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Trace Mineral Speeds Healing: Vanadium may help recovery from infections

By | August 3rd, 2015|HNU Archive|

Dietary supplements containing vanadium are used by body builders to help beef up muscles and by some diabetic people to control blood sugar. New research now suggests the naturally occurring element may help prepare the body to recover speedily from infections from gram-negative organisms such as E. coli. Researchers found that mice given vanadium – [...]

Beta glucan helps fight infections

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Beta glucans are complex glucose molecules found in baker’s yeast and the bran of oats and barley. Several studies suggest beta glucan supplements can boost immune response, help prevent cancer and help lower cholesterol. In a study at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University, researchers found beta glucan could result in faster healing by enhancing [...]

Cleaner Hands: Tea tree oil wash kills more bacteria then regular soap

By | July 23rd, 2015|HNU Archive|

Skin washes containing 5% tea tree oil are more effective than regular soap at killing infectious bacteria on the skin, according to researchers at the School of Biomedical and Chemical Sciences at the University of Western Australia. The finding may have particular relevance in healthcare settings, where proper hand washing plays a critical role in [...]

Oregano oil beats bacteria, yeast

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Multiple studies from around the world indicate that oil of oregano is a potent, all-purpose antibacterial, antifungal agent that can kill infections. Scientists from Georgetown University Medical Center, led by Dr Harry Preuss, tested the effects of oil of oregano on common Staph bacteria. Staph bacteria are becoming more drug resistant and are responsible for [...]

Glutamine cuts stress infection

By | June 26th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Physical stresses such as athletic exhaustion, injuries or surgical procedures often leave the body more susceptible to potentially dangerous infections. Research has shown that glutathione, the body’s own antioxidant which supports immunity and detoxification, is typically depleted in the muscles following a major trauma. There is also a correlation between glutathione depletion and depletion of [...]

Fighting Superbugs: Study looks at power of probiotics

By | June 24th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Tea Therapy: L-theanine in tea strengthens immunity

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

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 [...]

Daily multivitamin keeps you healthy – especially if you’re diabetic

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

In a study of over 100 adults living in North Carolina, those taking a daily multivitamin reported less infection, such as respiratory and urinary tract infections, influenza and gastrointestinal infections, and a lower rate of illness-related work absenteeism, than those receiving a placebo. The most striking results were seen among those subjects with diabetes. A [...]

Multis especially helpful for diabetics

By | June 4th, 2015|HNU Archive|

In a study of over 100 adults living in North Carolina, those taking a daily multivitamin reported less infection, such as respiratory and urinary tract infections, flu and gastro-intestinal infections, and a lower rate of illness-related work absenteeism, than those receiving a placebo. The most striking results were seen among those subjects with diabetes. A [...]

Probiotics boost aging immune system

By | May 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Elderly people are at increased risk of infection due to the age-related decline in immune system function. In a recent study, scientists looked into how supplementing with probiotics might help improve immunity in the elderly. Probiotics, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, are beneficial bacteria found in the healthy digestive tract. These bacteria aid digestion, synthesize nutrients and [...]