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|IN THE NEWS
FDA ALLOWS VITAMIN B HEART DISEASE HEALTH CLAIM
Study conclusion: The FDA is allowing a new claim on some dietary
supplement labels touting the ability of vitamin B to reduce vascular
*The approved claim reads: "It is known that diets low in saturated fat
and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. The scientific
evidence about whether folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 may also
reduce the risk of heart disease and other vascular diseases is
suggestive, but not conclusive. Studies in the general population have
generally found that these vitamins lower homocysteine, an amino acid
found in the blood. It is not known whether elevated levels of
homocysteine may cause vascular disease or whether high homocysteine
levels are caused by other factors. Studies that will directly evaluate
whether reducing homocysteine may also reduce the risk of vascular disease
are not yet complete."
GRAPE SEEDS PROVE TO BE POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT
Study conclusion: Grape seed extract appears to be a more potent
antioxidant than even vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, according to a
new study presented at a recent meeting of the International Chemical
Congress of Pacific Basin Societies in Honolulu.
*The study showed that grape seed has protective effects for the brain,
spinal cord, heart, kidney, and lungs.
* The beneficial properties in grape seed extract are attributed to
APPLES SMILE ON THE HEART
Study conclusion: A new study reported in the Journal of Medicinal Food
reports that drinking 12 ounces of apple juice or eating two apples a day
can benefit the heart.
*The study showed that daily consumption of apples or apple juice over a
period of six weeks benefited cholesterol levels in a group of 25 healthy
men and women.
*Compounds in apples and apple juice, including phytonutrients, act as
antioxidants in much the same way red wine and tea do.
* During the 12-week clinical study, 25 healthy adult men and women added
either 12 ounces of 100 percent apple juice or two whole cored apples to
their daily diet without changing any other dietary elements. Half the
participants drank the juice daily for six weeks, while the other half ate
apples, including the peel; after six weeks, subjects switched groups.