Selenium May Help Reverse Memory Loss

News “Selenium – a mineral found in many foods – could reverse the cognitive impact of stroke and boost learning and memory in aging brains, according to University of Queensland research.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com] Comment An important antioxidant mineral that protects the body against damage by free radicals and assists its defense systems, clinical studies have established that selenium plays important roles in the fight against cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Recent research suggests that higher intakes of selenium are associated with longer telomeres. Structures located at the ends of chromosomes, telomeres are known to shorten with age. Scientific evidence suggests that short telomeres may be associated with the development of disease. A link has also been found between selenium levels and outcomes in COVID-19 infections. Patients living in areas with high intakes of selenium have been shown to be more likely to recover from the coronavirus. Other researchers have made similar findings, demonstrating that selenium deficiency is clearly linked to the severity of coronavirus infection. To read Dr. Rath’s recommendations for daily intake of selenium and other important micronutrients, see

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Lowering Homocysteine With Vitamin Supplements To Treat Drug-Resistant Hypertension

News “Using B vitamins to lower homocysteine levels is an effective means of reducing blood pressure and may be especially useful in the management of drug-resistant hypertension, according to researchers at the University of Maine and University of Arkansas.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com] Comment A type of amino acid produced naturally in the body, high levels of homocysteine are regarded as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and renal disease. Homocysteine levels can be reduced through ensuring an optimum intake of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folate. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects an estimated 1.28 billion adults aged 30-79 years worldwide. A condition in which the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the blood vessels is consistently too high, it significantly increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes. The widespread occurrence of this health problem reflects the fact that, within conventional medicine circles, its primary cause has been insufficiently or not at all understood. Based on Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine research, we now know that the primary cause of high blood pressure is a chronic deficiency

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Israeli Study Finds People Deficient In Vitamin D Up To 14 Times More Likely To Fall Severely Ill From COVID-19

News “A new Israeli study has found that people who are deficient in vitamin D are up to 14 times more likely to fall severely ill when contracting the coronavirus.” [Source: dailymail.co.uk] Comment The researchers who conducted this study found that patients with vitamin D deficiencies made up 87 percent of the severe cases, even after adjusting for age and underlying health conditions. The finding adds to the already impressive volume of evidence linking vitamin D status with outcomes in COVID-19. Previous research had already shown that patients with low levels of vitamin D may be more likely to die after contracting the coronavirus. Low levels of this vitamin are also known to be associated with an increased risk of coronavirus infection. Scientists have found 60 percent higher rates of coronavirus infection among people low in vitamin D. In a similar finding to that of the Israeli researchers, a study carried out at a hospital in Spain in 2020 revealed that over 80 percent of COVID-19 patients were vitamin D deficient. Conversely, having an adequate level of vitamin D has been shown to reduce complications and death among coronavirus

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Study Highlights Role Of A Good Vitamin D Status In Fighting Infections

News “A new study from the University of Eastern Finland highlights the benefits of a good vitamin D status in fighting infections.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com] Comment Vitamin D undoubtedly plays a vital role in ensuring a healthy immune response. As important as this vitamin is, however, it is far from being the only micronutrient that is needed by the body for fighting infections. Vitamin C is particularly important as it helps in the inactivation of viral DNA, thus limiting viral reproduction. Vitamin C also aids in the production of antibodies by specialized white blood cells known as B lymphocytes. In synergy with vitamin C, the amino acid lysine can block collagen digesting enzymes and strengthen connective tissue, thereby controlling the spread of infectious agents. Antioxidant minerals such as zinc and selenium also play crucial roles in immune response. These include supporting lymphoid tissues in the thymus gland and ensuring proper functioning of the white blood cells. The phytonutrient quercetin is similarly critical for immunity. In synergy with vitamin C, it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Quercetin is also essential for

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Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Migraine Headache Attacks

News “Vitamin D supplementation could reduce headache attacks and headache days per month among migraine patients, according to a review published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com] Comment There is growing evidence that vitamin D can help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. A comprehensive review of the scientific literature published in 2019 found that supplementing with a daily dose of 1000-4000 IU was effective. Reports suggest that between 45 and 100 percent of migraine patients are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) has also demonstrated efficacy in reducing migraine headaches. In a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics in 2017, researchers examined a total of 11 clinical trials involving doses of up to 400 mg per day. They concluded that riboflavin is a “promising therapeutic modality in the prevention of migraine headaches.” In reality, however, riboflavin has been known to be effective against migraines since as long ago as 1946. To learn more, including especially why the world hasn’t been told about this for more than three-quarters of a

