Cm in brief new research from the past fortnight 8
This fortnight Omega 3 supplementation takes centre stage from improving mood disorders to protection against MI.
Folic acid supplementation protective for melanoma
Taking folic acid reduces the risk of getting a melanoma but has no effect on cancer risk overall, a Chinese study in the International Journal of Cancer shows.
Vitamin-mineral treatment helps adult ADHD.
A New Zealand double-blind randomised controlled trial - published in the British Journal of Psychiatry - including 80 people with adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder shows that those taking a micronutrient formula of vitamins , minerals and omega fatty acids decreases symptoms and enhances positive mood compared with those on placebo.
Relief from cancer chemotherapy side effects with vitamin C.
Another recent study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal shows that vitamin C administrede intravenously to cancer patienst undergoing chemotherapy dramatically decaeses their fatigue and insomnia and increases cognitive functioning.
Omega-3 fatty acid protective against heart attacks
Infusion of Omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) protects against myocardial infarction, according to new French research.
Omega 3 fatty acids and curcumin improve mood disorders
Anti-inflammatory agents, such as acetyl-salicylic acid (ASA), celecoxib, anti-TNF-α agents, minocycline, curcumin and omega-3 fatty acids, show improved outcomes in mood disorder patients when anti-inflammatory agents are used as an adjunct to conventional therapy according to current evidence however, further research is needed to establish the therapeutic benefit and appropriate dosage.
Potential mechanisms involved include, but are not limited to, direct effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines on monoamine levels, dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, pathologic microglial cell activation, impaired neuroplasticity and structural and functional brain changes.
Omega-3 fatty acids influence mood in healthy and depressed people
A US review also shows that increased Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake is associated with reduced depressive symptoms, particularly in females.
EPA rich Omega-3 supplementation improves cognition in young adults.
An Australian trial which looked at the effect of EPA-rich and DHA-rich Omega 3 supplementation on the cognitive performance and functional brain activation of young adults finds that EPA-rich supplementation is more effective than DHA-rich supplementation in enhancing neurocognitive functioning after a 30-day supplementation period in the same group of individuals. The results show that following the EPA-rich supplementation, participants' brains worked 'less hard' and achieved a better cognitive performance than prior to supplementation.
Low vitamin D link to open-angle glaucoma
Vitamin D deficiency should be considered as a potential risk factor for the development of opena-angel glaucoma (OAG) say Korean researchers whose study of over 6,000 people is the first to show a link between low vitamin D status and OAG.