July 2014 Vol. 6 Issue 7

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Effect of Lychee Fruit Extract (Oligonol) on Peripheral Circulation, a Pilot Study

by Kentaro Kitadate, DVM  Poor blood circulation often manifests as small but chronic temperature differences in the peripheral extremities, and the surface of the skin may be an indication of abnormal blood flow and more serious vascular or circulation disorders. This study investigates the effect of Oligonol, a highly bioavailable source of low–molecular weight polyphenols extracted from lychee fruit, on peripheral blood circulation using skin thermography. The results suggest that Oligonol might act as a vasodilator and be an effective treatment for a variety of vasoconstriction symptoms such as cold hands and feet, shoulder discomfort, and diabetes-related vascular problems.

Abstracts & Commentary

Cinnamon and Blood Sugar Revisited

by Mona Morstein, ND  A recent meta-analysis examined 10 randomized controlled trials that provided data on the effect of cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp) on type-2 diabetes. Findings were mixed, with certain diabetes biomarkers alleviated by cinnamon and others unaffected.

Exposure to Residential Green Space Improves Mental Health

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  A recent analysis of a 6-year survey of 1,064 urban British adults tracked a significant improvement in mental health status when participants moved to a location with more surrounding urban green space.

Nut Consumption and Mortality

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Data from 2 large, long-term, prospective cohort studies were analyzed, and they proved that nut consumption was inversely associated with total mortality among both women and men, with those who reported consuming nuts daily 20% less likely to have died during the study.

Probiotic Treatment of Sensitive Skin

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO  After 2 months of use in this randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial, Lactobacillus paracasei showed a positive effect on skin sensitivity and skin barrier function recovery.


Supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Patient: An Interview With Lucas A. Tims, ND, FABNO

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, Lucas A. Tims, ND, FABNO, discusses how integrative medicine practitioners can improve the quality of life for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.