Daily Archives: October 23, 2010

Yakult + Activia & Actimel Probiotics: Effective Immune Boosters or Bad Health Hype?

In television advertisements, we are told that probiotic products help maintain our immune system and digestive health. However, the European Food Society Authority (EFSA) is questioning these claims saying that they are not supported by sound science.

According to the Guardian, an EFSA panel of independent scientists has concluded that the evidence submitted by manufacturers to support their claim that their probiotic products “could strengthen the body’s defences, improve immune function and reduce gut problems were either so general as to be inadmissable, or could not be shown to have the claimed effect”.

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Alzheimers Prevention Tips: Can Vitamin B12 Prevent Alzheimers?

Eating food rich in Vitamin B12 – such as eggs, fish, poultry and other meat products – may protect you from Alzheimer’s disease according to a Finnish study released recently. However, the study is preliminary and is “too small” to be conclusive. More research is needed to establish the link between Vitamin B12 and a lower risk for Alzheimers.

Lead researcher Dr. Babak Hooshmand, of the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, says of their findings: “Previous studies have reported that vitamin B12 deficiency is a common condition in the elderly. Our results indicate that vitamin B12 and related metabolites may have a role in Alzheimer’s disease, but more research is needed before we can get conclusions on the role of vitamin B12 supplements on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.”

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DHA Fish Oil Supplement = Smarter Babies?

Is it true that taking fish oil supplement during your pregnancy will make your baby smarter? According to a recent research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, the answer is most probably “No”.

The New York Times reports:

… a large study published Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that the DHA supplements taken by pregnant women show no clear cognitive benefit to their babies.

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