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Keep taking vitamin E, say experts

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

If you’ve got a list of resolutions for the New Year, one of them should be to keep taking a daily vitamin E supplement. That’s the advice of a growing number of health experts in response to a recent highly publicized report suggesting vitamin E may be harmful in larger doses. These scientists say the [...]

Lycopene: Antioxidant linked to lower heart disease in women

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

According to a study in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women with the highest plasma levels of the antioxidant lycopene had a 34% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), compared to women with lower plasma levels of the nutrient. The study also showed that the women with highest levels of plasma lycopene were [...]

The B-12 Battle: Elderly may be most at risk for deficiency

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

Growing older carries more risks, among them the risk for vitamin B-12 deficiency. Emerging evidence points to B-12 deficiency as an increasingly common reason behind high levels of homocysteine in the blood — a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Deficiencies of folic acid (folate) can also cause high levels of homocysteine. The metabolism of these [...]

High cholesterol? Go nuts!

By | June 12th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

Researchers at the Lorna Linda University in California report that people who replaced 20% of their energy intake with almonds had a markedly improved cholesterol reading. The study compared the effects of a popular cholesterol control diet (Step 1), which restricts the total fat intake to 30% of daily calories, saturated fat to 10%, and [...]

Mineral/herb combo cuts cholesterol

By | May 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

At the Department of Physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center, researchers conducted a pilot study on the effects of chromium and grape seed extract on subjects with elevated cholesterol. High cholesterol is quite prevalent in North America, and is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. There are many drugs to help lower blood cholesterol, [...]

Red clover: four benefits for menopause

By | May 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Cultures around the world use herbs for the natural treatment of menopause. Black cohosh, chaste tree berry (vitex) and red clover are a few of the most common herbs for this purpose. Red clover contains four plant-based estrogens, called phytoestrogens. These bind to estrogen receptors in the body and help control symptoms of menopause, such [...]