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Vitamin D Deficiency Alters Lung Growth and Decreases Lung Function
January 31, 2011 | Sunlight | 
Previously linked to the severity of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in humans, vitamin D deficiency has now been shown to alter lung structure and function in young mice. The new study, conducted by researchers in Australia, offers the first concrete evidence linking vitamin D deficiency with deficits in lung function and altered lung structure.

How To Make Sure You're Getting Enough Vitamin D
January 27, 2011 | Sunlight | 
No single nutrient works on its own to produce health effects in the human body. With that said, it's become exceedingly clear that vitamin D appears to be one of the most important nutrients we need to prevent all types of disease and live as long as our genetic potential will allow.

Mechanism of Cocoa Powder's Benefits Identified
January 27, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
The potential heart health benefits of polyphenol-rich cocoa powder may be related to a 'novel mechanism' of boosting HDL (good) cholesterol, says a new study from Japan.

Calcium and Vitamin D Show Cancer and Bone Boosting Benefits
January 25, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may boost the bone health of girls undergoing puberty, and potentially reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life, suggests a new study from Down Under.

Is It a Good Idea To Take a Break From Supplements?
January 24, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
The rationale for taking supplements in the first place is as insurance against nutritional gaps in the diet and as added defense against increasing toxic pressures from the environment. Ideally, your diet should provide most of your nutritional needs, and it can if it is the right diet for you, richly varied, and abundant in fresh vegetables and fruits. However, that is a big "if."

Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel
January 24, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
More than a third of American adults use some form of complementary or alternative medicine, according to a government report. Natural remedies have an obvious appeal, but how do you know which ones to choose and whether the claims are backed by science?

Probiotics Boost Micronutrient Effect of Supplements
January 21, 2011 | Nutrition | 
The effects of probiotics on gut health may be boosted by a symbiotic partnership with the supplementation of certain micronutrients, according to new research.

Mathematical Model Explains How Complex Societies Emerge, Collapse
January 20, 2011 | Sustainability | 
The instability of large, complex societies is a predictable phenomenon, according to a new mathematical model that explores the emergence of early human societies via warfare. Capturing hundreds of years of human history, the model reveals the dynamical nature of societies, which can be difficult to uncover in archaeological data.

Essential Oil Pill Prevents PMS
January 17, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
A pill containing a mix of essential oils has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Reproductive Health tested the tablets by carrying out a randomised, controlled trial in 120 women.

Resveratrol's Benefits Linked To Fat Hormones
January 13, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
The potential health benefits of resveratrol may be due to its ability to activate the powerful fat controlling hormone adiponectin, according to a new study.

The Benefits and Uses of Ashwagandha
January 12, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Ashwagandha or Indian winter cherry is considered one of the most important herbs in ayurvedic system of medicines. Because of its vast area of application, ayurvedic physicians have used it extensively in curing people from their ailments. Due to its properties it has gained lots of respect in the eyes of herbal healers.

What Do You Need To Eat To Have a Golden Glow This Winter?
January 12, 2011 | Nutrition | 
Most of us would like to have dewy glowing skin - especially as we get older. The good news is you don't have to wait until summer to catch some sun rays.

Magnesium Supplements Reduce Diabetes
January 11, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Supplements of magnesium may improve sensitivity to insulin and help reduce the risk of diabetes in overweight people, suggest new findings from German scientists.

Vitamin D Boosts Urinary Tract Health
January 7, 2011 | Sunlight | 
Adequate vitamin D levels may boost the body's immune response and protect against urinary tract infections, says a new study from Sweden.

New Technology Mimics Plants By Turning Sunlight Into Fuel
January 6, 2011 | Sunlight | 
A simple reactor that mimics plants by turning sunlight into fuel has been demonstrated in the laboratory, boosting hopes for a large-scale renewable source of liquid fuel.


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