Omega-3 therapy for type 1 diabetes?

Omega-3 therapy for type 1 diabetes?

A study, published in April, revealed that adding omega-3 fatty
acids to the diet of non-obese diabetic mice signifi cantly improved
the metabolism of glucose and decreased the incidence of type
1 diabetes (an incurable autoimmune disorder). Both nutritional
supplementation and genetic therapy normalised blood sugar
and insulin levels for a minimum of 182 days, and stopped the
development of autoimmunity, as well as blocking the infi ltration
of lymphocytes into the islets of the pancreas and drastically
increasing the levels of beta cell markers. These results suggest
that omega-3s may serve as a new therapy for type 1 diabetes.
This would be welcome as the most common current treatment
option is administering insulin, and the goal of the medical
research community is to stop the body’s immune system from
attacking its own cells.

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu

Research led by Queen Mary University of London has shown that
vitamin D supplementation can lower the risk of acute respiratory
tract infection, including fl u and the common cold.
The study involved 11 000 participants from 14 countries including
the UK, USA, Japan, India, Afghanistan, Belgium, Italy, Australia and
Canada. Results showed that those who were particularly vitamin
D-defi cient benefi ted the most from supplementation.
Vitamin D is believed to protect against respiratory infections by
boosting levels of antimicrobial peptides (natural antibiotic-like
substances) in the lungs. The study supported fi ndings that people
have lower vitamin D levels in the winter and spring – due to less
sunshine. (Vitamin D is manufactured by the body when the skin is
exposed to sunshine.)

Infographic by: www.vitamindwiki.com