21st, 2015|HNU Archive|

With the buzz about B-vitamins, most people now know that they are essential for stress-management and disease prevention—especially heart disease. Vitamin B-6, B-12 and folic acid help convert the amino acid homocysteine into harmless byproducts. Without sufficient B-vitamins, homocysteine levels may become elevated, which is associated with increased risk of heart disease. At the University [...]

Women: boost folic acid if you drink

By | May 21st, 2015|HNU Archive|

For women who consume even a moderate amount of alcohol, studies indicate they should make sure to get the recommended dietary allowance of folic acid so as not to increase their risk of breast cancer. Researchers believe that alcohol, even as little as a glass or two a day, can interfere with how the body [...]