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Exposure to UVB light causes oxidative damage associated with macular degeneration. However, maintaining high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin reduces this damage and lowers the risk for vision loss, according to a study from the Institute of Food Science, Food Technology, and Nutrition in Madrid, Spain. Eye cells were treated with a variety of substances,…

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Vitamins and Muscular Dystrophy

A form of the vitamin, niacin, could help treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common and severe form of the disease. Patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) are unable to produce dystrophin. This protein is responsible for connecting the various parts of muscle cells. Without dystrophin, the cells do not function correctly and this…

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Blues-Free Probiotics

  Lower levels of certain probiotics in the gut might be linked to a higher risk for depression, according to a study from the National Institute of Neuroscience in Tokyo. Counts of bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus in fecal samples were estimated in 43 patients with depression and 57 controls. Results showed that the patients with depression…

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The Gut Brain Connection

It would appear from a review of studies conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford that the sky is the limit when it comes to probiotics’ influence on health. While it has been recognized for years that probiotics have a beneficial influence on physical health, more recently a gut-brain connection has been identified. Maintaining…

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