infection

Trace Mineral Speeds Healing: Vanadium may help recovery from infections

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...

Beta glucan helps fight infections

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...

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

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...

Oregano oil beats bacteria, yeast

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...

Glutamine cuts stress infection

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...

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...

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...

Multis especially helpful for diabetics

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...

Probiotics boost aging immune system

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...