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New Article Demonstrates Daily Use of Certain Supplements Can Decrease Health Care Expenditures

Use of specific dietary supplements can have a positive effect on health care costs through avoided hospitalizations related to Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), according to a new article published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements1. The article, “From Science to Finance—A Tool for Deriving Economic Implications from the Results of Dietary Supplement Clinical Studies,” published by Christopher Shanahan and Robert de Lorimier, Ph.D., explores a potential cost-benefit analysis tool that, when applied to a high-risk population (U.S. adults over 55 with CHD) who take dietary supplements, specifically omega-3 fatty acid or B vitamin dietary supplements, can read more…

Phytosterols and citrus flavones: Powerful tools for healthy lipid profile management

White paper by Kelly C. Heim, PhD

As essential constituents of plant cell membranes, phytosterols are widely distributed in the plant kingdom and are particularly abundant in nuts, seeds, grains and vegetable oils. Meta-analyses of over 40 human clinical trials have established the efficacy of supplemental phytosterols in maintaining a healthy lipid profile. read more…

Resveratrol and curcumin: Harnessing synergy and maximizing bioavailability

Abstract
Resveratrol and curcumin are the most thoroughly studied polyphenols in integrative medicine. Diverse lines of scientific evidence indicate benefits such as cellular, metabolic, cardiovascular and cognitive health, and recent research has supported a convergence of clinical indications for these compounds. In light of the remarkable overlap in applications and robust efficacy of combinations in preclinical studies, it is not surprising that in the last 2 years, researchers have identified functional synergy between these compounds in antioxidant activity, signal transduction, gene expression and cellular health. read more…

Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ): A novel approach to neuroprotection

By Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D.

Abstract
Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is a B vitamin-like cofactor that occurs naturally in plant foods and in most organs and tissues. Over fifteen years of research has underscored the unique properties of PQQ in maintaining neuronal health. The diverse cellular mechanisms of PQQ distinguish this powerful quinone antioxidant from other neuroprotective dietary supplements. read more…

Phytosterols and citrus flavones: Powerful tools for healthy lipid profile management

By Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D.

Abstract
As essential constituents of plant cell membranes, phytosterols are widely distributed in the plant kingdom and are particularly abundant in nuts, seeds, grains and vegetable oils. Meta-analyses of over 40 human clinical trials have established the efficacy of supplemental phytosterols in maintaining a healthy lipid profile. The rigor and depth of over 30 years of clinical research led to an FDA-approved health claim that “Scientific evidence establishes that phytosterols in the diet help to lower blood total and LDL cholesterol levels” and “Supplements containing at least 0.5 g per serving of phytosterols eaten with read more…

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