women’s health

Soy isoflavones reduce breast cancer risk

In a public health study in Japan, researchers found that regular consumption of soy isoflavones could reduce the likelihood of breast cancer. The researchers at the National Cancer Center Research Institute in Tokyo followed a group of 21,852 Japanese women, aged 40 to 59, for one decade. The women documented their reproductive and family history, [...]

Soy isoflavones reduce breast cancer risk 2015-09-09T13:51:18+00:00

For women, fatigue may signal low iron

Iron is a critical nutrient needed to supply oxygen to the cells and tissues and to help produce brain chemicals, amino acids and hormones. Iron deficiency can result in anemia, a condition that causes fatigue, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. The General Practice Unit at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland found that [...]

For women, fatigue may signal low iron 2015-09-09T13:51:19+00:00

Ovarian cancer and diet

New research on ovarian cancer, one of the five most deadly cancers among women in developed countries, suggests that a balanced plant-based diet may help in its prevention. The National Cancer Institute says this strategy is important since ovarian cancer often produces no clear symptoms until late in its development and is difficult to detect [...]

Ovarian cancer and diet 2019-01-09T14:48:32+00:00

Whether juice or pill, cranberry works!

The Kidney Foundation of Canada says Canadian women make about 500,000 visits to doctors each year to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). For years, scientists knew that cranberry could help prevent UTIs but could not explain why. Then in 1984, a researcher discovered that cranberry could inhibit “bacterial adherence,” or the ability of bacteria to [...]

Whether juice or pill, cranberry works! 2019-01-09T14:48:32+00:00

Probiotics key in avoiding yeast infection

Dietary strategies to prevent and treat yeast infections include eliminating sugar intake while increasing intake of whole grains, vegetables, vitamins C and E and the mineral zinc. Other highly recommended nutrients for yeast infections include digestive enzymes, garlic and fermented milk products such as yogurt. At the Division of Infectious Diseases at Long Island Jewish [...]

Probiotics key in avoiding yeast infection 2019-01-09T14:48:32+00:00

B-vitamins lower breast cancer risk

A comprehensive review by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reveals that folic acid and vitamin B-6 can help protect women against breast cancer. While several studies have shown that a diet rich in B-vitamins may help reduce breast cancer risk, this was the first review where the participants’ lifestyle and dietary information [...]

B-vitamins lower breast cancer risk 2019-01-09T14:48:35+00:00

Calcium, body mass affect bone health

Researchers at the University of Tennessee report that adequate calcium intake, lean body mass and physical activity are the three most important factors in maintaining healthy bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content (BMC)—both factors in determining osteoporosis risk. In a study of 42 women around the age of 21 and of various weights, [...]

Calcium, body mass affect bone health 2015-09-09T13:52:18+00:00

Iron ensures mental and physical energy

Iron deficiency, which can lead to anemia, is a condition common to women of childbearing age. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, shortness of breath and decreased immunity. A woman’s risk for anemia can increase during pregnancy, from vigorous exercise, or if the woman is on a low-calorie or vegetarian diet. The Research Centre for Gender [...]

Iron ensures mental and physical energy 2015-09-09T13:52:18+00:00

Magnesium intake critical in pregnancy

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that causes pregnant women to retain water and swell at their ankles, hands, feet and face. Other symptoms include high blood pressure, headaches and light sensitivity. If left untreated, pre-eclampsia may result in vomiting, convulsions and kidney, liver or brain damage. Severe cases may result in death. Pre-eclampsia is usually detected [...]

Magnesium intake critical in pregnancy 2015-09-09T13:52:19+00:00

Cut breast cancer risk

A new study provides evidence that certain nutrients found in vegetables may help protect against breast cancer. Women with high blood levels of several different carotenoid substances faced up to two times lower breast cancer risk than women with low levels, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Perhaps the [...]

Cut breast cancer risk 2019-01-09T14:48:37+00:00

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