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Brain Protector: Evidence that grape seed extract lowers risk of dementia

By | July 23rd, 2015|HNU Archive|

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) report the first direct evidence that grape seed extract affects specific proteins in healthy brains in ways that may protect against future age-related dementia. “This is the first identification of specific molecules in mammalian tissues that are changed in response to oral intake of complex dietary [...]

Brain Protector: Evidence that grape seed extract lowers risk of dementia

By | July 21st, 2015|HNU Archive|

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) report the first direct evidence that grape seed extract affects specific proteins in healthy brains in ways that may protect against future age-related dementia. “This is the first identification of specific molecules in mammalian tissues that are changed in response to oral intake of complex dietary [...]

B-vitamin cuts Alzheimer’s risk

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Vitamin B-3 (niacin) may protect against the development of Alzheimer’s disease and the cognitive decline associated with aging, say researchers who studied almost 4,000 people aged 65 and older. Dietary questionnaires revealed that those with the lowest intake of niacin (an average of 12.6 mg/day) were 80% more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease [...]

Alzheimer’s and Vitamin E: Vitamin/drug combo appears to slow progression

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

Combining vitamin E and a drug used to treat mild to moderate dementia may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. Researchers at Ohio State University found that after just a year of treatment with vitamin E and the drug donepezil (Aricept), people with Alzheimer’s disease performed much better on tests of [...]

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 [...]

Ginseng improves memory in stroke-related dementia patients

By | June 11th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

A recent study showed that a ginseng compound improved memory scores of people suffering from stroke-induced dementia, Chinese researchers reported. Memory loss, or dementia, may occur after stroke and is a growing problem in China, says lead researcher Jinzhou Tian, MD. In an early animal study, a ginseng compound increased the activities of the brain [...]

Alzheimer’s improved with antioxidant

By | May 21st, 2015|HNU Archive|

Lipoic acid or alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerhouse antioxidant that is widely used as a weight-loss aid. This antioxidant helps prevent excess fat storage and improves glucose utilization. Recent studies have also made it a popular anti-aging nutrient, known to help prevent against heart disease, stroke and memory loss. Lipoic acid prevents free radical [...]

Antioxidants cut Alzheimer’s risk

By | May 19th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Free radicals are unstable oxygen compounds that damage fats, proteins and DNA. The brain is especially sensitive to free radical (oxidative) damage because of its high content of fatty acids, its high use of oxygen and its low levels of antioxidants. By studying the brain tissue of both live and deceased Alzheimer’s patients, researchers now [...]