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Uganda Researches Traditional COVID-19 Remedies

News “Herbal remedies for COVID-19 are being researched in Uganda. The National Drug Authority, the country’s drug regulator, intends to evaluate these medicines in clinical trials.” [Source: dw.com] Comment We commend the National Drug Authority of Uganda for its plan to research traditional remedies for COVID-19. More than 60 percent of people in Uganda already use herbal medicines. During the pandemic, many Ugandans have witnessed the benefits of effective, safe, natural approaches for boosting their immunity. Micronutrient-rich diets are particularly vital for ensuring not just proper immunity, but also optimum health. Mindful of this, our international Movement of Life project has been active in Uganda since 2014. Centered around the development of ‘School Health Parliaments’, the project involves teaching children about nutrition and Cellular Medicine in the classroom, setting up fruit and vegetable gardens at the schools, and reaching out to local communities. With a total of 50 schools now participating, and more than 12,000 fruit trees planted, the project has been directly benefiting the lives of over 100,000 Ugandan people. Clearly, inspiring children and their communities by providing them with science-based health education

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Vitamin D Supplements Really Do Reduce Risk Of Autoimmune Disease

News “It has long been suspected that vitamin D could help reduce the risk of developing an autoimmune disease, and now we have evidence this is the case – at least for people over 50.” [Source: newscientist.com] Comment A growing number of studies are demonstrating the crucial importance of vitamin D in maintaining health and preventing disease. In a key paper presented at the 22nd European Congress of Endocrinology in 2020, for example, a team of scientists led by Dr. Leen Antonio from University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium examined whether levels of vitamin D can predict future health problems. After studying the health records of 1,970 men aged between 40 and 79 years old, the scientists not only found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a negative impact on general health, but also that it is predictive of a higher risk of death. These findings are consistent with Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept, which over the past two decades has firmly established that deficiencies of vitamins and other essential micronutrients are the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases. To learn

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Curcumin May Slow Chronic Kidney Disease Progression

News “Curcumin supplementation increases levels of beneficial gut microbes that limit actions of toxins and eases chronic kidney disease symptoms, according to new research.” [Source: nutraingredients.com] Comment Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing global health problem. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2016 assessed data on almost 7 million patients and found that all stages of this disease are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular morbidity, premature mortality, and/or decreased quality of life. With a high global prevalence of between 11 and 13 percent, CKD places a major economic burden on healthcare systems worldwide. While conventional drug-oriented medicine has failed to successfully prevent or treat it, numerous studies clearly show that micronutrient-based approaches to CKD are both safe and effective. In a double-blind placebo-controlled trial published in 2015, Australian scientists demonstrated that omega-3 fatty acid supplements can help reduce inflammation for people with chronic kidney disease. Describing how their work shows that, by supplementing such patients with fatty acids, the body’s synthesis of blood factors that help resolve inflammation can be increased, the researchers concluded this may have important

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency Increases Risk Of Depression

News “Scientists from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing have published new research which examines the relationship between folate and vitamin B12 status and its associations with greater prevalence of depressive symptoms.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com] Comment World Health Organization statistics suggest depression affects at least 264 million people worldwide. This number may well be an underestimate, however, as many people don’t report the problem to their doctors. Given the side effects and addictive nature of many of the pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for the condition, effective and safe alternative solutions are urgently needed. Promisingly, therefore, a study published in 2016 found that omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce symptoms of even major depressive disorder. Examining 13 randomized placebo-controlled trials involving 1,233 participants suffering from the condition, the researchers noted that higher doses of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) were especially beneficial. Other research has linked B vitamin deficiencies with depression. Supplements containing this group of nutrients have been scientifically shown to improve depression outcomes. A clinical trial published in 2017 found that magnesium supplements are effective in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression. The researchers showed that daily supplementation

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B Vitamins Have ‘Significantly Favorable Effects’ On Cognitive Scores In Older People

News “Older people with mild cognitive impairment experienced significant cognitive benefits from supplementation with B vitamins, but only those not using aspirin, says a pooled analyses of two randomized placebo-controlled trials.” [Source: nutraingredients-usa.com] Comment With more than 55 million people worldwide now living with dementia, and nearly 10 million new cases occurring every year, finding effective and safe ways to maintain brain health is becoming an increasingly challenging global health problem. Currently approved pharmaceutical drugs for dementia neither cure nor halt cognitive decline; at best they simply delay the worsening cognitive impairment. Several previous studies have found B vitamins helpful in averting cognitive decline. In one trial published in 2015, researchers showed that, for participants with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a combination of B vitamins prevented brain shrinkage, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. A recent review of the scientific evidence conducted by researchers from the United States further emphasized the beneficial effects of nutrition for improving cognitive function and dementia. Examining the effects of 21 different nutrients and phytonutrients on cognitive function, the researchers found particularly noteworthy

