immunity

Honey Heals! Researcher details antibacterial power of honey

Research undertaken by Dr Shona Blair at Sydney University has shed some light on the unusual antibacterial activity of certain types of honey, leading to a greater understanding of the ability of some honeys to kill pathogenic bacteria and promote wound healing. In a study, the potent Leptospermum honey, made from jelly bush flowers and [...]

Honey Heals! Researcher details antibacterial power of honey 2015-09-09T13:50:29+00:00

Selenium boosts immune function

In a British study from the University of Liverpool, researchers looked at whether selenium given to healthy individuals could improve immunity and help the body cope with a polio vaccine. In this double-blind study, 22 adults with low selenium concentrations received 50 or 100 mcg of selenium, or a placebo, daily for 15 weeks. All [...]

Selenium boosts immune function 2015-09-09T13:50:30+00:00

Whey protein gives immune boost

Whey protein is one of the highest quality proteins available. It is quickly digested, and increases fat burning while simultaneously decreasing appetite. Due to its rich content of L-cysteine, whey protein may boost immune response by up to 500%. A study from Ohio State University reports that whey protein has antioxidant properties that can boost [...]

Whey protein gives immune boost 2015-09-09T13:50:30+00:00

Ginseng extract cuts risk of colds

Recent clinical studies show an extract of ginseng may be able to significantly lower your risk of catching a cold or flu this season. A study at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk found the ginseng extract, known as CVT-E002 and sold as Cold-FX, helped prevent acute respiratory illness in older adults. In two [...]

Ginseng extract cuts risk of colds 2015-09-09T13:50:31+00:00

Fighting Superbugs: Study looks at power of probiotics

Can probiotics reduce infections in intensive-care hospital patients? This is the focus of a new clinical study at the Medical College of Georgia. Probiotics are the so-called “good bacteria” that help keep the intestinal tract and immune system healthy. They include Lactobacillus acidophilus, found naturally in live-culture yogurt and kefir, and in capsules at health [...]

Fighting Superbugs: Study looks at power of probiotics 2015-09-09T13:50:32+00:00

Vitamins Cut Health Care Costs: Billions could be saved if more took them

If governments covered the cost of a daily multivitamin for the older population, it could save health care costs in the long run, according to an economic impact study by a US health care consulting company, The Lewin Group. They determined that increased daily intake of a multivitamin by older adults could save the US [...]

Vitamins Cut Health Care Costs: Billions could be saved if more took them 2015-09-09T13:51:13+00:00

Tea Therapy: L-theanine in tea strengthens immunity

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have found that drinking certain types of tea containing high concentrations of an amino acid called L-theanine may help strengthen the body’s immune system response when fighting off infection. The findings were first discovered in laboratory cell cultures and then verified in a small human investigation. "The health [...]

Tea Therapy: L-theanine in tea strengthens immunity 2015-09-09T13:51:13+00:00

Green Power: Fight sore throats, cavities with green tea

Studies conducted at Pace University have indicated that green tea extract has an adverse effect on bacteria that cause strep throat, dental cavities and other infections. Additionally, the research suggests that oral agents such as toothpaste and mouthwash are more effective in fighting harmful microbial agents, such as viruses, with the addition of green tea [...]

Green Power: Fight sore throats, cavities with green tea 2015-09-09T13:51:15+00:00

Think Zinc! Many Canadians may be low, say researchers

One out of every four Canadians eat diets that are low in the mineral zinc, according to researchers from McGill University who analyzed data from the Food Habits of Canadians Study. Zinc plays a key role in immune function where it is needed for the body to develop its own natural “killer” cells to fight [...]

Think Zinc! Many Canadians may be low, say researchers 2015-09-09T13:51:16+00:00

Colds and canker sores? Try zinc

Zinc is a trace mineral that supports a number of body systems, including the immune system. Recent clinical studies show that zinc can reduce the duration of a cold and may also help with chronic canker sores. At the Heritage Center in Utah, researchers studied the effects of zinc lozenges on school-aged children. During cold [...]

Colds and canker sores? Try zinc 2015-09-09T13:51:18+00:00

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