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A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases suggests that chondroitin and glucosamine, 2 widely available natural agents, offer effective pain relief for osteoarthritis (OA) on the level of cox-2 inhibitors like Celebrex—but without the harmful side effects.

Research published in the journal Allergy suggests that asthmatic patients with low vitamin D levels have increased risk of suffering asthma attacks

Clinicians seeking natural treatment for heart disease may find a new ally in vitamin K2, as menaquinone-7, according to a Dutch study published in the journal Thrombosis & Haemostasis

Research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that eating 1 avocado per day as part of a healthy diet can help lower cholesterol.

In study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, researchers found that children and adolescents who were given omega-3 fatty acid supplementation demonstrated significant improvement in their behavioral problems. This is good news for anyone—parent, practitioner, or patient—seeking a nonpharmacological remedy to behavioral issues in this vulnerable age group.

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers investigated the impact of dietary fiber supplementation on the fecal microbiome of healthy adults. Performed at the University of Illinois, the study is the first to examine how supplementation with 2 different forms of dietary fiber affects the function of the fecal microbiome and how the gut’s microorganisms evolve.

According to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, postmenopausal breast cancer survivors with high carbohydrate intake were more likely to experience a recurrence of the cancer than survivors who did not consume a high-carbohydrate diet.

Bisphenol A (BPA) found in the lining of cans and plastic bottles may leach into contents and raise blood pressure within a short period of time, according to a study published in the journal Hypertension. Previous research has shown that BPA affects heart-rate variability, so the present study was designed to determine its effect on blood pressure.

Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects cell membranes against damage caused by free radicals, has been examined in many studies for its efficacy in preventing heart disease—usually with negative results. Yet, a meta-analysis conducted in Italy and published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases found a hitherto unknown benefit in using vitamin E to prevent heart disease, in particular myocardial infarction (MI).

Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) is a common digestive issue that affects nearly one third of the adult United States population. Symptoms can include heartburn, gas, bloating, upper abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, and cramping. Antacids and acid-blocking drugs are often used to treat the symptoms of GERD; however, these drugs can cause an increased risk of osteoporosis, heart arrhythmias, and nutrient deficiencies.

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