Coenzyme Q10 increases physical performance in patients with angina pectoris (chest tightness)

Summary The underlying disease process of coronary artery disease (CAD) is called arteriosclerosis. This process starts with a weakening of the blood vessel walls, most frequently caused by an insufficient dietary intake of vitamins and other micronutrients. This leads to an underproduction of collagen and other reinforcement molecules in the artery walls and to the…

Vitamin C promotes transformation of cholesterol into bile acid

Summary Lipid disorders are characterized by imbalanced levels of fatty substances (i.e. cholesterol and triglycerides) in the bloodstream. These lipids are carried in the blood stream in form of microscopic round particles, called lipoproteins. Thus, these conditions are also called lipoprotein disorders. There are, generally speaking, two types of cholesterol-transporting lipoproteins: a) the “bad cholesterol”…

L-carnitine improves stress tolerance in circulatory disorders of the heart muscle

Summary The underlying disease process of coronary artery disease (CAD) is called arteriosclerosis. This process starts with a weakening of the blood vessel walls, most frequently caused by an insufficient dietary intake of vitamins and other micronutrients. This leads to an underproduction of collagen and other reinforcement molecules in the artery walls and to the…

Vitamin E prevents re-narrowing of coronary arteries (restenosis) following balloon angioplasty

Summary Coronary bypass operation. A coronary bypass operation becomes necessary if one or more coronary arteries have developed severe atherosclerotic deposits that threaten to clog the arteries and cause a heart attack. In order to avoid a heart attack, a coronary bypass operation is frequently performed. Surgically, a bypass is constructed around the atherosclerotic deposits…

Vitamin C contributes to an improved degradation of cholesterol

Summary Lipid disorders are characterized by imbalanced levels of fatty substances (i.e. cholesterol and triglycerides) in the bloodstream. These lipids are carried in the blood stream in form of microscopic round particles, called lipoproteins. Thus, these conditions are also called lipoprotein disorders. There are, generally speaking, two types of cholesterol-transporting lipoproteins: a) the “bad cholesterol”…

Vitamin E protects women against coronary heart disease

Summary Heart attack and coronary artery disease The underlying disease process of coronary artery disease (CAD) is called arteriosclerosis. This process starts with a weakening of the blood vessel walls, most frequently caused by an insufficient dietary intake of vitamins and other micronutrients. This leads to an underproduction of collagen and other reinforcement molecules in…

Vitamin C, vitamin E and carotene reduce the risk for angina pectoris

Summary The underlying disease process of coronary artery disease (CAD) is called arteriosclerosis. This process starts with a weakening of the blood vessel walls, most frequently caused by an insufficient dietary intake of vitamins and other micronutrients. This leads to an underproduction of collagen and other reinforcement molecules in the artery walls and to the…

Vitamin B and folic acid deficiency increases risk of arteriosclerosis

Summary The underlying disease process of coronary artery disease (CAD) is called arteriosclerosis. This process starts with a weakening of the blood vessel walls, most frequently caused by an insufficient dietary intake of vitamins and other micronutrients. This leads to an underproduction of collagen and other reinforcement molecules in the artery walls and to the…

L-arginine protects arteries

Summary The present study tested the efficacy of the natural amino acid L-arginine in protecting against atherosclerosis. Special interest was given to early vascular changes in the arteries, the thickening of the inner layer of the artery (intima), also called intimal hyperplasia. The study was performed with 26 rabbits that received either normal drinking water…

L-carnitine reduces cardiac arrhythmia in patients with myocardial infarction

Summary The underlying disease process of coronary artery disease (CAD) is called arteriosclerosis. This process starts with a weakening of the blood vessel walls, most frequently caused by an insufficient dietary intake of vitamins and other micronutrients. This leads to an underproduction of collagen and other reinforcement molecules in the artery walls and to the…

Vitamin C in arteriosclerosis

Summary The underlying disease process of coronary artery disease (CAD) is called arteriosclerosis. This process starts with a weakening of the blood vessel walls, most frequently caused by an insufficient dietary intake of vitamins and other micronutrients. This leads to an underproduction of collagen and other reinforcement molecules in the artery walls and to the…

Polyphenols reduce tumor markers for prostate cancer

Summary This randomized controlled double-blind study examined the effects of a polyphenol-rich nutritional supplement on prostate-specific antigen (PSA), an important tumor marker for prostate cancer. Towards this goal, over a period of 6 months, 199 prostate cancer patients with an average age of 74 years received either a capsule containing various micronutrients – pomegranate, green…

