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Probiotics Could Lower the Risk of Pregnancy Complications

  A new study has found that taking probiotics during pregnancy could lower a woman’s risk of preterm birth and preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure. Published in the journal BMJ Open, researchers analyzed data from over 70,000 births in Norway and found taking probiotics — especially the period of time in the pregnancy when they were taken — was beneficial. It was found that probiotic milk consumption in late pregnancy was associated with a 20-per-cent reduced risk of preeclampsia, while it accounted for an 11-per-cent lower risk of preterm birth when taken in early pregnancy and a 27-per-cent lowered risk when taken in late pregnancy. The women studied consumed...

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Fish and Fish Oil Supplements Can Prevent Childhood Asthma: Review

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A new review of research into fish oil consumption in pregnant women has found that eating fish and taking supplements are both equally likely to protect children from developing asthma. Carried out by researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa, the scientific review looked at two studies before concluding that children whose mothers consumed high-dose omega-3 fatty acids daily during the 3rd trimester, whether from fish or supplements, were less likely to develop breathing problems. The first study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at 346 pregnant women in their 3rd trimester who took omega-3...

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7 omega-3 deficiency signs you need to know about

Omega-3 fats are crucial to our health and wellbeing. But, a recent study found that the majority of women are deficient making them more likely to suffer from irritating symptoms such as poor sleep and dry skin, but also potentially increasing their risk for heart disease. Don't panic though; in most cases, deficiencies can easily be rectified by making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. Here, nutritionist Amy Morris from Water for Health shares the signs to look out for that you may be lacking in omega-3: 1. Dry skin One of the secrets to youthful and hydrated skin is omega-3 fats which...

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Probiotics Promising for Mild to Moderate Depression

COPENHAGEN, Denmark ― Probiotics may be effective in reducing core depressive symptoms in treatment-naive patients with a mild to moderate form of the disorder, results of a new pilot study suggest. Investigators led by Caroline Wallace, PhD candidate, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, found that symptoms of mood, anhedonia, and sleep disturbance were significantly reduced with probiotic therapy after just 4 weeks, with results maintained at 8 weeks. The findings are of particular interest because probiotics are not associated with any of the adverse effects of current antidepressant therapies and can be safely taken over long periods. These results, the...

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‘A compelling story’: Meta-analysis supports omega-3s for heart disease risk reduction

EPA and DHA omega-3s from food and supplements may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to results of a new meta-analysis. Data from 18 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) indicated that EPA and DHA were associated with a non-statistically significant 6% risk reduction in CHD among all populations, while the risk reduction increased to a statistically significant 18% when data from 16 prospective cohort studies was assessed.   The findings of the meta-analysis, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings , also indicated that among RCTs there was a statistically significant reduction in CHD risk in higher risk populations,...

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