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No Deaths From Vitamins

News “PThe 38th annual report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero deaths from vitamins.” [Source: orthomolecular.org] Comment Over the past couple of decades, the mainstream media has regularly presented alarming articles about the supposed dangers of vitamin supplements. Invariably, however, such articles exaggerate or misinterpret the studies they refer to. Conversely, the numerous scientific reports showing how an insufficient intake of vitamins can contribute to many health problems, and how regular use of micronutrient supplements has shown impressive health benefits, are far less publicized. In fact, such reports are often completely ignored. This is not happening by accident, of course. Ultimately, the reality that the mainstream media is trying to steer us away from is that vitamins are only dangerous to the multinational pharmaceutical industry. Pharma companies see vitamins as undermining their trillion-dollar-a-year ‘business with disease’ by reducing the need for toxic drug medications based on the use of patented synthetic chemicals. To learn the facts about the proven safety of vitamins, read this article by the head of the Dr. Rath Research Institute, Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki. To

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How Vitamin D Delivers On Cardio Health

News “Free from the sun, vitamin D delivers a natural source for one of the hormones essential to our bodies, especially the bones. But when you’re down on this essential nutrient, it’s not only your bones that could suffer, but also your cardio health, according to new research from the University of South Australia.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com] Comment Despite being required for many critical functions in the body, vitamin D is commonly associated only with healthy bones due to its roles in promoting calcium absorption from the digestive system and maintaining an optimum calcium-to-phosphorus ratio. However, this important vitamin also has many additional health benefits. These include helping ensure a healthy immune response, proper cognitive functions, and normal glucose metabolism, as well as reducing inflammation. Vitamin D also helps protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers such as breast, colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancers. To learn about the latest research showing how the benefits of vitamin D go far beyond just helping to ensure healthy bones, see this article on our website. To read how research has proven

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Supplements Now A Health Category Of Its Own, According To Analysis Of Searches On Health Websites

News “A recent survey by an advertising firm shows that dietary supplements as a category has broken into the top health topic searches in 2021.” [Source: Nutraingredients-usa.com] Comment As this survey demonstrates, the enormous progress in the field of micronutrient research in recent years has aroused widespread interest. As a result, a growing number of manufacturers and suppliers want a share of this ‘boom’ and are offering multivitamin products and other nutritional supplements in all shapes, colors, and sizes. In general, all these products have one thing in common: they were not scientifically tested for their effectiveness and, instead, are advertised using health claims taken from random publications by third parties. What’s more, due to the growing competitive pressure on the mass market of food supplements, manufacturers feel obliged to further reduce the costs of their ingredients. This is only possible if synthetic – i.e., artificially created – substances are used instead of micronutrients from natural sources. While human body cells are able to identify and utilize vitamins of natural origin, their interaction with synthetic substances is largely unclear.

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Vitamin D Improves Physical And Psychological Parameters In Early Osteoarthritis

News “Research has found that early knee osteoarthritis patients with lower vitamin D levels showed higher levels of pain intensity, disability, and anxiety, as well as poorer social participation.” [Source: nutraingredients.com] Comment Just as with other chronic diseases, studies show that osteoarthritis can be prevented and controlled through the use of nutrition and Cellular Medicine approaches. In recent years, research has demonstrated that supplements containing chondroitin sulfate, a natural substance that is an important structural component of cartilage, are significantly better than celecoxib, a multibillion-dollar anti-inflammatory drug, in reducing the long term progression of knee osteoarthritis. Other research has similarly shown that turmeric extract may have positive effects against osteoarthritic pain and inflammation. Scientists working at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have conducted a pilot clinical trial to study the effects of micronutrient supplementation on arthritis patients aged between 45 and 84 years old. After 6 months supplementing with a particular synergistic combination of micronutrients, the study found that 50 percent of the patients had experienced a significant improvement in their condition. This improvement was clinically confirmed by X-ray

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Review Concludes Magnesium Relieves Diabetes Symptoms

