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The effect of water-soluble tomato concentrate and marine omega-3 fatty acids on platelet activation

Platelet activation and aggregation play an integral role in hemostasis and thrombosis. Overactivation can lead to the formation of large thrombi and the blockage of essential blood vessels. Certain micronutrients are able to actively intervene in the biochemical clotting cascade, including the marine omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and water-soluble tomato concentrate, and may therefore be beneficial to cardiovascular health.

 

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Vitamin E has a beneficial effect on patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver

Expert Opinion

Professor Ken Sato and his team have recently conducted a meta-analysis examining the beneficial effect of vitamin E on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), including non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The aim was to evaluate the efficacy of vitamin E in improving liver function. He concludes his paper thus: “This meta-analysis suggests that vitamin E therapy improves serum biochemical parameters and improves hepatic histology in NAFLD/NASH, especially in regard to adult NASH patients. Vitamin E also improves hepatic fibrosis, hepatic inflammation and ballooning.”

 

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High dose supplementation of biotin shows promise in alleviating effects of progressive multiple sclerosis
September 01, 2015 - 

A new pilot study treated patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) with high doses of the water-soluble vitamin biotin. Improvements were noted in vision and degree of paralysis. The results were encouraging enough to initiate new randomised controlled trials.

Intravenous emulsion of marine omega-3 fatty acids shown to improve quality of life of advanced pancreatic cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
August 24, 2015 - 

A new, single-arm, phase 2 trial conducted at Leicester University Hospital in the UK has shown that the administration of intravenous marine omega-3 fatty acid emulsions to patients with advanced pancreatic cancer being treated with the chemotherapy drug gemcitabine improves antitumor efficacy and quality of life. 

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