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  1. Vitamins boost IVF success

    Imagine that -- good nutrition can help a woman get pregnant.

    Sounds like plain old common sense to me... but to the mainstream, the latest research has been an absolute revelation: Women given a blend of essential vitamins had more than double the success rate of women who took only folic acid.

    The catch here is that all 56 women in the study were undergoing in-vitro fertilization, so a certain level of success was almost guaranteed right out of the gate -- but all of the women had been trying for a year with no luck.

    That all changed when they started taking their vitamins.

    Half got a blend of essentials such as vitamins C and E along with zinc, and folic acid, while the rest got only folic acid. A few months later, 60 percent of the women who got the essentials were picking out nursery colors versus just 25 percent of those who took folic acid.

    Since the study was small and only included women undergoing IVF treatments, there's no guarantee these vitamins will boost the fertility of women trying to conceive the old-fashioned way.

    But if you can hear the ticking of your biological clock, you don't exactly have time to wait for more research on this -- and since these are all safe nutrients you should be getting anyway, go ahead and load up.

    The supplement used in the study is called Vitabiotics Pregnacare-Conception, and you can see all the ingredients right here. A good multi will have most of them, and you can always add a supplement to get whatever the multi misses.

    Whatever you do, skip the meds -- many drugs can have disastrous effects on fertility, and harm the fetus if you do manage to conceive.

  2. Stop dementia before it starts

    B12 drops Alzheimer's risk

    Save your brain: Grill a steak.

    Yet another study has found that vitamin B12 can lower your Alzheimer's risk -- and since you can't get this key nutrient from bunny chow, find yourself a good butcher now.

    He can do more for your health than most doctors ever will!

    Swedish researchers tracked 271 Finnish patients between the ages of 65 and 71 who didn't have any sign of Alzheimer's disease at the start of the study.

    Over seven years, 17 of them came down with the condition -- and the researchers found that those with the lowest levels of B12 had the highest risk.

    Each increase in blood B12 levels by a single tiny unit -- called a "picomole" -- led to a 2 percent dip in Alzheimer's risk, according to the study in Neurology. What's more, the researchers found that every micromolar rise in the inflammation marker homocysteine upped Alzheimer's risk by 16 percent.

    Since B12 is known to lower those homocysteine levels, you'd have to be a card-carrying PETA activist not to see the answer here: Steak, steak and more steak, because it's loaded with the stuff.

    Just make sure you serve them so rare you can practically hear the moo, because well-done steaks can actually boost those homocysteine levels.

    This isn't the first study to find that B vitamins can beat Alzheimer's -- I've been recommending B6, B12, and folic acid as the ultimate dementia defeaters for years now.

    Recent studies back me up on that -- researchers have even found that those three Bs can actually stop your brain from shrinking, a key risk factor for dementia.

    Since B vitamins can also boost your mood, fight depression, improve your memory, and help keep your heart strong, there's no reason not to make every night steak night.

  3. Booze for the brain

    Researchers looked at data on some 365,000 patients who took part in 143 studies published since 1977 and found that a moderate drinking habit can slash the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other forms of cognitive impairment by 23 percent.
  4. Heart drug, heart risk

    I don't know of too many good treatments for atrial fibrillation -- but I know of one you need to avoid like the plague.
  5. Why statins just don't work

    The latest research finds that millions of people are taking cholesterol-lowering statin meds for no good reason, because the real problem isn't in those cholesterol levels in the first place.
  6. Get your folic acid on your own

    I've been saying for years that people aren't getting enough folate (or folic acid), and now the consensus is finally turning my way.
  7. Breathe easier thanks to folic acid

    And now researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center say B9 could help to treat allergies and asthma.
  8. Oregon seeks an end to "no habla"

    This November, Oregonians will go to the polls to cast their vote on an initiative that would limit the amount of time students can spend in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes.
  9. Study finds angioplasty dangerous, waste of money

    A new study has revealed that there was no significant difference in the health status of angioplasty patients, and patients who'd undergone non-surgical drug-based treatments for artery blockage.
  10. You don't have to be a gym rat to battle atrial fibrillation

    According to the results of a new study, light to moderate exercise can actually prevent atrial fibrillation in the elderly.

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