What Conventional Medicine Says about Supplements and Quality of Life

Some of the decline in cognitive function associated with aging is preventable or reversible with improved vitamin nutriture, especially vitamin B-12, vitamin B-6, and folate.  

It might well be argued that the most practical outcome of research on the relationship of diet and nutrition to the aging process would be a better understanding of the ways in which our behavior can maintain a vigorous quality of life.

Am J Clin Nutr 55 (6 Suppl): 1237S-1243S (Jun 1992)

Apparent partial remission of breast cancer in 'high risk'patients  

In 32 patients supplemented with nutritional antioxidants, essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q10 during 18 months of clinical study

none died (the expected number was four.)

none showed signs of further distant metastases

quality of life was improved

six showed apparent partial remission.

Mol Aspects Med 15 Suppl: S231-S240 (1994)

Improvement of the energy metabolism in patients with exercise intolerance and fatiguability may add to the quality of life  

Therapy with biotin, riboflavin, nicotinamide, carnitine and amino acids resulted in an improvement of physical endurance.

J Inherit Metab Dis 17 (2): 196-204 (1994)

Persons using digitalis, diuretics and other cardiovascular drugs felt more lonely and had a stronger feeling of loneliness.  

Five questions could identify 70% of the persons using drugs. These questions were: frequency of visits to the doctor, subjective health, smoking (smokers used fewer drugs), feeling of loneliness, and objective health. However, the use of vitamins and herbal pills was not related to an impaired quality of life.

Z Gerontol 27 (2): 140-144 (Mar 1994)

What they say about Melatonin  

One of the potential major causes of age-related destruction of neuronal tissue and dramatic declining of quality of life is free radicals. A newly discovered, potentially highly important antioxidant in the brain is melatonin, which recently has been shown to be more efficient than vitamin E in neutralizing the peroxyl radical.

FASEB J 9 (7): 526-533 (Apr 1995)

Vitamin supplementation had no effect on quality of life  

In the randomized controlled trial, the placebo effect had a significant impact on improving physical, mental, and pain dimensions. So did Hawthorn extract for physical dimention.

J Clin Epidemiol 49 (1): 15-20 (Jan 1996)

To remedy the deterioration in quality of life in large cities, the addition of ginseng root extract to a multivitamin base appears to produce a promising dietary supplement.  

Out of 338 volunteers receiving vreceived vitamin supplementation alone or in combination with ginseng (double blind control), those with ginseng benefited significantly more,though both groups*s quality of life improved after 4 months of participating in the experiment.

Drugs Exp Clin Res 22 (6): 323-329 (1996)

The Campbell's Center for Nutrition and Wellness plan.  

Nutrition and cardiovascular scientists and food technologists collaborated to develop a prescribed prepared meal plan that meets national dietary guidelines for cardiovascular risk reduction. Blood pressure, lipid levels, carbohydrate metabolism, weight, and quality of life all improved in 560 men and women participated in the clinical trial.

Arch Intern Med 157 (2): 169-177 (Jan 1997)

What to expect from fat-free diet  

6 months consumption of reduced-fat products resulted in significantly lower energy intake, but, as well as in vitamin E intake. Body weight, concentrations of beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol, and radical scavenging enzymewere not affected by the diet.

Eur J Clin Nutr 50 (4): 214-219 (Apr 1996)

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