Consumption of Cranberry Polyphenols Enhances Human γδ-T Cell Proliferation and Reduces the Number of Symptoms Associated with Colds and Influenza

Consumption of Cranberry Polyphenols Enhances Human γδ-T Cell Proliferation and Reduces the Number of Symptoms Associated with Colds and Influenza

 

Nantz et al. Nutrition Journal 2013, 12:161
http://www.nutritionj.com/content/12/1/161
 

Meri P Nantz, Cheryl A Rowe, Catherine Muller, Rebecca Creasy, James Colee, Christina Khoo and Susan S Percival

INTRODUCTION

Cranberries and cranberry juice is known to keep the urinary tract healthy. It is known to help reduce inflammation, minimize the growth of pathogens, and has also been shown to enhance the production of anti-lymphoma antibodies. Recent studies show that consuming cranberry juice may help to reduce the recurrence of urinary tract infections (UTI) in women who are prone to such infections. The objective of this study was to determine if a polyphenol-containing fraction of cranberry would have immuno-modulating activities in humans. Continue reading “Consumption of Cranberry Polyphenols Enhances Human γδ-T Cell Proliferation and Reduces the Number of Symptoms Associated with Colds and Influenza” »

Current Nutraceuticals in the Management of Osteoarthritis

Current Nutraceuticals in the Management of Osteoarthritis

Nahid Akhtar and Tariq M. Haqqi
Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
Ther Adv Musculoskel Dis
(2012) 4(3) 181 – 207
DOI: 10.1177/ 1759720X11436238
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Introduction

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive degenerative disease that affects joint function. It involves erosion of articluar carltilage, inflammation of synovial membrane, and resorption of the underlying subchondral bone. Nutraceuticals (commonly referred to as dietary supplements by the FDA) have been proven to be effective in providing relief to the symptoms of OA if used in combination with physiotherapy, aerobics and in some cases, acupuncture. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most widely prescribed drugs for OA. They have been shown to decrease pain and stiffness and improve joint function. However, it is believed that nutraceuticals are a safer alternative as their use is generally devoid of adverse effects.

The objective of this article is to discuss the scientific evidence supporting the efficacies of pomegranate fruit, green tea, cat’s claw, devil’s claw, ginger, Indian olibanum, turmeric and pineapple involved in inflammation and the joint destruction process. Continue reading “Current Nutraceuticals in the Management of Osteoarthritis” »

Effect of Grape Seed Extract on Blood Pressure in Subjects with Pre-Hypertension

Effect of Grape Seed Extract on Blood Pressure in Subjects with Pre-Hypertension

Journal of Pharmacy and Nutrition Sciences, 2012, 2, 155-159
Department of Internal Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California, USA
M. Robinson, B. Lu, I. Edirisinghe and C.T. Kappagoda
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Introduction

Hypertension affects approximately 60% of adults in the United States. In people over the age of 18 years, the prevalence of pre-hypertension alone in the U.S. is 31%. This study suggests a low-fat intake of food has a positive effect on blood pressure due to the presence of phenolic compounds in plant products. Previous studies completed in the University of California Davis laboratory have shown that extracts derived from grape seeds causes an endothelium dependent relaxation in rings of the rabbit aorta that is mediated by nitric oxide. In humans, the extract was also found to lower blood pressure in patients diagnosed with the metabolic syndrome. Continue reading “Effect of Grape Seed Extract on Blood Pressure in Subjects with Pre-Hypertension” »

Nutricap Labs Wraps Up Holiday Food Drive, Donates 625 Pounds of Canned and Packaged Goods to Island Harvest

Nutricap Labs Island Harvest Food DriveNutricap Labs wrapped up its month-long holiday season food drive benefiting Island Harvest on Monday, November 24th.

The final weigh-in revealed that our employees collected 625 pounds of canned and packaged goods for Long Island families in need this holiday season, smashing our original company-wide goal of 350 pounds in the process.

Read our official press release for additional details about our most recent charitable contribution!

 

 

3 Tips for Selecting a Nutritional Supplement Manufacturer

Working with a company that completes its manufacturing services in a GMP Certified facility is par for the course these days in our industry.  But, did you know there are other things you should be considering?

Nutricap Labs’ Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Greenhut, offers his 3 Tips for Selecting a Nutritional Supplement Manufacturer in his Thanksgiving Eve edition of Industry Insider!

Island Harvest Food Drive Well Underway

As you can see from the photos below, our holiday season food drive is well underway!

All of the canned and packaged goods our team donates will be distributed by Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest food bank, to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and other feeding stations so that no family has to go hungry during the holidays!

We’ll post another update before Thanksgiving to let everyone know how many pounds of food were donated, so stay tuned!

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Nutricap Labs Announces Food Drive Competition Benefiting Island Harvest

Nutricap Labs Announces Food Drive Competition Benefiting Island Harvest

As part of our 4th quarter corporate fundraising efforts, we are pleased to announce our holiday season food drive competition benefiting Island Harvest, the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island.Island Harvest Logo

Our goal, from now until November 24th, is to collect at least 350 pounds of canned and packaged goods for Long Islanders in need. All of the donated items will then be distributed by Island Harvest to one or several local food pantries, soup kitchens, or other programs in the area, just in time for Thanksgiving.

According to its website, Island Harvest distributes food to more than 570 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other local feeding programs throughout Long Island. Since 1992, they have distributed over 90 million pounds of food, supplementing more than 75 million meals.

We’ll be posting updates regularly about our progress on this blog, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Nutricap Labs Raises Nearly $3,500 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Nutricap Labs Raises Nearly $3,500; Donates Funds to Make-A-Wish Foundation to Grant Wish of Local Child

Nutricap Labs 2014 Make A Wish Fundraiser

Karine Hollander, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation, presents a plaque to members of Nutricap Labs’ Executive Management Team

Nutricap Labs announced today that it raised $3,490 during its summer-long company fundraising campaign. The funds were then donated to the Suffolk County Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation and will be used towards granting the wish of a local child who indicated his desire to travel to Disney World with his family early next year. Continue reading “Nutricap Labs Raises Nearly $3,500 for Make-A-Wish Foundation” »