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Role in Vision

Visual display terminals (VDT) such as computer monitors, televisions, and videogames are an intrinsic part of modern society and require users to undergo high levels of concentration for long periods without rest. Many VDT operators complain of weary eyes due to tiredness, prolonged concentration, stress, and dryness. The close focusing involved in these tasks causes […]

May 8th, 2015|Research|Comments Off on Role in Vision

Women’s Health Implications

Menopausal women are no longer able to produce estrogen and are therefore at a higher risk for heart disease, breast cancer, severe bone loss, and depression. Researchers have linked the use of pomegranate as a possible “natural” hormone replacement without any dire repercussions. Pomegranate is known to contain estrogens (estradiol, estrone, and estriol) and show […]

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Weight Loss / Anti-Obesity Implications

The Kokum fruit is a natural source of Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), which has gained much attention in recent years for its pivotal role in fat/lipid metabolism. Normally, excess glucose in the body is converted to lipids and stored as fat, contributing to weight gain. ATP-citrate lyase is an enzyme that cleaves citrate, produces oxaloacetate and […]

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Anti-Cancer Implications

Researchers in Japan discovered that the garcinol in Kokum suppresses colon carcinogenesis in rats. Dietary administration of garcinol caused significant reduction in the frequency of abberant crypt foci (ACF). Possible mechanisms include the suppression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase (COX-2) enzymatic reactions due to the apparent ability of garcinol to suppress the […]

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Anti-Viral Implications

Researchers at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Israel conducted a clinical trial with an elderberry extract to determine its role on influenza severity. Their data revealed higher mean hemagglutinin inhibition (HI) titers to influenza B in the group treated with the elderberry extract than in the control group. A significant improvement of the symptoms, […]

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Antioxidant Activity and its Role in Disease Prevention

Cardiovascular SupportResearch collaborators from both Israel and Los Angeles, California conducted a three-year human trial on the effects of pomegranate juice consumption by atherosclerotic patients with carotid artery stenosis (CAS) on the progression of carotid lesions and changes in oxidative stress and blood pressure. Cholesterol, fat, and other substances stick to the inner lining of […]

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Bioavailability of Anthocyanins

There is a large body of research reporting blueberry and its positive effects on age-related neuronal function and behavior. Pigs, which are a suitable model for human digestive absorption, were used to examine the deposition of anthocyanins in tissues including the liver, eye, and brain tissue. After 4 weeks of consuming a blueberry-supplemented diet, the […]

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Additional Benefits on Body Functions

Serum Lipids – Cholesterol Lowering
Researchers at the Institute of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, Graz University of Technology in Austria evaluated the potential effects of elderberry extract on fasting and postprandial risk profiles. Dr. Murkovic found that anthocyanins from elderberry (Sambucus nigra) showed a positive total cholesterol lowering effect in a 2-week human study. They also […]

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Anti-Cancer Implications

In vitro Effects on Cancer Cells
Researchers at King’s College London examined Artemis’ standardized extracts—Bilberry, Chokeberry, and Elderberry on malignant human brain tumor cell lines in vitro. Using time-lapse video recording and flow cytometry they found increased cell death with chokeberry and bilberry extracts and down-regulation of MMP-9 secretion with the chokeberry extract. They proposed that […]

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Anti-Viral Implications

A study out of Justus-Liebig University in Geissen, Germany investigated the antibacterial activity of the standardized elderberry extract on liquid-cultured strains of Streptococcus pyogenes and group C and G Streptococci, and the bacterium Branhamella catarrhalis, which often cause infections of the upper respiratory tract. An elderberry extract concentration of 10% inhibited the bacterial growth by […]

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