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March 2010 - Volume 4, Issue 03


In this issue...

- Omega 3 brain benefits extend to middle age

- Vitamin D may protect against Crohn's Disease

- Carnitine repairs muscle tissue after intense exercise

- Magnesium supplementation improves asthma

- Diabetes drug lowers vitamin B12 levels

- DHA prevents LDL oxidation in healthy men


In SpectraCell News...

- SpectraCell introduces omega 3 index testing. 






CLINICAL UPDATE - omega 3 brain benefits extend to middle age

Increased intakes of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenonic acid) may improve mental function in middle age people, suggests a new study from the US.

(Journal of Nutrition, February 2010)


LINK to ABSTRACT Serum Phospholipid Docosahexaenonic Acid Is Associated with Cognitive Functioning during Middle Adulthood





CLINICAL UPDATE - vitamin D may protect against crohn's disease

Low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing Crohn’s disease, suggest results of a new cell study from Canada.

(Journal of Biological Chemistry, January 2010)


LINK to ABSTRACT Direct and indirect induction by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 of the     NOD2/CARD15-defensin beta2 innate immune pathway defective in Crohn’s disease.





CLINICAL UPDATE - carnitine repairs muscle tissue after intense exercise

A small group of healthy middle aged men and women were given two grams of carnitine for three weeks,  performed an acute resistance training program, then evaluated for markers of muscle tissue damage.  Although their physical performance was not affected, their blood chemistry showed that muscle repair had improved and soreness was decreased in the supplemented group.

(Metabolism, December 2009)

LINK to ABSTRACT L-Carnitine l-tartrate supplementation favorably affects biochemical markers of recovery from physical exertion in middle-aged men and women.





CLINICAL UPDATE - magnesium supplementation improves asthma

A group of adult women with asthma took either magnesium or placebo for six months and were then evaluated for markers of asthma control, including pulmonary function tests.  Those who took magnesium supplements showed improvement in both objective and subjective measures of asthma.

(The Journal of Asthma, Feburary 2010)

LINK to ABSTRACT Effect of oral magnesium supplementation on measures of airway resistance and subjective assessment of asthma control and quality of life in men and women with mild to moderate asthma: a randomized placebo controlled trial.





CLINICAL UPDATE - diabetic drug lowers vitamin b12 levels

Evidence from a study on 122 diabetics suggests that metformin lowers vitamin B12 levels, and that this interaction potentially worsens neuropathy.

(Diabetes Care, January 2010)


LINK to ABSTRACT Association of metformin, elevated homocysteine, and     methylmalonic acid levels and clinically worsened diabetic peripheral neuropathy.





CLINICAL UPDATE - dha prevents ldl oxidation in healthy men

Twelve healthy men took the omega 3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in doses ranging from 200 to 1600 mg daily for two weeks. Researchers found that the DHA increased levels of vitamin E and delayed LDL oxidation.

(Atherosclerosis, February 2010)

LINK to ABSTRACT Subgram daily supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid protects low-   density lipoproteins from oxidation in healthy men.