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Afraid of Alzheimer’s Disease? Eat Your Berries!

Afraid of Alzheimer's Disease? Eat Your Berries!

Fear of Alzheimer's disease is rampant. But there is berry good evidence that a particular food significantly decreases the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Dementia and other neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease have become increasingly worrisome over the past few decades for many of us. This is especially the case among those of us in industrialized countries – those regions that maintain the 'perfect storm' of rampant toxic pollutants and the Western diet.

Are Mental Disorders the Result of Neuroinflammation?

Are Mental Disorders the Result of Neuroinflammation?

New research is increasingly finding that not only are many cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia related to inflammation among brain tissues, but classic mental diseases such as schizophrenia and depression may also be connected to brain inflammation.

Recent research from Japan's Kyushu University Medical School and Saga University have been revealing that many mental disorders are produced by inflammation involving the microglia cells of the brain.

Can Antioxidants Prevent Skin Cancer?

Can Antioxidants Prevent Skin Cancer?

Research from scientists from Brussels has confirmed that skin cancer is related directly to oxidative stress – and other research shows antioxidants reduce oxidative stress.

The new research comes from the Brussels' Central Hospital, University of Charleroi, and the Hospital Vesale Experimental Medicine Laboratory at Free University of Brussels. The researchers tested 36 patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas – one of the most lethal forms of skin cancer. The researchers collected the tumor tissues of the 36 patients along with close-by tissue without tumors.

The researchers then conducted an in-depth analysis of the tissues and tested them using capillary electrophoresis – testing that separates and breaks down tissues into their smaller components. The researchers also conducted oxidation testing and specifically determined the ratios between oxidized glutathione and reduced glutathione.

The ratio of oxidized glutathione to reduced glutathione in the tissues relates directly to the amount of oxidative stress in the tissues, as well as indicates the level of antioxidant activity. This is because glutathione is the leading scavenger of oxidation within the body.

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The researchers found that the tumor tissues showed significantly higher variation in the glutathione GSH part of the ratio. This indicates that the free scavenging abilities of glutathione are reduced within skin cancer tissue.

Nine out of ten cancers on the head and neck are squamous cell carcinomas. About half of those with this cancer will die within five years. The Brussels research confirms findings from the University of Oslo in Norway. In this study, the researchers compared 78 patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma together with 100 healthy people.

This time the researchers tested the tissues and blood of all the participants for levels of oxidative stress related to not only glutathione, but also hydroperoxides, gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, prostagladin and oxidized/total ascorbic acid levels.

Yet Another Natural Solution to Help Perimenopausal Symptoms Proven

Yet Another Natural Solution to Help Perimenopausal Symptoms Proven

Researchers from Japan's Keiju Medical Center have determined that a certain nutraceutical from pine trees can significantly reduce symptoms of menopause and perimenopause.

The researchers tested 170 women who were in perimenopause in this double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Twice a day for three months the women were given either 30 milligrams of Pycnogenol – a patented extract of the bark of the French maritime pine tree (Pinus pinaster) – or a placebo. The women were also tested for hormones and had a thorough blood analysis before and after the treatment period.