June 2004 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Guinea pig in a poke

I have some troubling news for those of you who are giving your guinea pigs high doses of vitamin C: They may be at risk of developing knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to a new study from the Duke University Medical Center. If you’re taking vitamin C in large doses yourself, however, should you be concerned […]

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Alpha-linolenic acid and alpha lipoic acid

Here’s a pop quiz: Which of these two does not belong? * alpha-linolenic acid * alpha lipoic acid An HSI member named Bob knows the answer: Alpha lipoic acid doesn’t belong. Or, more specifically, it didn’t belong in the e-Alert “Nutty Buddy” (6/8/04). Bob writes: “Re: Blood sugar You have confused alpha linolenic acid with […]

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Taking the correct dosage of vitamin supplements

As we've seen many times with various therapies, one size rarely fits all. And the same is true with vitamin supplements.

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Benefits of oats...a water-soluble fiber

According to a new study from US Department of Agriculture researchers at Tufts University, compounds in oats called avenanthramides significantly suppress the types of molecules that make blood cells stick to artery walls, causing the inflammation that leads to atherosclerosis.

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Reduce the frequency and severity of migraines

In fact, a migraine is just one symptom of a larger problem – a neurological and vascular disorder with additional symptoms, such as nausea, auras (flashes of light or blurred vision), vomiting, limb numbness and speech impairment. And if migraines go untreated, they can sometimes lead to more serious conditions, including permanent loss of vision, strokes, aneurysms, coma, and even death.

Now new research reveals that a key enzyme may provide an effective way to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.

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Are starch blockers weight loss products safe?

You may have heard about "starch blockers" – the weight loss products that promise to stop complex carbs from breaking down so they'll simply pass through your system. These starch blockers do work for some people, but there may be a price to pay.

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This week in the HSI forum

Asthma An HSI member named Mark has titled a thread, simply, “Asthma,” and asks, “Any good combos of herbals or supplements or breathing exercises to help combat this issue of mine?” The short answer: Yes. Starting with a recommendation from a member named Denyse. She went to a Chinese doctor to treat her recurring asthma […]

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