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…

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…

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…

After an acute ischemic stroke, patients can benefit from antioxidant supplementation

Summary Patients during an ischemic stroke are at risk for acute brain damage and they are also at risk for further tissue damage after the stroke. Researchers from the University of Sheffield (UK) therefore studied the effects of supplementary antioxidants with or without B-group vitamins on damage during the critical period after the stroke. Ninety-six…

Magnesium improves exercise tolerance in patients with coronary artery disease

Summary Researchers of the university of Vienna (Austria) tested the effects of magnesium intake on the exercise dependent heart rate of 53 male patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). They found that, compared to a placebo, 15mmol of magnesium twice a day for 6 months significantly increased the intracellular magnesium levels. These results support the…