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Can Spirulina® lower the risk of senior citizens declining immune function and anemia? The Cyanotech Spirulina Pacifica study was conducted by researchers at the Sacramento and Davis area's UC Davis Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology under the supervision of Dr. M. Eric Gershwin and scientists from UC Davis, reports a news release, "UC Davis Research Study Indicates That Cyanotech's Spirulina Pacifica® May Counter Anemia And Declining Immune Function In Persons Over Age 50." The objective of the recent study focused on determining whether Spirulina Pacifica could be effective in countering two conditions that frequently impact the health of older people: anemia and declining immune function. You also can check out another article, "The Health Benefits of Spirulina."

In the UC Davis study, thirty participants over the age of 50 took Spirulina Pacifica® supplements for 12 weeks. Key blood chemistry markers for immune function were tested at the outset of the study and again after six and 12 weeks. The subjects' daily dietary regimens were monitored throughout the process.

Dr. Cysewski said, "The research found a steady increase in corpuscular hemoglobin in subjects of both sexes, and improved immune function in the majority of subjects," according to the news release, "UC Davis Research Study Indicates That Cyanotech's Spirulina Pacifica® May Counter Anemia And Declining Immune Function In Persons Over Age 50."

The University of California, Davis has had good results researching the health benefits of spirulina®. In fact, Dr. Gerald Cysewski, Cyanotech's Chief Scientific Officer, said in a news release, UC Davis Research Study Indicates That Cyanotech's Spirulina Pacifica® May Counter Anemia And Declining Immune Function In Persons Over Age 50, "We are delighted with the very positive results of the UC Davis Spirulina Pacifica study, and the impact this development can have on the health of the over-50 population."

The study's researchers are urging that large-scale random clinical trials of Spirulina Pacifica should now be undertaken, and the research team most definitely concurs. Researchers at the University of California at Davis have determined that microalgae-based Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica® may improve immune function and ameliorate anemia in persons over age 50.

Can Spirulina help the immune function and certain types of anemia?

The March 2011 edition of the journal Cellular & Molecular Immunology published the results of the UC Davis study in a paper entitled, "The effects of Spirulina on anemia and immune function in senior citizens." Check out the February 20, 2011 Medical News Today article, "UC Davis Research Study Indicates That Cyanotech's Spirulina Pacifica® May Counter Anemia And Declining Immune Function In Persons Over Age 50."

Cyanotech Corporation (Nasdaq Capital Market: CYAN) is a world leader in microalgae-based health and nutrition supplements. The company produces Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica, along with other microalgae nutrition supplements, at its 90-acre facility in Kona, Hawaii using patented and proprietary technology. Spirulina Pacifica is a nutrient-rich, highly absorbable source of protein, mixed carotenoids and other phytonutrients, B-Vitamins, GLA and essential amino acids.

Can a Gluten-Free Diet Now Decrease Your Risk of Getting Gall Stones or Celiac Disease Later?

Can a gluten-free diet help you and your children? Are you setting your kids up for biliary sludge? Too many carbohydrates, starches, and excess fructose raise your risk of getting gallstones and celiac disease, especially when you're pregnant. Have you heard of the Digestive Disease Week® (DDW-2011) gathering of physicians, academics, and researchers May 7 to 10, 2011 in Chicago?

Check out the May 8, 2011 news release on the conference, "Dietary research offers new explanations and treatments approaches for gastrointestinal disorders." So why feed your kids so many simple carbs, starchy fillers, and excess fructose in processed foods and sodas if too much of these three culprits could raise their risk of later developing celiac disease and getting gall stones and other digestive problems from all that biliary sludge developing from what they ate?

Research being presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) offers further evidence that diet affects gastrointestinal illnesses, such as gallstones and celiac disease, and that some patients who think their digestive problems are caused by lactose intolerance are actually reacting to a psychological disorder. DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians and researchers in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

"New research is providing critically important, evidence-based results on the effect of diet on gastrointestinal disorders, and this is changing the way we detect and treat a number of digestive diseases," said Mark DeLegge, MD, AGAF, professor of medicine at Medical University of South Carolina, according to the Digestive Disease Week news release. "It is important that patients understand what they eat has an effect on the way their digestive system works and that diet plays an important part in maintaining good health."

Carbohydrate Intake: A Risk Factor for Biliary Sludge and Stones During Pregnancy (Abstract #322)

High consumption of carbohydrates, starches and fructose increases the risk of developing gallstones during pregnancy, according to a new study from the University of Washington (UW). Pregnant women are frequently diagnosed with gallstones, and gallstone-related diseases are the most common non-obstetric cause of hospitalization in the first year after a woman gives birth.

With other studies in men and non-pregnant women tying high carbohydrate intake to gallbladder problems, the UW researchers focused on dietary risk factors for the development of gallstones during pregnancy and the incidence of consequent illnesses and surgeries. Dr. Ko presented these data today, Sunday, May 8, at 8:45 a.m. CT in S401D, McCormick Place.

Do symptoms of lactose intolerance reveal a somatoform disorder? (Abstract #493)

Patients may mistakenly think their digestive problems are caused by lactose intolerance, when actually their problems may be attributed to a somatoform disorder, a psychological disorder characterized by symptoms that mimic physical disease, but for which there is no identifiable physical cause, according to new.

These results suggest that symptoms of lactose intolerance could reveal a somatoform disorder and that counterproductive behavior such as diets excluding milk products should be discouraged as they can contribute to osteoporosis and other calcium deficiencies. Dr. Basilisco also presented these data today, Sunday, May 8 at 2:15 p.m. CT in E351, McCormick Place.

Should screen-detected and asymptomatic celiac patients be treated? A prospective and randomized trial (Abstract #620)

A recent study analyzed the benefits of serological screening and maintaining a gluten-free diet in asymptomatic celiac patients. The study results showed that although patients were apparently asymptomatic, they in fact suffered from subclinical gastrointestinal symptoms and lower health-related quality of life when on a regular gluten-containing diet.

In contrast, patients on a gluten-free diet saw significant improvements in these parameters and felt that the treatment was valuable and beneficial. Dr. Kaukinen will present these data tomorrow, on Monday, May 9 at 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. CT in S406B, McCormick Place.

Digestive Disease Week® 2011 (DDW®) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the AGA Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, DDW took place May 7 – May 10, 2011 in Chicago, IL. The meeting showcased last year more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. Regarding other studies on the health benefits of foods, also see, Health benefits of broccoli require the whole food, not supplements.

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