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Metabolic syndrome may be controlled by a calorie-restriction diet (CRD) supplemented with fish oil, according to a study published online in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. These results offer hope of a new means to battle this disease, which is essentially a condition that combines symptoms of cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance.

A study evaluating data from the Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea (PREDIMED) study from Spain proposes a strong correlation between consumption of extra-virgin olive oil and a reduction in risk of atrial fibrillation.

According to a systematic review from the British Journal of Nutrition, probiotics—specifically Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strainslessened the duration of respiratory infections in adults and children. Although previous research had reported a modest effect of probiotics on the common cold, this is the first review to evaluate their effect on duration of the illness in otherwise healthy people.

A study published in Neurology and funded in part by the Alzheimer’s Association found that elderly study participants who were severely vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop age-related dementia.

Older adults who are severely deficient in vitamin D are more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease, warn the researchers behind a new study published in the latest issue of Neurology.

Resveratrol, a polyphenol and antifungal compound found in grapes and wine, may improve memory and glucose control in healthy older adults, according to a German study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Chalk up another win for fish-oil supplementation. According to a trial published in a recent issue of The Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging, postmenopausal women who took fish oil for 6 months showed improved mobility compared to participants who received a placebo.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial found that adolescent males experienced increased motor speed and attention after supplementation with citicoline. Also known as cytidine diphosphate-choline (CDP-choline), citicoline is used most often as a psychostimulant.

Consuming probiotics from yogurt or supplements may help decrease blood pressure, especially among those patients diagnosed with high blood pressure, according to a literature review published in the journal Hypertension.

Because prior studies have indicated a link between poor sleep quality and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers from the United Kingdom, United States, and Israel conducted a randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study to determine whether increased melatonin would yield better sleep quality in AD patients. Their findings were published in Clinical Interventions in Aging.

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