Pullman, WA—A recent study conducted at Washington State University shows that whey protein helps lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure in young, pre-hypertension individuals. Often associated with physical fitness and muscle growth, whey protein appears to have additional applications for its effective abatement of hypertension in its early stages.

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Rockville, MD—Manufacturers of tainted products masquerading as legitimate dietary supplements had better change their ways—or else. Such was the message in a strongly worded letter to supplement makers from Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dated December 15.

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Washington, D.C.—After reviewing the current research behind the health benefits of vitamin D and calcium, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued a report that updates dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for these nutrients.

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New Orleans, LA—Time is precious for getting a stroke victim the immediate care they need. Now, an important study funded by the National Institute of Health has found that DHA may be an important part of ischemic stroke treatment and recovery—if it’s taken within five hours of stroke.

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St. Petersburg, FL—An article published by the Health Sciences Institute (HSI) touts bergamot extract as a way to support those with metabolic syndrome. This Italian citrus fruit, says the group, supports healthy LDL cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels.

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garlic

A recent study published in Maturitas science journal indicates that aged garlic extract lowers blood pressure in patients with treated, but uncontrolled, hypertension.

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dermatitis and probiotics

Lviv, Ukraine—Data from a recent clinical trial show some promise for the use of probiotics to help those with atopic dermatitis (AD), an inflammatory skin disease.

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probiotic yogurt

Wageningen, Denmark—In a recent study conducted by Top Institute Food and Nutrition in Wageningen, researchers discovered that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt drinks change once in the intestines, thereby supporting digestive health.

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Ithaca, NY and Augusta, GA—New studies have shown that maternal intake of the nutrient choline during pregnancy can have a positive impact on the neural functions of children born with Down syndrome, as well as those whose mothers consumed alcohol during the first trimester. Choline, found in egg yolks, liver, nuts, broccoli and cauliflower, is part of several major phospholipids that are critical for normal membrane structure and function according to the Journal of Nutrition Web site. This nutrient is also present in numerous brain support supplements.

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A new study published in the gastroenterology and hepatology journal Gut indicates that curcumin may be a viable option for slowing down liver damage and cirrhosis.

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