High-dose vitamin C infusions have protective effect in Covid-19 patients

Summary This study investigated the effect of high-dose intravenous vitamin C supplementation in patients receiving intensive care treatment for Covid-19. 54 critically ill patients were involved in this study, including 26 patients who received the vitamin C infusion and 28 patients who received a placebo infusion. According to this study, vitamin C supplementation is an…

High-dose zinc infusions improve zinc levels in Covid-19 patients

Summary This study investigated the effect of high-dose zinc infusions on Covid-19 patients. 33 hospitalized adults participated in this study, including 15 patients who received a high-dose zinc infusion and 18 patients who received a placebo. Participants with zinc infusion showed an improved zinc level after the administration period, without adverse side effects. More details…

High-dose vitamin D therapy associated with reduced risk of mortality in Covid-19 patients

Summary 986 hospitalized patients with Covid-19 were involved in this study, including 151 patients (16%) who received vitamin D therapy. This study showed that supplementation of vitamin D reduced the risk of mortality in Covid-19 patients. More details can be found in the study. References Stephanie F Ling, Eleanor Broad, Rebecca Murphy, Joseph M Pappachan,…

High dose vitamin D supplementation affects inflammatory factors in COVID-19 patients

Summary This study investigated the effects of vitamin D on inflammatory factors in COVID-19 patients. One group of patients received vitamin D daily; the other group only received the standard treatment. The results showed that vitamin D supplementation has a beneficial effect on COVID-19 by reducing inflammatory factors. No side effects were observed. More details…

Green tea extract can reduce total and LDL cholesterol

Summary A double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted by the University of Nashville investigated the relationship between a dietary supplement containing green tea extract and its effect on cholesterol levels. 240 men and women over 18 years of age with low to moderate increases in blood cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) were examined over a period of 3 months. Study…

Catechin supplementation associated with significant reduction in LDL cholesterol levels

Summary In another large randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial, which involved several American universities, the influence of green tea extracts (catechins) was investigated. The study participants were all postmenopausal women, with 936 of them completing the one-year trial. Compared to the control group, catechin supplementation was associated with a significant reduction in total and LDL cholesterol…

Vitamin B supplementation improves risk factors of fat metabolism

Summary A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial investigated the effect of two B vitamins (folic acid and vitamin B6) on the metabolism of patients with coronary heart disease. After three months of vitamin B supplementation, the three most important risk factors of fat metabolism showed a significant improvement. Blood levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol were…

Increased vitamin C blood levels associated with reduction in LDL cholesterol and increase in HDL cholesterol

Summary As early as 1992, the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston published a randomized field study involving several hundreds of participants of all age groups. The results of the study showed that increased vitamin C blood levels were associated with a reduction in LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) and an increase…

Supplementation with vitamin D can improve insulin needs

Summary Diabetes is a known risk factor during pregnancy, when the disease can lead to serious complications as a result of metabolic disorder. A randomized, controlled study at Shanghai University Hospital investigated the effect of vitamin D on the progression of gestational diabetes. Supplementation with high-dose vitamin D significantly improved the insulin needs and other…

Vitamin D treatment benefits type 1 diabetes patients

Summary In another randomized and controlled clinical trial, a joint team of researchers from the University Hospitals of Frankfurt and Hanover examined the effects of vitamin D administration on diabetes progression. The results of this clinical study showed that vitamin D supplementation significantly reduced insulin demands and significantly improved long-term blood glucose levels (HbA1c). No…

Coenzyme Q10 supplements can reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease

Summary Another randomized double-blind study was conducted as part of an international collaboration between the universities of Copenhagen, Melbourne, Vienna, Warsaw and other hospitals. The study included 420 patients and investigated the influence of coenzyme Q10 supplementation on the progression of chronic heart failure over a period of 2 years. According to the researchers, coenzyme…

Dietary supplement can improve pumping function of the heart

Summary In a randomized clinical trial involving patients suffering from chronic heart failure, the effect of dietary supplements containing a vitamin-mineral combination was investigated. The study was carried out at the Charité Clinic in Berlin and showed that the pumping function of the heart (left ventricular ejection fraction) was significantly improved by the dietary supplement.…

Coenzyme Q10 supplementation can reduce systolic blood pressure

Summary An analysis of 12 clinical trials investigated the correlation between coenzyme Q10 supplementation, a cofactor of cellular energy metabolism, and hypertension. Based on all results, the researchers concluded that coenzyme Q10 supplementation can reduce systolic blood pressure by up to 17 points (mmHg) and diastolic blood pressure by up to 10 points. Among the…

Arginine supplementation can lead to highly significant reduction in blood pressure

Summary In an evaluation of 11 double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, the correlation between dietary supplementation with the natural amino acid arginine and changes in blood pressure was investigated. The analysis of these trials showed that arginine supplementation led to a highly significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. One particularly remarkable aspect of this…

