San FranciscoNew studies suggest that low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased symptoms in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

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Ulm, Germany—A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that vitamin C and beta-carotene may play a role in deterring the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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Conventry, U.K.—Fluoride isn’t the only cavity fighter in town. According to scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, digested coconut oil may act as a natural antibiotic to fight off tooth decay.

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Washington, D.C.—In an analysis of previous studies that included almost 70,000 people, researchers from Greece concluded that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is not significantly correlated with reduced risk of all-cause death, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, or stroke. The study, published in the September 12 issue of JAMA, has provoked a response from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and other groups, which urge consumers to remain confident in the benefits of omega-3s.

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Stockholm, Sweden—With Halloween and candy season right around the corner, for once we might be encouraging men to indulge. A recent study in Neurology, by Susanna C. Larsson with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, shows that men who consume more chocolate may have lower risks of stroke.

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Tampa, FL—Fermented wheat germ extract, known in the immune health category, has given researchers reason to study its other potential benefits.

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Dover, DE; Portland, OR—Two new studies continue the flow of research on the negative effects of vitamin D deficiency.

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Chur, Switzerland—A new study published in Phytotherapy Research has found that saw palmetto (20 mg Prostasan from Bioforce USA) not only improves urinary problems, but also helps with erectile dysfunction.

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Columbus, OH—Low levels of vitamin D are associated with depression seasonal affective disorder and schizophrenia in adults. But what about teens?

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Stanford, CA—A new study shows that an antioxidant supplement may be useful in addressing certain aspects of autism. The data, published in Biological Psychiatry, were collected by a team from Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

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