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In the News - 03-07

Selenium Intake May Slow Age-Related Cognitive Decline. A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that a low level of selenium is linked to reduced cognitive brain function. Cognitive performance declines with age, but the results of this study suggest that increased long term intake of selenium may slow this decline. The difference between high and low selenium levels can equate to about 10 years of cognitive performance. In other words, a 72 year old with high selenium levels has the brain function of a typical 62 year old.

Supplementing With Vitamin D Cuts Falls in Elderly by 70%. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics found that taking a supplement containing 800IU of vitamin D daily reduced the number of falls among elderly residents of a nursing home by 70%. This was measured over a 5 month period. The reduction in falls was thought to be a result of improved muscle function and bone health in the vitamin D users. Taking less than 800 IU of vitamin D did not show a positive benefit of reducing falls.

Key Fish Oil Omega-3 Shown to Suppress Production of Fat Cells. Scientists at the University of Georgia conducted research that found the omega-3 fatty acids may fight excess body weight by inhibiting the development of fat cells. In their experiment, DHA was shown to both prevent new fat cells from forming and burn existing fat cells.
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