Studies In Brief 28613

May 23, 2005

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Studies In Brief

Studies In Brief

Research surrounding the value of oil palm trunkfiber as a functional food and dietary supplementingredient was presented by Alex Schauss, Ph.D., at The Federation of AmericanSocieties for Experimental Biology (FASEB). According to SUKHE International,the new ingredients developers, palm trunk fiber has a high ORAC (oxygenradical absorbing capacity) value, and can survive colonic fermentation andincrease fecal bulk. ... The antidepressive action of St.Johns wort (Hypericumperforatum) is not mediated by a circadian timingsystem (Phytomedicine, 12, 3:167-72, 2005). ... Free Mg2+ ions in aqueous extracts of the dried roots of the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herb danshen(Salvia miltiorrhiza)produced potentially neuroprotective effects by blocking currents evoked byN-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) in cerebrocortical neurons (Phytomedicine,12, 3:173-77, 2005). ... Ethanol extract of the aerial parts of lavender (Lavandulamultifida L.) had a dose-dependent anti-inflammatoryeffect (Phytomedicine, 12,4:271-77, 2005). ... Sweet gale (Myricagale L. ) inhibited proliferation of human lungcarcinoma cells (Phytomedicine,12, 4:299-304, 2005). ... In patients with Alzheimers disease (AD), highserum levels of copper notexplained by ceruloplasmin (a peripheral marker of inflammation in AD), seem tobe characteristic of AD and may be implicated in the pathogenesis of the disease(Neurology, 64, 6: 1040-1046,2005). ... Researchers linked milk intakewith an increased risk of Parkinsons disease and called for further researchto determine whether the association is mediated through nutrients other thancalcium or through neurotoxic contaminants (Neurology,64, 6: 1047-1051, 2005). ... Dietary iron waspositively associated with bone mineral density in healthy, nonsmokingpostmenopausal women receiving 800 mg/d of calcium as well as hormonereplacement therapy (J Nutr,135, 4:863-69, 2005). ... Citrus limonoid glucosides demonstratedfree radical-scavenging and apoptosis-inducing capabilities against human cancercells in culture (J Nutr,135, 4:870-877, 2005).

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