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Spirulina shows immune boosting power for seniors - Nutra USA, 2/17/11 -
"Twelve weeks of spirulina supplementation were
associated with increased counts of white blood cells, foot soldiers of the
immune system ... Immune function was measured using complete blood cell
(CBC) counts and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) enzyme activity, and
results showed that over half of all participants receiving spirulina had
higher IDO activity after 6 and 12 weeks, while this proportion was
“striking in men with over 75 percent of subjects manifesting such
phenomenon” ... In terms of cell counts, spirulina was associated with a
steady increase in corpuscular hemoglobin, thereby ameliorating anemia"
- [Abstract] - See
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effects of Spirulina on anemia and immune function in senior citizens - Cell
Mol Immunol. 2011 Jan 31 - "Participants took a
supplementation for 12 weeks and were administered comprehensive dietary
questionnaires to determine their nutritional regimen during the study. Complete
cell count (CCC) and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) enzyme activity, as a
were determined at baseline and weeks 6 and 12 of supplementation. Thirty study
participants completed the entire study and the data obtained were analyzed.
Over the 12-week study period, there was a steady increase in average values of
mean corpuscular hemoglobin
in subjects of both sexes. In addition, mean corpuscular volume and mean
corpuscular hemoglobin concentration also increased in male participants. Older
women appeared to benefit more rapidly from Spirulina supplements. Similarly,
the majority of subjects manifested increased IDO activity and white blood cell
count at 6 and 12 weeks of Spirulina supplementation. Spirulina may ameliorate
anemia and immunosenescence in older subjects" - See
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Vitamin E may boost immune function: Mouse study - Science Daily,
"The animals were fed 0.1 per cent Tocomin 50 per
cent (Carotech), which is a mixture of tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherols,
or a control diet containing only tocopherol, for six weeks ... Older mice
fed the tocotrienol supplement displayed a greater level of lymphocyte
proliferation, a marker of how quickly white blood cells can reproduce in
response to infection, than old mice fed the control ... mice of both ages
fed the tocotrienol supplement had higher levels of the interleukin-1beta, a
cytokine released by immune cells (macrophages). ... There are eight forms
of vitamin E: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four
tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta). Alpha-tocopherol (alpha-Toc) is
the main source found in supplements and in the European diet, while
gamma-tocopherol (gamma-Toc) is the most common form in the American diet"
Jarrow FamilE (contains all eight members of the vitamin E family, includes
Tocomin) at Amazon.com.
Omega-3 DHA boost for heart health in high-risk men: Study - Nutra USA,
3/6/09 - "supplementation with DHA for 45 days
resulted in decreased levels of the number of circulating white blood cells
(neutrophils) by 11.7 per cent, and these reductions were maintained until
the end of the 90-day study (10.5 per cent reduction) ... levels of
C-reactive protein (CRP) had decreased by 15 per cent, and IL-6 had
decreased by 23 per cent ... Furthermore, levels of the anti-inflammatory
matrix metalloproteinase-2 rose by 7 per cent ... In conclusion, DHA may
lessen the inflammatory response by altering blood lipids and their fatty
acid composition" - [Abstract]
Jarrow Max DHA at Amazon.com.
Gamma-tocopherol and docosahexaenoic acid decrease inflammation in dialysis
patients - J Ren Nutr. 2007 Sep;17(5):296-304 -
"gamma tocopherol (308 mg) and DHA (800 mg) ... In the treatment group, but
not in the placebo group, there were significant decreases in IL-6 (21.4 +/-
3.5 to 16.8 +/- 3.7 pg/mL), white blood cell (WBC) count (7.4 +/- 0.3 to 6.9
+/- 0.4 10(3)/microL), and neutrophil fraction of WBCs (4.8 +/- 0.3 to 4.4
+/- 0.3 10(3)/microL), at P < .05 for all"
Mediterranean Diet Lowers C-reactive Protein Levels
- Medscape, 11/11/03 - "white blood cell count
Association of WBC count and glucose metabolism among Chinese population
aged 40 years and over - Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2008 Aug 6 -
"We concluded that an increase in WBC count was
associated with the deterioration of glucose tolerance"
Elevated white blood cell count is associated with arterial stiffness -
Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2008 May 2 - "These
findings indicate that elevated WBC count is associated with arterial
White Blood Cell 'Waste Disposal' System Plays Critical Regulatory Role
- Science Daily, 5/29/05
Extra Weight May Age You Faster - WebMD, 5/25/05 -
"inflammation burns out white blood cells faster,
and the effort of replacing them wears down the telomeres"
Blood Test May Show Heart Attack Risk - WebMD, 5/16/05 -
"White blood cells are infection-fighting cells that
may increase in response to infection or inflammation. Studies suggest that
hardening of the arteries caused by cholesterol plaque -- atherosclerosis --
is linked to inflammation. Therefore, researchers suggest that measuring
white blood cells may help reveal heart disease risk"
WBC Counts Predict Future CVD Events - Physician's Weekly, 4/25/05 -
"Patients with WBC counts greater than 6.7 x 109
cells/L were found to be at high risk, even when clinicians had not
identified traditional CVD risk factors"
Easy Blood Test May Reveal Women's Heart Risk - WebMD, 3/14/05 -
"women with the highest white blood cell counts had
twice the risk of dying of heart disease than those with the lowest levels
... women in the top fourth also had a 40% higher risk of nonfatal heart
attack, 46% higher risk of stroke, and 50% higher risk of death due to any
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