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Folic Acid supplements as prevention against Alzheimer’s

Evidence has been accumulating since the 1980s that folic acid (‘folate’) supplementation has anti-Alzheimer’s effects in humans. The first clinical trial took place around 1990, and others have been conducted since then. There is a growing consensus that this supplement has significant benefits in preventing Alzheimer’s dementia.

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Ferulic Acid’s rise to prominence as a preventative for Alzheimer’s and for cancers of the digestive tract.

Ferulic acid is a substance found in the cell walls of plants — and therefore found in what nutritionists call ‘dietary fiber’. Ferulic acid bears a strong structural resemblance to curcumin, the main constituent of the spice turmeric. But the resemblance doesn’t end there: ferulic acid also shares curcumin’s intriguing and useful biochemical properties. Both substances are antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, both have anti-cancer effects when used as supplements, and both appear to be useful in preventing heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Vioxx scare sends arthritis patients scrambling for alternatives, such as Cetyl-Myristoleate.

Vioxx is, or was, an anti-inflammatory drug widely used by arthritis patients to control pain in the joints. The drug was recently taken off the market because it was found to cause heart damage in some people who used it. Other drugs in the same category, ‘COX-2 inhibitors’, are also being removed from the market. Although the great majority of users experienced no such problems, they now find themselves without the drugs that had served them well.

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Multiple sclerosis patients alerted to possible benefits of sulforaphane supplements.

Sulforaphane is a substance found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli sprouts. In recent years it has excited the interest of cancer researchers because of its ability to detoxify carcinogens and block the initiation of chemically-induced cancers. Studies have also shown that sulforaphane inhibits the growth of tumors, and causes cancer cells to ‘commit suicide’.

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Incompetent bureaucrats waste taxpayer’s money on ridiculous campaign against hemp-seed-oil candy.

Here we are, folks, on the eve of what seems likely to be the worst medical disaster in history — the Great Avian Flu Pandemic of 2005. You might think that our elected officials would be making good use of their time (that we pay them well for) and their resources (that we taxpayers allow them to take from us) to help us prepare for this emergency. But you’d be wrong. These irresponsible politicians and bureaucrats are frittering away both time and money on issues that would be idiotic even in the best of times. A case in point is the campaign to ban hemp-seed-oil candy.

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Rosmarinic Acid suppresses the formation of cancer-causing chemicals when meat is grilled.

A recent widely distributed news story quoted Professor J Scott Smith of Kansas State University as saying that barbecued meats can be made less carcinogenic by applying rosemary leaves before grilling. It has long been known that grilling generates a variety of cancer-causing chemicals, including ‘heterocyclic amines’ and ‘oxysterols’. The formation of these carcinogens is suppressed by the presence of rosmarinic acid and other substances in rosemary leaves.

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Folic acid supplementation improves brain functioning in older adults.

A study in Holland of adults aged 50–75 has shown that modest doses of folic acid significantly improve memory and other cognitive functions. In the study, subjects who used folic acid at 800 micrograms/day for three years scored as well on memory tests as non-users five years younger; users also scored as well on cognitive speed tests as non-users two years younger.

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Curcumin continues to show promise for combatting melanoma.

Researchers at the University of Texas have shown that curcumin — the main colored component of the turmeric spice — inhibits the spread of melanoma cells and causes them to self-destruct. Melanoma, you may recall, is the most deadly of skin cancers. The work was done in cell culture, not in animals or in a clinical trial.

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Fish oil supplementation improves behavior of children with ADHD

We used to think of it as plain ‘brattiness’; now we have a medical term for it: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’. The older term was more efficient, but was misleading since it suggested that the condition was merely due to poor parenting rather than to defects in the physical brain.

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Your right to buy DHEA is under attack by government tyrants

Freedom-hating U.S. senators are again on the move, concocting legislation to strip away more of American’s personal freedom. This time the totalitarians are being led by a gang of Republicans — in the past this role has usually been played by Democrats.

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