Topic of the Month

Can vitamin C really help with chills and sneezes this winter?

Vitamin C is an effective water-soluble antioxidant, able to trap reactive oxygen species (ROS). It forms part of the antioxidant defense system of phagocytes. A comprehensive meta-analysis in 2013 concluded that a dose of 200 mg per day of vitamin C reduces the duration of colds. A recent study suggests that this effect is due to the improved migration of virus- killing neutrophils through chemotaxis.



Expert Opinion

Using nutrigenomics to uncover how the potent antioxidant properties of hydroxytyrosol can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

Expert Opinion

In his recent work, Francesco Visioli – Professor of Human Nutrition in the Department of Molecular Medicine at the University of Padova in Italy – has investigated the biological and pharmacological properties of olive oil phenolics, including hydroxytyrosol, and their ability to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.



Does vitamin D play a part in the onset of rheumatoid arthritis and could vitamin D supplementation help prevent and treat the disease?
November 15, 2015 - 

Low serum vitamin D levels are common in sufferers of the painful condition rheumatoid arthritis. This condition is caused by inflammation. Vitamin D has beneficial immunomodulatory effects, so even low dose supplementation could enable the dose of conventional rheumatoid arthritis therapies to be reduced, with the consequent benefit of a reduction in side effects. A very recent trial supports this hypothesis.

Lutein can protect against oxidative stress in newborn infants
November 09, 2015 - 

A double-blinded, randomized controlled trial carried out with 150 newborn infants in Italy has demonstrated the protective effect of an intervention of 0.28 mg lutein provided at 6 and 36 hours after birth against oxidative stress.

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