Dietary supplement containing quercetin can reduce blood pressure

Summary In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with patients suffering from an early form of hypertension (pre-hypertension and stage 1 hypertension), the effect of quercetin on blood pressure was investigated. This dietary supplement led to a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The reduction in diastolic blood pressure was statistically significant (P < 0.01).…

Vitamin C supplementation leads to significant reduction in blood pressure

Summary An analysis of 8 clinical trials investigating the association between vitamin C supplementation and essential hypertension showed that vitamin C supplementation led to a significant reduction in blood pressure. For daily supplementation above 500 mg of vitamin C, these results were even statistically significant (P = 0.005). What is particularly remarkable about this research…

Low vitamin C levels can increase risk of stroke in hypertensive patients

Summary A clinical epidemiological study involving more than 2,400 participants in Finland investigated the association between blood levels of vitamin C and the occurrence of stroke. The study participants were patients with hypertension – a condition associated with an increased risk of stroke – who were observed over a period of 10.4 years. The results…

Multivitamins can reduce risk of heart attacks

Summary In a clinical study in Stockholm, the association between the use of multivitamin supplements and the occurrence of heart attacks was investigated in almost 3,000 study participants. Participants taking multivitamins had a significantly reduced risk of heart attacks. Further details can be found in the study. References Mary L Fantacone, Malcolm B Lowry, Sandra L Uesugi…

Green tea associated with significant reduction in cardiovascular mortality

Summary A clinical study among more than 40,000 Japanese people, investigated the association between the intake of green tea, which is rich in natural polyphenols, and the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and cancer. The consumption of large quantities of green tea was associated with a significant reduction in cardiovascular mortality, including a clear reduction in…

Low vitamin D levels associated with significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Summary A clinical study conducted at the University of Kansas investigated the associations between vitamin D blood levels, vitamin D supplementation and the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Of 10,899 patients observed over a period of 5 years and 8 months, low vitamin D levels were associated with a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease and…

Micronutrient supplementation has positive effect on blood supply to coronary arteries

Summary In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial involving patients with coronary heart disease, a Norwegian team of doctors showed that micronutrient supplementation with folic acid (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 had a positive effect on the blood supply to the coronary arteries. During the study period of two years, both basic and maximum blood flow…

Increased vitamin intake has positive effect on progression of coronary heart disease

Summary A study conducted at the University of California in Los Angeles showed that an increased vitamin intake had a positive effect on the progression of coronary heart disease. This study provided strong evidence because it was documented using coronary angiography. The researchers found an association between supplementary vitamin E intake and an angiographically demonstrated…

Coenzyme Q10 reduces inflammation in sepsis

Summary 40 patients were involved in this study. 20 patients received 100 mg coenzyme Q10 twice a day in combination with a standard sepsis therapy. The other 20 patients received only the standard sepsis therapy. This study showed decreased inflammation markers and a lower death rate in the test group if the micronutrient supplementation was…

Vitamin E intake and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a pooled analysis of data from 5 prospective cohort studies

Summary This study examined 5 earlier studies and investigated whether vitamin E intake was associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The researchers found that long-term vitamin E supplement use was associated with lower ALS rates and concluded that a possible protective effect of vitamin E in this disease deserves further consideration. Further details can be…

Vitamin D confers protection to motoneurons and is a prognostic factor of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Summary This study reports that a severe vitamin D deficiency in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients accelerates the rate of decline by 4 times and is associated with a marked shorter life expectancy. The researchers say their findings support a neuroprotective function of vitamin D on motoneurons and propose vitamin D as a reliable prognostic…

Intakes of vitamin C and carotenoids and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: pooled results from 5 cohort studies

Summary This study investigated the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by analyzing 5 studies involving a total of over 1.1 million participants. The researchers found that consumption of foods high in carotenoids may help prevent or delay onset of ALS. Further details can be found in the study. References Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Mohd Waheed Roomi, Tatiana Kalinovsky…

Intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E reduces the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Summary This study was based on a food-frequency questionnaire and assessed whether dietary intake of fatty acids, cholesterol, glutamate or antioxidants was associated with the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The researchers concluded that a high intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E is associated with a 50-60% decreased risk of developing…

Fruit and vegetable intake and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Japan

Summary This study investigated the relationship between dietary intake of vegetables, fruit, and antioxidants and the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Its findings suggest that higher intake of food rich in antioxidants such as fruit and vegetables confer protection against the development of ALS. Further details can be found in the study. References Sheweita…

Essential trace element alterations in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Summary This study found statistically significant decreased cerebrospinal fluid and serum levels of copper in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients compared to the control group. The researchers concluded that their findings indicate an essential trace element imbalance in ALS. Further details can be found in the study. References S A Sheweita, B Y Sheikh   Link…

Effect of ultrahigh-dose methylcobalamin on compound muscle action potentials in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a double-blind controlled study

Summary This double-blind trial compared the effects of the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B12 on muscle function in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients when given intramuscularly in ultrahigh-dose (25 mg/day) and low-dose (0.5 mg/day) for 14 days. The researchers found that ultrahigh-dose intramuscular injection of methylcobalamin may provide a clinically useful measure to improve or…