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Last month, we discussed the tocotrienol form of vitamin E and cancer prevention with Dr. Barrie Tan. We talked about the differences between the tocotrienol and tocopherol forms of vitamin E and that tocotrienols have proven to contain some exceptional properties that are not shared by tocopherols. This month, we will examine additional specific roles of tocotrienol compared to the tocopherol forms of vitamin E with Dr. Barrie Tan, Ph.D. These roles include reducing heart disease risk and controlling inflammation, as well as supporting nerve health and protecting against radiation and bacteria.

The decision of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not been officially announced as of this column’s writing, but Senate staff confirms that, on June 19th, Senators Tom Harkin and Orrin Hatch were informed in a personal meeting with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor that a revision of the FDA’s Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues may be attempted in the future.

French maritime pine bark extract has been shown to support healthy blood pressure, and a new study published in European Heart Journal provides more data to back this application. The extract increased artery dilation by 32% and significantly reduced plasma-8-isoprostaries. Overall, the antioxidant increased blood flow throughout the body.

Pasadena, TX—In a recent study from Iran, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) increased the conception rate in males who were previously considered infertile.

Carver, MA—A placebo-controlled cross-over trial showed that whole cranberry powder (PACran from Decas Botanical Synergies) helped to stop E. coli bacterial adhesion better than a placebo.

It seems as if, for most of the medical community today, the question is not if a patient is suited for statin use, but “How soon can we get you on them?” It’s hardly hyperbole: According to statistics from the 2005–2008 government health survey, approximately 32 million Americans were taking a statin drug. This roughly equals the populations of Florida and Illinois combined.

With such a heavy emphasis on supplements and nutrition today in sports, it is important for athletes to understand their specific needs. These needs vary across a wide range of sports and topics. While some aspects of sports nutrition are commonsense, new information is breaking every day. The following are some of the latest trends in the sports nutrition sector.

Wakunaga of America Company is proudly celebrating 40 years of delivering high-quality medicinal herbs to consumers. From its headquarters in Mission Viejo, CA, Wakunaga not only stands true to its commitment and focus on research, but also to addressing the public’s health concerns with beneficial supplements.