Antioxidant micronutrients reduce risk of breast cancer

Summary The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of antioxidant micronutrients on breast cancer risk. The study used data from participants in the so-called Rotterdam Study, a prospective study of women aged over 55 years. The intake of antioxidant micronutrients was determined on the basis of nutritional questionnaires. The investigation revealed,…

Vitamin intake reduces risk for cervical cancer

Summary This meta-analysis investigated the association between the intake of antioxidant vitamins and the risk of cervical cancer. The analysis included data from 22 studies involving more than 10,000 participants. It was found that the intake of vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene were associated with a significant reduction of cervical cancer risk.…

Vitamin C increases survival rate after breast cancer

Summary This summary analysis examined the results of 10 studies on the relationship between the intake of vitamin C, either from dietary supplements or the diet itself, and the death rate from breast cancer. Total mortality was also examined. The analysis included data from nearly 18,000 breast cancer patients.The results suggest that a high dietary…

Carotenoids reduce breast cancer risk

Summary This 20 years follow-up study examined the association between carotenoid intake and breast tumors. 32.826 women donated blood samples. 11–12 years later, 18.743 of these women contributed a second blood sample. Between the first and second blood collection, 2188 breast cancer cases were diagnosed. The results showed that women with high carotenoid intake had…

Carotenoids reduce the risk of breast cancer

Summary This case-control study examined the relationship between the intake of carotenoids (alpha-, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin and lutein/zeaxanthin) and the risk of developing breast cancer. The study involved some 561 breast cancer patients and 561 healthy women. Data collection on the nutrient intake of the participants took place via a validated questionnaire. The observation period was…

Vitamin C inhibits breast and skin cancer

Summary These two studies examined the effect of vitamin C supplementation on metastasis and tumor growth, for skin cancer and breast cancer, in mice that cannot produce endogenous vitamin C. During the study, the food and water given to a group of 36-38 weeks old female mice was supplemented with vitamin C for four weeks…

Green tea consumption lowers breast cancer risk

Summary This study examined the association between the intake of green tea, a natural source of polyphenols, and the risk of breast cancer in Japanese-American women. It included 119 participants before and 72 participants after menopause. All women were free of disease. The scientists found that estrogen and estradiol, two factors in the development of…

Calcium reduces lung cancer risk among female non-smokers

Summary In this study, the relationship between calcium and other minerals with the risk of lung cancer in non-smokers was studied. For this purpose 71,267 female non-smokers, not suffering from cancer, were interviewed using a questionnaire on their dietary habits. After an average period of 11.2 years the surveyed group was re-examined. The results show…

Vitamin D can reduce the risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Summary A scientific study, carried out between 1985 and 2002 with 29,133 male smokers in Finland, examined the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) and the incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It concluded that circulating 25(OH)D may provide a protective effect in the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. Further details can be found in the study. References…

Lutein inhibits growth of prostate cancer cells

Summary In this study the effectiveness of the carotenoid lutein against prostate cancer cells was examined. The study was conducted at the University of New Jersey (USA) and showed that lutein inhibits the growth of prostate cancer cells and promotes their death. Further details can be found in the study. References Mohamed M Rafi, Saravanan Kanakasabai, Sarita…

The benefit of vitamin D3 in prostate cancer

Summary In this research article the benefit of dietary supplementation with vitamin D3 in patients with prostate cancer was demonstrated. The researchers reported that daily supplementation with 4000 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 was effective in improving outcome patients with early prostate cancer. Furthermore, it was found that African-American men had lower overall vitamin…

Micronutrients are effective against prostate cancer

Summary At the Dr. Rath Research Institute for Cellular Medicine, a specific combination of micronutrients – including vitamin C, lysine, proline and green tea extract – was examined for its ability to inhibit specific enzymes that help cancer cells spread through the body (metastasis). The analysis of prostate cancer cells proved that the micronutrient combination…

Micronutrient combination effective against prostate cancer

Summary In this study, the effect of a micronutrient combination containing lysine, proline, arginine, ascorbic acid and epigallocatechin gallate was tested on human prostate cancer cells. The study results show that the micronutrients effectively inhibited the growth and proliferation of cancer cells. Furthermore, the production of collagen-digesting enzymes – via which the cancer cells move…

Vitamin D deficiency promotes prostate cancer

Summary The aim of this study was to determine vitamin D levels in prostate cancer patients and the influence of these on the severity and progression of the disease. 53 male patients with prostate cancer participated in the study. Various diagnostic tests, such as biopsy or immunochemical methods, provided evidence that lower vitamin D levels…