A combination of vitamin D3 and curcumin, from turmeric, may boost the immune system, and help it clear the protein plaques linked to Alzheimer’s, says a new study.
Previous research by same scientists found that there are two types of Alzheimer’s patients: Type 1 patients, who respond positively to curcuminoids, and Type II patients, who do not. This depends on the genes MGAT III and TLR-3 that are associated with the immune system’s ability to better ingest amyloid beta, said the researchers.
Raising blood levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can be difficult when ingesting its precursor polyunsaturated fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid. This is primarily due to inefficiencies in conversion. Improving blood DHA status can be achieved more easily with dietary supplements of preformed DHA, but not with supplementation of ALA, EPA, or other precursors, according to a new study.
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Phytosterols, phytochemicals normally found in plants and commonly consumed to reduce cholesterol levels, may also “potentially prevent cancer development,” according to a new review. The ingredients may work via the traditional route of reducing cholesterol, particularly in the membrane of cancer cells, and by activating an enzyme called caspase which is known to play an essential role in apoptosis.
“This combined evidence strongly supports an anticarcinogenic action of phytosterols and hence advocates their dietary inclusion as an important strategy in prevention and treatment of cancer,” wrote the reviewers.
According to emerging evidence, the phytosterols have shown potential in inhibiting cancers of the stomach, lung, ovaries, and breasts.
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