News “Oral supplementation with magnesium facilitates glucose absorption while increasing insulin levels to help alleviate the symptoms associated with diabetes, according to a systemic review of related trials.” [Source: nutraingredients.com] Comment Worldwide, more than 422 million people now suffer from diabetes. There are two categories of diabetic disorders, known as type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is generally caused by a genetic defect that leads to an insufficient production of insulin in the body and requires regular insulin injections to control blood sugar levels. The majority of diabetic patients, however, develop the type II version of the disease. In type II diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin and cells respond poorly to it and take in less sugar. Conventional medicine is confined to treating the symptoms of type 2 diabetes by lowering elevated blood levels of sugar. However, cardiovascular disease and other diabetic complications occur even in patients whose blood sugar levels are successfully controlled. Thus, lowering blood sugar levels is a necessary, but incomplete, treatment of diabetic disorders. Dr. Rath’s science-based Cellular Medicine approach provides a

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Two Omega-3 Fatty Acids In Fish Oil May Boost Brain Function In People With Heart Disease

News “Two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may help improve brain function in older adults who have a type of heart disease known to put people at risk for cognitive decline.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com] Comment Carried out by researchers in the United States, this study found that the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) improved cognitive function in older adults with coronary artery disease. Significantly, the greatest improvements in patient brain function were seen when higher levels of both fatty acids were present. Previous research has found that people with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to die prematurely. Higher levels have also been linked to healthy ageing. Supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help treat major depression, reduce inflammation in chronic kidney disease, lower the risk of eye disease, reduce blood pressure, and protect the cardiovascular system. Other research has linked omega-3 supplements to cognitive benefits and fewer asthma symptoms in children, as well as to a reduction in aggressive behavior. The omega-3 fatty acid DHA has been found particularly helpful in managing ADHD. When taken during pregnancy, an increased

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Vitamin C And Metabolic Syndrome: Meta-Analysis Finds Sufficient Intake Associated With Reduced Risk

News “Dietary and circulating vitamin C levels are inversely associated with metabolic syndrome, according to a new meta-analysis of observational studies.” [Source: nutraingredients-asia.com] Comment A disorder in which health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and impaired glucose metabolism occur together, metabolic syndrome significantly increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Also sometimes referred to as ‘syndrome X’, vitamin D deficiency is a known risk factor for the condition. Research has shown that ensuring proper vitamin C and D consumption can alleviate metabolic syndrome, and that combining supplementation with exercise maximizes the impact against it. Taking vitamin B supplements can also help ease the problem. To learn how health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, impaired glucose metabolism and diabetes, heart attack, and stroke can be prevented through the use of Dr. Rath’s revolutionary Cellular Medicine approach, read his groundbreaking book ‘Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!’. The post Vitamin C And Metabolic Syndrome: Meta-Analysis Finds Sufficient Intake Associated With Reduced Risk appeared first on Dr. Rath

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Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked To Lower COVID-19 Rates

News “Overwhelming evidence suggests a link between higher vitamin D levels and lower incidence and severity of COVID-19.” [Source: nutraingredients-usa.com] Comment Interest in vitamin D has mushroomed during the coronavirus pandemic. Research shows patients with low levels of this micronutrient may be more likely to die after contracting the virus. Low levels of vitamin D are also known to be associated with an increased risk of coronavirus infection. Scientists have found 60 percent higher rates of coronavirus infection among people low in vitamin D. Research carried out in Spain suggests over 80 percent of COVID-19 patients are vitamin D deficient. Conversely, having an adequate level of vitamin D has been shown to reduce complications and death among coronavirus patients. Spanish doctors say high-dose vitamin D cuts the risk of death from COVID-19 by 60 percent. To learn how daily doses of vitamin D3, magnesium, and vitamin B12 have been shown to reduce disease severity in older coronavirus patients, see this article on our website. The post Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked To Lower COVID-19 Rates appeared first on Dr. Rath Health Foundation.

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Trials Show Vitamin C Works For Covid

News “A review of 12 studies, including five randomized controlled trials, has been published in the journal Life, finding that vitamin C is effective at treating Covid-19.” [Source: imt.ie] Comment A proper supply of the correct micronutrients is essential for ensuring a healthy and successful pregnancy. Micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, folic acid, and the B group of vitamins are particularly important. A lack of these and other key micronutrients in any phase of pregnancy can affect the organ systems, birth weight, and even survival of the baby. Vitamin C is involved in numerous vital functions such as antioxidant protection, hormone production, immune system support, bone formation, and ensuring blood vessel integrity. Aided by micronutrients such as lysine, proline, and green tea extract, maintaining a proper supply of vitamin C can also help reduce the risk of premature delivery. Folic acid deficiency in a pregnant woman can result in serious neural tube defects in the fetus, which may lead to miscarriage. Crucially, neural tube defects can occur even before a woman is aware that she is pregnant.

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