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Maret Traber named American Society for Nutrition Foundation fellow

Professor Maret Traber is one of two Oregon State University researchers among the group of 2021 fellows announced by the American Society for Nutrition Foundation.

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Study shows vitamin E needed for proper nervous system development

In research with key ramifications for women of childbearing age, findings by Oregon State University scientists show that embryos produced by vitamin E-deficient zebrafish have malformed brains and nervous systems. “This is totally amazing – the brain is absolutely physically distorted by not having enough vitamin E,” says Maret Traber, a professor in the OSU […]

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Fatty foods necessary for vitamin E absorption, but not right away

A fresh look at how to best determine dietary guidelines for vitamin E has produced a surprising new finding: Though the vitamin is fat soluble, you don’t have to consume fat along with it for the body to absorb it. “I think that’s remarkable,” says the study’s corresponding author, Maret Traber of Oregon State University, […]

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The power of vitamin C

A higher intake of vitamin C is crucial for metabolic syndrome patients trying to halt a potentially deadly cycle of antioxidant disruption and health-related problems.

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Conference at OSU explores intravenous vitamin C as treatment for cancer, sepsis

The conference will include a day-long symposium on vitamin C with a focus on the micronutrient’s capabilities in treating cancer and sepsis, as well as sessions on dietary components and the microbiome; lipid metabolism; vitamin E; bioactives; and diet, neuropathy and dementia.

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Millions of people with metabolic syndrome may need more vitamin E

New research has shown that people with metabolic syndrome need significantly more vitamin E – which could be a serious public health concern, in light of the millions of people who have this condition that’s often related to obesity.

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Vitamin E protects critical nutrient, prevents neurologic damage and death in embryos

Researchers have discovered that a dietary deficiency of vitamin E in laboratory animals can cause significant neurological impairment in developing embryos, as well as physical abnormalities and embryonic death.

The study suggests that one mechanism leading to this damage may be loss of the role vitamin E plays in protecting levels of DHA, one of the most important of the omega-3 fatty acids that plays a crucial role in brain and cellular development.